Tag Archives: Collateral Damage

Army “Revolutionary” XM25 weapon will revolutionize US people killing

The $35,000 rifle fires exploding ordnance, enabling US infantrymen to kill people behind walls or at distances of 2,300 ft. No indication that our soldiers can now SEE behind walls, or differentiate between combatants and noncombatants at such great distance. Meaning the XM25 will “revolutionize” killing, as military spokesmen say, probably the same innocents we’re massacring now, but an order of higher magnitude. If the same braggarts had a hand in naming the XM25, it means times (X) a magnitude (M) of 25, which I’ll bet is an arbitrary underestimation, where Collateral Damage approaches 100%. And get this, the Army assure us that the XM25 can be fired from the safety of distance and from cover, both of which the XM25 deprives of our adversary. “Revolutionary” pretends to reference the spirit of America’s only defensible war for our independence, but it really means another leap in the arms race, use of disproportional power, further distorting our inhuman arm’s length from war conventions, eliminating “cover” for our victims, but not for our own fighters because our opponents could never afford such a weapon. The DoD’s own words.

It’s class war after all. The haves against the have-nots. Specifically have-not the means to defend themselves from foreign oppressors. Nothing revolutionary about the wealthy keeping down the people.

And there’s nothing technologically revolutionary about the XM25 either. Laser metering, exploding bullets, timed remote detonation, none of those is a new development. Putting all that into a rifle bore is just a matter of budgeting for sky-is-the-limit weaponry. We could make guns that launched miniature yellow submarines if defense spending wanted to bear the expense.

Training Video: AZ cops to avoid using race, ethnicity in new immigration law

Even though they’ve been given a license and a mandate to do exactly Racial and Ethnic profiling. “Play nice with your new gun, son, and don’t go shooting up the neighborhood like you did last time.”

In a similar story Generally Betrays Us has ordered U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to not shoot civilians quite as often. “TRY not to shoot anybody but the ill-defined arbitrarily defined enemy (but we’ll make sure you don’t get prosecuted if you do).”

My personal bet: it will be a “Dead” heat which order actually has a better chance of being strictly enforced.

Especially since both orders have escape clauses from any enforcement.

Afghan-Greyhound mix shot down like a dog in the street, in Khandahar.

For getting too close to the Imperial Storm Troopers, who despite their claims to be “liberators” actually think they own the entire road. How DARE a Civilian Bus attempt to be in THEIR road?
Four people dead. The Pentagon Cover-Up Division is on the job though, fear not, the Imperial Storm Troopers will NOT be punished.

Well well Military can’t find its copies of videos from helicopter-shooting of two Reuters reporters

Even though the videos would have been taken through the onboard computers of the helicopters involved. In order to erase that much data, one would have to “zero out” the drive on which the videos were stored. And, any other drives onto which the videos were copied.

“We had no reason to hold the video at (Central Command), nor did the higher headquarters in Iraq,”

Other than, perhaps, because it showed Army Helicopter Pilots deliberately targeting civilians…

Hanzlik said in an e-mailed statement. “We’re attempting to retrieve the video from the unit who did the investigation.”

They DID, however, show it to investigators from Reuters wanting to know what the hell happened to their reporters 3 years ago.

The good news is, the video has been leaked to at least two websites,

The July 12, 2007, attack has been reported before. But Web site Wikileaks.org on Monday posted the video shot from one of the Apache helicopters, putting it on “collateralmurder.com” site.

Now, when the Army showed Reuters the videos of their employees being summarily Executed it was done “off the record”. and they wouldn’t allow Reuters to have a copy of it, not even heavily Redacted.

gives whole new meaning to “blow ‘n’ go”. We kill you then split.

So now the Army is saying, according to the gentleman and scholar Officer quoted first, that out of all the copies they made, on various computers, including the copy shown to Reuters, they can’t find one to compare to the leaked video. Which is also according to the Army is probably authentic. Just, you know, they don’t want to CAN’T yeah that’s the ticket Can’t prove it.

Now, the Military Procurement rules forbid procuring anything for free. They have to contract the procurement for each item, at quantity, and show in triplicate how much they paid for it.
The practical upshot of that is they wouldn’t have a free operating system. For Pay Only. Windows probably. Also Mac, perhaps enterprise editions of Linux, UNIX the daddy of them all.
But probably microsux.

I’m reminded of that scene in South Park where the U.S. general is presenting the plans to the assembled troops for the coming war against Canada.
The 3D hologram starts up, sputters, dies. General yells “Goddam Windows 95! Bring me Bill Gates!” They bring in Gates, who starts to offer some bullshit explanation, general pulls out his service M1911A ACP and blows his head off.

Now, I know that they teach the soldiers some really BAD freakin’ computer habits, meaning Windoze from Microsux. Which would leave traces in three different directories, at least, two of them hidden so they can’t be easily erased. And that would be on each computer which hosted the video. Don’t believe me, because I could just as easily be bullshitting you, God knows a whole lot of people DO. Try it out. Spend a few bucks and get an “email washing” program, or just use DiskEdit from the Nortons (Symantec) utilities on every modern version of Winblows. Go online and read the user help instruction pages for any program that does that.

Or you could trust me. But it would be God-Damned impossible for the Army to simply LOSE that many files. They use a variation of this same Anti-Microsoft dissertation in every court case where they put computer files in evidence.

So as usual They Be Bullshittin’.