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The long journey into night

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The Long Journey into Night
By
Andy O’Meara
 
The journey from combat to hospitals to rehabilitation and release from military service appeared at the time to be the final leg of our journey in uniform. The journey had begun with military training followed by orders to troop units and combat in Vietnam. The journey was unique for each of us who followed the path from civilian life to duty in jungle fatigues.

Our jobs differed from infantry grunts to artillerymen and aviators, as well as cooks and bakers, who each made different contributions to the conflict. Along the way, we bonded with fellow soldiers. We took pride in our new units with long service in defense of freedom, some reaching back to the Revolutionary War.

 
Our abrupt arrival in the stifling heat and humidity of South Vietnam was a shock. Before we could adjust to the heat of our new surroundings, large transport aircraft, helicopters, and trucks transported novice warriors to new homes – tent cities in exotic settings from highlands to river deltas. Vietnam was a huge country divided into forty-four provinces—each unique and exotic.

The country stretched hundreds of miles from the North Vietnamese border to the mangrove swamps and rice paddies at the southern tip of the country known as Ca Mau. We had never experienced anything quite like it; and the beauty of the land amazed us as we gazed out upon the vast countryside.
Encounters with the enemy would come later. We gradually came to know our opponents – North Vietnamese Army units, as well as Viet Cong guerrillas.

The enemy strategy was to take control of the rural population and defeat the men dressed in the uniforms of the soldiers of the Saigon Government. Although we did not see it at the time, we were part of the larger Cold War struggle. Our war was a proxy war between America and the Soviet Union. It pitted Hanoi against South Vietnam. The Soviet Union and the Peoples’ Republic of China supported Hanoi. The Americans and their Asian allies – South Korea, Australia, and Thailand, backed Saigon.

Our fight was a test of the Cold War containment strategy that had halted Soviet expansion in Europe. In Northeast Asia, the containment strategy had been tested and had held in Korea; but in Southeast Asia, the situation remained fluid and its outcome uncertain.

We did not perceive that we were part of a protracted struggle that would continue far longer than we could imagine. Our participation in the struggle between the two Vietnams endured for over a decade. The long struggle saw the building of a large South Vietnamese defense establishment and the decimation of the indigenous guerrilla force we knew as the Viet Cong, who were virtually annihilated in the conflict. Their leadership, known as the National Liberation Front (NLF), did not learn they were puppets until the cannon were silent.

The NLF– the face of the communist enemy in the South and their few surviving Viet Cong soldiers– were excluded from the victory parade in Saigon celebrating Hanoi’s conquest of the South. Instead, the Viet Cong survivors joined North Vietnamese units. The NLF fared no better. The survivors found no jobs in the new administration of the South they thought they would govern, as their propaganda proclaimed.

Instead, the NLF cadre were offered menial jobs by Hanoi’s generals, who ruled South Vietnam. Some of the NLF survivors fled as boat people in leaking fishing boats to watery graves or new beginnings in distant lands.
The Americans departed following the signing of the Paris Peace Treaty in 1972, taking our prisoners of war with us as we departed. We had sent home 58,000 American dead for burials in cemeteries across America. The South Vietnamese lost a quarter of a million troops. The North Vietnamese lost 1.4 million soldiers in the extended combat. The collateral damage of the war was extensive. Civilian casualties were heavy on both sides. In addition, wounded soldiers filled hospitals from Hanoi to Saigon and from Hawaii to Washington, DC. 

The most severely wounded remained hospitalized indefinitely. The majority of the wounded were treated and released to return to homes they had departed years before.
The final cost of the dramatic events of the long war included animosity on the Home Front. The mood of the country had changed. The war had changed everyone – the soldiers, their families, civilians on the Home Front and those, who elected to oppose the war. Riots, demonstrations, and angry mobs had seized universities, encouraged by a liberal press, Hollywood and folk singers, who became icons of the period. Frequently, the returning veterans discovered they were no longer welcome in their hometowns, which inflicted emotional scars upon battle scared veterans.

Years later soldiers, innocent of their internal scars from traumatic stress, turned to alcohol and drugs to medicate depression and anger that become constant companions, haunting the living with memories of the dead and dying.

 
Many veterans had the good fortune to reside near medical facilities of the Veterans Administration (VA). They learned help was available through the VA. VA psychiatrists provided care and counseling. Those suffering from depression and acute stress received medication. Participation in group therapy sessions was available on a voluntary basis.

Most veterans seeking treatment from the VA expected cures. We thought that after counseling and treatment we could return to normal lives in our communities. I recall asking my counselor how long it would take to cure my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The answer was honest, clear and unmistakable. She replied, “You will take it to your grave.” Granted my case was one of prolonged exposure to high stress levels, but I had no inkling of the consequences of my combat duties.

The VA could assist me with therapy, counseling and medication for depression and anger, but at the end of the day the treatment only contained the most severe symptoms of the disorder. There was no cure in sight. Normality was a thing of the distant past.
Veterans spent years together in therapy listening to fellow warriors telling of their long journey through jungle and highlands, rice paddies and mangrove swamps.

We shared homecomings that were frequently, incredibly bitter – wives had deserted their men, families rejected brothers and sons, complete strangers mocked veterans along with Hollywood and the media in daily vitriol that exiled us in our own land. The most common and difficult emotional burden of combat was survivor’s guilt, which was widespread. We confessed our survivor’s guilt because God spared us, while taking the lives of our closest companions – warriors we loved.

Together we had shared brutality beyond description and close combat that never ended. With the loss of our closest companions, we stuffed emotions so we could carry on. Those of us in leadership position had to be ready for combat only hours away; and our soldiers had to be prepared. No tears, no looking back, and no show of weakness were possible leading the young troopers, who needed us. We refused to look back.

We buried our grief so deep in the hidden recesses of our subconscious that it was beyond recall. The unconscious burial of dark memories took with it all memories and emotions of shared times, faces, names and entire operations disappeared into a fog of denial that shielded us from pain too intense to endure, sights too ugly to recall without jeopardizing our ability to function in combat without end. Duty demanded we move on and prepare for enemy contact in the night or certainly in the morning that was not far off. Over time, we became hardened and felt no pain, no remorse, and no emotions other than rage that drove warriors in combat. The subconscious colluded in our need for protection from trauma and memories too heavy to bear. The denial and stuffing of the ugly past protect us from burdens too heavy to endure for years – ten, twenty years – until the subconscious was exhausted by the constant weight of its enormous burden and began to leak visions of the distant past.

When the subconscious began to surrender its burden, warriors entered a new phase of the journey, when brief memories would surface for brief seconds that prompted anger, curses and then nothing. It was gone – the flashback — and we had no idea what had convulsed us in anger and left us trembling and covered in sweat. Sometimes flashbacks came during the day triggered by a smell that resembled the stench of the battlefield, or a word, or sounds. Other flashbacks returned in the night as dreams that tormented old warrior and their loved ones.

Patients with brief exposure to moderate to low stress levels had the best chance of making progress in the quest to rejoin society, although they also faced the difficulty of regression and public display of PTSD symptoms.  Everyday situations often triggered suppressed combat memories – the backfiring of a truck, the slamming of a door in a high wind, an angry confrontation with a co-worker – resulting in angry outbursts, rage, and depression. Such workers were recognized as a problem in the workplace, which usually was followed by a pink slip in the envelope with his or her last paycheck.

Group therapy sessions offered veterans an opportunity to make sense of painful agonies visited upon the survivors of an ugly past. The sessions were difficult for many because it threw together men of dramatically different combat experiences, many of whom exhibited anger and at times violent responses to combat memories. The benefits of the sessions included the opportunity for soldiers to compare their experiences, as well as the dreams and flashbacks that haunted those exposed to prolonged combat. An unintended outcome of group therapy was that it allowed veterans to find men with similar backgrounds, who became friends in a world hostile to veterans in the aftermath of the long and unpopular conflict.

Regrettably, tensions existed among veterans in group therapy sessions that I attended. The therapy revealed many different categories of stress casualties. Men with multiple combat tours in units that saw heavy and prolonged combat were hardened veterans—angry men – without much concern for those exposed to very real, but less intense stress, while supporting combat operations in supply, transportation and support units on airfields or large logistical installations.

The combat support soldiers periodically experienced incoming rockets and artillery, as well as the stress associated with convoy duties that exposed them to sniper fire, mines and occasional ambushes in forward areas. Even cooks and bakers went to sleep with the sound of artillery fire – friendly and enemy—in the night. Medical personnel were exposed to trauma and stress unique to their calling, but every bit as bitter as that experienced by soldiers across the battlefield. Doctors and nurses witnessed the drama of wounded men and women arriving hourly by choppers with wounds of every description.

They tried valiantly to save the lives of the most seriously injured, but invariably many of those they struggled to keep alive died.
Those of us with extended combat duty during multiple tours of duty in Vietnam recognized intuitively that PTSD could not be understood as simply one category of casualties. It was not a matter of one size fits all. We were a diverse population with stress related symptoms that ranged from infrequent exposure to low stress levels to prolonged exposure to combat trauma – high stress levels –over many years. The most severe cases of traumatic stress were normally found among the veterans, who had served as infantrymen in several wars.

Moreover, soldiers had unique tolerances to stress that differed dramatically. Simply the act of putting on a uniform and undergoing military training from dawn to dusk was highly stressful for some. Military training posed no problem and produced little stress for volunteers from farms and rural communities, who hunted all their lives and were accustomed to hard physical labor from dawn until dusk.

Veterans with PTSD spent years in therapy and came to know fellow veterans, their journey into hell, their problems with flashback, their dreams, and the great sorrows they carried. Over time the sharing, counseling, and listening to the experiences of members of the therapy group brought us to an understanding of what had happened to us as the subconscious gradually revealed the hidden past. The friendships formed in the therapy groups led to close associations as we met for coffee and attended veteran’s organizations like The Combat Infantryman’s Association, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Friends sat together in the therapy sessions. The senior warriors with multiple combat tours sat with friends with similar experiences. Soldiers with less exposure to danger and stress sat apart. The severely, wounded, senior warriors were a dying breed. They had been wounded multiple times. Typical problems included exposure to Agent Orange, crippling stress that manifested itself in heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

 These medical conditions aggravated the disabilities veterans brought back from war – gunshot wounds, loss of limbs, lost hearing, impaired lungs, lost vision, and deeply personal wounds that we were only able to share after years of friendship and earned trust. Alcoholism haunted those of us who had resorted to drink to medicate stress in the years before we found VA treatment. Each year our numbers dwindled as trusted comrades lost their struggle for life.

It became obvious to all of us that PTSD was not a single malady with one method of treatment. Both Psychiatrists and patients alike recognized marked differences between PTSD patients who required different approaches to treatment. The most severely disturbed patients required hospitalization. Other PTSD victims required different dosages of medications that varied with the severity of the veteran’s symptoms. Patients exposed to violent trauma and combat stress for extensive periods required more medications and counseling than patients with shorter exposure times to lower stress levels.

Many of the older veterans with extensive service discussed the advantages of segregating patients into groups reflecting the severity of their PTSD symptoms. Such an approach would allow the most seriously injured and aggravated, combat, stress-impaired patients to relate to men and women with similar experiences, reducing the tensions between men and women exposed to dramatically different stress levels.
Discussion of the problem suggested the need for recognition of a hierarchy of PTSD cases in a manner similar to the classification of burn victims in multiple categories reflecting the different treatment required based on the severity of the wound. The following concept of PTSD types is suggested as the basis for further study of the disorder based upon the dramatically different PTSD patients found in VA therapy sessions.

 Categorizations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
 
First Degree Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
·       Stress Exposure: Short to moderate duration.
·       Trauma: Limited exposure to traumatic injuries.
·       Victim: Mechanic, cook, accident victim, nurse         (depending upon duties), battered wives.
·       Characteristics: Nurturing personality or employed in a non-combat role.
·       Symptoms: Anger, depression, anxiety, and reduced job site effectiveness.
Second Degree Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
·       Stress Exposure: Extended exposure to stress.
·       Trauma: Typically exposed to extreme cases of trauma.
·       Victims: Combat infantry, intensive care nurse, police and firefighters, rape or incest victim, EMT personnel, and battered wives exposed to abuse over long periods.
·       Characteristics: Insensitive, history of frequent or multiple tours of duty in combat units, career firefighters and police officer serving in high-risk environment.
·       Symptoms: Combative, angry, sleep disorders, suppressed memories, anti-social, experiences flashbacks.
Third Degree Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
·       Stress Exposure: Routine exposure over many years.
·       Trauma: Routine exposure to severe trauma over many years.
·       Victims: Combat leaders, Special Forces personnel, SWAT team members.
·       Characteristics: Highly trained professional, impersonal and passionless, takes initiative, insensitive personality.
·       Symptoms: Often none for many years, resorts to alcohol as self-medication to control stress and anxiety, considers psychological disorders a sign of weakness, and denies symptoms of PTSD.
 
Fourth Degree Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
·       Stress Exposure: Extensive exposure to intense stress.
·       Trauma: Routine exposure to violent trauma.
·       Victims: The avenger (Killer Angels – General Lee’s infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia), incest victims exposed to molestation over a period of years, prisoners of war exposed to prolonged torture and deprivation.
·       Characteristics: Fights with rage, combat is personal, long history of suffering and personal loss.
·       Symptoms: Anger, combative, use of alcohol to control stress or grief, and frequently denies symptoms of disorder.

Fifth Degree Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
·       Stress Exposure: Often life-long exposure to stress.
·       Trauma: Extended exposure to multiple forum of trauma.
·       Victims: Victims of multiple form of PTSD.
·       Characteristics: Incest victim that becomes a combat infantryman in more than one war, or rape victim that works as an intensive care nurse.
·       Symptoms: Symptoms may be suppressed for years; later symptoms emerge including uncontrollable anger, history of substance abuse, depression, flashbacks, and sleep disorders

Written by anniehamilton805

October 11, 2010 at 6:03 am

Is Charyse Geurts a murderer?

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Statistics rarely give an accurate portrayal of the state of children’s rights in America and in fact, according to Jeffrey Bennett, former mayor of Corona, California, fatal child battery and abuse has risen at least 40 % since 1992.

I was first introduced to this horrific reality in 2001 when researching a case in the Pacific Northwest and sadly, the situation has not improved for our Nation’s kids.

Recently I heard about Juliette Geurts, a two-year old twin from Gering, Nebraska, who died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head as well as a four-inch laceration to the liver that caused internal bleeding.

At the time of her death, three adults were present in the tiny home, her mother (CHARYSE GEURTS) and both of the Mother’s boyfriends (DUSTIN CHAUNCEY AND BRANDON TOWNSEND)

The investigation into this child’s murder has been weak at best. No one sealed the crime scene until five days following her death, her twin was not taken into protective custody until four days following Juliette’s murder and since her killing, and all three people of interest have fled town and apparently prosecution.

(CHARYSE GEURTS HAS RELOCATED TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS AND GIVEN BIRTH TO YET ANOTHER CHILD, A FEMALE WHO STILL LIVES WITH THE MOTHER. BOTH MEN NOW LIVE IN COLORADO)

To add insult to injury it’s widely known that one month prior to Juliette’s killing, DUSTIN CHAUNCEY was involved in another horrible event (he attacked another person with a baseball bat) which resulted in a short stint in prison. Guess who drove the car that delivered Chauncey to the attack?  

CHARYSE GEURTS. No charges were filed against her; she was never even questioned although she’s confirmed as being ‘present’ in the police report.

This woman had two men living with her and her twin toddlers in a tiny home, knowing that at least one of them had violent tendencies and a hair-trigger temper. No one has questioned her in Juliette’s murder nor have they bothered to question either man.

How is this possible?

(When Jaelyn was taken into custody, four days after Juliette’s killing, it was noted that she had large bruises on her neck as though someone had grabbed her.

Still no investigation although Jaelyn is in the custody of her paternal grandparents in Wisconsin and her Father, although as a Soldier, he’s in Afghanistan and must deal with this from afar)

Is anyone wondering yet how this can happen? How the authorities could be so incompetent as to allow this to continue on in such a disgusting fashion?  

DAVE WARNER, local attorney and aspiring politician (running unchallenged) not only has no answers for the victim’s family, he is refusing to release the police report and related information so they can investigate on their own or have closure.

Countless phone calls, emails and letters have been sent and filed on Juliette’s behalf, to no avail. No one seems very interested in attaining justice for this child.

IT MAY HELP FOR THE PUBLIC TO FLOOD THE OFFICES WITH DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE.

DOUG WARNER CAN BE REACHED AT 308-436-6674 AND HIS EMAIL IS COUNTYATTORNEY@SCOTTSBLUFFCOUNTY.ORG 

OTHER CONTACTS TO USE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

mayor@gering.org and 308-436-5096

twasserburger@scottsbluffcounty.org

mgriggs@gering.org

Dave Heineman 402-471-2244 or 308-632-1370

THE PETITION FOR JUSTICE FOR JULIETTE IS HERE:

THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ‘JUSTICE FOR JULIETTE’ IS HERE:

Please join me in demanding justice for Juliette. Not only is it unconscionable for her killing to go unpunished it’s immoral for the investigation to continue falling through the cracks of Nebraska’s inadequate system.

Thank you, in advance, for helping raise awareness around this little girl.

Line in the Sand

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We have come to a place in our nation’s history where it is prudent to define who we are as people, a country, and as a culture. The United States was founded on traditional values, including the freedom to practice one’s own religious beliefs, including nothing, should one desire. Our Founding Fathers could not agree on these matters and as such, they left it up to each individual state.

Just as imperative, we must address the passionate unraveling this administration has elected to take on with lusty fervor of our constitutional papers, Bill of Rights, respect for other people, a very basic “creed” of standards that revere regardless of whether their political views stem from.
As a lover of Thomas Jefferson’s readings, I can understand why Obama and friends would want to separate themselves from these documents as much as possible as they have so little in common.

A few blurbs to refresh your memory:

*And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
*Never spend your money before you have it.
*Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
*Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
*In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.

As of late, this has become a largely endangered practice that we’ve seen become threatened more and more and as world events have indicated around us, it would seem that it’s time to turn our attention to the writing on the brightly colored wall that is desperately seeking our attention now. Where have we gone wrong and what can we do (if anything) to turn this situation around?

*Warning sign missed (from my perception) our spiritual leaders and institutions have gone soft.

Case in point:  Notre Dame inviting Obama to their ceremonies despite his miserable stance on abortion and their own historical viewpoint on this delicate subject?  And I cannot tell you how many times I’ve pulled into the parking lot on a Sunday morning only to see ‘Obama 08’ Stickers on the back of people’s cars and vans. 
Certainly, they’re entitled to an opinion but my question would be this: what believing person, Jew or Christian would attend a service and support an institution that would willingly endorse a candidate, knowingly or not, that publicly states that his first intention is to remove ALL restrictions off of all abortion altogether?
And if you’re unaware of this, you have your head in the sand. Sorry to be harsh but ignorance is NO EXCUSE.
He only repeated this like a broken record throughout his entire campaign, people and it’s, I believe, the first order he signed. (at least he’s true to his word, right?) but he’s a amoral and hence, has no place in the White House.
*Next, he took large pay outs from the financial institutions and then cried foul during the banking scandals. This highly inappropriate. If you’re going to do something like this, at least stand behind your people. Be accountable when you’re caught AND when they’re caught. So…he’s a scum bag with no backbone. That makes him a weasel on top of that. Typical of the Chicago political machine. They have no loyalty even unto themselves. Anyone recall the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. The Chicago “political MOB is no different.”

*There are countless court cases tying Obama’s birth certificate mystery up in the California Supreme Court as well as the testimony of his Grandmother and people trying to uncover his college transcripts. People (including myself) wanting answers about this person’s past.
We don’t know anything about this person – he claims to be a Christian which is laughable since Black Liberation Theology is a warped version of the gospels and has little connection with real Judeo-Christian theology.
Then consider this, three people from his church were killed execution style over the past couple of years and at least one person, and rumors in Chicago have continued to float that tie Obama to two of them in a sexual way. Again, they are just rumors, but it does prove my point that the man has more shadows to him than we are aware of and that Chicago politics is very dirty, they do tend to feed on their own when convenient. If someone wanted to take him down politically or twist The Manchurian Candidates arm, there is likely enough ammo in his past to make it happen.
Who is he? Is he qualified and eligible to be the leader of the free world? Why is he hiding so many secretive documents? If they are no big deal, why the refusal now in coming forth with them? Is it because they might explain his foreign aid received during his college years?
We DO have a right to know! It’s time to come forth and explain these things to the American people.
Bernard Madoff has been touted the “greatest thug of all time” in political and money blogs over the past several weeks but I must adamantly disagree. It’s Obama and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and the others who continue to perpetuate and this giant scam they’ve pulled off with the American Reinvestment Act, they are all ripping off the masses while praying at the feet of Obama.

They’ve signed away the country to the “Slum Monkey Trillionaire” who is is unraveling our beautiful country, piece by piece, using our constitution like it’s old toilet paper, and why should he care? He has nothing to lose! As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even hold the deed to his own home and adjoining property, Rezko the slum lord in Chicago does.
Add to this that Obama is very cozy with George Soros and his Joyce Foundation among his other assorted organizations. What kind of a person would be so proud to associate with a man like Soros who has made efforts to put banks and other financial institutions in default to earn himself money at the risk of its common depositors and employees?
Many people are asleep, refusing to see that Obama their teleprompter dependent President is good at making speeches that say NOTHING. He’s a fertilizer salesman and he’s good at spreading it around and the people he associates with have seemingly crawled up from the depths of the same cess pool.
He takes from the earning and gives to the wanting and demanding, not to the needy, not to the poor, not to hard working people with a dream. He is a flim-flam man, a con artist, a shyster and at least 53% of the American people are asleep and not paying attention. They don’t understand that we are close to losing the freedoms our fore fathers worked so hard to instill in all of us.

The right to own a gun for instance, it’s not a privilege, it’s a RIGHT. It’s the second amendment. And they’re working to remove it. We can’t let this happen. It’s up to us as Americans to speak up and tell them that it is not going to happen.
God expects us to stand up and do what is right – period.
We need people to set examples, to use their voices, to NOT be like Michael Steele and Meghan McCain – always looking for the next open mic, rolling video cam, conference call or talk show to get their face or voice on. Besides they are way too politically correct, and have little to no real backbone or at least the one they have is twisted in the wrong direction and weak. Might win an election but it shows no manner of deeper convictions.

In my opinion, Meghan McCain frankly could take a lesson from famous blonde conservative shark, Ann Coulter or conservative female gun activist Rosanna Pulido. And if Michael Steele wants a black conservative mentor, I would suggest he listen to Larry Elder or Lt. Col. Allen West. Their grasp of the issues and how to move the country forward speak volumes to all and not just those who seem to be enamoured with the glitz and glamour of a TV studio.
Give me a Rush, Hannity, Levin, Coulter, Boortz, or a Beck any day over someone afraid to speak their mind and be honest about the issues and let their “yes” be “yes” and “no” be “no” even if it’s unpopular.
It’s perfectly okay to be critical of the President, it is way past time we tip the scales in the right direction, turn the tables, and upset the left. They have done nothing to improve life in America and instead acted irresponsibly for years, not just since the day “HE” was elected.
It is time for strategic thought, tactical voices, deeply heartfelt Judeo-Christian convictions and physical activity; the line is already in the sand, it is time to step over it boldly, get busy and take our country back

Treason

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By Annie Hamilton

TREASON – This word imports a betraying, treachery, or breach of allegiance to the United States or its’ protectors

Life in America certainly has changed. We’re watching our banks crumble, businesses fold and taxes grow despite the Government’s failure to protect our financial and regulatory interests. Since January 20th we’ve experienced the horror of a dwindling Congressional backbone, cuts in our Military and an inexperienced President who seemingly despises Americans but would rather cozy up to Dictators and threaten prosecution toward those who practice freedom of speech and personal responsibility. In short we’re in the middle of a mess that requires experience, wisdom, hard work and a return to traditional values.

Now we’ve learned that even the highly coveted Pulitzer has fallen prey into fraudulent hands, soiling the prestige of this prizes’ integrity, permanently. This is unfortunate news for Writers/Reporters of substance as this is the highest achievement and recognition these professionals can earn.

Background

On April 20th, 2009, (one year to the date of the original article’s publication) The New York Times published a press release announcing their receipt of five Pulitzer prizes. One of those, awarded to NYT Reporter David Barstow was especially troubling as its’ intention served as a reward for Barstow’s hit piece on Retired Military Analysts (RMAs), dramatically titled “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand”

Amongst other things, the piece alleged a manipulative effort to generate favorable news coverage of the Administration’s wartime performance as well as accusations that RMA’s (retired military analysts) were ‘using’ their influence and ties to military contractors in order to gain unfair opportunities to enhance their “individual business interests”

This article so greatly concerned readers that forty one members of Congress filed a formal request for the Department of Defense to conduct a thorough investigation into the ‘relationship’ between the RMA’s and alleged activities and/or advantages. Amongst the specific concerns raised by Congress was the potential use of appropriated funds for the serving of ‘Propaganda or Publicity purposes not authorized by Congress’ As such, under Section 1056 of the Duncan Hunter Act for Fiscal year 2009, the prohibitions were reiterated and a formal request for a detailed report was demanded to be released to Congress within 90 days of the enactment.

In order to fully and appropriately address the issues and Congressional concerns, more than 12,000 pages of documents were reviewed and in excess of 30 witnesses were interviewed, including; RMA’s, Department of Defense Public Affairs personnel, and others who provided outreach briefings, papers and media representatives.

Out of the documentation received and scrutinized, absolutely no findings were discovered that positively identified a pattern for RMA’s tendency to gain favorable advantage through their position or authority. As such, no further investigation was deemed warranted and the matter was closed.

So it begs the question, what on earth was Barstow thinking when he put the article together? Why develop a 3 page hit piece on our Nation’s bravest individuals unless it was intended to further serve his radical leftist agenda? Is he incapable of gathering (and interpreting) accurate research or does he just have a beef with authority figures or the military? Furthermore, why in the hell would the Pulitzer committee give the New York Times one prize, let alone five, after the publication of the 85 page report exonerating these inappropriately targeted officials? Shouldn’t there be accountability, a day of reckoning for this so-called ‘Reporter’ who failed to meet the burden of proof in order to satisfy his story?

Yes, the freedom of speech is a protected Constitutional freedom under our first amendment rights. However, not when what you are saying (or in this case, writing) is a falsehood, riddled with lies and exaggerations. In this case, its slanderous speech, in an attempt to smear the good names and reputations of the individuals named in the poorly written article. It hardly requires genius to understand that Mr. Barstow’s intent was to damage the credibility and reputation of the Bush Administration, our Military and that his publicly discredited attempts to undercut our Nation’s bravest accomplishes little more than turning the Prize, his newspaper and his reputation into a laughing stock.

And we wonder why our newspapers are going out of print? With shoddy reporting like Barstow’s, little wonder why the paper is losing money.

NEW YORK TIMES DOWN TO $34 MILLION IN THE BANK… <http://www.nypost.com/seven/04222009/business/1_3b_debt_rattle_165559.htm>

This is why…there is so little accountability with these unprofessional twits. Until Mr. Barstow comes forward, relinquishing his falsely earned prize, I’d implore the public and the Military to hold him fully accountable for his actions.

File lawsuits, lobby against him personally, professionally and against the New York Times. Don’t give up until he recants his statements, apologizing publicly to the American people, the military, and their families for crying wolf AND for allowing such lies to be told that it required the investigative efforts and energy of forty one congress people and government staff to further investigate for wrongdoing.

We need to rise up in protest to this conduct as it borders on treason. It should not be permitted.

End of a Republic?

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Historically, the mightiest and most commanding of all civilizations have shared analogous characteristics. The average survival rate for each of these societies has been approximately 200 years, as recorded by British Professor Alexander Tyler, many decades ago, when writing of the Athenian Republic.

According to Tyler, the result of man’s maturity and progress through time is easily depicted in the sequence of events below:

‘Bondage to Spiritual Faith’
‘Spiritual Faith to Great Courage’
‘Great Courage to Abundance’
‘Abundance to Selfishness’
‘Selfishness to Complacency’
‘Complacency to Apathy’
‘Apathy to Dependency’
‘Dependency back to Bondage’

The Professor asserted that a democracy is unable to permanently exist as ‘solo’ form of government, once it’s discovered that human beings can vote for handouts from the public treasury, but that it will easily crumble at the feet of diffuse fiscal spending only to be followed by dictatorship.

What does this say about the current situation, here in America?

Following a manipulative process, fraught with fraud, irresponsible press and funded by the Shadow Party’s Soros, on January 20th, 2009, Officials leading the United States and its constituent state governments perpetuated a major procedural error by allowing an unqualified candidate to seek and attain the highest office in the land.

They failed to uphold their US Constitutional requirements to insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the basic elements of liberty according to the intentions of the Founding Fathers as expressed in their earliest papers.

Constitutional requirements are clear, yet have been largely ignored, poked fun at and ridiculed for daring to demand that our most sacred regulatory process be respected and upheld.

Lawsuits thrown out, appeals denied, justice mocked as this Administration, Congress, Senate and Supreme Court go about their business of dismantling America, brick by brick.

This unconstitutional attempt to machinate and redirect our Republic into some other form of government is preposterous. Will we remain a nation of laws, or shall we become like our neighbours in Europe, taxed without choice or representation, all services nationalized, further rolling out the welcome mat for Shar’iah law and the western penetration of Islam?

In a letter to James Warren, dated November 4, 1775 Samuel Adams declared that ‘No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved.

On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders’

One thing is for certain: with and since 2008’s election, America’s masses have reawakened

Written by anniehamilton805

September 3, 2010 at 4:44 am

Last call, America

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Historically, the mightiest and most commanding of all civilizations have shared analogous characteristics. The average survival rate for each of these societies has been approximately 200 years, as recorded by British Professor Alexander Tyler, many decades ago, when writing of the Athenian Republic.

According to Tyler, the result of man’s maturity and progress through time is easily depicted in the sequence of events below:

‘Bondage to Spiritual Faith’
‘Spiritual Faith to Great Courage’
‘Great Courage to Abundance’
‘Abundance to Selfishness’
‘Selfishness to Complacency’
‘Complacency to Apathy’
‘Apathy to Dependency’
‘Dependency back to Bondage’

The Professor asserted that a democracy is unable to permanently exist as ‘solo’ form of government, once it’s discovered that human beings can vote for handouts from the public treasury, but that it will easily crumble at the feet of diffuse fiscal spending only to be followed by dictatorship.

What does this say about the current situation, here in America?

Following a manipulative process, fraught with fraud, irresponsible press and funded by the Shadow Party’s Soros, on January 20th, 2009, Officials leading the United States and its constituent state governments perpetuated a major procedural error by allowing an unqualified candidate to seek and attain the highest office in the land.

They failed to uphold their US Constitutional requirements to insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the basic elements of liberty according to the intentions of the Founding Fathers as expressed in their earliest papers.

Constitutional requirements are clear, yet have been largely ignored, poked fun at and ridiculed for daring to demand that our most sacred regulatory process be respected and upheld.

Lawsuits thrown out, appeals denied, justice mocked as this Administration, Congress, Senate and Supreme Court go about their business of dismantling America, brick by brick.

This unconstitutional attempt to machinate and redirect our Republic into some other form of government is preposterous. Will we remain a nation of laws, or shall we become like our neighbours in Europe, taxed without choice or representation, all services nationalized, further rolling out the welcome mat for Shar’iah law and the western penetration of Islam?

In a letter to James Warren, dated November 4, 1775 Samuel Adams declared that ‘No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved.

On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders’

One thing is for certain: with and since 2008’s election, America’s masses have reawakened

America’s direction

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Historically, the mightiest and most commanding of all civilizations have shared analogous characteristics. The average survival rate for each of these societies has been approximately 200 years, as recorded by British Professor Alexander Tyler, many decades ago, when writing of the Athenian Republic.

According to Tyler, the result of man’s maturity and progress through time is easily depicted in the sequence of events below:

‘Bondage to Spiritual Faith’
‘Spiritual Faith to Great Courage’
‘Great Courage to Abundance’
‘Abundance to Selfishness’
‘Selfishness to Complacency’
‘Complacency to Apathy’
‘Apathy to Dependency’
‘Dependency back to Bondage’

The Professor asserted that a democracy is unable to permanently exist as ‘solo’ form of government, once it’s discovered that human beings can vote for handouts from the public treasury, but that it will easily crumble at the feet of diffuse fiscal spending only to be followed by dictatorship.

What does this say about the current situation, here in America?

Following a manipulative process, fraught with fraud, irresponsible press and funded by the Shadow Party’s Soros, on January 20th, 2008, Officials leading the United States and its constituent state governments perpetuated a major procedural error by allowing an unqualified candidate to seek and attain the highest office in the land. They failed to uphold their US Constitutional requirements to insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the basic elements of liberty according to the intentions of the Founding Fathers as expressed in their earliest papers.

Constitutional requirements are clear, yet have been largely ignored, poked fun at and ridiculed for daring to demand that our most sacred regulatory process be respected and upheld. Lawsuits thrown out, appeals denied, justice mocked as this Administration, Congress, Senate and Supreme Court go about their business of dismantling America, brick by brick.

This unconstitutional attempt to machinate and redirect our Republic into some other form of government is preposterous. Will we remain a nation of laws, or shall we become like our neighbors in Europe, taxed without choice or representation, all services nationalized, further rolling out the welcome mat for Shar’iah law and the western penetration of Islam?

In a letter to James Warren, dated November 4, 1775 Samuel Adams declared that ‘No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders’
One thing is for certain: with and since 2008’s election, America’s masses have reawakened.

But then, Jefferson did say that very generation needs a new revolution

Written by anniehamilton805

September 1, 2010 at 5:02 am