By Christopher R Rice
1.) US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet By Project Censored
The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This impact includes uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil.
The extensive global operations of the US military (wars, interventions, and secret operations on over one thousand bases around the world and six thousand facilities in the United States) are not counted against US greenhouse gas limits. Sara Flounders writes, “By every measure, the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.”
While official accounts put US military usage at 320,000 barrels of oil a day, that does not include fuel consumed by contractors, in leased or private facilities, or in the production of weapons. The US military is a major contributor of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that most scientists believe is to blame for climate change. Steve Kretzmann, director of Oil Change International, reports, “The Iraq war was responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) from March 2003 through December 2007. . . . That war emits more than 60 percent that of all countries. . . . This information is not readily available . . . because military emissions abroad are exempt from national reporting requirements under US law and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
According to Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism, “the greatest single assault on the environment, on all of us around the globe, comes from one agency . . . the Armed Forces of the United States.”
UPDATE BY MICKEY Z.
As I sit here, typing this “update,” the predator drones are still flying over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, the oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and 53.3 percent of our tax money is still being funneled to the US military. Simply put, hope and change feels no different from shock and awe . . . but the mainstream media continues to propagate the two-party lie. Continue reading at ProjectCensored
2.) Rape in the US military: America’s dirty little secret By Lucy Broadbent, Guardian
“It was eight years before I was able to say the word that describes what happened to me,” says Maricella Guzman. “I hadn’t even been in the Navy a month. I was so young. I tried to report it. But instead of being taken seriously, I was forced to do push-ups.”
“I can’t sleep without drugs,” says Kate Weber. “But even then, I often wake up in the middle of the night, crying, my mind racing. And I lie there awake in the dark, reliving the rape, looking for a second chance for it to end with a different outcome, but he always wins.”
Rape within the US military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. So great is the issue that a group of veterans are suing the Pentagon to force reform. The lawsuit, which includes three men and 25 women (the suit initially involved 17 plaintiffs but grew to 28) who claim to have been subjected to sexual assaults while serving in the armed forces, blames former defence secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates for a culture of punishment against the women and men who report sex crimes and a failure to prosecute the offenders. Read more: Guardian
In many cases, the military seems more intent on intimidating and harassing the victims than investigating and prosecuting the charges. In 2004, after Lt. Jennifer Dyer reported being raped by a fellow officer at Camp Shelby, Miss., she said she was held in seclusion for three days, read her Miranda rights and threatened with criminal prosecution for filing a false report. After finally being given two weeks leave, she was threatened with prosecution for being AWOL when she would not report for duty to the same location where the man she had accused — who was later acquitted on assault charges — was still posted.
Lance Cpl. Sally Griffiths was also accused of lying after she reported being raped by a fellow Marine while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. It wasn’t until she got access to her case file and found a statement by the Marine that confirmed her story that she was able to obtain the discharge she sought. The Marine she accused was never prosecuted. He continued to serve in the military and was promoted several times.
After Army Spc. Suzanne Swift went AWOL instead of staying in the same unit as the soldiers who she accused of sexually harassing her, the Army court-martialed her when she refused a deal that would have forced her to remain in the military and sign a statement saying she had not been raped.
3.) Pentagon: Hundreds of Military Kids Sexually Abused Annually
WASHINGTON — Cpl. Aaron C. Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy’s back, Masa was sexually abusing his friend’s 3-year-old stepdaughter. He also took sexually explicit photos of the girl and the Marine’s infant daughter.
A military judge convicted Masa last year of sexual abuse of a child and production of child pornography, according to court records and other documents detailing the case. Under the terms of a pretrial agreement, he pleaded guilty and received 30 years in prison.
In total, incidents involving sexual assault in which the children of service members are victims occur hundreds of times each year, data the Defense Department provided exclusively to The Associated Press show. The abuse is committed most often by male enlisted troops, according to the data, followed by family members. Continue reading: Military.com
4.) ‘They put us through hell’: A Marine sexually abused at boot camp by drill sergeant
Drill instructor, former Sgt. Jerome Fleming, was convicted in 2010 of several crimes after directing a recruit at Parris Island to masturbate and record a video of the act, according to a military court document. Fleming was sentenced to a reduction in rank to private, a bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of pay and benefits and three years of confinement, half of which was suspended. He could not be reached for comment.
Retired Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese, who oversaw boot camp training from May 2008 to August 2010 as commander of the service’s Training and Education Command, said he is “offended and massively bothered” by any effort in the Defense Department to withhold information that “belongs to the American people.”
“Those are the sons and daughters of Americans, they are Americans, and the services and leaders are accountable to the nation for how they are handled and treated,” he said. “I believe transparency and accountability would have been helpful — it would have forced a very hard internal look of not just trying to clean things up, but answer questions.” Continue reading: WashingtonPost
5.) Secret Marines group is still sharing nude photos amid scandal
(CNN) If you think the 30,000-strong private Facebook group that was sharing nude images of female Marines has been shut down, guess again.
Members have been redirected to new pages. In one case, someone not only launched a new page — Marines United 2, or MU2 — that promises to better weed out anyone looking to blow the whistle on the group’s depraved behavior, but members have taken to taunting federal and military investigators.
“It would be hilarious if one of these FBI or (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) f***s found their wife on here,” one member said on the original Marines United page. See uncensored nude U.S. Military photos. Continue reading: CNN
6.) Lethal Military Operations Without UN Permission Is a War Crime
By Michael Haas
Making war without UN permission is a war crime, according to the UN Charter. So is intervening in a civil war. Yet for months the U.S. Department of Defense has been bombing Iraq and Syria.
The United States could easily obtain permission from members of the UN Security Council for the attacks. But rather than doing so, Washington prefers to violate the UN Charter.
The essence of the nation-state system, as first developed by international law during 1648, is that one country should not have its sovereignty violated by another. If the DOD does not respect the most fundamental principle of the current nation-state system, then what kind of world order does it promote other than international anarchy that will have no end in sight?
7.) Is the US Military Guilty of War Crimes?
The American soldier knows full well there are no WMDs (Weapon of Mass Destruction). He knows the UN (United Nations) has declared the war illegal. He knows Syria is no threat to the USA. He knows the USA attacked Syria, a tiny unarmed country, without provocation. He knows full well Americans are killing more children than adults. He knows about the atrocities and torture committed by Americans. He knows he is not defending America; he is fighting a war of aggression on her behalf. He knows the war in Syria is not about Assad but about oil.
- America has spent a trillion dollars, (that’s forty-thousand dollars per Iraqi man, woman and child) to force them to surrender. That’s one heck of a lot of mayhem.
- America has the biggest and most advanced military on earth. It has been pounding Iraq since 2003, longer than WWII, and still the Iraqis will not surrender and hand over control of their natural resources (mostly oil) to the Americans.
- As part of a successful divide and conquer policy, Americans fomented friction between Kurds, Sunnis and Shia and fomented a civil war. They provided arms to feed it. They are thus responsible.
Terrorists are people who kill civilians to browbeat them into changing their politics.
Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998. Then Bush took over and the rest is history.
29,200 bombs and missiles were used on Iraq in the first month. Killing tens of thousands of civilians in 2003 March.
Epidemiologists estimated 650,000 Iraqi deaths by 2006 and by 2008 that figure would reach over a million dead.
Air strikes on villages and buildings full of people. Fallujah was declared a “free fire zone” and then thousands of civilians were killed.
US occupation deliberately targeted Sunni Muslims killing over ten percent of Sunnis and driving most Sunnis out of their homes, a clear case of genocide.
If Bush was not bad enough, Barack Obama took over and added drones to the already grueling checklist of US war crimes. The US has never paid war reparations to Iraq for aggression, genocide or war crimes.
US soldiers in addition to humiliating Iraqi soldiers, now carry out dead-checking, killing wounded fighters and civilians.
360 degree rotational fire on streets with civilians by US soldiers is a daily occurrence.
8.) A Brief History of the US Military
After defeating the British who were our blood relatives, the US military went about exterminating every tribe that they could find. Even invented death squads right here in America to be used against Americans, Native Americans. The pride just bubbles up inside, doesn’t it? Look around this was a complete massacre, genocide. Go on, look around, where are the Natives? Not in my school, not at the mall, hum, where could they be? No Natives at the beach, where did all of the Natives go?
Next the US military was used once again against American citizens during the so-called civil-war. I’ve discovered 16 war crimes committed by Abraham Lincoln and by the US military. And I know that was such a long time ago, surely they’ve cleaned up their act since then, right? Wrong, not even close.
At the end of world war 2 the US military killed babies, pregnant women, old people in nursing homes, young children, dogs and cute little puppies. They did not give a fuck about the innocent people of Japan or those puppies.
Did you know that in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gitmo the US military committed crimes worse than Nazi Germany committed? These atrocities have been documented by: the FBI, the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, LiveLeaks and many more.
9.) US HISTORY
US-Vietnam War- 2 million. A portion of that were killed by the NLF and North Vietnamese, but US bombing certainly did a far higher amount.
US-Philippines War- 200,000 to 1 million
Cambodia genocide, carpet bombing a neutral country by Nixon-
500,000 to 600,000
Korean War- for both Koreas the total civilian deaths were over 700,000, so perhaps half of that. One source says 20% of NK’s population were killed.
Targeting Japanese civilians during WWII- at least 500,000
Targeting German civilians during WWII- at least 305,000
A-bomb deaths- 200,000 deaths
Civilians in occupied nations killed by US bombs- at least 40,000 French and 25,000 Poles
Central American deaths during the 1980s, US collaboration with dictatorships & Contra terrorists- 325,000
California Indian genocide-120,000 to 270,000
Trail of Tears- 12,000 to 20,000
Other Indian wars casualties are very hard to determine.
Iraq War- 13,000 by the US, far more by the insurgents. The excess deaths caused by disease and dislocation is far harder to figure out.
Drone assassinations- 1,800 to 3,200
Afghan War- unknown. The US military didn’t even try to count.
US-Mexico War civilian casualties- at least 1,000
War of 1812- at least in the hundreds, with several Canadian towns destroyed.
The really difficult thing to assess is slavery deaths, the US culpability for the slave trade plus a higher death rate among plantation slaves. But for each of these the body count would at least in the hundreds of thousands. In both cases the death rate would be from disease most of all, which quickly brings the usual denials, even though the death rates were made far worse by deliberate starvation of Indians and harsh living conditions doubling the infant mortality rate for slaves.
Even by the highest estimates, I see perhaps 7 million civilian deaths. That’s horrifying enough, but obviously the Holocaust by itself is 12 million deaths. Soviet civilian deaths alone add 10-15 million.
Keep in mind also US deaths were over a 200 year period, the Nazis in 12 years. If you only want to compare WWII, civilian deaths caused by the US were about 1 million.
They lost the Vietnam war. They lost the Iraq war. They lost the Afghan war. They fire good generals and promote corrupt generals.
Then they and their historians rewrite military history. As an example of this rewrite is Wikipedia history of the siege of Con Thien making it seem like a US Army operation.
10.) Military Industrial Complex
The “Social Security & Unemployment” and “Medicare & Health” take on a major fraction of the federal spending, amounting to about 58% of the total outlays, whereas “Military” spending appears to amount to just 18%. The problem with this representation is that the Social Security & Medicare are parts of the mandatory spending directly financed by the dedicated revenue raised from payroll taxes, as imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), not through the Federal income tax and thus represents a different Treasury account.
If we separate the mandatory spending and look only at the discretionary spending component appropriated by Congress on an annual basis and for which all the federal programs compete, a very different picture arises.
The Military (“National Defense” budget function 050) consumes nearly 57% of the discretionary budget in comparison to Education (6%), Science (3%), Energy & Environment (3%), etc. Military spending has sharply risen since the beginning of the War on Terrorism, from $294b in FY 2000 to $705b in FY 2013 (data from Budget of the United States Government: Historical Tables Fiscal Year 2013, Table 6.1).
Military spending in inflation-adjusted dollars is now greater than at any time since World War II — even greater than during the peak spending years of the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Persian Gulf War (figure credit: RandomNonviolence).
Maybe I’d like a decent school to send my kids to instead of another military overrun. Our children need a modern education, not another war plane.
How long does it take to beat a bunch of goat herders (Al-Qaeda and now ISIS) who don’t even have an air force, a navy or a military budget? What’s worse than dragging this out longer than WWII? Heroin production has gone up over 700 percent since the US military has arrived in Afghanistan. Something smells really fishy in this country, doesn’t it? Smell likes war profiteering to me. Continue reading: Cheney’s Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War
Military spending has already bankrupted the country in the sense that even future generations will not be able to make good on the outstanding debt according to Professor Laurence Kotlikoff of Boston University speaking for the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, a leading constituent of the US Federal Reserve.
The USA has greatly increased its per capita spending to cover the costs of the war in Afghanistan, the Iraq war and the costs of the homeland security bureaucracy. And Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The USA has military bases in almost every country on earth. They are obviously not for defending the homeland, but for defending America’s economic interests abroad.
This military empire is to support a lavish consuming lifestyle at the expense of the third world. The American military’s job is to pressure foreign governments to give American businesses what they want. How else could it be that Americans manage, with under 6% of the world population, to consume about a 40-60% of the planet’s resources? How is it possible that people in other parts of the world accept a $0.06 a hour wage to produce goods for Americans. That is less than slave wages. Slaves, like livestock, at least had their food and medical bills covered and even a form of retirement.
Like a French aristocrat of old, the modern American believes he fully deserves his privileged position as a right of birth. He deserves it for being American, one of God’s chosen people. He vaguely imagines that his industriousness or other innate virtue fully explains the economic disparity. He labors under the delusion that those in the rest of the world are happy to work in American sweat shops. It never enters his head that such extreme inequality can only be maintained by global military oppression and state-sponsored political corruption to bribe and threaten world leaders to act in the interests of American business rather than the interests of their own countries.
11.) Human Trafficking and the US Military
In the 1980s, the U.S. Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines was the largest U.S. military base outside of the U.S. with an estimated 500 million USD generated by the brothels surrounding it. Local traffickers and brothel owners engaged in the business of buying and selling women and girls to meet the demands of the servicemen stationed there. Alma, who had dreams of becoming an accountant, was one of the women sold in the local sex industry. After three years, she was able to escape this life and subsequently co-founded Buklod ng Kababaihan, a group that helps other exploited women. Though the U.S. bases in the Philippines officially closed in the 1990s, the problem persists today as U.S. sex tourists travel there to take advantage of the commercial sex industry entrenched by the once-large U.S. military presence. Thousands of U.S. servicemen are still deployed in the Philippines where they continue to seek out local women in prostitution despite laws against it. Alma and Buklod continue to fight the exploitation of the estimated 300,000 to 400,000 women and up to 100,000 children in the Philippines commercial sex industry.
It is widely acknowledged that where there is a large military presence, there will be a significant and concurrent growth of the commercial sex industry and trafficking of women and girls into the industry. As former U.S. anti-trafficking Ambassador John Miller stated in 2004, “human trafficking, especially for women and girls forced into prostitution, has followed demand where a multitude of U.S. and foreign aid workers, humanitarian workers, civilian contractors, and yes, U.S. uniformed personnel, operate.” For example, in 2012 The Korea Times reported that women are trafficked to and exploited in brothels around U.S. military bases in South Korea “despite the military’s ‘zero tolerance policy.’” According to one estimate, more than one million Korean women have been used in prostitution by U.S. troops since 1945.
American soldiers adored Korean children and would shower them with chocolates in exchange for sexual favors. Continue reading: Prostitutes in South Korea for the U.S. military
Contrary to the promised “peace dividend,” the U.S. has maintained its military arsenal and used it to enforce its agenda with successive and intensifying military interventions–from the use of conventional troops in Iraq, to “humanitarian intervention” in Haiti, to drone wars in Central Asia.
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