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Military Resistance 8L14
A Soldier Said “The U.S. Has Now Been In Afghanistan Longer Than The Russians And That The Afghan People ‘Just Want To Be Left Alone And Live Their Lives’”
“He’s Not Going Back Anyway – Once Is Enough”
[12/21/10 Outreach To New York National Guard]
[At a Military Resistance Organization meeting 12.21.10 Alan S. said that the National Guard soldiers encountered below were more open to engaging in discussion and accepting publications opposed to the war than on any previous occasion at the commuter terminals so far this year. That is important information. T] From: Alan S, Military Resistance Organization To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: December 21, 2010 Subject: 12/21/10 Outreach To New York National Guard At one of NYC’s commuter terminals a soldier recognized me as I approached – no doubt from a previous outreach. Although he hadn’t read the last handout he was willing to tell me the U.S. has now been in Afghanistan longer than the Russians and that the Afghan people “just want to be left alone and live their lives.” He feels our government is beginning to appreciate that and will pull out before long. I said he was right but remained dubious. He answered by telling me he’s not going back anyway – once is enough. I handed him two information packets containing the most recent Traveling Soldier [see below], a Military Resistance newsletter [you’re reading one now], a GI Rights pamphlet and the Military Resistance/IVAW contact card [see below]. I asked that he hand the information packets to others since he’d been given it previously. Little did I know by the time I encountered another group of National Guard soldiers minutes later he’d already beaten me to them and had given them the packets! I thanked him and was encouraged that they paid attention to me and gave me time to converse with them – as did the other soldiers, and they also seemed pleased and happy that somebody cared to pay attention to them and talk with them. Two more troops were stationed at another area – both willing to talk; one taking an information packet but the other refusing, saying he didn’t read much but was happy to take a card. Further on I gave another soldier a card.
He told me there’d be a New York National Guard deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. I gave him extra cards. Nearby two more troops were engaged in conversation with a cop. I moved off until I saw the cop leave. I reapproached and handed out my last information packet to a private who seemed quite interested in my conversation with his patrol mate, a sergeant, who claimed “we’ll probably win in Afghanistan.” He felt the Russians “probably could have won” but didn’t persevere and the reason the Afghans succeeded was the U.S. had helped them. I asked him about the British and Alexander the Greats’ failures there and he said those were good counterexamples to his position. He also said the mention of U.S. terrorists, as opposed to the ones he brought up from the Middle East, were food for thought: Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph and the Jewish Defense League. I mentioned a book I’ve recently read, “War in the Shadows,” Volume I, a history of guerrilla warfare. This got even more attention. We could have gone on but patrol time had ended. The observing private had come closer so as not to miss anything so I gave him extra cards for those who also might have wanted to talk.
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The New Issue Of Traveling Soldier Is Out!
THIS ISSUE FEATURING:
"A WAR WITH NO CLEAR OBJECTIVE"
"WE SHOULD JUST END IT. BRING THE TROOPS HOME"
"I never wanted my son to be a little old obituary in the paper"
THE POLITICIANS WON’T TALK
"But for the Olechnys, avoidance is not an option"
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Military Resistance Mission Statement:
1. The mission of Military Resistance is to bring together in one organization members of the armed forces and civilians in order to give aid and comfort to members of the armed forces who are organizing to end the wars of empire in Afghanistan and Iraq. The long term objective is to assist in eliminating all wars of empire by eliminating all empires. 2. Military Resistance does not advocate individual disobedience to orders or desertion from the armed forces. The most effective resistance is organized by members of the armed forces working together. However, Military Resistance respects and will assist in the defense of troops who see individual desertion or refusal of orders as the only course of action open to them for reasons of conscience.
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
An Honest Lt. General Proves Obama’s A Shit-Eating Liar:
Lt. General Says His Soldiers Will Be The “Last Ones To Leave” Iraq “Because We Have To Get All The Combat Forces Out And Then We Shut Down All The Operations”
26 Dec 2010 By Serena Chaudhry, Reuters The United States officially ended combat in Iraq at the end of August and the just under 50,000 troops left are supporting Iraqi security forces in an advisory and assistance role. While the numbers are expected to fall further in coming months, Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, head of the U.S. army reserve, said he expected some of his reservists who are working on the troop withdrawal to remain in Iraq until the last minute.
"We’ll be the last ones to leave because we have to get all the combat forces out and then we shut down all the operations," said Stultz, who flew in from the United States to visit troops in Balad for Christmas.
Obama’s Stupid Lie:
February 27, 2009 By PETER BAKER, New York Times [Excerpt] CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — President Obama declared the beginning of the end of one of the longest and most divisive wars in American history on Friday as he announced that he would withdraw combat forces from Iraq by August 2010 and all remaining troops by December 2011.
LIAR TRAITOR SOLDIER-KILLER DOMESTIC ENEMY UNFIT FOR COMMAND UNWORTHY OF OBEDIENCE:
November 6, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Poway High Grad, Kenneth Necochea Jr., Dies In Afghanistan
Specialist Kenneth Necochea Jr. December 14, 2010 By Blanca Gonzalez, UNION-TRIBUNE As a student at Poway High School, Kenny Necochea was a gentle, quiet kid who developed a passion for history. As a young man in the Army, he started making plans for the future and considered a career as a fireman or police officer. He had been in Afghanistan, part of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, since early June and was looking forward to a leave in mid-January. Specialist Kenneth Necochea Jr. was killed Dec. 12 in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. He was 21. Five other American soldiers were also killed when a vehicle packed with explosives blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in Kandahar province. Spc. Necochea and his fellow soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Friends said Spc. Necochea was a personable, polite young man with a strong faith, great smile and good sense of humor. Laura Dossett of Tennessee, met him when he was stationed at Fort Campbell and they quickly became close. “He was so shy (when they first met) but once we got to know each other, he opened up,” Dossett said. “He was such a gentle, sweet soul. He was a strong Christian. He was one of the only boys who ever willingly went to church with me.”
Dossett recalled that he brought her mother flowers the first time he met her. “She wondered ‘What’s he buttering me up for,’ but she learned that was just Kenny being Kenny. My family just loved him.” David LeMaster, assistant principal at Poway High, remembered Spc. Necochea as a low-key student in his history class. “He was a nice, sweet kid. His classmates liked him and he worked well in groups,” LeMaster said. Although he didn’t participate much in class discussions, “he was great one-on-one,” LeMaster said. “Like many kids, he wasn’t too thrilled about (history) at first but he left the class excited about the subject.” According to the Department of the Defense, Spc. Necochea was an Infantryman who joined the Army in February 2009 and arrived in Fort Campbell in June of 2009. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Medal. In a June 2010 blog posting, his mother, Donna Wright of San Diego, encouraged friends to send care packages and letters to him. His requests included beef jerky, chocolate chip cookies and hard candy, she wrote. In an Aug. 29 posting she wrote that her son had received a medal. “This medal means ‘He’s been in battle,’ been shot at and has shot at others. I can’t tell you how terrifying it was to hear this news,” she wrote. Laurie Davidson of Selah, Wash., has known Spc. Necochea since he befriended her son, Spc. Markus Jensen at Fort Campbell. The two formed a special bond and planned on becoming police officers or opening a business together after they got out of the Army, she said. Everybody who met Spc. Necochea loved him, Davidson said. “He was so easy to talk to … He was the type of person you wanted to spend time with, he always had something good to say.” A California native, Kenneth E. Necochea Jr. was born March 1, 1989. He graduated from Poway High in 2007. Survivors include his father, Kenneth E. Necochea of Poway; his mother and stepfather, Donna and Neal Wright of San Diego; and several siblings.
Soldier From Sunrise Killed In Afghanistan
December 14, 2010 By Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel SUNRISE — Before he returned to Afghanistan late last month after a 15-day leave, Army Spc. Jorge Villacis responded to his family’s fears about his safety with a smiling reassurance. "He just said, ‘I have to go back and finish the job. And then I’ll be home,’" said the soldier’s sister, Jessica Geribon of Pembroke Pines. "He didn’t like to stress."
The 24-year-old Sunrise man was among six Army soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province when his unit was attacked by an insurgent using a vehicle rigged with an improvised bomb, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The suicide attack used enough explosives to bring down the building the soldiers were in, their commander, Maj. Gen. John Campbell, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Killed in the same attack was a second Florida soldier, Spc. Patrick D. Deans, 22, of Orlando. All were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Ky. Villacis’ death came just less than a month after one of his closest friends, Staff Sgt. Juan Rivadeneira, 27, was killed in a similar incident in Kandahar. Two other soldiers with the 502nd Infantry Regiment died in that attack. Jessica Geribon, along with her husband Ricardo, her sister Jannina Salterini of Miramar, and Villacis’ parents Jorge and Segunda Villacis, of Hollywood, were all at the South Florida VA National Cemetery, west of Lake Worth, on Nov. 30 for Rivadeneira’s burial. As she stood next to Rivadeneira’s flag-draped casket, Jessica Geribon said she could not help thinking, "I don’t want to be here again for my brother. I don’t want to relive this." Villacis and Rivadeneira met at Fort Campbell and became friends. Rivadeneira’s heritage was Venezuelan. Villacis’ parents are from Ecuador. Through the soldiers’ friendship, their families became close. In November 2009, members of both families celebrated that most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, together at Fort Campbell. The two soldiers deployed together in June, but served in different units in Afghanistan. Melissa Rivadeneira, Juan’s widow, who lives in Miami, rushed to the Geribons’ home Sunday when she got word of Villacis’ death. "She told me, ‘Now they are together again,’" said Jessica Geribon. Born in New Jersey, Villacis graduated from American Senior High School in Hialeah. He worked as a mechanic before enlisting in the Army in September 2008. He also attended Broward College, and planned on returning to school. At home, he liked to toss the football in the yard with his nieces and nephews, play Madden NFL video games, and root with passion for the New York Yankees. Said Ricardo Geribon, "He is a hero. He was just a great kid, with a wonderful smile. He was never mad at anyone." At the time of his enlistment, he lived in Sunrise.
In addition to his sisters and parents, he leaves his wife Melissa, and three children, Zachery, 7, Julian, 2, and Joselyn, 1, at Fort Campbell. Funeral arrangements are pending, but Jessica Geribon said her brother will likely be buried at the VA National Cemetery. "One of the last things I told him was, ‘Just remember, when you leave you take a part of our hearts with you," said Jessica Geribon. "He said, ‘Please, don’t suffer for me.’" This year 37 soldiers, sailors and Marines from Florida have been killed in Afghanistan, among more than 1,400 American casualties since the war began in 2001, according to Defense Department records.
Soldier From Redwood City Killed In Afghanistan
December 15, 2010 By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff Army Spc. Derek T. Simonetta, a 21-year-old from Redwood City, was among six soldiers killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan Sunday, according to the Department of Defense. Simonetta was killed Dec. 12, in Howz E Madad, Afghanistan, Kandahar province, by an improvised explosive in a vehicle. Simonetta, an infantryman, attended Carlmont High School in Belmont where he met his future wife Kimberly. He moved to Redding and transferred schools, but remained in touch with Kimberly while in high school. “He was a well-behaved young man and very good natured. I’m very sad to hear of this news. I thank him for his sacrifice,” said Carlmont teacher Jaime Garcia who had Simonetta as a student his freshman year. Simonetta joined the Army in September 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in Kentucky the following February. During his tenure, he earned the National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Army Service Ribbon. Simonetta is survived by his wife, Kimberly A. Simonetta of San Carlos; mother, Tanya Simonetta of Redding and father, James E. Lemp of Redwood City. Simonetta was one of six soldiers killed in the attack. Other soldiers who were killed include: Cpl. Sean Collins, 25, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Cpl. Willie McLawhorn Jr., of Conway, N.C.; Spc. Patrick Deans, 22, of Orlando, Fla.; Spc. Kenneth Necochea Jr., 21, of San Diego; and Spc. Jorge Villacis, 24, of Sunrise, Fla.
All six were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.
Have A Happy New Year And Remember, Calling & Driving Do Not Mix
Taliban fighters staff a highway patrol checkpoint in Nangarhar province December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer
How’s It Going In Andar, Ghazni?
Insurgent Leaders “Have Filled The Void Left By The Government. They Settle Land And Water Disputes And Dictate School Curriculums”
“Battalion Patrols Engage In Regular Firefights With The Taliban, Often Up Close”
“The Insurgents Are Employing More Sophisticated Improvised Explosive Devices Using Remote Control Devices And Safe-Arming Switches To Set Off Explosions”
The Americans had also helped the Afghan forces take away a man who an Afghan intelligence officer believed was related to a local Taliban judge, but who a group of villagers said was a Kuchi — a Pashtun nomad. As the man was taken away, the village children who earlier had smiled when the soldiers arrived now wore expressions that were full of uncertainty. December 25, 2010 By RAY RIVERA, The New York Times & By Pamela Constable, Washington Post [Excerpts] JUMAH KALA, Afghanistan — The villagers gathered on mounds of dirt to watch as the American armored vehicles rolled in. The streets were narrow and banked by high mud walls; the bulky vehicles could barely squeeze through. The villagers had not seen a coalition patrol here in at least two years, they told the American commander as he stepped out to greet them. “And how long has it been since you’ve seen the governor?” the commander, Capt. Aaron T. Schwengler, asked the villagers as they crowded around him. “Ten years,” one man said through an interpreter. But the villagers do see the Taliban, and on a nightly basis. Insurgent leaders here and in many of the other small farming villages that dot much of the Andar District in Ghazni, one of Afghanistan’s more troubled provinces, have filled the void left by the government. They settle land and water disputes and dictate school curriculums. They issue curfews and order local residents, by way of “night letters,” not to talk to foreign forces. Despite beefed-up coalition patrols in recent months, the insurgents are still sheltering in this remote wheat-farming area. Without question, security has eroded.
Insurgent attacks in Andar have surged 113 percent since 2008, and in neighboring Deh Yak 106 percent, according to military figures. Battalion patrols engage in regular firefights with the Taliban, often up close. And the insurgents are employing more sophisticated improvised explosive devices, imported from the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan, using remote control devices and safe-arming switches to set off explosions. Fighters from the Haqqani network, based out of North Waziristan, Pakistan, have increasingly targeted the southwest part of the province. Military officials say traditional Taliban fighters under the leadership of the Quetta shura have increasingly hit other areas in the province. The September parliamentary elections further illustrated the Taliban’s grip on eastern Ghazni, about 90 miles south of Kabul. In Andar, a district of about 100,000 people, only three people voted. “There was no election at all here. The Taliban are everywhere, and not a single government employee dares come to work,’’ said Abdul Bari, an educator reached by phone in Ghazni’s Andar district. Some Ghazni leaders have blamed Taliban intimidation and the poor state of security for the turnout. But it also reflected the disaffection many Pashtuns, the ethnic majority, here feel toward the Kabul government. Either way, the result was a victory for the Taliban. “It certainly gave some credibility that it’s a strong insurgency,” said Lt. Col. David G. Fivecoat, commander of the Third Battalion, 187th Infantry, the American Army unit that took charge of the area from Polish forces in September. “It gave them street cred.” One place the government’s minimal footprint can be seen is in the schools. The government pays teachers’ salaries and buys books. But even here, the Taliban assert their influence. At a school of about 1,300 boys and 30 teachers in the nearby village of Chawni, the Taliban recently posted a letter on the wall detailing the curriculum that was to be taught. “So here they get money from the government, books from the government, and they think it’s perfectly legitimate to teach what that Taliban tells them,” said Captain Schwengler, who commands the Third Battalion’s Company B. Checkpoints improved security on some roads. But reconciliation efforts with local Taliban have been largely futile. So, too, has the push to recruit local police officers, under a fledgling program to provide temporary security until Afghan national security forces can be built up enough to take over.
About 2,100 local police officers have been recruited in 13 locations across the country since the program began in July, according to NATO officials, but none here. The long-term nature of the challenge was clear to Captain Schwengler during his company’s recent visit to Jumah Kala, a village of about 1,000 people. While talking with a crowd of schoolchildren, he asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. Hands shot up. Schoolteacher, some boys shouted gleefully. Doctor, others said. “Who wants to be a policeman?” the captain asked. Hands dropped. “What about the army?” the captain said, pointing to a nearby Afghan National Army soldier who patrolling with the Americans that day. Silence. For now, the American unit’s main focus here has been on restoring security: pushing the Taliban out so that governing and development can proceed. “We can’t build something if we’re getting shot at,” the captain said. At one family’s mud compound this month, an American soldier who was keeping watch up on a shed roof accidentally broke a chunk off as he climbed down. The soldiers casually apologized without offering compensation for the broken roof. A minor incident, but still one that upset the family and did little to build their faith in the soldiers. At another family compound where soldiers heard there might be weapons, an elderly patriarch showed the soldiers around as his wife and children stood off in a corner in fear. Suddenly, as the father disappeared around a corner with the soldiers, the children began crying, believing that he was being taken away. He returned moments later, to gasps of relief from the children. The Americans had also helped the Afghan forces take away a man who an Afghan intelligence officer believed was related to a local Taliban judge, but who a group of villagers said was a Kuchi — a Pashtun nomad. As the man was taken away, the village children who earlier had smiled when the soldiers arrived now wore expressions that were full of uncertainty. [Thanks to Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against The War & Military Resistance Organization, who sent this in.]
Afghan Resistance Statement On The 31st Anniversary Of The
Russian Army Invasion Of Afghanistan:
“If God Willing, Afghanistan Will Prove To Become A Bleeding Wound For The Invaders Once Again, The Global Colonialist Power Will Breathe Its Last Here”
“They Have Packed The Prisons Of Kandahar, Bagram And Other Tens Of Prisons With The Innocent Afghans; Has Brought About An Atmosphere Of Terror And Fear Throughout The Country As A Result Of Night Raids Against The Houses Of The Common People”
26 December Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan The 6th Jaddi (the Hijri Lunar year) which coincides with 27th December, is the day of the former Soviet Union’s aggression against Afghanistan. Three decades ago, on this day, 700 soldiers of the Red Army dressed in the uniform of the Afghan Army killed Hafizulla Amin, the former communist ruler of Afghanistan at Taj Beg Palace, near the capital Kabul. With this, 80,000 Red Army soldiers entered Afghanistan through land and air which, at one point, reached 150,000 soldiers. To confront the coward aggression of their northern neighbor--the former Soviet Union-- the Afghans chose the path of armed Jihad as per the requirement of their religious obligation and other humane values. The Soviets’ invasion expedited the tempo of the struggle which had already been going on against the communist government, giving it a new impetus. The Soviet troops remained engaged in a military muscle showdown against the freedom- loving and Islamist people of Afghanistan almost for ten years from December 1979 to February 1989.
After passage of a few years; reviewing and revision of new strategies and troops reenforcement, they were not able to have a tangible achievement. Contrarily, the situation had slipped into a deepening crisis, following the prolongation of the war and expansion of battles. The decrepit Soviet Union’s economy was not strong enough to fund the aggression. Hence, the last ruler of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbacheve admitted the bitter reality in 1989, saying openly, the crisis of Afghanistan was a bleeding wound for the Soviet Union. He promised to put an end to the invasion. The struggle against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and the Soviets ultimate defeat came to be known epically as the miracle of the century. The Afghans proved once again as saviors of the world from the fangs of another global anaconda. The rulers of the Soviet Union themselves conceded that historically, the invasion was their big mistake — ushering in collapse of the empire existing by the name of the Soviet Union; bringing to and end the rule of the communist empire in central Asia and Eastern Europe; dissolving the Warsaw pact and crumbling into pieces the Wall of Berlin. Consequently, the spell of awe and fear from the Soviet Union which had gripped the globe, melted away simultaneously. After the disintegration of the Red Empire, as a result of the Afghan Jihad, the stage was set for the Western Empire under the leadership of USA to exercise unipolarism and arrogance in the world. Instead of taking a lesson from the shameful end of the invading Soviets, the American arrogant authority, contrarily, turned to colonizing and oppressing miserable people. This gun boat approach on the part of the Americans led to the Americans attacking the miserable people of Afghanistan like the former Soviet Union had done this before; to commence a bloodbath against the oppressed people and occupy the country itself by dent of advanced weapons. The Americans did fulfill their wicked designs practically. At the start, like the former Soviet Union, they had thought, that it was easy to swallow and ingest Afghanistan. The present rulers of the setting puppet regime had encouraged the White House to invade Afghanistan. Thus, they deceived them and used their power for realization of their own whims of power-grabbing. Even now, they are trying to keep the Americans unaware of the ground realities in Afghanistan -- encouraging them to unleash further atrocities and brutalities on the common people. The Global insatiable colonialism as per its trait has deprived the brave people of Afghanistan of their freedom, ironically, under the misleading slogan of democracy. They have packed the prisons of Kandahar, Bagram and other tens of prisons with the innocent Afghans; has brought about an atmosphere of terror and fear throughout the country as a result of night raids against the houses of the common people.
They think, the tactic of terrorizing and oppressing people will vouchsafe them victory, or they will subjugate the Afghans through force and coercion. But despite their showdown of their military might during the past decade, neither they have stabilized the country nor did they silence the Jihadic resistance of the Afghans. If God willing, Afghanistan will prove to become a bleeding wound for the invaders once again, the global colonialist power will breathe its last here. On this 31st anniversary of the former Soviet Union’s invasion, while condemning the invasion of the Soviets, and believing it as an incendiary spark which kept the 3-decade long war of Afghanistan ignited, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, meanwhile, remind the Americans to learn lesson from the shameful fate of the invading Soviets by using sagacity and rationale and immediately pull their invading troops out of Afghanistan.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO COMPREHENSIBLE REASON TO BE IN THIS EXTREMELY HIGH RISK LOCATION AT THIS TIME, EXCEPT THAT THE PACK OF TRAITORS THAT RUN THE GOVERNMENT IN D.C. WANT YOU THERE TO DEFEND THEIR IMPERIAL DREAMS: That is not a good enough reason.
Spc Steven Galvin from Holstein, Indiana, of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry, sights towards a Taliban position from a house during battle in Chowkay district near the Pakistani border in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan, Dec. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Spc Andrew Vanderhaegeen from Rockester MN, of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry takes cover behind a latrine during an attack by Taliban on Badel Combat Out Post near Pakistani border in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan, Dec 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Pfc. Kyle Garcia from Ridgefield, Wash., right, along with Spc. Steven Galvin from Holstein, Iowa, of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry, returning fire under attack by Taliban on Combat Out Post Badel in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border on Dec. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
U.S. soldiers in bunker position during attack by Taliban on Combat Out Post Badel in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan border Dec 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
NOT ANOTHER DAY NOT ANOTHER DOLLAR NOT ANOTHER LIFE
The remains of Army Spc. Sean R. Cutsforth of Radford, Va., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Dec. 18, 2010. Cutsforth, 22, of Radford, Va., died Dec. 15 at Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
New Scams “Target Service Members Who Try To Get Payday Loans Online”
Thieving Shit-Eating Scum Threaten Servicemembers By “Demanding Payment To Avoid Arrest Or A Lawsuit”
12.20.2010 By Karen Jowers, Army Times [Excerpts] New scams have cropped up that target service members who try to get payday loans online. A Marine and a retired service member’s spouse have reported being contacted by someone claiming they had committed an “illegal act” by applying for a payday loan online, and demanding payment to avoid arrest or a lawsuit. The Military Lending Act prohibits lenders from giving military personnel loans with an annual percentage rate higher than 36 percent. Payday lenders typically charge interest equivalent to 400 percent APR. The Pentagon’s interpretation of the law limits the interest rate cap to payday loans, refund anticipation loans and vehicle title loans. The Military Lending Act “was drafted to control lenders and punish them. ... The service member may have done something that wasn’t smart, but he hasn’t broken the law,” said Army Col. Shawn Shumake, director of the office of legal policy for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The two people targeted were at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Parris Island, S.C., said Michael Archer, regional legal assistance officer for Marine Corps Installations East. “We’re trying to ... find patterns and see if there’s a way to deal with it,” Shumake said. “We’re also exploring … ways to alert service members, including through the legal assistance community and financial counselors.” The FDIC is leading an investigation into that scam, said Michael Benardo, chief of the agency’s cyber fraud and financial crimes section. The callers in both variations of the scam had information about their intended victims. It is unclear how they are getting that information or if they have a connection to the lenders.
Benardo advises to “always make sure you’re dealing with reputable organizations. If you get a cold call, don’t jump to conclusions and do what they say.” If the caller has personal information about a victim, it could be a sign of identify theft, so check credit reports and consider placing a fraud alert by contacting one of the three national credit reporting companies: TransUnion, Equifax or Experian. Officials also advise contacting local law enforcement authorities and the nearest military legal assistance office. The Marine and the spouse could not be reached for comment, but here is what they reported to their legal assistance offices, according to Archer: ■ Parris Island: After the spouse applied for a payday loan online, she was called by “Officer Jones” from the “department of law and justice.” The caller had some sensitive information including the name of the spouse’s bank and the last four digits of her Social Security number. The caller asked for money and said if she did not comply, he would have her arrested. ■ Camp Lejeune: The Marine applied for a payday loan online and was later called by someone from “credit inquiries liquidation” or a similarly named company, Archer said. The caller claimed the victim had violated banking regulations and was being charged with check fraud. The caller expressed a willingness to “settle out of court” for $800, payable by credit card. In the FDIC alert, officials noted they have received numerous reports of suspicious phone calls claiming the victim is delinquent in the payment of a loan that may or may not actually exist. The caller provides sensitive information such as name and Social Security number, and strongly urges the victim to make a payment over the phone to “avoid a lawsuit and possible arrest.”
“Here Is The Face Of Capitalism In Poor Countries Like Haiti”
“A Handful Of Businessmen – Along With Their Flunkeys In Power – Enrich
Themselves At The Expense Of The Poor”
Spark Issue no. 882; November 22 - December 13, 2010 On November 15, clashes took place between the population, the police and soldiers from the United Nations in several Haitian cities. At least two people were killed and several others injured. The Haitian population suspects that the cholera epidemic was brought by the soldiers from Nepal who arrived in Haiti on October 15. The first case of cholera, a disease that had disappeared in Haiti over a century ago, reappeared five days later. The particular strain of the disease in Haiti is also known to exist in Nepal. In addition, the epidemic in Haiti began along the Artibonite River, near a garrison of United Nations troops including Nepalese soldiers. Haitians are fed up with being victimized by the carelessness of the ruling classes that this cholera epidemic demonstrates. It has already killed more than a thousand people and sickened some 14,000 more. The following translation comes from La Voix des Travailleurs (Workers Voice), a monthly newspaper written by militants of the Organization of Revolutionary Workers in Haiti. ********************************************************************************** The number of cholera deaths is undoubtedly higher than the numbers given officially. The health authorities rely on the figures given by the large hospitals in the central areas. But they don’t bother to go into the more remote areas as they prefer to stay safely at home rather than visit the sick. Phone calls between Haitians in Port-au-Prince and those in outlying areas show the epidemic continues to spread, especially in rural areas where the illness first appeared. The heath minister and other officials – lying as often as they breathe – declared the epidemic contained even before there were another 300 deaths. While they blab into the journalists’ microphones, the cholera continues to spread in four other areas of the country. Of course the epidemic is not contained. It is a disease easily transmitted from feces to mouth, from contaminated water and food, from a lack of a clean and stable environment for those ill. In a country that lacks not only purified water and pipes for sewage but also soap, what can be expected except the spread of this kind of disease?
And where are the doctors, nurses and health aides needed to contain and treat the cholera? The largest river in Haiti, the Artibonite, is contaminated by sewage. The most plausible hypothesis, admitted by everyone except the United Nations troops, is that the river is at the origins of the cholera epidemic. And even more shameful is that the population near the river has to drink this unhealthy polluted water. They have no other choice. Throughout the country, less than one in three schools has clean drinking water – even according to the ministry of education. The situation is all the more alarming because all the factors exist in Haiti to spread this cholera epidemic: poverty, lack of awareness concerning drinking water, sanitation problems, the lack of septic systems, not to mention the floods caused by Hurricane Thomas. Even in the cities, much of the population in the enormous slums has no place to urinate or defecate. With no toilets, people have to use the ground, which then contaminates the area and nearby water. Here is the face of capitalism in poor countries like Haiti, where a handful of businessmen – along with their flunkeys in power – enrich themselves at the expense of the poor. That is why we must get rid of this unjust, irrational and inhumane social system.
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