to David Honish, Veteran, who sent this in.]
Fired For Reporting Sport-Shooting Of Iraqi
“Their Shift Leader Declared That He Was
‘Going To Kill Someone Today’”
November 17, 2006 By Tom Jackman, Washington
Post Staff Writer
A man who worked in Iraq for a Herndon-based
security company is accused in a lawsuit of firing twice into Iraqi civilian
vehicles last summer without provocation, possibly killing at least one person.
Two co-workers who witnessed the shootings
say in the suit that there has been no investigation, even though they reported
All three men worked for Triple Canopy, a
corporation formed in 2003 by former military men to provide security in the
Middle East for the United States government and private companies. Triple
Canopy was the ninth-largest contractor for the U.S. State Department in fiscal
2005, with payments totaling more than $90 million, government records show.
That sum does not include what Triple Canopy
is paid by private firms such as KBR, formerly Kellogg, Brown & Root, a
subsidiary of Halliburton Co. that is involved in rebuilding in Iraq. Former
Army Ranger Shane Schmidt, former Marine Charles L. Sheppard III and their
shift leader were all working on an assignment for KBR when the shootings
occurred near Baghdad on July 8, alleges the suit, filed in Fairfax County
Schmidt and Sheppard say they
reported the shootings to Triple Canopy.
Instead of investigating, the men allege, Triple Canopy fired them and
prevented their being hired by other companies in the Middle East. The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination and
wrongful interference with their professional future.
Triple Canopy and KBR declined comment on the
suit. Defense Department officials did not respond to numerous inquiries, and
State Department officials said they were unaware of the incidents that are
Schmidt and Sheppard allege that Triple
Canopy did not report the shootings to KBR or the government. They say that no one has ever contacted them
about the shootings.
In court papers, Triple Canopy
has not denied that the incidents occurred.
The company has tried to have the case
dismissed on the grounds that no violation of Virginia law occurred and that
Schmidt and Sheppard were "at-will" employees and could be fired for
At a hearing last month, Fairfax Circuit
Court Judge M. Langhorne Keith said the state's "at-will" legal
doctrine has exceptions, including "when people allege that they reported
a murder, two murders or maybe more than two murders, conducted by a fellow
employee, and were fired for making that report."
The lawsuit does not name the person accused
of the shootings, a shift leader.
Schmidt and Sheppard's attorney, Patricia A. Smith of Alexandria,
declined to name the man. The case is scheduled to go to trial July 30.
Smith said Schmidt and Sheppard were not
available for interviews yesterday. Schmidt lives in Herndon, and Sheppard
resides in Destin, Fla. Both have private security jobs in this country, far removed
from the high-adrenaline, $500-a-day work they did for years in Iraq and
Afghanistan, Smith said.
Schmidt was a Marine from 1995 to 2003 and
was one of the first Marines deployed to Afghanistan, Smith said. He began working for Triple Canopy in Iraq in
Sheppard served in the Army from 1995 to
2002, including time as a Ranger, and was deployed in Albania and Kosovo. He worked in Iraq and Qatar for other private
security companies and began working for Triple Canopy in April.
"These guys are tremendously experienced
and well-respected in the field," Smith said. They assert that Triple
Canopy has given other companies false reasons for firing them.
On July 8, according to their
lawsuit, Schmidt and Sheppard were riding with their shift leader in a convoy
to pick up a KBR employee at the Baghdad airport.
As their vehicle approached the
airport, their shift leader declared that he was "going to kill someone
today," the lawsuit states. The man
then stepped out of the vehicle and fired several shots from his M4 rifle into
the windshield of a stopped truck.
Schmidt and Sheppard were
horrified, Smith said. According to the
lawsuit, the shift leader told them, "That didn't happen,
After their convoy picked up
the KBR employee, the crew headed to its next destination.
At this point, Schmidt and
Sheppard allege, their shift leader declared, "I've never shot anyone with
my pistol before." The man then opened his door and fired seven or eight
rounds into the windshield of a nearby taxi. Schmidt and Sheppard later heard
that a cabdriver was found shot to death in the area, according to the suit.
Schmidt and Sheppard initially hesitated to
report the two seemingly unprovoked shootings, especially because their
supervisor told them that they would be fired if they did, their lawsuit
claims. The men also feared for their
safety, they said.
But the next day, the shift leader was
returned to the United States at the end of his three-month contract, Smith said.
The two men reported the shootings,
were suspended, then were fired. Smith said Triple Canopy told them they were
fired for not reporting the shootings quickly enough. Schmidt asserts that when
he asked who was investigating the incidents, Triple Canopy told him no one was
Smith said she does not know how many people
might have been wounded or killed in the shootings. She said that Schmidt and
Sheppard could not see into the truck that was fired on but that they did see a
cabdriver in the second vehicle.
Attempts to oversee American contractors in
Iraq, including the thousands who have been hired to provide security, have
"gone from completely absent to spotty," said Peter W. Singer, a
specialist in warfare and the Middle East at the Brookings Institution. Most oversight is focused on how U.S. money
is spent, Singer said. But as to the regulating of contractors' conduct,
"that part of the discussion is pretty much missing still."
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
THIS ENVIRONMENT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH;
TIME TO COME HOME, NOW
Stryker Brigade Combat Team soldier in central Baghdad's Karradah district,
Oct. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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The casket of Army Spc. Nicholas Rogers at
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Division, was killed Oct. 22 in Iraq. (AP Photo/Nigel Cook, Pool)
A Café For Troops Opens To Serve A Mission:
End The War
Miles Manchester, left, at a new cafe in
Watertown, with John Hartlaub, 41, who showed up out of curiosity. Photo: Bill Wingell for The New York Times
[Thanks to JY and Elaine Brower, The Military
Project, who sent this in.]
November 19, 2006 By MICHELLE YORK, The New
York Times Company
On Veterans Day, John Hartlaub wandered into
the newest cafe in Watertown, N.Y.
It was sparsely furnished, with three
Internet stations, a black sofa and an offering of hot or cold cider. A customer who actually wanted coffee would
have to buy it a few doors away.
Mr. Hartlaub stayed most of the afternoon
anyway. He browsed a few dozen military
books for sale, then pulled up a folding chair to watch “Poison
Dust,” a documentary about the health effects of depleted uranium weapons
on soldiers returning from Iraq.
He left with mostly positive
feelings. “It could end up being very informative and helpful,”
said Mr. Hartlaub, 41, who has served in the military on and off since 1985.
The organizers of the cafe were hoping for
such a reaction. But, being not far from
the largest military installation in the Northeast, they are prepared for
They say theirs is the
country’s first G.I. coffeehouse for the war in Iraq. It is a project of the peace movement that is
focused on changing opinions within the military, with an ultimate goal of
ending the war.
During the Vietnam War, about 20 G.I.
coffeehouses, as they were known, operated around the country. Each was close to a large military base and
was intended to support the efforts of soldiers who were against the war. The
coffeehouses were incubators for war resistance and part of the counterculture.
Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were on the jukebox. A decent cup of coffee was on the menu.
“It was extremely important,”
said David Zeiger, the writer and director of “Sir! No Sir!” a 2005
documentary about the G.I. movement to end the Vietnam War. “One thing coffeehouses will do is link
civilians and soldiers.”
The idea is that the two can meet, learn
about movements against the war and talk about the contradictions of what the
public hears versus what soldiers have witnessed, he said. In the past, coffeehouse patrons were
sometimes subjected to arrests and intimidation. A cafe in Mountain Home, Idaho, was
firebombed, and another near Camp Pendleton, Calif., was shot up.
But the main organizer of Watertown’s
new coffeehouse, called Different Drummer Internet Cafe, said he did not expect
such confrontations this time around. “The
military today is very different, and we have to adapt to that,” said Tod
Ensign, the organizer, who is also a lawyer and director of Citizen Soldier, a
veterans advocacy group in New York City. “The soldiers are all
volunteers. The Vietnam protests were driven very much by the draft.”
After Mr. Ensign decided this year to open
the coffeehouse, he sent out a few dozen letters asking for financing,
including one to the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. “They talk a lot about peace,” he
The appeals went unanswered. Undeterred, he used small donations from
activists, farm workers and war resistance leagues to start the project, which
he estimates will cost $50,000 a year. He chose Watertown, a city of 27,000 people
near the Canadian border and Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division.
The division has deployed more
soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other in the Army.
Mr. Ensign has three goals for the cafe. They are to allow the free exchange of ideas,
to provide accurate information and to be an enjoyable gathering place, with
live bands and karaoke. He and his
supporters have not decided whether they will serve coffee.
Most in the community do not seem to know
what to make of the cafe, several people said. Watertown’s mayor, Jeffrey
E. Graham, said he did not attend its ribbon cutting on Oct. 27. In part, because it was inconvenient and in
part because he was not sure of the cafe’s purpose. “I don’t
think people want to be openly antiwar for fear of dissing the families that
make that sacrifice,” he said. “On
the other hand, I don’t see any harm.”
In the cafe’s first three weeks, foot
traffic has been minimal. Its manager, Cinthia Mercante, who served for eight
years in the military before the Persian Gulf war started, recently found
herself calling out to a few soldiers hovering near the entrance: “Folks,
you can come in. We won’t
Paul Foley, a volunteer who works in highway
design, said he hoped the community would warm up to the cafe. “There’s been a little
talk,” he said. “But the
people who come will see that we’re not dangerous rabble-rousers. We’re just giving people a place to
“If People Find Out They Have Another 75,000
Truck Drivers Coming Back With Stress From Iraq, They Are Going To Lose Any
Support For The War They Have Remaining”
November 19, 2006 Anna Badkhen, San Francisco
Chronicle Staff Writer [Excerpts]
Asheboro, N.C.: When Steven Thompson returned from Iraq to
North Carolina, the war followed him home.
He scans pastures and chicken farms for
roadside bombs. He shoots wary glances at the faces of shoppers and moviegoers,
searching for potential suicide bombers. Explosions blow off Thompson's limbs,
over and over, in nightmares that stalk his sleep.
The war haunts him the way it haunts
thousands of U.S. troops returning from their tours of duty in Iraq.
But Thompson is not an Iraq war veteran. He is a civilian truck driver, one of tens of
thousands of private contractors hired to go to Iraq for fundamental support
Lured by the promise of good pay, usually
unarmed and untrained for combat, constantly exposed to violence, contractors
such as Thompson comprise an untold toll of the war that extends far beyond the
kidnapping Thursday of four Americans and one Austrian who are still missing,
or the videotaped beheading of U.S. civil engineer Eugene "Jack"
Armstrong in 2004.
No one knows how many of them have been
injured and killed. No one keeps track of how many contractors there are in
Iraq. And when they come back, many find
"Nobody ain't doing nothing for
us," said Thompson, 43, who for six months in 2004 drove a supply truck in
Iraq for Halliburton subsidiary KBR, the largest corporate contractor in Iraq.
Two doctors in North Carolina have
independently diagnosed Thompson with post-traumatic stress disorder, a
psychological ailment with symptoms that typically include anxiety, loss of
sleep and flashbacks. The government has
acknowledged that he is disabled, and he receives a $1,224 monthly Social
But Thompson says his claim for treatment for
post-traumatic stress disorder was denied by American International Group Inc.,
or AIG, the insurance company for KBR, on the grounds that there was not enough
medical evidence of his trauma.
No one keeps track of how many contract
workers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Thompson has his own
"The government don't want
us to be a statistic," he said. "If people find out they have another
75,000 truck drivers coming back with stress from Iraq, they are going to lose
any support for the war they have remaining."
Military Called No Witnesses, Withheld Evidence
>From Prisoners At Guantanamo:
“These Were Not Hearings. These Were Shams”
November 17, 2006 AP
SAN JUAN: The U.S. military called no witnesses,
withheld evidence from detainees and usually reached a decision within a day as
it determined that hundreds of men detained at Guantanamo Bay were "enemy
combatants," according to a new report.
The analysis of transcripts and records by
two lawyers for Guantanamo detainees, aided by more than two dozen law
students, found that hearings that determined whether a prisoner should remain
in custody gave the accused little opportunity to contest allegations against
"These were not
hearings. These were shams," said
Mark Denbeaux, an attorney and Seton Hall University law professor who along
with his son, Joshua, is the author of the report.
They provided an advance copy of the report
to The Associated Press late Thursday and planned to release it Friday on the
Their report, based on an analysis of records
of military hearings of 393 detainees, comes as the U.S. government seeks to severely
restrict detainee access to civilian courts, arguing that the Combatant Status
Review Tribunals should be their main legal recourse.
The military held Combatant Status Review
Tribunals for 558 detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in southeast
Cuba between July 2004 and January 2005 and found all but 38 were enemy
Handcuffed detainees appeared
before a panel of three officers with no defense attorney, only a military
According to the report, the
representatives said nothing in the hearings 14 percent of the time and made no
"substantive" comments in 30 percent. In some cases, the
representative appeared to advocate the government's position, the report said.
The report is based on transcripts of
tribunals that the government first released earlier this year in response to a
Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Associated Press as well
additional records provided by lawyers for 102 Guantanamo detainees. Twenty-one first-year law students at Seton
Hall University in Newark, N.J., analyzed the documents to create a database
analyzed by eight second- and third-year students.
Among their findings:
The government did not produce
any witnesses in any hearing.
The military denied all detainee
requests to inspect the classified evidence against them.
The military refused all
requests for defense witnesses who were not detained at Guantanamo.
The U.S. military now holds about 430 men at
Guantanamo on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban and holds
Administrative Review Boards for them once a year to determine whether they
should still be held, released or transferred to another country.
The Military Commissions Act, which President
Bush signed on Oct. 17, strips all non-U.S. citizens held under suspicion of
being an enemy combatant of their right to challenge their detention in
civilian courts with petitions of habeas corpus.
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
London Financial Times)
Assorted Resistance Action
Nov 19 By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press
Writer & (Xinhua) & Reuters
Insurgents captured Iraq's deputy health
minister at his home in northern Baghdad. They wore police uniforms and arrived
in seven vehicles to take Ammar al-Saffar.
Saffar is a member of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Dawa
Guerrillas in sport utility vehicles
intercepted the car of an Iraqi police officer in eastern Baghdad on Sunday,
killing him and a policeman along with capturing his driver, a police source
"Yasin Ibrahim, a Colonel in Baghdad's
Risafa Police Directorate, was killed on the al-Qanat Street near the
al-Ghadier neighborhood," the source told Xinhua on condition of
A noncommissioned police officer,
accompanying Ibrahim, was killed.
Earlier, unknown fighters stormed the house
of Mudhaffar al-Ubaidy, a judge working for the Iraqi cabinet, in Baghdad's
western district of al-Khadraa and captured him.
A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol
killed three civilians and wounded three policemen in eastern Baghdad, an
Interior Ministry source said.
Guerrillas attacked a police checkpoint and
wounded a policeman in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, and killed an
Iraqi soldier in Mosul.
A car bomb at a police checkpoint in Haditha,
west of Baghdad, killed one policeman and wounded another on Saturday, the U.S.
military said on Sunday.
Insurgents killed Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed
Ganim from the Facility Protection Services (FPS) along with his driver in a
drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, a
hospital source said.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a
terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill
me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.
At a time
like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the
nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule,
blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire;
it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.
We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. Frederick Douglas, 1852
“The War Is Lost. It Was Lost Before It Began”
“The Majority Of The American Electorate
November 17, 2006 ANDREW GREELEY, Chicago
What serious neutral expert could possibly
predict that more troops will solve the problem? Does not all the literature on
guerrilla war suggest that traditional military force, no matter how large,
cannot cope with dedicated shadow warriors?
There were a half million Americans in
Vietnam and they could not end the war. Gen. Earle "Bus" Wheeler
asked for 200,000 more troops without any guarantee that they could find the
light at the end of the tunnel. Lyndon Johnson finally said "no" and
in effect resigned from the presidency.
The war is lost. It was lost before it began.
The majority of the American electorate knows
I daresay the majority of the Iraq Study
Group also knows that. Some of them probably know that the only way George W.
Bush can emerge with any honor from a terrible blunder that is finally his
responsibility is to imitate Reagan (and John Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs or
Lyndon Johnson after the Tet Offensive).
“The Least We Can Do Is Stop Killing Them
And Leave Iraq”
“When The Bush Administration Criticizes The
Iraqi Government For Being Weak, They Forget That They Deliberately Made It
Weak And Dependant On Their Dictates”
Nir Rosen, November/December 2006 Boston
In an attempt to limit Muqtada’s power
and appease Sunnis, the Americans pressured Prime Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari
to step down.
He was replaced in May 2006 by Nuri al
Maliki, his close friend, but American and British bullying cost them the few
Shia allies they had and only convinced Iraq’s Shias that Americans were
playing a game of divide and conquer. The debate over Jaafari was framed as
Kurds and Sunnis competing with Shias for power.
It was one more sectarian battle, fought this
time inside the Green Zone. But it was
too late for that game because the Americans had long since lost the Sunnis and
were continuing to alienate them with daily killings and their protecting with
force the Shia-dominated order that they created in April 2003. This American blunder has only pushed Iraq
closer to Iran and Syria.
Nuri al Maliki is ideologically at least as
extreme as Jaafari, and as committed to preserving the new order. He has
already threatened to use “maximum force” against
“terrorists,” the code word for Sunnis.
Even if Maliki was committed to a national
unity government and nonsectarian security forces, and even if the Americans
tried to reverse the sectarian trend in Iraq, it is too late.
Muqtada’s supporters will not
voluntarily relinquish control of the army or the police, and having fought the
Americans in the past, many would be eager to fight them again.
And who would replace them? There are no nonsectarian Iraqis left, no
nonsectarian militia, and no physical space for those rejecting sectarianism.
Even secular Sunnis and Shias are embracing
sectarian militias because nobody else will protect them
Although the Bush
administration has criticized the Iraqi government for not disarming the
militias, and this is certainly the most important problem facing Iraq, apart
from the occupation, this is an untenable first step.
The militias exist because
there is no security in Iraq.
And when the Bush
administration criticizes the Iraqi government for being weak, they forget that
they deliberately made it weak and dependant on their dictates.
The American failure to provide
security has led to the militias.
The American sectarian approach
has created the civil war.
We saw Iraqis as Sunnis, Shias, Kurds. We designed a governing council based on a
sectarian quota system and ignored Iraqis (not exiled politicians but real
Iraqis) who warned us against it. We
decided that the Sunnis were the bad guys and the Shias were the good guys.
These problems were not timeless. In many ways they are new, and we are
responsible for them.
The Arab world had always been dominated by
Sunnis, who make up 85 percent of the world’s Muslims. The new Shia Iraq is overturning the Ottoman
and colonialist legacies that entrenched Sunnis.
Along with Hizbullah’s victory against
Israel this summer, this will threaten the status quo throughout the Arab
The unpopular Sunni regimes of Jordan, Egypt,
and Saudi Arabia, seeing their power wane, can no longer be anti-American or
anti-Israeli, having sold out on those issues by supporting the Americans and
practically supporting Israel against Hizbullah in July.
Instead, they are playing the sectarian card
to regain the respect they lost from their population and galvanize them
against a new threat, the Shias. Most
recently, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accused Shias of being
fifth-columnists, loyal to Iran. Egypt
does not recognize Shiism as Islam.
The effects of Hizbullah’s victory
remain to be seen, but they further discredit the unpopular Sunni dictatorships
who criticized Hizbullah but who were always impotent to stand up to the
Americans or Israelis despite their large armies and wealth.
Hizbullah’s leader, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah,
became the most popular leader in the Arab world.
But Iraq was pulling in a different
direction, for Muqtada was no Hassan Nasrallah.
Rather than remaking the Middle East, the
Iraq war has destabilized it. Sunnis
throughout the region who already have so many reasons to hate the United
States, Abu Ghraib, the Haditha massacre, the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl,
Guantánamo, would now have one more, for the Americans would have handed Iraq
over to the Shias.
We are seeing the death throes, not the birth
pangs, of a new Middle East.
The Bush administration
persists in its assertions of progress and clings to the idea that something
called victory is possible.
By every measure, life is worse for the
Iraqis (leaving aside the Kurds, who don’t want to be Iraqis
anyway). They are dying by the dozens or
the hundreds every day, nobody even knows how many, since the Anbar province
and much of the south, and even much of Baghdad, are black holes, with no
information coming out.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died
violently since the war began, probably eclipsing the number of Saddam’s
victims. The ministry of health was
recently ordered again not to disclose the number of casualties.
The United Nations’
torture expert has stated that torture in Iraq is now worse than it was under
SCIRI’s calls for a Shia superstate
have grown more strident, and Sunnis have made their own demands. Already in March 2006 Harith al Dhari
reminded the rest of Iraqis that Sunnis had means of their own available: just
as there was oil in the south, there was water in the center and the north, and
it could be held off until “the barrel of water in the south was worth a
barrel of oil,” or it could flood the south and drown it.
More recently, maps have been circulating on
Sunni Iraqi Web sites showing an enlarged Anbar province including Baghdad,
Mosul, and the so-called Sunni Triangle in a large Sunni superstate.
Iraqi comedians joke about
different neighborhoods of Baghdad becoming their own republics. Iraq is dying,
America did this to Iraq.
We divided Iraqis.
We set them at war with each
other. The least we can do is stop
killing them and leave Iraq.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Welcome To Liberated Iraq:
TV Stations Shut Down For Showing Hussein Protests
6 November 2006 Statement, Reporters Without
Reporters Without Borders today
condemned the Iraqi government’s decision yesterday to close down two
privately-owned TV stations for “inciting violence and murder” by
screening footage of protests against former President Saddam Hussein’s
death sentence. The main daily
newspapers have also been suspended for three days beginning yesterday under a
curfew decreed prior to the verdict.
“As well as the growing violence
against journalists in the field, press freedom violations are also on the
increase,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We fear that the Iraqi authorities are
exploiting the public’s concern about the bombings and sectarian violence
in order to restrict press freedom more and more. Both Iraqi and foreign journalists should be
able to freely report the Iraqi people’s reactions.”
The interior ministry yesterday ordered the
closure of the Al-Zaura and Salah-Eddin TV stations for broadcasting images of
demonstrators brandishing pictures of Saddam and protesting against the
court’s verdict. They had incited
sectarian violence, the ministry claimed, without specifying when they would be
allowed back on the air.
Reporters Without Borders
learned that around 50 policemen also overran the Baghdad studios of the
privately-owned Iraqi TV station Al Sharkiya and threatened to close it down if
it broadcast programmes about Saddam’s trial.
Ahmed Al Rashid, one of Al Sharkiya’s journalists,
was killed in his car two days before, on 3 November, as he was leaving the
Reporters Without Borders also learned that
two Iraqi journalists were attacked by policemen last month in the city of
Amir Al-Akaishi, a correspondent of the
newspaper Al-Mada, was attacked for writing about the local population’s
difficulties. Saadun Al-Jabairi of the
satellite TV station Al-Nahrain was prevented from filming religious
festivities marking the death of Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib.
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