A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

Tomas Young, disabled veteran and outspoken critic of the Iraq War died today at the age of 34. Here is his letter to Bush and Cheney.


Tomas Young

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

To read Chris Hedges’ recent interview with Tomas Young, click here.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

Source.

Veterans Sue Banks For Funding Terrorist Attacks on US Soldiers

Now here’s a Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) news story you probably won’t see on mainstream media, even though it is about seeking justice for soldiers. -LW


Susanne Posel, Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
November 11, 2014

Vets Sue Banks For Funding Terrorist Attacks on US Soldiers - Top US & World News | Susanne Posel

An unprecedented 200 plus American service men and women (including family members of soldiers killed in Iraq) filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn, in a federal court, citing that banks financed more than 50 attacks on Americans stationed or working in Iraq during the war.

The banks named in the suit are:

  • HSBC
  • Barclays
  • Standard Chartered
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
  • Credit Suisse
  • Bank Saderat Iran, UK-based subsidiary of Iranian bank

The lawsuit states that these banks transferred “billions of dollars on behalf of Iran; even after sanctions were placed on the country because of their suspected financing of terrorist organizations.

Court papers filed reveal: “The defendants provided Iran with the means by which it could transfer more than $150 million to the I.R.G.C.-Q.F., Hezbollah and Special Groups, which were actively engaged in planning and perpetrating the murder and maiming of hundreds of Americans in Iraq.”

In fact, the lawsuit explains how the banks cited just happened “to do business with Iranian financial institutions that have separately financed Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group and political party suspected of aiding attacks in Iraq, as well as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and other instruments of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.”

This litigation focuses on how the banks “finance illegal activity” and played a role in handling “tainted transactions” by using the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) to show the bank’s hand in providing “material support” to terrorists.

Gary Osen, one attorney for the plaintiffs, pointed out: “Does it matter whether a particular bank was the physical conduit of the transfers to the terror apparatus, or is it enough that they were in a conspiracy which made that possible, and that they were, as a legal matter, deliberately indifferent to that result?”

In order to move money, according to the lawsuit, banks “ conspired with Iranian banks to mask wire transactions in order to evade US sanctions.”

It is estimated that at least $100 million was funneled to terrorist groups operating in Iraq under the control of Iran:

  • a Shi’ite militia in Iraq
  • Kataib Hezbollah
  • Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

This lawsuit alleges that these banks “indirectly facilitated the attacks by entering into agreements with Iranian banks to mask US dollar wire transactions sent through the United States.”

Osen said: “Each defendant understood that their conduct was part of a larger scheme engineered by Iran.”

HSBC has a history of financing terrorist clients from countries such as Mexico, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria.”

Back in 2012, in Mexico, HSBC allowed massive amounts of monies to be funneled to drug cartels while simultaneously servicing clients in Saudi Arabian and Bangladesh banks to finance many terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.

At the time, it was revealed that “HSBC officials working closely with Saudi Arabian banks linked to terrorist organizations.”

In a news article about the lawsuit: “… the four-count criminal information filed in the court charged HSBC with failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program, to conduct due diligence on its foreign correspondent affiliates and for violating sanctions and the Trading With the Enemy Act.”

It is clear that “if [the banks] do business with terrorists, [they] can be held liable.”

 

Source.

VA Cites Progress on Backlog; Congress Disagrees

Thanks, Drake.

Forgive me if I sound naive, but if they REALLY wanted to catch up on the outrageous number of unprocessed claims, why wouldn’t they HIRE MORE PEOPLE???!!!!!  This isn’t rocket science!

The unemployment rates in America are deplorable, vets are  either dying or living in misery, homeless, in mental anguish—not to mention their families… and they CLAIM they made this much progress? Sorry, not buyin’ it. They lied about this just as they’ve lied about everything else.

The formal shadow government plan is to inflict as much misery and pain on Humanity as possible. All that matters to the government is that the VA executives get their big, fat bonuses.

Cut the red tape, get some people in there who care, hire a new workforce to assist the ones who know what they’re doing and can train, and GET IT DONE!

There is no excuse for this gross negligence of men and women who went to war in the name of freedom—no matter how misguided they were.  It’s criminal.  End the suffering!!! 

Stop stalling over unqualified claims and overpayments, for crying out loud. None of that will matter soon anyway.

The US government has stolen enough money from The People to cover every claim a thousand times over and in actuality should be tried for mass murder.

And soon they shall be.  ~ BP

Click here to watch the whistleblower’s video.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made “tremendous progress” in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department’s assistant inspector general don’t believe it.

Allison Hickey, the VA’s undersecretary for benefits, told Congress that at the insistence of officials from President Barack Obama on down, the benefits backlog has been whittled down to about 275,000 — a 55 percent decrease from the peak.

Hickey’s claims were met with disbelief by some. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, told her flatly that he thinks the VA’s numbers are inaccurate.

“I don’t believe anybody at the table is telling the truth from the VA,” Miller said at a contentious hearing that lasted more than five hours Monday night. “I believe you are hiding numbers.”

Asked if she trusted numbers produced by VA, the agency’s assistant inspector general, Linda Halliday, said no.

“I don’t want to say I trust them,” Halliday said.

In a report issued earlier Monday, Halliday said that in its rush to reduce the backlog of disability claims, the VA has made benefits payments of more than $85 million to veterans who lacked adequate medical evidence that they deserve them. Without improvements, the VA could make unsupported payments to veterans totaling about $371 million over the next five years for claims of 100 percent disability alone, Halliday said.

The IG’s office also found widespread problems at VA regional offices in Philadelphia and Baltimore, including mail bins full of disability claims and associated evidence that had not been electronically scanned for three years.

“Improved financial stewardship at the agency is needed,” Halliday told the House veterans panel. “More attention is critical to minimize the financial risk of making inaccurate benefit payments.”

Special initiatives designed to remove older claims and speed processing of new claims are worthwhile, Halliday said, but in some cases they “have had an adverse impact on other workload areas” such as managing appeals filed by veterans and reducing overpayments to veterans.

Hickey defended her agency, saying the department has spent the past four years redesigning and streamlining the way it delivers benefits and services to veterans.

Last year, the Veterans Benefits Administration, which she oversees, completed a record 1.2 million disability rating claims, Hickey said. The agency is on track to complete more than 1.3 million rating claims this year and pay a total of $67 billion in benefits — about half the VA’s budget, Hickey said. More than 90 percent of the claims are being processed electronically, she said.

The VA has long struggled to cope with disability claims. The backlog intensified in recent years as more solders returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and as the VA made it easier for Vietnam-era veterans to get disability compensation stemming from exposure to Agent Orange.

The VA has set a goal to process all claims within 125 days at 98 percent accuracy in 2015, but so far has fallen far short. The agency now processes most claims within 154 days — or more than five months — at a 90 percent accuracy rate, compared with an accuracy rate of 86 percent three years ago, Hickey said. At one point, veterans were forced to wait an average nine to 10 months for their disability claims to be processed.

“It has never been acceptable to VA … that our veterans are experiencing long delays in receiving the benefits they have earned and deserve,” Hickey said, adding that she was “saddened and offended” by related problems that have plagued VA health centers in recent months. Investigators have found long waits for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, and falsified records to cover up the delays.

Halliday, in her report, said she found similar problems with the benefits agency, including faulty claims processing that “increases the risk of improper payments to veterans and their families.”

Inspectors surveying Philadelphia’s VA benefits center in June found mail bins brimming with claims and associated evidence dating to 2011 that had not been electronically scanned, she said.

Inspectors also found evidence that staffers at the Philadelphia regional office were manipulating dates to make old claims appear newer. The findings are similar to problems in which investigators have found long waits for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, and falsified records to cover up the delays.

Read the rest of the article…

 

Operation American Spring is Going Strong in Washington May 31st

Just a reminder to everyone that Operation American Spring is not a one weekend protest.

It BEGAN on May 16th and it’s STILL ongoing.

Americans need to MOBILIZE and show other citizens they need to pay attention and DO something about the horrendous state of affairs in the USA.

Peaceful protest is the way to do it, and that is exactly what has been going on in Washington, DC—at monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building and memorials.

If you can join the folks on the scene please do. Help wake people up. Confirm for them that the situation is serious and the shadow government must be taken to task.

Join the peaceful revolution and take your country back. Other countries are doing it, but your corporate media won’t tell you about it.

See the photos, videos, visit the Facebook page, the website, or America: Where Are You Now? on Facebook

You’ve got to do this yourself, America. No one can do it FOR you.  ~ BP

 

 

Texas Veterans’ Hospital Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate’: Whistleblowers

Thanks, Drake.

Can you think of any more despicable behaviour?

Send these criminals off to war for a few tours and give them a taste of what it’s like and let the chips fall as they may. Let them get body parts blown off. Let them experience cancer and other diseases resulting from chemical and bio-warfare. Let them have nightmares and flashbacks to the point they can’t sleep.  Let them live on mind-altering drugs to numb the pain and anguish. It’s only fitting. They’re basically playing Russian Roulette with veterans’ lives; playing God. They have no right.

See the source site for photos and videos.  ~ BP

Last week, President Obama pledged to address allegations of corruption and dangerous inefficiencies in the veteran’s healthcare system. But before the president could deliver on his pledge, the scandal has spread even further. New whistleblower testimony and internal documents implicate an award-winning VA hospital in Texas with widespread wrongdoing – and what appears to be systemic fraud.

Emails and VA memos obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast provide what is among the most comprehensive accounts yet of how high-level VA hospital employees conspired to game the system. It shows not only how they manipulated hospital wait lists but why – to cover up the weeks and months veterans spent waiting for needed medical care. If those lag times had been revealed, it would have threatened the executives’ bonus pay.

What’s worse, the documents show the wrongdoing going unpunished for years, even after it was repeatedly reported to local and national VA authorities. That indicates a new troubling angle to the VA scandal: that the VA may be incapable of finding violations of its own rules that are hiding in plain sight.

“For lack of a better term, you’ve got an organized crime syndicate,” a whistleblower who works in the Texas VA told The Daily Beast. “People up on top are suddenly afraid they may actually be prosecuted and they’re pressuring the little guys down below to cover it all up.”

“I see it in the executive’s eyes,” the whistleblower added. “They are worried.”

The current VA scandal broke in Phoenix last month, when a former doctor at a VA hospital there became the first whistleblower to gain national attention. The allegations made by the doctor of falsified appointments — and veterans dying while they waited for treatment — unleashed a wave of similar claims from VA employees nationwide. In Cheyenne, Wyoming, Chicago, and Albuquerque, more VA whistleblowers came forward claiming that the same fraudulent scheduling was being used in the hospitals where they worked.

The torrent of claims led to Senate hearings, calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, multiple investigations and President Obama’s own public statement last week. But the root causes of the VA crisis have remained murky – until now.

There’s enormous pressure to report favorable wait times for VA patients, the Texas whistleblower explained, even if those wait times are completely false.

“If [VA] directors report low numbers, they’re the outlier. They won’t stay a director very long and they certainly won’t get promoted. No one is getting rewarded for honesty. They pretty much have to lie, if they don’t they won’t go anywhere,” the whistleblower added. Weighted more heavily than other performance measure, the wait time numbers alone “count for 50% of the executive career field bonus, which is a pretty powerful motivator.”

The whistleblower — who will alternately be called “the clinician,” referring to the job they have held with the Texas VA for almost a decade — asked to remain anonymous due to fear of losing their job or being otherwise punished for speaking out.

ANATOMY OF A FRAUD

The clinician has been alerting authorities to the wrongdoing at their facility for years but the corruption has persisted despite multiple reports and investigations by the VA’s inspector general.

The case of Dr. Joseph Spann, a recently retired doctor who reported malfeasance in the Texas VA system where he worked for 17 years, raises the possibility that official investigations may only be hiding the problems they were charged to root out.

After retiring in January of this year Spann sent a letter to VA investigators accusing a VA employee of manipulating patient wait lists to hide treatment delays for veterans. The rigged reporting scheme Spann described in his letter, which threatens veterans’ lives by delaying their treatment, is the same method that has been exposed in Phoenix, Cheyenne, Albuquerque and scores of other VA hospitals across the country.

According to Spann, Dr. Gordon Vincent, chief of radiology at Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple, Texas, didn’t just break VA policy by manipulating veterans’ appointments himself. He ordered VA employees across the state to engage in the same fraudulent practice.

The VA said it investigated Spann’s charges, and, after, finding nothing to substantiate the claims, cleared Vincent and the Texas VA.

But documents obtained by The Daily Beast appear to show Dr. Vincent doing precisely what Spann accused him of – the activities the VA said it could not substantiate.

In the above document, taken from the VA’s internal record system, you can see Dr. Vincent cancel an ultrasound appointment for a veteran suffering from cirrhosis. Vincent tells the doctor who submitted the original order to change the desired date  – the day the provider selected for the procedure based on their diagnosis and clinical judgement – citing the facility’s patient backlog.

Veterans are supposed to be seen within 14 days of their desired date, according to VA policy.

Read the rest: Source

So Much Going On… It’s Exhausting

How are you feeling these days? Are you as depleted as I am? I’ve found it difficult to focus and feel overwhelmed. On the weekend I was too exhausted to do anything and was forced to surrender. I didn’t even feel like reading, but yet feeling so tired I still only slept 2 hours on Saturday night. Actually, all three of us are tired.

Last night I had some odd dreams, but the only one I recall was viewing Earth from far above and seeing the gridlines.

Our Internet was down on Monday (2 hrs) as well as our phone service for a shorter period, and Sunday lost Internet for 3 hrs and today it’s up and down—and we haven’t even hit 100 degrees yet. That’s coming tomorrow.

Our outdoor fridge died last weekend, so we’ve had to take care of an air conditioner and a fridge in the past week, so providing we have power, we can stay cool this summer.

Just now WordPress has been acting up and won’t let me post the usual way. It keeps giving me posts in the Reader, rather than a list of all my posts so I can create a new one.

We’ve noticed It’s deathly quiet in the ‘hood this past week. I’m not sure if it’s because most of the snowbirds have left or some other reason, but it’s eerie.

A lot has been happening in the world, and I’m sharing some videos and links to updates in a digest format because I’m so far behind now I can’t dedicate one post per topic.

As you know, Operation American Spring continues with zero fanfare in the lamestream, until last night when we saw the bikers’ Rolling Thunder coverage on TV. It was clear there were a lot of people in Washington, but they didn’t mention OAS, of course. They simply said hundreds of thousands of bikers showed up to pay homage to the fallen and those who continue to suffer; the vets.

OAS    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzpV39P7Vbk

Col. Harry Riley (Ret) part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy2KAtbncUA

Col. Harry Riley (Ret) part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uFq-_qg6BI

Simultaneously, there has been a lot of alternative bandwidth—and rightly so!—dedicated to the veterans and their shocking lack of care pursuant to the contractual obligations of the US government which continues to either deny them appropriate care or is woefully inadequate at processing claims and looking after the sick and wounded. There should be protests and demonstrations in front of Veterans Affairs and related federal establishments responsible for ensuring the veterans are cared for in a timely, safe and efficient fashion. They’ve tolerated the pathetic state of affairs far too long.

http://www.naturalnews.com/045301_Memorial_Day_veterans_health_care.html

I had to snicker when I saw this video of Obama and his “surprise” promenade in Washington where he apparently only met citizens who were in shock and awe and overjoyed to see the President of the United States up close and personal. It’s this sort of contrived damage control that is so typical of the powers-that-were and their media whores.

I’ve seen a number of posts containing photos from the Millions Against Monsanto marches in 350 cities and there is a fair bit of good news on that front as two counties in Oregon recently voted against Monsanto’s murderous actions. There was no mention of the marches on the news station we watched briefly, however. No surprise there.

I was thrilled to see this video of a Peace demonstration in Leipzig, Germany that has, over time, spread to 80 cities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It’s most unique. Click the CC closed captioning at the bottom of the video player for translation.

Kevin Annett and Alfred Webre have shared a tremendous amount of information regarding the Common Law Court and the trial of the Pope, et al in the pedophile rings and child rape and torture hearings. They told us poor Bergoglio isn’t feeling well (I wonder why) and now a top Jesuit has announced his resignation. The rats are running scared. As long as they’re in office and performing their daily duties, they’re easy to find, aren’t they? They’re probably feeling a little too exposed.

http://itccs.org/2014/05/25/itccs-breaking-news-may-25-2014-gmt-brussels-accused-child-killer-resigns-from-top-vatican-office-jesuit-head-adolfo-pachon-makes-startling-announcement-as-he-stands-trial-in-absentia-for-cri/

https://thejesuitpost.org/2014/05/fr-general-nicolas-will-invoke-gc-36-and-intends-to-retire/

And of course, there was the latest shooting spree in Santa Barbara, California…where you’ll get a different story from the alternative media than the mass.

http://www.naturalnews.com/045286_Elliott_Rodger_serial_killer_soulless_society.html

All things considered, I think “turbulence” is the order of the day for awhile as we kick the old, negative energies (and the cabal) out the door and usher in the new, higher vibrations. Many of us are in varying states of readiness to accept the higher, and I think it’s shaking us up a little. We’ll just have to hang on tight and weather the storm as best we can, anticipating that it will get easier rather than harder. Little clues are there if we are in a place to receive.

I must say I had a very pleasant surprise on Friday night when we had our monthly dinner in town with the neighbours. For the first time we sat on the patio rather than inside and it was glorious! We had a new server and to my delight she was chock full of information that we, in the blogosphere, take for granted but I rarely hear others speaking about.

She was planning to attend the March Against Monsanto on Saturday and spouted all manner of things that the other three in my party either had no idea about, or were only vaguely aware of. It was such a joy to hear her tirade because her delivery was unique. Our neighbour, an actor/producer/playwright/screenwriter-type said she should be doing standup. She had us all howling with her three-minute monologue.

We two had an instant bond and have connected on Facebook and I’m sure I’ll be seeing her again. I never expect to meet many awakened people in this backwater town in the desert but they crop up in the craziest places. They ARE out there, and I hope I continue to meet them.

 

 

 

 

Termination Squads Out to Get War Vets [video]

This chilling report sounds just like the cabal, doesn’t it? Or the Nazi death squads. Is it true?

They’re desperate and know we’re after them so they send their minions out to remove the obstacles, as they see them, to their ultimate seizure of control and domination; picking them off one by one. Cowards! 

If they really want a fight, I’m afraid they’re going to get one. There’s no telling what will happen next in America. Things are coming to a head—and fast. 

Will the military sit on this and sacrifice our vets, or mobilize to get the job done once and for all?  I guess that remains to be seen.  ~ BP