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Disappeared Day
From: Dennis Serdel
To: Military Resistance Newsletter
Sent: J une 06, 2014
Subject: Disappeared Day

Written by Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div.
11th Brigade; United Auto Workers GM Retiree


Disappeared Day

370,000 American men did not appear
when they were drafted for WWII,
instead they disappeared.
Other young American men
deserted when they saw
they were going to be sacrificed
in a manmade killing machine
to land on the beaches
of Normandy that later on
General Ike had one shot,
in a firing squad
blindfolded as a traitor,
a gentle man who didn't deserve it.
Ike wanted to show in frustration
what would happen to other deserters
but it didn't work because the deserters
were choosing life
in a life or death situation
and they disappeared.

Written by Dennis Serdel for others when they see the rows of crosses


Fort Carson Soldier From Thornton
Killed In Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

May 30, 2014 KMGH

FORT CARSON, Colo. - A Fort Carson soldier has died following an aircraft accident in
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Post officials Friday identified the solider killed as 21-year-old Pfc. J acob H. Wykstra, of
Thornton, Colorado. Details of the aircraft accident Wednesday were not immediately
available. The accident remains under investigation.

Wykstra was an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Wykstra joined the Army last year and was deployed to Afghanistan in J anuary.

Wykstra Family Statement:

J ake was a faithful and loving husband, son, brother and friend. Words cannot express
our sorrow at this time. J ake always lit up a room with his smile and goofy sense of
humor. Those he served with have said that no matter how difficult the situation, he had
the ability to find the humor and good in it. We are proud to have raised a son who was
willing to serve his country and fight for freedom and those who couldn't fight for
themselves. He was a sweet, perfect husband who loved his wife with all his heart. His
piercing blue eyes and contagious smile will be sorely missed.

We ask for privacy at this difficult time, and want to express sincere gratitude for all the
thoughts and prayers as we celebrate his life.




Flames rise from a truck carrying oil for foreign forces in Afghanistan, after it was
attacked by militants in J affarbad, Balochistan province, Pakistan, J une 8, 2014. Over
the last years tankers and trucks carrying oil and logistics for foreign troops have been
regularly targeted by militants on both sides of the border. (EPA/ZAHID HUSSEIN)

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At The Heart Of The Falsified
Data In Phoenix, And Possibly
Many Other Veterans Hospitals,
Is An Acute Shortage Of
Doctors, Particularly Primary
Care Ones
The Exploding Workload Is
Suffocating Them
It Was Unethical To Put Us In That
Position, Dr. Hollenbeck Said
Your Heart Gets Broken

In the past three years, primary-care appointments have leapt 50 percent while the
departments staff of primary care doctors has grown by only 9 percent, according
to department statistics.

Those primary care doctors are supposed to be responsible for about 1,200
patients each, but many now treat upward of 2,000, said J. David Cox Sr., national
president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which
represents nurses and other support staff.

York Times Company [Excerpts]

Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck, a primary care physician, took a job at the Veterans Affairs
medical center in Jackson, Miss., in 2008 expecting fulfilling work and a lighter
patient load than she had had in private practice.

What she found was quite different: 13-hour workdays fueled by large patient
loads that kept growing as colleagues quit and were not replaced.

Appalled by what she saw, Dr. Hollenbeck filed a whistle-blower complaint and
changed jobs.

A subsequent investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs concluded last fall that
indeed the J ackson hospital did not have enough primary care doctors, resulting in nurse
practitioners handling far too many complex cases and in numerous complaints from
veterans about delayed care.

It was unethical to put us in that position, Dr. Hollenbeck said of the
overstressed primary care unit in Jackson. Your heart gets broken.

At the heart of the falsified data in Phoenix, and possibly many other veterans hospitals,
is an acute shortage of doctors, particularly primary care ones, to handle a patient
population swelled both by aging veterans from the Vietnam War and younger ones who
served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to congressional officials, Veterans Affairs
doctors and medical industry experts.

The department says it is trying to fill 400 vacancies to add to its roster of primary care
doctors, which last year numbered 5,100.

The doctors are good but they are overworked, and they feel inadequate in the face of
the inordinate demands made on them, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of
Connecticut and a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The exploding workload is suffocating them.

The inspector generals report also pointed to another factor that may explain why
hospital officials in Phoenix and elsewhere might have falsified wait-time data:
pressures to excel in the annual performance reviews used to determine raises,
bonuses, promotions and other benefits.

Instituted widely 20 years ago to increase accountability for weak employees as well as
reward strong ones, those reviews and their attendant benefits may have become
perverse incentives for manipulating wait-time data, some lawmakers and experts say.

Representative Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who is chairman of the House
Veterans Affairs Committee, said whistle-blowers at several veterans hospitals
had told his staff members that they would be threatened if they failed to alter data
to make patient-access numbers look good for their supervisors, one reason he
has called for a criminal investigation into the Veterans Affairs hospital system.

Fear was instilled in lower-level employees by their superiors, and those
superiors did not want long wait times, Mr. Miller said in an interview.

Bonuses are tied directly to the waiting times of the veterans, and anybody that showed
long wait times was less likely to receive a favorable review.

Schemes to disguise wait times generally followed a handful of approaches, whistle-
blowers and officials in Congress say. In Phoenix, where administrators were
overwhelmed by new patients, many veterans were not logged into the official electronic
waiting list, making it easier to cloak delays in providing care.

Another strategy, according to documents and interviews, was for Veterans Affairs
employees to record the first date a doctor was available as the desired date requested
by the veteran, even if they wanted an earlier date.

Yes, it is gaming the system a bit, one employee at the Veterans Affairs medical
center in Cheyenne, Wyo., explained in an email to colleagues. But you have to
know the rules of the game you are playing, and when we exceed the 14-day
measure, the front office gets very upset.

In J ackson, Dr. Hollenbeck reported that hospital administrators created ghost clinics in
which veterans were assigned to nonexistent primary care clinics to make it appear that
they were receiving timely care.

And in Albuquerque, an employee at the veterans center said some doctors were
shocked when they received a memo a few months ago stating that 20 percent of
physician performance pay would be doled out only to doctors who found a way
to limit patient follow-up visits to an average of two a year a tactic to reduce
waiting times by persuading veterans to make fewer appointments.

Clinic staff were instructed to enter false information into veterans charts
because it would improve the data about clinic availability, states a whistle-
blower complaint filed by the employee, who did not want to be identified.

The reason anyone would care to do this is that clinic availability is a performance
measure, and there are incentives for management to meet performance measures.

Most experts agree that soaring demand for veterans care has outpaced the
availability of doctors in many locations, and that high turnover is a major
problem. In the past three years, primary-care appointments have leapt 50
percent while the departments staff of primary care doctors has grown by only 9
percent, according to department statistics.

Those primary care doctors are supposed to be responsible for about 1,200
patients each, but many now treat upward of 2,000, said J. David Cox Sr., national
president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which
represents nurses and other support staff. He said the department spent too much
hiring midlevel administrators and not enough on doctors and nurses, a complaint
shared by some lawmakers and veterans groups.

Supporters of the department also note that hospitals everywhere are struggling to find
primary care doctors. But some experts say the department has additional hurdles,
including lower pay scales.

Primary care doctors and internists at veterans centers generally earn from about
$98,000 to $195,000, compared with private-sector primary care physicians whose
total median compensation was $221,000 in 2012, according to the Medical Group
Management Association, a trade group.

Many veteran medical center directors tend to make $160,000 to $190,000;
according to 2012 data, those directors given performance awards typically
received $8,000 to $15,000 more.

Dr. Atul Grover, chief public policy officer at the Association of American Medical
Colleges, said the departments doctor shortage came down to a simple fact: Its just
harder to attract physicians to care for more challenging patients while paying them

There are long delays for specialty care, too, veterans say. Kent Carson, a former
Marine with epilepsy, said he had tried to make an appointment with his neurologist at
the veterans hospital in Nashville after having five seizures in four days in 2012.

But Mr. Carson, 29, said he was told he would have to wait more than two months or
go to the emergency room. He has since switched to private insurance through his job
as an accountant in Lenexa, Kan. The Nashville hospital did not respond to a request for

I have seizures, but its not life-threatening, Mr. Carson said. But I really do worry
about vets who have more serious problems.

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Army Ousts Commander of Hospital
After Deaths

Col. Steven Brewster Credit U.S. Army

MAY 27, 2014 By SHARON LaFRANIERE, New York Times

The Army ousted the commander of one of its busiest hospitals and suspended three
top deputies on Tuesday after two patients in their 20s unexpectedly died in the past 10
days, shortly after they sought treatment at the hospitals emergency room.

The shake-up at the hospital, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., came
at a moment of heightened sensitivity about health care in the military community, stirred
by the furor over treatment delays in the separate medical system serving the nations
veterans. Late Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a broad review to
ensure that military patients many of them active-duty service members and their
families are not facing similar problems.

He wants to make sure that to the degree that we have any similar issues that we are
aggressively going after them, said Rear Adm. J ohn Kirby, the Pentagon press

Defense officials said the review, which will cover access to health care, patient safety
and quality of care, had been decided upon last week and was unrelated to the situation
at Womack.

The changes at Womack, they said, were due both to the patient deaths and to
problems with surgical-infection control identified in March by the Joint
Commission, an independent body that accredits hospitals.

In a statement, the Army said that senior Army medical leaders have lost trust and
confidence in Womacks commander, Col. Steven J . Brewster, and had replaced him
with Col. Ronald T. Stephens, another doctor.

New acting deputies were also named to head clinical services, nursing and
administration while investigations into the deaths continue.

Womack is one of 41 domestic inpatient hospitals run by the Defense Department,
serving active-duty service members and their families, as well as long-serving retirees
and their families. The separate system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs
principally cares for those who left the military after less than 20 years.

The first of the two recent fatalities at Womack involved Racheal Marie Rice, a 29-
year-old mother of three who underwent a routine tubal ligation on May 16 and
died the next morning, according to hospital staff members. The procedure is
considered low risk for complications and death.

Within three hours of surgery, Mrs. Rice, the wife of an active-duty soldier,
returned to the emergency room, feeling ill.

Patients who return that soon after surgery are supposed to be placed on a triage
list and seen quickly.

But Mrs. Rice waited for about two hours without seeing a doctor, then left to
breast-feed her baby, who is about 6 months old, according to people familiar with
the case. By the next morning, she was close to death. An ambulance took her
from her home back to Womack, where she died.

In an email, her father, Rick VanDenBerge, said, Our daughter, while here on earth,
touched a lot of lives.

The second patient, a 24-old-year-old active-duty service member who could not be
identified, visited the emergency room last weekend and received a diagnosis of
tachycardia, a potentially dangerous condition involving an elevated heart rate,
according to two people familiar with the case.

He had recently been treated in Womacks surgery unit for abscesses, but it was unclear
whether that was part of the reason for his emergency room visit. He was given
medication, instructed to follow up with his doctor and released, according to one staff
member. Why and where he died remained unclear on Tuesday.

Pentagon data shows that Womack, which performs more than 14,000 inpatient
and outpatient surgical procedures a year, had a higher-than-expected rate of
surgical complications from January 2010 to July 2013, the latest data available.

In March, the hospital suspended all elective surgery for two days after inspectors
from the Joint Commission found fault with surgical infection control procedures.

The hospital has remained fully accredited.

Less than three weeks ago, the Armys surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, met
with hospital staff members to discuss concerns, including worries over the inspection

Hospital workers have also privately complained that the patient population has
grown while staff has shrunk.

One worker said General Horoho had been asked: Where do you draw the line
between quality of care and your budget?

According to one person who was there, the general replied that the hospital
could operate more efficiently without sacrificing the quality of care.

National Guard Lt. Col. Charged In Sex
Trafficking Case

J une 9. 2014 Army Times

A New Hampshire Army National Guard Officer has been charged in a sex trafficking
case in which two underage girls were allegedly coerced into prostitution.

Lt. Col. Raymond Valas, 41, was arrested in Syracuse, New York, on May 19. An
indictment filed in a Texas federal court charges him with one count of sex trafficking of
children, by force, fraud or coercion, on Aug. 26, 2013.

Police found the two 15-year-old runaways at a San Antonio motel two months later, one
of whom told authorities that she had been beaten, sexually assaulted and prostituted,
according to a law enforcement affidavit.

Three others were charged with orchestrating the prostitution ring, one of whom is
accused of enticing one girl with promises of money, then sexually assaulting her and
using provocative photos to advertise her as an escort online. Valas is reportedly
accused of having sex with a minor one day last August.

Valas, a fellow with a U.S. Army War College counterterrorism and national security
program, in 2012 commanded 1,400 troops from several countries on a humanitarian
assistance mission in El Salvador.

Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn, public affairs officer for the New Hampshire National Guard, said
Valas security clearance has been suspended.

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At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had
I the ability, and could reach the nations ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of
biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.

For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.

We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they

Frederick Douglass, 1852

There is no democracy without socialism and no socialism without democracy.
-- Rosa Luxemburg

For Me, EVERY Generation Is The
Greatest For Surviving Not Only War
But The Shit We Came From And The
Shit We Often Come Back To

From: Clancy Sigal
To: Military Resistance Newsletter
Date: J un 4, 2014

By Clancy Sigal

(for D Day on 6 J une)

Ill call him J ack because thats his name.

Hes my oldest boyhood pal from the wrong part of Chicago. We were corner rats as the
local grandmothers called us, hard-case adolescents.

He was the smart one, I was academically dismal, and in our own eyes, if not the opinion
of cops and school principals, averagely playful.

We pilfered, shoplifted and, I cant quite remember the circumstances, accidentally set
fire to a local synagogue. (Were both J ewish.)

J ack became a rifleman in the 103rd (Cactus) infantry division that after D-Day fought
its way from the French hedgerows through the Vosges mountains assaulting the
Siegfried Line into Germany pursuing a fleeing enemy and liberating a Dachau sub-

J ack had almost eight relentless months under fire on the front line, and Im not sure he
ever was promoted beyond private or pfc.

Somehow he survived the Wehrmacht, and his not-always-bright commanding officers,
and anti semitic buddies.

His revenge was to come back in one piece, marry, raise a splendid family and spend
his retirement listening, sometimes obsessionally, to his favorite operas and tinkering
with computers.

Almost all wartime soldiers, from 1776 to the Civil War, World War Two, Vietnam and
today, come from poorer and workingclass families. (J ack and I are Great Depression
babies with all that emotional baggage.)

For me, EVERY generation is the greatest for surviving not only war but the shit we
came from and the shit we often come back to.

A large number of the men who stormed Utah Beach on D-Day carried in their
backpacks along with entrenching tools an invisible psychic burden, a sort of economic
PTSD, from the shock and awe of mass unemployment and the ordinary violences of a
shortchanged prewar life.

Every survivor I talked to in the unit I later joined, the 8th Regiment of 4th Infantry
Division, that landed on D-Day would scoff at the very idea of a previously existing
condition (as army psychiatrists call it) of a psychic burden caused by poverty or near
enough to it. GIs griped but theirs was essentially an uncomplaining culture, still less
psychoanalytical. For many combat was just like civilian life only with better pay.

Or as Jack says, They call us guys the greatest generation. So much crap.
Your mother and mine spent more time on the combat line than any soldiers, only
it was an undeclared war in our homes. You and me, too, weve been at war all our

Overwhelmingly U.S. drafted soldiers in Vietnam the ones who did the actual fighting
were working class or minority; i.e. African American or Latino.

I worked among the Vietnam-era Bob Bergdahls of their time, the AWOLs who walked
away: sons of factory workers, bus drivers, mortgaged-to-hilt farmers, gang kids and
aimless high schoolers, joovie delinquents and boys who simply signed up after seeing
J ohn Wayne The Sands of Iwo J ima too many times. (Bergdahls dad is a former UPS

Now we have an all-volunteer military, and unless theyre listed casualties youre never
quite sure of who they are, where they come from and whats in it for them aside from
9/11 patriotism. Some stay in for career advancement and financial stability (such as it

Or college on the GI Bill or a fast track to citizenship for immigrants. Youd have to stop
to ask each and every one.

Even then, if theyre at all like previous great generations, they may think its a foolish
waste of time to dig into that tender spot. My guess is that despite all of todays talk of
therapy for returning veterans its still that same old World War Two mantra: Got a
problem, buddy. Go ask the chaplain to punch your t.s. ticket.

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L I E (Living In Exile)

Arlington West in Santa Monica, Calif. August 2012. Photo by Mike Hastie

From: Mike Hastie
To: Military Resistance Newsletter
Sent: J une 03, 2014
Subject: L I E (Living In Exile)

L I E (Living In Exile)

Coming back from yet another U.S.
W A R which stands for
Wealthy Are Richer
and realizing that everything was fabricated
and staged like a Hollywood presentation.
Patriotic yellow ribbon bumper stickers.
We all drove behind thousands of them.
American soldiers lowered in caskets for
the love of money.

Today I watched a recent video taken at
Arlington West in Santa Monica, California.
An Iraq vet was interviewed about some of his
buddies who were killed or committed suicide.
When I heard him talk, I wanted to buy him a
plane ticket so he could get out of America until
he can heal from his betrayal wounds.
His country will wage more wars, as he finally
realizes that America will move the chess pieces
called Iraq and Afghanistan to other parts of the
These Iraq and Afghanistan vets are known
for Multiple Deployments,
whereas Vietnam vets are known for Multiple Wars.
One American veteran commits suicide every hour.
That makes 8,760 each year.
Nearly one million other people will attend their funerals.

The U.S. Government erases the memories of past wars,
so they can repeat the L I E and force more veterans to
Live In Exile --most often in emotional exile.
It's a deceitful recipe to destroy the evidence,
and keep these veterans from becoming informers
against their own government.
However, there are a chosen few,
who are driven to stand up and speak.
They can't sit still and just watch another casket and
another country lowered into the ground by a swarming
locust called Wall Street.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...
just another war for corporate lust.
Once you see the lie,
you know the truth.

Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
June 2, 2014

Photo by Mike Hastie
Taken at Arlington West
in Santa Monica, Calif.
August 2012

Each white cross represents 1
American soldier killed in Iraq
or Afghanistan, and each red
cross represents 10 American
soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
And then... there are the countless
souls who were killed in their own
countries defending themselves
against U.S. Imperialism, and a history
that has vanished from the American

Photo and caption from the portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam
1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at:
( T)

One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head.
The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a
so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen
of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.

Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
December 13, 2004

Strategy Was Torpedoed By A
Massive Antiwar Movement
Among The Sailors
In San Diego On November 10, I
Found Five Aircraft Carriers Tied Up,
All Forced Out Of Combat In The Gulf
Of Tonkin By Their Crews, Each Of
Which Was Publishing An Antiwar
And Increasingly Revolutionary
Newspaper On Board
Not Since Pearl Harbor Had The U.S.
Navy Been So Crippled

Excerpts from Vietnam And Other American Fantasies; H. Bruce Franklin; University Of
Massachusetts Press; Amherst, 2000

Meanwhile, the United States poured even more massive amounts of money and arms
into South Vietnam, giving the Saigon government overwhelming superiority in numbers,
firepower, and modern weapons, including the worlds fourth-largest air force.

But in the spring of 1972, Vietnamization took a body blow when the DRV [North
Vietnam] launched a major offensive that routed Saigons army, despite all its numerical
and technological advantages, and captured large sections of South Vietnam. All that
saved Saigons forces from total collapse was U.S. airpower.

But with no reliable army on the ground, U.S. strategy was forced to shift almost entirely
to aerial technowar.

One main component was to be a flotilla of Seventh Fleet aircraft carriers (twice as many
as in 1971) massed in the Gulf of Tonkin, bringing warplanes closer than the fighter-
bombers based in Thailand and the B-52s on Guam to targets all along the narrow land
of Vietnam.

This strategy was torpedoed by a massive antiwar movement among the sailors,
who combined escalating protests and rebellions with a widespread campaign of

The actions of these sailors cannot be written off the way some revisionist
historians have tried to explain away the fraggings, sabotage, and mutinies of the
ground troops as merely attempts at self-preservation.

The sailors could not be motivated by any desire to avoid wounds or death
because their ships were not in any danger of enemy attack.

So what were their motives?

Many of them shared the same revulsion that had inspired those first antiwar actions by
hundreds of merchant seamen in 1945, a revulsion now immeasurably intensified by the
kind of war being waged by the United States against the people of Vietnam.

In 1970 and 1971 ships had been sporadically forced out of action by outbreaks and
even sabotage by crew members.

Occasional inconspicuous newspaper articles allowed perceptive members of the
general public to get inklings of what was happening to the fleet.

An early example was the destroyer Richard B. Anderson, which was kept from sailing to
Vietnam for eight weeks when crew members deliberately wrecked an engine.

Toward the end of 1971, the sailors antiwar activities coalesced into a coherent
movement called SOS (Stop Our Ships/Support Our Sailors) that emerged on three of
the gigantic aircraft carriers crucial to the Tonkin Gulf strategy: the USS Constellation,
the USS Coral Sea, and the USS Kitty Hawk.

(One early act was a petition by 1,500 crew members of the Constellation demanding
that J ane Fondas antiwar show be allowed to perform on board.)

On these three ships alone that fall, thousands of crew members signed antiwar
petitions, published onboard antiwar newspapers, and supported the dozens of crew
members who refused to board for Vietnam duty.

In March 1972 the aircraft carrier USS Midway received orders to leave San
Francisco Bay for Vietnam.

A wave of protests and sabotage swept the ship, hitting the press when dissident
crewmen deliberately spilled three thousand gallons of oil into the bay.

In J une the attack carrier USS Ranger was ordered to sail from San Diego to Vietnam.

The Naval Investigative Service reported a large-scale clandestine movement
among the crew and at least twenty acts of physical sabotage, culminating in the
destruction of the main reduction gear of an engine; repairs forced a four-and-a-
half-month delay in the ships sailing.

In July the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was prevented from sailing by a major fire
deliberately set by crewmen, which caused millions of dollars of damage to the
captains and admirals quarters of the ship.

In September and October the crew of the Coral Sea, which had been publishing
the antiwar newspaper We Are Everywhere for a year, staged renewed protests
against the war, with over a thousand crewmen signing a petition to Stop Our

It was forced to return to San Francisco Bay, where crew members held a national
press conference and helped organize support rallies and other demonstrations.

Almost a hundred crew members, including several officers, refused Vietnam service
and jumped ship in California and Hawaii.

In September crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga organized their own
Stop It Now movement, and navy intelligence tried unsuccessfully to break up the SOS
movement on the showpiece carrier USS Enterprise, home of the antiwar paper SOS
Enterprise Ledger.

A bloody September battle between groups of marines on the amphibious landing ship
USS Sumter in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam was not made public until the following
J anuary.

One of the most serious outbreaks took place in October on the Kitty Hawk, where
organized antiwar activities (including publication of the antiwar paper Kitty Litter)
had continued during its eight-month tour off Vietnam.

When the ship was ordered to return to Vietnam from Subic Bay instead of
continuing its voyage home, African American members of the crew led a major
rebellion, fought hand-to-hand battles with the marines sent to break up their
meeting, and reduced the ship to a chaos of internal fighting for several hours.

Four days later, fighting spread to the Kitty Hawks oiler, the USS Hassayampa. The
Kitty Hawk was forced to retire to San Diego, whence it sailed to San Francisco in early
J anuary, where it underwent a six-month refitting job.

The sailors movement had thus removed this major aircraft carrier from the war.

Especially damaging were the synergistic effects of the protests, sabotage, and
rebellions on the aircraft carriers central to Pentagon strategy.

For example, when the House Armed Services Committee investigated the
hundreds of reports of successful acts of sabotage, one conclusion reached in
their report was that the rebellion on the Kitty Hawk had been precipitated by the
orders to return to Vietnam, orders mandated because two other aircraft carriers
had been disabled: This rescheduling apparently was due to the incidents of
sabotage aboard her sister ships U.S.S. Ranger and U.S.S. Forrestal

In October and early November, incidents of sabotage and an open revolt brewing
on the Constellation forced it to return to San Diego, where 130 sailors prevented
the ships departure for two months by refusing to reboard and staging a militant
demonstration onshore, resulting in their discharge from the crew.

The media called this a racial outbreak, but the picture in the San Francisco Chronicle,
captioned The dissident sailors raised their fists in the black power salute, shows
mainly white sailors with upraised arms and clenched fists.

When I went to speak in San Diego on November 10, I found five aircraft carriers
tied up, all forced out of combat in the Gulf of Tonkin by their crews, each of
which was publishing an antiwar and increasingly revolutionary newspaper
on board.

That night I addressed hundreds of these crew members in San Diego antiwar
movement centers, where men from the different aircraft carriers and their attendant
vessels were getting together to build a fleet-wide organization.

In December the Ranger, all repaired now, finally made it to the Gulf of Tonkin,
where it was immediately disabled by a deliberately set fire.

The navy admitted that this was the sixth major disaster on a Seventh Fleet carrier since
October 1.

Meanwhile, the internally embattled Constellation was not even able to sail from
San Diego for Vietnam until January 5, 1973, three weeks before the signing of the
Paris Peace Accords; the rebellious crewmen had in effect permanently removed
another major aircraft carrier from the war.

Not since Pearl Harbor had the U.S. Navy been so crippled, and then the damage
had been done by an enemy defeated in combat.

During The Work Stoppage There Were Cheers Whenever A B-52 Was
Shot Down

Individual pilots one with more than two hundred previous combat missions
refused on moral grounds to participate in the bombing.

After the first nights of heavy losses, many of the B-52 crews voiced their opposition to
the kinds of risks they were being asked to take in a conflict that had obviously been

The most serious actions took place among air crews of the supersecret 6990th Air
Force Security Service based on Okinawa, whose mission was eavesdropping on North
Vietnamese air defense communications in order to give timely warnings to the B-52

Because they had firsthand knowledge of the DRVs [North Vietnams] preparations for
peace and were outraged by the nature of the bombing, they staged a work stoppage
verging on open mutiny.

According to Seymour Hersh, who interviewed at least ten members of the unit in early
1973, during the work stoppage there were cheers whenever a B-52 was shot down.

Some of the men were later court-martialed under stringent security.

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Zionists Forces Destroy 1,500
Fruit Trees Near Bethlehem:
Why Destroy A Tree? Why Destroy
A Tree That Will Give Fruits Very
Soon? Why Destroy The Land?
The Property Has Long Been Targeted
By Israeli Occupation Authorities
Seeking To Confiscate The Land And
Remove An Obstacle To Settlement

Mobile phone images show the Tent of Nations before and after it was attacked by
Israeli forces

05/20/2014 by Ben White,

Israeli forces destroyed an estimated 1,500 fruit trees belonging to the Tent of Nations
farm outside Nahalin village, in the Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank
yesterday morning.

Owned by the Nassar family, the farm lies just below Neve Daniel, an Israeli settlement,
located in the Gush Etzion bloc. The property has long been targeted by Israeli
occupation authorities seeking to confiscate the land and remove an obstacle to
settlement expansion.

According to the family, soldiers arrived at their land early in the morning, and in a
couple of hours uprooted some 1,500 apricot and apple trees, burying them under piles
of soil.

This is going to make it very difficult for us to recover and rehabilitate the land, Daoud
Nassar, a member of the family, told me. Photographs are available on the projects
Facebook page.

The family was preparing for harvest, with international volunteers set to come in J une to
help with picking the apricots and apples. Daoud said that they have been harvesting
the trees for a number of years now, using them, among other things, for jam-making.

Two weeks ago, the Israeli military issued the Nassars an order to stop cultivation. The
family responded to the order through their lawyer. Yet before the legal process could
run its course, they came and smashed everything, Daoud added.

We are very frustrated. This is not the way its supposed to be. Why destroy a tree?
Why destroy a tree that will give fruits very soon? Why destroy the land?

Daoud Nassar urged international supporters to wait for updates about how best to
respond to the latest developments, as the family plan their next move.

Heroic Zionist Occupation
Forces Make War On Unarmed
Children, As Usual:
Two Dead, One Paralyzed And
Others Also Shot Down In Past
Two Weeks;
Mohammad S., 16, From Central
Gaza, Was Shot By Israeli Soldiers
As He And His Brothers Gathered
A Live Bullet Entered Through His Right
Shoulder And Severed His Spinal Cord,
Paralyzing Him From The Waist Down

Hamza O. 14, rests with a live bullet still lodged in his leg after being shot with live
ammunition on May 21, 2014.

29 May 2014 DCI Palestine


The fatal shootings of Nadeem Nawara, 17, and Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, that
prompted widespread criticism of the Israeli military were followed by a fortnight
of violence resulting in injuries to at least seven other children.

Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIPalestine) collected sworn
testimonies from children injured by Israeli gunfire in the weeks following the
shootings of three teenage boys in the West Bank on May 15, two of whom died
from their wounds.

At least five other children were wounded, including one paralyzed, across the
Occupied Palestinian Territory over the course of two weeks. The youngest was
13 years old.

The fatal shooting of two teenagers last week and the international outcry that followed
did not dissuade the Israeli military from using excessive force against children in the
days that followed, said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine.

Palestinian children have recently experienced violence at an alarming rate,
increasingly being shot by Israeli forces while unarmed and posing absolutely no threat
to life.

On May 23, Mohammad S., 16, from central Gaza, was shot by Israeli soldiers as
he and his brothers gathered hay 150 meters (492 feet) from the border fence. As
he ran to protect his younger brothers, a live bullet entered through his right
shoulder and severed his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down.

His younger brother Bashar, 13, remembers trying to drag him to safety.

I will never forget the sound of bullets and shells. I still remember it all. I still
remember how terrified I was, how I was crawling, how Mohammad got shot and
how I tried to help him but I could not, Bashar said in a sworn affidavit to DCI-

Bashar believes that the soldiers were firing in retaliation for an earlier gunshot that
came from a nearby hill, saying, Israeli soldiers climbed up [the hill] and started
shooting at the three of us, thinking it was us who fired at them earlier.

An Israeli army spokesperson acknowledged on Friday that Israeli forces fired in
response to gunshots near the Israeli border fence with Gaza, but reported no injuries,
according to Agence France Presse.

Doctors that treated Mohammad confirmed he had suffered paralysis as a result of the

Like Mohammad, Amro J., 16, was shot near the border fence in Gaza. On May 17,
he was returning home from a visit to his aunt, whose house sits close to the
fence in southern Gaza. As he passed by a group of farmers 300 meters (984 feet)
from the fence, Israeli soldiers opened fire. Amro was struck by a live bullet in his
left hand.

Other Palestinian children were injured in the West Bank over the course of the
fortnight. Issa H., 16, was shot in the face and leg by rubber-coated metal bullets
on May 22 as he left his house to determine the cause of the sound of gunfire at
1:30 am in Balata refugee camp.

Defense for Children International Palestine is still investigating the circumstances
surrounding the shooting.

Three more children were injured in the West Bank village of Kufr Aqab after
clashes erupted between residents and the Israeli army on May 21. Israeli soldiers
fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition into the crowd of
civilians, injuring three children: Omar L., 13, Hamza O., 14, and Yasin M., 17.

According to doctors who treated Hamza after the incident, he was wounded by a
.22 caliber live bullet that lodged itself in his left knee.

Palestinian children across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are frequently injured by
the Israeli military's use of excessive force including both crowd control weapons and
live ammunition.

A recent report by Amnesty International found that the use of force by the Israeli army
in the West Bank is reckless, stating that 67 children have been seriously injured by the
use of live ammunition in the past three years.

DCI-Palestine has regularly reported incidents of the use of live ammunition in 2014,
with four children killed since the beginning of the year.

In 2013, DCI-Palestine documented five children dead and at least 35 sustaining

Zionists Demolish 20 Structures
Belonging To The Deis Family In
Jordan Valley:
25 Palestinians Homeless
These Assaults Aim To Damage The
Only Source Of Living For Farmers And


05/23/2014 Maan

J ERICHO -- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished 20 structures belonging to a
Palestinian family in the northern J ordan Valley, leaving 25 people homeless as a result.

Israeli civil administration forces reportedly arrived in the village of J iftlik on Wednesday
morning and demolished 20 structures belonging to the Deis family, 13 of which were
residential steel structures while seven were steel structures used as barns for animals.

Spokesperson for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Guy
Inbar said that the structures were built illegally without the permits needed, adding that
the case had already gone to the Israeli high court and the residents were found to have

It gave them the possibility to demolish the structures by themselves, but after a months
passed and they didn't, the civil administration went and enforced the law, he said.

In response to the incident, J ericho governor Majed al-Fityani condemned the Israeli
practices of home demolition and said that Israel is violating the rights and international
laws against war crimes.

Al-Fityani added that these assaults aim to damage the only source of living for farmers
and citizens.

The governor demanded the international community show some responsibility and
stop Israel from committing these war crimes.

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite
being within the West Bank. Palestinian residents are rarely given permits to
build or repair their homes, while Jewish settlements have expanded greatly in
recent years.

Israel has destroyed more than 248 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East
J erusalem so far in 2014, displacing 492 people, according to UNOCHA.

The J ordan Valley is within the 61 percent of the occupied West Bank it is under full
Israeli military control as Area C.

Area C comprises the only contiguous piece of land connecting 227 Palestinian
residential communities in areas A and B as well as about 150,000 Palestinian residents.

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Teen Dies After Domestic
Enemy Shocks Him Five Times
With A Taser At Good
Samaritan Hospital:
Hed Been Hospitalized Due To
An Allergic Reaction To
Medication After A Dental
He Wasnt Here For Something That
Would Have Killed Him. The Thing
That Killed Him Was That Taser
The Two Officers Involved Are Still On
Full Duty Because King Was Not In
Police Custody At The Time Of His

George King

May 19, 2014 by Meghan McCorkell & May 20, 2014 by Monique Griego; WJ Z

BALTIMORE A 19-year-old man died after police shocked him with a Taser inside
Good Samaritan Hospital. Now the teens family is speaking out, saying his death did
not have to happen.

He was brutalized by the officers, said his mother, Georgette King.

Kings mother says the 19-year-old died after a city police officer shocked him five times
with a Taser during an altercation at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The teen, whod been given a sedative, slipped into a coma and passed away a week
later on May 14.

Hed been hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to medication after a dental procedure.

The family of George King plans to sue the Baltimore City police department, saying
excessive force led to the teens death.

Activists gather outside Good Samaritan Hospital, where King died last week after an
encounter with city police.

Officers are here to protect and serve. In this case, this is not protect and serve, said
his mother, Georgette King.

Police were called when hospital staff say King became combative.

According to an internal report obtained by WJ Zs media partner, The Baltimore Sun, an
officer shocked King five times with his Taserwhich had little effect.

King was given a sedative, slipped into a coma and died a week later.

He wasnt here for something that would have killed him. The thing that killed him was
that Taser, said Kings attorney, Granville Templeton III.

The medical examiner has not released a cause of death.

Police officials say they met with both the hospital and community leaders on Monday to
discuss the incident.

Were going to continue to work as strongly and diligently as we can to make sure that
our investigation is as thorough and as transparent as we can make it, said Lt. Eric
Kowalczyk, Baltimore City Police.

King was a foster child who lived in a group home. His motherwho didnt have custody
due to a medical conditionsays she spoke with her son all the time.

No more texts. No more phone. No more voicemails, she said. Nothing.

Now she says she wants justice for her child.

The city police department is in the process of equipping all officers with Tasers.

The two officers involved are still on full duty because King was not in police custody at
the time of his death.

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