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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.

Marching orders from Vets For Peace

Veterans For Peace are stepping forward to plan the unplannable: how to protest the regularly postponed announcement of an escalation in Afghanistan? I forgot how we picked March 19-21 to demonstrate against the attack on Iraq. Did we protest its beginning, or did it start afterward? Bush snuck the “surge” past public outcry, and that’s how Obama will surge Afghanistan. Vets for Peace suggest activists be ready this time with a “March of the Dead” immediately when Obama decides.
death masks

A MARCH OF THE DEAD requires dark cloths, preferably robes or hoods, and plain white masks with eyes and mouth backed with black gauze. Generic masks are available here, for example.

Already this year Obama has doubled US troops in Afghanistan without having to announce a decision.

As far as planning protests, it’s been easy to forecast the thousand-mark milestones of US soldier deaths, and the anniversaries of the wars. How are we to project when a decision is coming? The administration keeps setting back the date for Obama’s decision, owing to the complexity of the issues. Afghanistan may be so complicated, it will never be answered.

Participating in the Veterans For Peace call to action are: Military Families Speak Out, the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, National Assembly, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, United for Peace and Justice, and World Can’t Wait.

Let’s add Coloradans For Peace march for the dead.

Our mission, should we chose to accept it:

1) Within the next few days, ideally prior to any decision from President Obama, conduct any of a wide range of local activities — from calling Members of Congress to nonviolent civil resistance and everything in between — demonstrating our opposition to and disgust with any decision to widen the war in Aghanistan. To show unity of purpose, we suggest local “March of the Dead” to Federal Buildings, local Congressional offices and government buildings of any sort.

2) On the day immediately following an announcement to escalate the war in Afghanistan, respond again in a variety of ways. To show unity of purpose, we suggest:

a) making an appointment that day with at least one group that you’re not already a member of — a church, union, civic group, etc. — to go and speak with them about the war

b) return to the streets and again conduct any of a wide range of local activities — from calling Members of Congress to nonviolent civil resistance and everything in between — and be prepared to comment to the news media about the escalation of the war.

David Barsamian and a Vet For Peace

Activist scholar David Barsamian visited Colorado Springs yesterday to speak on Afghanistan and raise money for the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. Barsamian was his usual gracious and erudite self but the PPJPC can’t even embarrass themselves. At one point in his presentation, Barsamian talked of encountering a Vets For Peace participant, who’d been an active PPJPC member. “You remember Brian?” He asked the group, as if relating a greeting from an old friend. Blank stares all around. Barsamian scanned the room until his eyes reached Tony and I, demonstrably nodding our heads. “Of course you do” chided Barsamian, as he moved on. What a pathetic lot.