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America a weapons supermarket for terrorists, inquiry finds

The US is a virtual supermarket for terrorists and foreign governments seeking high-end military technology, including components that can be used to build nuclear weapons and equip militants fighting US and British troops, the American government has found.

Over the past year, government investigators posing as private buyers purchased military-grade body armour, technology to stabilise and steer guided missiles, a device that can be used to detonate nuclear weapons, and other munitions through legal means in the US. They evaded export controls and posted dummy versions of the gear to countries known as trans-shipment points for terrorist groups and foreign governments seeking arms and weapons components.


Uncle Sam's Human Lab Rats

That government scientists conducted human experiments at Edgewood is not in question. "The program involved testing of nerve agents, nerve agent antidotes, psychochemicals, and irritants," according to a 1994 General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) report (PDF). At least 7,800 US servicemen served "as laboratory rats or guinea pigs" at Edgewood, alleges Erspamer's complaint, filed in January in a federal district court in California. The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that military scientists tested hundreds of chemical and biological substances on them, including VX, tabun, soman, sarin, cyanide, LSD, PCP, and World War I-era blister agents like phosgene and mustard. The full scope of the tests, however, may never be known. As a CIA official explained to the GAO, referring to the agency's infamous MKULTRA mind-control experiments, "The names of those involved in the tests are not available because names were not recorded or the records were subsequently destroyed." Besides, said the official, some of the tests involving LSD and other psychochemical drugs "were administered to an undetermined number of people without their knowledge."


VIDEO: Navy SEAL Would Like Dick Cheney to Confess to Murder

"You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."

So says Navy SEAL, professional wrestling entertainer, star of "Predator" and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in an interview with Larry King. Ventura claims that waterboarding is torture, based on the waterboarding he endured during SEAL training.

He also says some negative things about former President George W. Bush.

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Unfit for Combat

This Monday at 2 PM Baghdad time, a US soldier gunned down five fellow soldiers at a stress-counseling center at a US base in Baghdad. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a news conference at the Pentagon that the shootings occurred in a place where "individuals were seeking help."


New Afghan commander fingered in Tillman coverup

President Barack Obama’s new choice to lead US operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, suspected that former football star Pat Tillman had been killed by friendly fire but approved a Silver Star regardless.

McChrystal’s activities as head of Special Operations are shrouded in secrecy. The unit as a whole is so clandestine that the Pentagon won’t disclose the number of troops involved, the names of commanders, its bases or specific missions.


Water rations force some US soldiers to take desperate measures

Despite the might of your own country, despite the power of your own military, for extended periods of time you and other soldiers simply can’t get enough drinking water. And even worse, some of you are paying for it with your health.

That’s the story some U.S. soldiers are telling the 11 News Defenders about their time in Iraq. While we’ve spent billions on bullets and bombs, soldiers in different parts of that arid country, during different phases of this desert war, claim they couldn’t get enough drinkable water.

TVNL Comment: The reason for this is that people like Donald Rumsfeld and most Republicans have privatized our military. Now our military can not support their own basic needs like providing themselves with food and water. They must rely on war profiteers to provide these services for them. Those war profiteers want to spend as little as they can and keep as much of the no0bid contract money as they can. So the provide unacceptable service to our troops, make a fortune in profit, and they continue to hire politicians and ex-military brass to work for them so that they can use their connections to get more contracts, no matter how bad their service is. It is called "corruption", although most people call it supporting the troops. They sell you war so that they can get rich...that is how it works.


Some fear 'perfect storm' for VA with 2 wars, economy

From the economic crisis at home to a troop increase in Afghanistan, veterans' advocates are warning of a "perfect storm" that could flood an already beleaguered health care network for former service members.

Even with the troop count in Iraq scheduled to wind down, the demands on the Department of Veterans Affairs could increase.


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