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July 30, 2006


MissBirdlegs in AL

"Knowing how much we have" - and how very much we take for granted. It's impossible for us to conceive the differences country to country. God Bless you, Diggs, & keep you safe.


Speaking of John Kerry ...

Speaking of John Kerry

Will any of the wingnuts apologize to him now that declassified Army files show he was telling the truth? Nah. Being a right-wing crazy means never having to say you're sorry for lying.



Now, nearly 40 years later, declassified Army files show that Henry was telling the truth — about the Feb. 8 killings and a series of other atrocities by the men of B Company.

The files are part of a once-secret archive, assembled by a Pentagon task force in the early 1970s, that shows that confirmed atrocities by U.S. forces in Vietnam were more extensive than was previously known.

The documents detail 320 alleged incidents that were substantiated by Army investigators — not including the most notorious U.S. atrocity, the 1968 My Lai massacre.

Though not a complete accounting of Vietnam war crimes, the archive is the largest such collection to surface to date. About 9,000 pages, it includes investigative files, sworn statements by witnesses and status reports for top military brass.

The records describe recurrent attacks on ordinary Vietnamese — families in their homes, farmers in rice paddies, teenagers out fishing. Hundreds of soldiers, in interviews with investigators and letters to commanders, described a violent minority who murdered, raped and tortured with impunity.

Torture is for losers. As soon as the United States military decided to use torture in Iraq, it gave up.

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