Veterans Day for me is honoring our veterans by identifying veterans’ enemies and allies.
By Michael Leon
Happy Veterans Day, Occupy Wall Street.
As for enemies of veterans, think and fight every right-wing think tank, Allen Breed, and every VA-system bureaucrat who thinks screwing our veterans out of their benefits is their job.
And that goes double for the congressional SuperCommittee now contemplating how badly they want to betray our most recent veterans
In the last 24 hours, we learned that Gaddafi’s claimed victims of the UN bombing campaign included victims of traffic accidents and recently dead, gleaned from hospitals and mortuaries around Libya. The secret he is trying to hide is that the real dead, and their are dozens, aren’t from Libya at all. Libya’s entire air defense command is “rented” from Belarus and the dead are mercenaries.
“They” are coming out of the woodwork, claiming to be “liberals” or “anti-war.” Any Arab uprising must be a Western plot. Those “brown people” can’t really be seeking democracy and freedom and certainly can’t stand up to the “globalist plotters” of the west. I have one reminder for those who think this way.
On February 25, 2011, Veterans Today recommended immediate intervention in Libya. Few had died, Israel had shown its hand as Gaddafi’s backer and the writing was on the wall. Waiting would lead to civil war and large scale
intervention, led by France, bringing the potential for the movement for democracy to be pushed off track, as Iraq and Afghanistan are dark reminders of. Arms and mercenaries flowed in, key media powers and the Israel lobby kept Obama sitting on his hands and, at the last minute, maybe beyond the last minute, there is a call to action.
Should be be suspicious? Damned right!
Should we forget the right of self determination by the Libyan people being crushed, not only by their own government but Israel’s African mercenary armies as well and every resource Gaddafi could buy with the west’s oil money, yes, money from Halliburton and BP? One only need to see the forces arrayed against the rebels, not just GLOBAL CST’s mercenaries but forces from Belarus and Georgia as well.
VETERANS TODAY EXCLUSIVE: RAYMOND DAVIS RELEASE – IMRAN KHAN & IJAZUL HAQ INTERVIEWS – THE INSIDE STORY
CIA contractor Raymond Davis was released by Punjab officials after a reported deal was negotiated with the families of the two men he was accused of murdering. Davis was scheduled to be indicted for murder charges today. Security forces picked up the families last night.
Despite the late hour, spontaneous demonstrations have materialized around Pakistan. The US Consulate in Lahore is the scene tonight of violent clashes between police and anti-American demonstrators. More demonstrations are planned for tomorrow as political parties vie for credibility in light of the public outrage at Davis’ release.
A payment estimated a $2 million was made to secure the release. The families are still in police custody. Davis is now at an undisclosed location, rumored to be Bagram Air Force Base in Kabul.
THE REAL STORY
Press stories are largely inaccurate and incomplete. This is what actually happened according to high ranking sources in the Punjab police and government officials who wish to remain anonymous.
Tonight, Afzal, the uncle of Shumaila, the widow of one of the slain men who had committed suicide, went on Pakistani television. He told the audience, moments ago:
Family members were told they were being taken to the police station to make statements. Instead, they were taken to a secret location and held in isolation and told that unless they signed a letter pardoning Davis, “you will never see daylight.”
Ijazul Haq, Pakistan’s former Minister of Religion and son of former Prime Minister Zia al Haq reports, in a VT exclusive, that members of the family and others involved, were given US citizenship to protect them from reprisals.
“a massive explosion that completely destroyed an area three times the size of a soccer field…..photographers who arrived at the site of the explosion Saturday saw entire buildings, cars and trees flattened and smoldering as a result of the blast” Associated Press
Last nights explosion at the Rajma military base outside Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city leveled blocks, left fires and left fire burning through the night. Reports indicate an ammunition depot caused the blast but another, far more sinister cause is much more likely, a tactical nuclear weapon.
The use of such weapons, believed “unthinkable” by the public, may be much more common than believed. From Veterans Today;
HIDING NUKE USE, POTENTIAL SOURCES
“There have been breakthroughs we never hear about. These programs went ‘dark’ years ago after a significant advance in physics. Small nukes have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan and people are getting sick, not just locals but Americans as well. These new weapons have little lingering radiation and can be easily hidden.”
HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam and the United States aim to start cleaning up contamination from Agent Orange at a former wartime US base in the middle of next year, the US embassy said Thursday.
A memorandum signed between the two sides “confirms the mutual desire of both governments to cooperate in hopes that cleanup can begin in July 2011 and be completed in October 2013,” the statement said.
The agreement covers contamination at the Danang airport in central Vietnam.
During the Vietnam War US aircraft flying from bases including Danang sprayed Agent Orange and other herbicides to strip trees of foliage, in a bid to deprive communist forces of cover and food.
The herbicides contained potentially cancer-causing dioxin.
In preparation for the cleanup, the US awarded a contract late last year for building a secure landfill site to hold contaminated soil and sediment at the airport, where the US is focusing its help at Vietnam’s request.
US ambassador Michael Michalak told the signing ceremony on Thursday that Washington has set aside almost 17 million dollars this year for the Danang dioxin cleanup, which will cost a total of 34 million dollars.
September 20, 2010
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Washington Gas Energy Services, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a maximum $105,454,390 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for natural gas. Other locations of performance are Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 29 responses. The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SPO600-10-D-7514).
Colonial Energy, Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a maximum $48,844,533 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for natural gas. Other locations of performance are Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 29 responses. The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SPO600-10-D-7512).
PENTAGON SCAM ENRICHES “REVOLVING DOOR” BUDDIES
A water truck backs up to the Euphrates River in Iraq. The driver, a Ugandan or maybe an Ethiopian, gets out, lowers a hose into the sewage ridden flow and fills his truck. 5 miles away, a US Army water purification center sits, too far away. The driver thinks, “water is water.” Another of the Pentagon’s “Zombie Contractors” take their toll, part of the army of “undead” and unqualified who are the world’s most expensive work force.
The driver, an employee of a company once headed by the Vice President of the United States, could care less, clean water, filth or sewage, it is only going to American troops as drinking water.
The words “typhoid” or “hepatitis” mean nothing to him, he has never heard them and certainly didn’t read them in his daily log. He never reads anything. He can’t as he is illiterate like tens of thousands of other employees that the American taxpayer is coughing up $1000 a day for, even more, sometimes much more.
The driver considers himself well paid at $10 dollars a day.
The troops drinking the water would only find out weeks later that it was contaminated with sewage. Similarly, 33 American soldiers have been electrocuted by faulty wiring installed by work crews that wouldn’t know “positive” from “negative.” The Pentagon paid for journeymen and got third world unemployed, swept up off the streets, trucked out of the slums of Africa or South America, many decent and hard working people but to the contracting firms, American, British and Israeli, mostly, they are nothing but a way of defrauding the Pentagon, something any child could do.
The Pentagon doesn’t care, not as long as the company’s politics are right and, under the Bush administration, “right” meant extreme right.
Americans have been told the hundreds of thousands of highly paid contractors in, not only Iraq and Afghanistan but throughout the Middle East, were veterans, most Marines, Rangers, Seals and Special Forces, paid a thousand dollars a day to put their lives on the line and, in the process, building a “net egg” for their lives, should they survive and return home. The controversy, we were told, was that our active duty troops only made a fraction as much. This story, however, was only meant to deceive, dissemble and misinform. Yes, many veterans hold security contracting jobs and pull down high dollars but the truth is far different than we were told.
One contracting firm, handing security for the United States Air Force, had over 8000 employees in Afghanistan. All were assumed to be Rangers, SAS or other combat vets. In reality, only 6 were trained military veterans from these services. Every other employee was, not only “third world” but also never trained or members of military forces rated, frankly, as armed rabble.
The Pentagon paid nearly as much for one of these shoeless, uneducated and untrained contractors in a week as a flag officer makes in a month, actually more than that, embarrassingly more.
What are these contractors paid, who sees if they are qualified or even checks of they are wanted criminals? Well, actually, no one. Americans, veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan go through security screenings, rigorous and continual,even humiliating drug testing but the majority of their fellows, including tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of “kitchen workers” or related professions could be anyone, could be and certainly are.
Questions come to mind. Why would the most expensive and highest paid military force on earth with the most technologically advanced surveillance systems imaginable need to be guarded by third world nationals cited for performing their duties in filthy shorts, no shoes or shirt and carrying an aging rusted Soviet weapon from a scrap heap?
Have you noticed you have never seen one of the thousands of real security contractors from Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Uganda and other areas of Africa in photographs? All you see are burly ex-Marines, armed to the teeth.
Ever see a photograph of the living quarters for the other workers, the ones who clean the toilets, cook the food, and outnumber our troops? Why are they hidden? Is something wrong? Why the secrecy? Are we too busy photographing troops tiptoeing through poppy fields to look into the issue of “guest workers.” How do the Pentagon’s favorites, the “no-bid” boys get away with over-billing billions for “mercenaries” when, in actuality they are supplying house maids, janitors dishwashers and billing as though they were all hedge fund managers.
For those who are working “security,” for each burly ex-Ranger, there are a hundred near starving Ethiopians being paid “cigarette money.” Try finding a photograph of one of them. You stand as much chance of finding nuclear weapons assembly videos.
At least the mercenary army, shoes or no shoes, has weapons that work, no matter how old or dirty. The Pentagon has more games than simply throwing away billions to pay workers that may not exist. There is big money in defective weapons also.
Yes, we admit, a 30 year old AK 47 assembled in Nigeria is less likely to jam in combat than the M-4 carbine, according to every test ever run. We could talk about the boondoggle “single source” contract, spending hundreds of millions on a weapon troops not only don’t trust but has proven useless in the long range combat of Afghanistan. We could talk about where 250,000 AK 47′s, not junk, but new “top of the line” models with forged receivers simply disappeared.
Our hope is that they ended up at the bottom of the Euphrates River, dumped, truckload after truckload by impatient Rwandan truckers looking to shorten their workday. I am sure we will be seeing those weapons again, not at a local gun show in Colorado, but “business end first” during our next “endless war” but I digress.
What don’t we know about who we pay hundreds of billions of dollars for?
At one time I was told the US Army had 125,000 kitchen workers in Iraq alone. Then I was told the figure was actually much higher. The total contractor figure, during the time of our highest troop deployments was three times that of the number of soldiers in theater. Who are they and what are they paid? Nobody knows, in particular, congress, the General Accounting Office and the Department of Defense and no one is asking.
We don’t have a remote idea what any of the contractors actually do, where they live, what their jobs are and if they do them at all or if they actually exist at all. We simply pay and pay.
In fact, the job of overseeing contractors is, in itself, actually contracted out. Oh, it gets better, the job of overseeing the contractors who oversee the contractors is contracted out also. Is there an end to this? We haven’t found it yet.
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
General Electric Aircraft Engines, Lynn, Mass. is being awarded a maximum $445,281,495 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, requirement-type contract for engine parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The original proposal was Web-solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va., is the contracting activity (SPM400-03-D-9404).
PAPCO, Inc.*, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a maximum $61,598,056 firm-fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are Maryland and Ohio. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was solicited on the Federal Business Opportunities website with 52 responses. The date of performance completion is July 31, 2013. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-4024).
Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., is being awarded a $28,144,958 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00039-08-C-0115) for eight Submarine High Data Rate Antenna Systems. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Mass. (69 percent) and St. Petersburg, Fla. (31 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured because Raytheon developed the submarine antenna under contract N00039-04-D-0033, which was competitively awarded Oct. 23, 1996. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. See all contracts awarded at Veterans Today