Organized marches are underway in front of White House and Marine Brig in Quantico, Virginia in support of alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning. Early reports on Twitter indicate Capitol Police are keeping press away from the march at the White House.
The footage captured by freelance cameraman Vaughan Smith, who spent two weeks embedded with the paramedics of the US Army’s 214th Aviation Regiment in Afghanistan, reveal just a taste of the hell we have sent our kids into.
the biggest question surrounding the contract is the weakness of the Afghan police. Official U.S. complaints about corruption and incompetence have plagued the Afghan cops since an inquiry gave the force poor marks, all while barely studying the DynCorp
In their wide-ranging précis of the leaked cables, Times reporters Scott Shane and Andrew Lehren mention in passing a key detail from one of the diplomatic dispatches: “Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda.”
In advance of another massive document dump “seven times bigger than the Afghan Diaries” it is worthwhile to look at US coverage of the original Iraq war logs and Wikileaks. The information dumps received worldwide coverage and thousands of words of reporting except in the US.
Jeremy Scahill, author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army”, and Rick Rowley, of Big Noise Films are back after two weeks in Afghanistan. They were not embedded with US troops. Instead they operated independently working with a translator to get a clear picture of what is happening in the war torn country and what we are really sending our troops to do.