US Military Lied About Murdered Iraqis

US military investigators are examining allegations that Marines shot unarmed Iraqis, then claimed they were “enemy fighters”, The Independent on Sunday has learned. In the same incident, eyewitnesses say, one man bled to death over a period of hours as soldiers ignored his pleas for help.

American military officials in Iraq have already admitted that 15 civilians who died in the incident in the western town of Haditha last November were killed by Marines, and not by a roadside bomb, as had previously been claimed. The only victim of the remotely triggered bomb, it is now conceded, was a 20-year-old Marine, Lance-Corporal Miguel Terrazas, from El Paso, Texas.
(Source: The Independent)

It’s the second paragraph I find particularly chilling. Those 15 innocent Iraqis weren’t killed by “insurgents” as the US had previously lied. They were apparently murdered by US troops.

This is one incident we now now the truth about. How many other times have civilian murders by US troops been successfully covered-up and blamed on “insurgents?”

Please read the whole article, linked above. I’m not quoting any more of it here as it makes me feel too sick and angry.

Enormous Protest In LA

Enormous Immigrant Rights Protest

Joining what some are calling the nation’s largest mobilization of immigrants ever, hundreds of thousands of people boisterously marched in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall on the U.S. southern border.

Spirited crowds representing labor, religious groups, civil-rights advocates and ordinary immigrants stretched over 26 blocks of downtown Los Angeles from Adams Blvd. along Spring Street and Broadway to City Hall, tooting kazoos, waving American flags and chanting “Si se puede!” (Yes we can!). The crowd, estimated by police at more than 500.000, represented one of the largest protest marches in Los Angeles history, surpassing Vietnam War demonstrations and the 70,000 who rallied downtown against Proposition 187, a 1994 state initiative that denied public benefits to undocumented migrants.
(Source: Common Dreams)

What an amazing demonstration! Look at that picture, there’s something surreal about seeing that many people gathered in a political protest, it looks CGI from a film rather than a flesh and blood demonstration taking place now.

HR 4437 is a slap in the face of all the people in that demonstration. It’s also a supremely morally dubious position: it’s basically one load of illegal immigrants pulling up the drawbridge behind them and criminalising their successors. That the US should persecute people so desperate to live the American Dream seems particularly perverse.

In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have staged demonstrations in more than a dozen cities. The Roman Catholic Church and other religious communities have launched immigrant rights campaigns, with Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony taking a leading role in speaking out against the House bill and calling on his priests to defy its provisions that would make felons of anyone who aided undocumented immigrants. In addition, several cities, including Los Angeles, have passed resolutions against the House legislation and some, such as Maywood, have declared itself a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.

“There has never been this kind of mobilization in the immigrant community ever,” said Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “They have kicked the sleeping giant. It’s the beginning of a massive immigrant civil rights struggle.”
(Source: Common Dreams)

I love that phrases, ‘They have kicked the sleeping giant.’ Seems to be happening a lot lately, with the various mass movements of people power organising around the globe.

The ordinary people of the world are becoming increasingly uppity and disrespectful to their masters. What a wonderful time to be alive!