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Marine Pleads Guilty in Haditha Massacre Case

The Iraq War may be “over,” but the unfinished business from years of American occupation still lingers. And a particularly grim chapter from that time, reaching all the way back to 2005, was revisited Monday in the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who entered a guilty plea on dereliction of duty in association with the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Oakland Calls for Citywide Strike

Tuesday night’s showdown between Occupy Oakland protesters and police, during which former Marine and two-tour Iraq vet Scott Olsen was critically injured, has spurred movement organizers and local activists to put out a call for a strike across Oakland on Nov. 2.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Wolf

Author and feminist Naomi Wolf, whose dedication to helping protesters understand and exercise their rights got her arrested outside a private, black-tie event, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Tina Hsu

Ocean Life May Be on Edge of Catastrophe

An extinction event “unprecedented in human history” is probably under way in the world’s oceans, according to a report recently released by a panel of 27 scientists reviewing the latest research from all areas of marine science. (more)

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

Okinawans March Against U.S. Base

Tens of thousands of Okinawans joined a rally on Sunday, demanding that a U.S. Marine air base be moved off Okinawa. The protest comes amid speculation that the U.S. government is ready to accept an alternative plan to relocate the base to another part of the Japanese island.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


Gara and Stapleton

Palin Spokeswoman, Alaska Lawmaker Face Off About ‘Troopergate’

Alaska state Rep. Les Gara and Megan Stapleton—who is a former Sarah Palin staffer, now part of the McCain-Palin campaign’s publicity team and a member of the “Palin Truth Squad”—exchange heated words in these clips filmed in Anchorage after the “Troopergate” report was released Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


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A ‘Mini Surge’ in Afghanistan

Pouncing on the rhetorical success of the U.S. “surge” in Iraq, the U.S. military launched operations Tuesday in the south of Afghanistan as part of a “mini surge” against strongholds of Taliban fighters.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Marine Says Squad Leader Killed Civilians

Taking the stand in the murder case of three enlisted Marines, Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz testified Wednesday that he witnessed his squad leader shoot and kill five civilians in Haditha, Iraq, on Nov. 19, 2005—the day 24 Iraqi civilians were killed by U.S. troops.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


Nightmare: Iraq

  • A classified Marine Corps report says that the U.S. cannot defeat the insurgency in western Iraq.
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah is training Shiite militia members in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Wonkette

    Military Bans Left-Leaning Blog, Permits Right-Wing Site

    A Marine stationed in Iraq found he was blocked from accessing the cheeky, left-leaning political blog Wonkette, while he had no problem accessing conservative Michelle Malkin’s site.
    Hmmm….

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    The Secret Letter From Iraq

    It started as an e-mail to friends and family, but soon found its way to the in-boxes of retired generals and Capitol Hill staffers: It’s a U.S. Marine’s account of how his experience of Iraq realities contrasts sharply with the narrative being presented by the White House. Check it out in Time magazine.

    Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo beatings
    From Salon.com

    AP: Gitmo Guards Bragged of Beatings

    Guantanamo guards are bragging in bars about things like slamming detainees heads into cell doors, according to a Marine sergeant’s sworn statement, surfaced by the AP. (Above picture not of guard described in article.)

  • Don’t miss Rolling Stone’s riveting, sickening blow-by-blow account of these practices

  • Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Marines’ Intel Chief: West Iraq Situation Dire

    The chief of intelligence for the Marines in Iraq, a man known for straight-shooting, wrote in a secret report that there is almost nothing U.S. forces can do to prevent the western section of Iraq from descending into total lawlessness.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Marine Corps to Start Involuntary Troop Recalls

    Thousands of inactive service members will probably be called up to counter a decline in volunteers. The official in charge of the Marines’ manpower mobilization said he didn’t know why the numbers have been dropping off recently.
    Gee….

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Marines Charged With Murder of Iraqi Civilian

    Seven Marines and a sailor have been charged in the April death.

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Italians Seek Indictment of American Soldier

    Italian prosecutors want U.S. Marine Mario Lozano to stand trial for the death of Nicola Calipari, a 51-year-old Italian intelligence agent who was killed at a U.S. roadblock in Iraq. Calipari was escorting an Italian journalist who had been released by kidnappers. A report published by Italy last year conflicts with the U.S. version of events and, according to the BBC, cited “the troops’ stress and inexperience.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Marine’s Lawyer: Haditha Killings Were Lawful

    A lawyer for a Marine involved in the Haditha massacre said his client had followed military rules of engagement.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador to America, Samir al-Sumaidaie

    Iraqi Ambassador to America: Marines Killed My Cousin

    Watch the exchange on CNN in which Al-Sumaidaie makes the startling accusation.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Dead Iraqi civilians
    From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

    Military Report: Evidence Points to Marine Massacre in Haditha

    A military investigator reportedly has evidence that the Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha last November were the victims of bullet wounds, not a roadside bomb, as the Marines implicated in the crime had claimed.

  • Earlier: Rep. Murtha alleges military coverup on massacre.
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    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador
    From Americablog

    Iraqi Ambassador to U.S.: Marines Killed My Cousin

    The new Iraqi ambassador to America, fresh after meeting Bush in Washington for the first time, told CNN that U.S. Marines killed his cousin in cold blood in Haditha five months before the November massacre there. (h/t: The Dan Report)
    This is huge: The ambassador of a newly minted “friendly” country went on national TV to accuse the U.S. of murdering a relative. Diplomatically speaking, it’s a violent smack across Bush’s face.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Learned of Haditha Massacre From Press

    The president didn’t know about the November atrocity in which Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians until March, when a Time magazine reporter called the White House for comment on the story.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    The Massacre of Haditha
    From Peter Brookes / The Times (UK)

    Murtha Alleges Coverup in Haditha Massacre

  • “They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it,” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told CNN about the military’s response to the November killings of 24 unarmed civilians by U.S. Marines. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it would be “premature” to judge what actually transpired.
  • Meanwhile, Iraq’s prime minister said that his patience was wearing thin on America’s excuse that it kills civilians by “mistake.”
  • Also, a CNN reporter who had been embedded with military units accused in the killings recalls that they usually took great pains to avoid civilian casualties. However, she was told that “investigators now strongly suspect a rampage by a small number of Marines who snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb.”
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    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Dead Iraqi civilians
    From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

    U.S. Military: Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians

    The U.S. military is set to report that a small number of Marines in Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians, reports the New York Times. The paper says it may be “the gravest case involving misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq.”

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Blocking Progressive Websites

    A Marine in Iraq fills us in on a few of the sites that CentCom prevents its soldiers from accessing: AirAmericaradio.com, alfrankenshow.com, wonkette.com.
    The following come through fine: billoreilly.com, rushlimbaugh.com, etc.
    Sense a pattern?

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    murtha
    CBS via ThinkProgress

    Murtha Ain’t Buying What the Pentagon’s Selling

    Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a decorated Marine and critic of the Iraq war, says Bush’s military leaders have no credibility when it comes to their pronouncements about progress in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    The photo of the
    From Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

    Battle Scars: The War Within

    A Marine in Iraq who became the poster boy of the assault on Falloujah returns home to Kentucky, where he battles the demons of post-traumatic stress. | story
    Powerful stuff.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


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