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Who are these Fort Carson soldiers? The really ugly side of many of the US troops stationed in Colorado Springs…

The following letter appeared today online in what is really most often the daily Colorado Springs local military propaganda sheet called The Gazette. We reprint it here because it underlines the rather common type of thugs that the Pentagon has stationed in our city out at Fort Carson, and quite often turned into major league thugs as they were used by the Pentagon to occuppy foreign countries with. SORRY, but we cannot attribute their behaviors as merely being due to PTSD, which many of them try to hide their personal AND GROUP misbehaviors behind. Here following is the letter from former Gazette reporter, David Philipps…

LETTERS:
Ugly side of our troops; Who are the men? and more

March 30, 2012

Ugly side of our troops

Has Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division learned to take soldier violence seriously? It doesn’t look like it.

I thought the dozen soldiers arrested for murder and attempted murder between 2006 and 2008 had taught the command that repeated deployments can unleash an ugly side of our troops and warning signs cannot be ignored.

The Gazette and I documented a particularly vigilant spate of violence ingrained in the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, which at one point had a murder rate more than 100 times greater than Colorado Springs.

Fort Carson began to take meaningful steps in 2009 to end the violence, but under changing leadership, these programs have been put on back burners. Any lessons learned seemed to have been forgotten. Now four soldiers have been arrested for murder in the past two weeks.

At least two of them are from the troubled 2-12. Their crimes, including gun smuggling and random shootings, are eerily similar to past battalion practices I detailed in my 2010 book “Lethal Warriors.”

Are they a sign of more to come, or is Fort Carson going to finally take a serious look at what is going on?

Dave Philipps
Colorado Springs

We at the Not My Tribe blog in no way wish to imply that all US troops are criminals, but unfortunately quite a few of them are. The constant hero worship of vets, soldiers, and all that is military by our country’s huge Right Wing is leading to a growing atmosphere of impunity within the military both here in Colorado Springs and also across the nation as a whole. It’s time to take a more realistic look at our country’s military and stop treating the soldiers all as if they are constant heroes, when in fact they most definitely are not.

Ex Colorado Springs Gazette reporter has a new book out about the Fort Carson ‘Lethal Warriors’ unit soldiers

‘Overseas in Iraq for several months, these (Lethal Warrior’ unit) soldiers were exposed to the same dangerous scenarios on a regular basis. So much, Philipps said, that the soldiers never knew who the enemy was and would shoot random citizens and place guns on them to legitimize their kills.’ …Author: Combat follows soldiers home describes ‘Lethal Warriors’ tale.

…In other words, he says many of them committed war crimes, though I doubt he said as much when he still worked for that trashy, militarism adoring Right Wing newspaper, The Colorado Springs Gazette. I’m glad that David Philipps is now no longer chained to such a propaganda rag and is helping expose the Pentagon’s war criminality. Hooray for great reporters like David Philipps!

The book will be released in early April. See Amazon reviews of Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home

Note also, that at this event that Reporter David Philipps spoke at about his new book was actually organized by the Pueblo Veterans for Peace. Not all veterans are Right Wing murderous thugs like the ones who have been threatening me and other members of the Occupy Colorado Springs group with personal acts of violence. These are the actual vets that help defend our right to Free Speech, but they defend that Right not with their guns, but their willingness to expose what US soldiers actually do throughout the world. These antiwar veterans deserve our total respect, while those who continue to be pro war soldiers only deserve our exposure of their war crimes, and exposure of their personal low life criminal mindset.