Live from Ft. Hood, Webcast of Protest Against 3rd Armored Cav Redeployment

Using webcam technology, the anti-war soldier's coffee house outside of Ft. Hood, Texas is providing video updates and webcasting live the protest against redeployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment this month to Iraq.  Protesters include active-duty soldiers (off-duty), veterans, soldiers families and supporters.  Ft. Hood is the largest military base in the nation.

The Under the Hood Cafe website reads:

As corporate media heralds the end of combat forces in Iraq, Fort Hood is deploying 3,000 troops to Iraq from the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. Many of them have been deemed "undeployable" due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other conditions resulting from previous deployments during this decade of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan...

Several upcoming events are aimed at peeling back the mass deception surrounding "the end of combat operations."

1:30 pm, Sunday, August 22, Killeen. There will be a peaceful march to the East Gate of Fort Hood protesting the deployment of additional troops to Iraq and drawing attention to the numbers being sent who are suffering from conditions that should render them "undeployable." Participants should gather at Under the Hood, 17 S. College, Killeen by 1:00 pm.

Please tune in and sign in to the live chatroom on the webcast page to join the discussion and show your support. NOTE: Look for the live action webcast to begin around 6pm EDT.

 

 

Latest Update Broadcast from the coffee house (recorded)

 

Live webcast (when "on air," hit circular "refresh" button in lower left-hand corner) Under the Hood Cafe Facebook page

Live from Ft. Hood, Webcast of Protest Against 3rd Armored Cav Redeployment

Using webcam technology, the anti-war soldier's coffee house outside of Ft. Hood, Texas is providing video updates and webcasting live the protest against redeployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment this month to Iraq.  Protesters include active-duty soldiers (off-duty), veterans, soldiers families and supporters.  Ft. Hood is the largest military base in the nation.

The Under the Hood Cafe website reads:

As corporate media heralds the end of combat forces in Iraq, Fort Hood is deploying 3,000 troops to Iraq from the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment. Many of them have been deemed "undeployable" due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other conditions resulting from previous deployments during this decade of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan...

Several upcoming events are aimed at peeling back the mass deception surrounding "the end of combat operations."

1:30 pm, Sunday, August 22, Killeen. There will be a peaceful march to the East Gate of Fort Hood protesting the deployment of additional troops to Iraq and drawing attention to the numbers being sent who are suffering from conditions that should render them "undeployable." Participants should gather at Under the Hood, 17 S. College, Killeen by 1:00 pm.

Please tune in and sign in to the live chatroom on the webcast page to join the discussion and show your support. NOTE: Look for the live action webcast to begin around 6pm EDT.

 

 

Latest Update Broadcast from the coffee house (recorded)

 

Live webcast (when "on air," hit circular "refresh" button in lower left-hand corner) Under the Hood Cafe Facebook page

"Last" Combat Brigade Out as Obama Sends 3rd Armored Cav In with Wounded

Falling down the rabbit hole: Media trumpets Obama's spin that the "last combat brigade" has left Iraq even as the Pentagon acknowledges to AFP that "while the remaining 50,000 troops will no longer have a formal combat mission after September 1, they will be well-armed and possibly coming under fire as they join in manhunts for Al-Qaeda figures or other extremists."

AFP report, "Despite New Mission, U.S. Troops Still in the Fight in Iraq":

"I don't think anybody has declared the end of the war as far as I know," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell told MSNBC.

"Counter-terrorism will still be part of their mission," said Morrell, referring to the fight against militant networks.

Meanwhile media blacked-out protests continue this week at Ft. Hood, Texas to block the re-deployment Sunday of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which includes a large number of troops going on their 4th and 5th deployments diagnosed as suffering from PTSD.  Ft. Hood is the nation's largest military base.

Iraq Veteran Mike Prysner writes:

As Obama seeks applause for "ending" the war in Iraq, there are busloads of GIs suffering from PTSD, TBI and MST waiting to ship off to another tour in Iraq this month.

For this deployment, however, Fort Hood soldiers have begun standing up. Soldiers inside the unit are reporting a bleak situation regarding the mental health of many of its troops, and have begun organizing with other veterans and supporters to inspire those troops to exercise their right to refuse to let their lives be thrown away.

On July 30, approximately 30 active-duty soldiers, veterans, military families and supporters held a rally outside the gates of Fort Hood with a large banner directed at Colonel Allen, commander of 3rd ACR, which read "Col. Allen ... Do Not Deploy Wounded Soldiers!" Demonstrators also carried placards that read: "Tell the brass: Kiss my ass!" and "They lie, we die!"

The anti-war soldiers' coffee house outside of Ft. Hood is staging a mass demonstration this Sunday, in protest of the 3rd ACR deployment.  Under the Hood Cafe's Face Book page says:

This is a nation-wide call to action! Come to Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 22 to participate in peaceful actions with veterans and anti-war leaders opposing the deployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s 5,000 Soldiers to Iraq. This is your invite. Can you attend?

If you cannot attend you can show your solidarity by contacting the White House and asking that the many psychologically wounded of the 3rd Armored Cav not be redeployed.  There is really no getting around it: they are asking us to save their lives.  Anyone who has ever uttered the words "Support the Troops," your time has come.


CONTACT WHITE HOUSE EMAIL FORM
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414


THE NEWS NOT IN THE NEWS: Soldiers, veterans and families protesting outside Ft. Hood, nation's largest military base, all month



 

 

"Last" Combat Brigade Out as Obama Sends 3rd Armored Cav In with Wounded

Falling down the rabbit hole: Media trumpets Obama's spin that the "last combat brigade" has left Iraq even as the Pentagon acknowledges to AFP that "while the remaining 50,000 troops will no longer have a formal combat mission after September 1, they will be well-armed and possibly coming under fire as they join in manhunts for Al-Qaeda figures or other extremists."

AFP report, "Despite New Mission, U.S. Troops Still in the Fight in Iraq":

"I don't think anybody has declared the end of the war as far as I know," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell told MSNBC.

"Counter-terrorism will still be part of their mission," said Morrell, referring to the fight against militant networks.

Meanwhile media blacked-out protests continue this week at Ft. Hood, Texas to block the re-deployment Sunday of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which includes a large number of troops going on their 4th and 5th deployments diagnosed as suffering from PTSD.  Ft. Hood is the nation's largest military base.

Iraq Veteran Mike Prysner writes:

As Obama seeks applause for "ending" the war in Iraq, there are busloads of GIs suffering from PTSD, TBI and MST waiting to ship off to another tour in Iraq this month.

For this deployment, however, Fort Hood soldiers have begun standing up. Soldiers inside the unit are reporting a bleak situation regarding the mental health of many of its troops, and have begun organizing with other veterans and supporters to inspire those troops to exercise their right to refuse to let their lives be thrown away.

On July 30, approximately 30 active-duty soldiers, veterans, military families and supporters held a rally outside the gates of Fort Hood with a large banner directed at Colonel Allen, commander of 3rd ACR, which read "Col. Allen ... Do Not Deploy Wounded Soldiers!" Demonstrators also carried placards that read: "Tell the brass: Kiss my ass!" and "They lie, we die!"

The anti-war soldiers' coffee house outside of Ft. Hood is staging a mass demonstration this Sunday, in protest of the 3rd ACR deployment.  Under the Hood Cafe's Face Book page says:

This is a nation-wide call to action! Come to Fort Hood, Texas, Aug. 22 to participate in peaceful actions with veterans and anti-war leaders opposing the deployment of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s 5,000 Soldiers to Iraq. This is your invite. Can you attend?

If you cannot attend you can show your solidarity by contacting the White House and asking that the many psychologically wounded of the 3rd Armored Cav not be redeployed.  There is really no getting around it: they are asking us to save their lives.  Anyone who has ever uttered the words "Support the Troops," your time has come.


CONTACT WHITE HOUSE EMAIL FORM
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414


THE NEWS NOT IN THE NEWS: Soldiers, veterans and families protesting outside Ft. Hood, nation's largest military base, all month



 

 

U.S. Soldiers Shooting Random Vehicles in Iraq

Once again, as many soldiers who have turned against the occupation have stated, these are not isolated nor even unexpected events.  This is the nature of a brutal military occupation in which the enemy is the entire populace and the goal is control of resources or to maintain geopolitical fragmentation of a state.  

Outspoken Iraq veteran Ethan McCord says of another incident caught on video, of an Apache helicopter attack in 2007 on a wounded man and those trying to help him, words that are applicable to the entire occupation (I refuse to call this a war.  A war has two sides with armies facing each other who have roughly the same firepower.  This is a slaughter.)

McCord says:

"Instead of people being upset at a few soldiers in a video who were doing what they were trained to do, I think people need to be more upset at the system that trained these soldiers. They are doing exactly what the Army wants them to do."

Part of the brainwashing in the Army which teaches the dehumanization of an occupied population are words sung in basic training as you run or march:

we went to the market where all the hadji shop,
pulled out our machetes and we began to chop,

we went to the playground where all the hadji play,
pulled out our machine guns and we began to spray,

we went to the mosque where all the hadji pray,
threw in a hand grenade, and blew them all away.

Now as Obama draws down what is being called the "rebranded occupation" to the 50,000-troop permanent American presence, bolstered by what Jeremy Scahill calls the "coming surge" in private security contractors, we have the power, the many who worked for him and had high hopes, to demand the country be given back fully to the Iraqis.  We might not like the geopolitical outcome (a Shiite government leaning towards Iran) but it will tell the world we have renounced Bush foreign policy and are ready to make amends.  Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) has called for prosecution of Bush administration officials for "conspiring to manipulate intelligence in order to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq."

IVAW alleges that Bush administration officials conspired to create the perception that Saddam Hussein presented an imminent threat to the United States in order to bypass an uncooperative U.N. Security Council and secure a congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq.  The growing body of evidence, including testimony from British officials in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry, indicates that Bush officials could be charged with criminal offenses against the United States and violations of international law for making false claims to national self-defense.

Seumus Milne of the UK Guardian writes:

The horrific cost of the war to the Iraqi people...and the continuing fear and misery of daily life make a mockery of claims that the US surge of 2007 "worked" and that Iraq has come good after all.

It's not only the hundreds of thousands of dead and 4 million refugees. After seven years of US (and British) occupation, tens of thousands are still tortured and imprisoned without trial, health and education has dramatically deteriorated, the position of women has gone horrifically backwards, trade unions are effectively banned, Baghdad is divided by 1,500 checkpoints and blast walls, electricity supplies have all but broken down and people pay with their lives for speaking out.

Please sign the Open Letter to the Iraqi People, authored by former soldiers in Iraq, and work to demand from your congressman that this country be given back to its people. The letter reads in part:

"We did unto you what we would not want done to us. More and more Americans are taking responsibility for what was done in our name. Though we have acted with cold hearts far too many times, we have not forgotten our actions towards you. Our heavy hearts still hold hope that we can restore inside our country the acknowledgment of your humanity, that we were taught to deny...."

Do not hate the soldiers in this video.  Pity them.  We have all played a part in this.  Like the soldiers who have stepped forward to renounce their actions, we can still step forward too.  In The Kiterunner (recommended) the narrator is told in a mysterious message from his past, "There is a way to be good again."

FORWARD THIS TO YOUR CONGRESS MEMBERS

ROLLCALL OF JULY VOTE TO CONTINUE FUNDING FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN OCCUPATIONS ("YEA" MEANS THEY VOTED FOR MORE WAR)

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