1. descentintotyranny:

Iraq veteran kills himself after being ordered to commit “war crimes”
June 25 2013
Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide following an arduous battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by his role in committing “crimes against humanity,” according to the soldier’s suicide note.
Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.
Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”
Somers also complains about how he was forced to “participate in the ensuing coverup” of such crimes.
Somers’ death serves to refocus attention on the fact that military veterans are committing suicide in droves after being afflicted with PTSD as a direct result of committing atrocities while in combat.
As Somers highlights in his note, 22 military veterans commit suicide every single day. Amongst active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpassed the number of US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan.
“And according to some experts, the military may be undercounting the problem because of the way it calculates its suicide rate,” reports the New York Times, adding that experts cannot understand “the root causes of why military suicide is rising so fast.”
However, the root causes are laid bare in Somers’ suicide note. US troops are being ordered to commit atrocities so vile that the only way many of them can cope with the horror of what they have done is by killing themselves.
Examples of atrocities aided directly or indirectly by US troops in Iraq include;
- Orders to slaughter “all military age men” during some operations;
- Torturing detainees – many of whom had never engaged in combat and were totally innocent - at grisly prison camps across the country;
- Raping and torturing children at the infamous Abu Ghraib detention facility while they shrieked in terror. Women forced to watch later begged to be killed.
- Sodomizing detainees with chemical lights and broom sticks;
- Indiscriminately firing upon and killing journalists and children from the air;
- Massacring entire groups of unarmed Iraqis, including children and the elderly in Hadith.
“This is what brought me to my actual final mission. Not suicide, but a mercy killing,” wrote Somers, adding that him living “any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand.”
Read Somers’ full suicide note, obtained by Gawker and published with his family’s permission.

    descentintotyranny:

    Iraq veteran kills himself after being ordered to commit “war crimes”

    June 25 2013

    Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide following an arduous battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by his role in committing “crimes against humanity,” according to the soldier’s suicide note.

    Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.

    Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.

    “The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”

    Somers also complains about how he was forced to “participate in the ensuing coverup” of such crimes.

    Somers’ death serves to refocus attention on the fact that military veterans are committing suicide in droves after being afflicted with PTSD as a direct result of committing atrocities while in combat.

    As Somers highlights in his note, 22 military veterans commit suicide every single day. Amongst active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpassed the number of US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan.

    “And according to some experts, the military may be undercounting the problem because of the way it calculates its suicide rate,” reports the New York Times, adding that experts cannot understand “the root causes of why military suicide is rising so fast.”

    However, the root causes are laid bare in Somers’ suicide note. US troops are being ordered to commit atrocities so vile that the only way many of them can cope with the horror of what they have done is by killing themselves.

    Examples of atrocities aided directly or indirectly by US troops in Iraq include;

    - Orders to slaughter “all military age men” during some operations;

    - Torturing detainees – many of whom had never engaged in combat and were totally innocent - at grisly prison camps across the country;

    Raping and torturing children at the infamous Abu Ghraib detention facility while they shrieked in terror. Women forced to watch later begged to be killed.

    Sodomizing detainees with chemical lights and broom sticks;

    - Indiscriminately firing upon and killing journalists and children from the air;

    Massacring entire groups of unarmed Iraqis, including children and the elderly in Hadith.

    “This is what brought me to my actual final mission. Not suicide, but a mercy killing,” wrote Somers, adding that him living “any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand.”

    Read Somers’ full suicide note, obtained by Gawker and published with his family’s permission.

     
  2. guts-glory-ram:

    callm3-r3d:

    kingofthesky:

    Quick Tour of Afghanistan

    Whats thats over there? Fuckin dirt..
    I’d say somethin soundin like that loll

    Can never not reblog this

    Okay.  I understand that taken at face-value, this soldier’s stupid attempt at humor can be seen as innocuous.  That he could set this aside and even be respectful of his surroundings and the people who live in them, even though the fundamental reason for his being there in the first place is a disregard for the nation’s rights.  Fine.

    But then the same guy in this video is referring to Afghanistan as ‘trashcanistan,’ and his brand of humor doesn’t seem so innocuous anymore.  It seems a symptom.

    After the widespread human rights abuses the western military has committed against civilians and prisoners from Afghanistan (and across the Middle East), I see a dangerous degree of superficiality here — superficiality allows for dehumanization. Dehumanization perpetuates these crimes.  This soldier’s joke may be simply an elitist, uncritical assessment about a landscape of poverty in a nation-state that has been repeatedly exploitated and cheated of opportunity by the same neo-imperial structures this guy supports.  However, this cavalier disdain is also a trapping of the toxicity of the military industrial complex, and US neoliberal interest, in the region.

    Moreover, the soldier in the video is trained to control and aid the non-US public.  Yet he dismisses a non-US public’s nation.

    And do you think this representative of US interests’ callous disregard for a nation only extends to its soil?  

    Demonstrably false.  

    The first step to participating in and supporting egregious human rights abuses, as soldiers have done and been complicit in, is otherizing a people and pointing to their lot, their land, and laughing, There’s nothing here.

     
  3. jahanzebjz:

    Emaciated and frail, more than 100 men lie on concrete floors of freezing, solitary cells in Guantánamo, silently starving themselves to death.

    Stripped of all possessions, even basics such as a sleeping mat or soap, they lie listlessly as guards periodically bang on the…

    I feel despair.  Utter despair.  

    And then I feel a world-shattering respect for the humanity the unjustly incarcerated in Guantánamo are displaying in the face of their inhuman tormentors.

    Who are the tormentors?  Who are the real animals?  They are the guards, the silently complicit.  And the US government.  Animals.

    (Source: independent.co.uk)

     
  4. micorazonestaenboyleheights:

Que viva La Causa!

    micorazonestaenboyleheights:

    Que viva La Causa!

    (Source: theannexhq)

     
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    Notes: 683

    Reblogged from zenis

    zenis:

fisticuffsandadventure:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

djcagedbird:

Just convinced my mom to stop buying them

What about the organic ones? 

http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp
this is a massive exaggeration of anything that might be wrong with baby carrots tbh

Tumblr??? Readily believing Literally Anything???? get outta town

I know I’ve debunked a good dozen of these furiously reblogged bullshit posts in my time but after scrolling past approx. 5 of these falsified ‘justice’ exposes tonight, I feel like I’ve reached breaking point re: tumblr’s self-sustaining stupidity.  The unfettered, thoughtless dogmatism on this blogging platform…….. skeeves me out on a visceral level. like i could puke and cry  
RIP critical thinking
holy shit i just can’t get over how stupid………….. god it’s like my brain’s short-circuiting

    zenis:

    fisticuffsandadventure:

    knowledgeequalsblackpower:

    djcagedbird:

    Just convinced my mom to stop buying them

    What about the organic ones? 

    http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp

    this is a massive exaggeration of anything that might be wrong with baby carrots tbh

    Tumblr??? Readily believing Literally Anything???? get outta town

    I know I’ve debunked a good dozen of these furiously reblogged bullshit posts in my time but after scrolling past approx. 5 of these falsified ‘justice’ exposes tonight, I feel like I’ve reached breaking point re: tumblr’s self-sustaining stupidity.  The unfettered, thoughtless dogmatism on this blogging platform…….. skeeves me out on a visceral level. like i could puke and cry  

    RIP critical thinking

    holy shit i just can’t get over how stupid………….. god it’s like my brain’s short-circuiting

     
  6. Fandom Tumblr

    is cryptolects@tumblr. Because compartmentalization on tumblr is probably the kind thing to do.  I’ll add links to relevant locations presently.

     
  7. Margaret Thatcher was a pitiful excuse for a human being.  Enough of this pearl-clutching ‘don’t speak ill of the dead’ axiom.  That is a non-starter in any discussion on the consequences of Thatcher’s credo.  After all, she dehumanized herself decades ago.

     I almost wish she hadn’t died just so all the shitbags whose silence and/or niceties support her and her genocide-loving, viciously racist, war-mongering ass wouldn’t have the platform to open their mouths to extol her virtues.  

    All these tributes just serve to normalize and then memorialize the barbarism she promoted.

     
  8. .My synapses fire right on cue, my left and right hemispheres harmonize and conjure beautiful words to speak into the microphone. But my whole body is misplaced in Antarctica, wracked in shivers. My fingers freeze over, I avoid touch. My mouth swerving to smile, strained. It happens every time. I can present, I can extrapolate, and speak at length with conviction and passion and personability - I’m good at what I do. But it happens every time I’ve received recognition or won or said goodbye. When it comes my turn to be human and open myself to the monent, to reach out with words that want to leap but for their shaking little origin.

    Stop thinking about it, and you’ll stop shivering! That’s all I can think about.

     
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    taking photos of dudes taking photos of sakura. thug lyfe.

    taking photos of dudes taking photos of sakura. thug lyfe.