First Hasan was dead, then alive. First there were two other shooters under arrest, then just one shooter. Then a white female cop who got shot herself was the cop who took Hasan down, now it's a black cop. The stories from MSM are compartmentalized. Are they causing this themselves or is it because they are being fed information in this manner so it keeps them from being able to get at the truth? These "unnamed informants" may be shills from the military-industrial complex which wants to fuel the war on terror. Follow the money. If the war machine is turned down they stand to loose a lot of money. They could be behind the lies being fed to the media.

Is this horrific incident at Fort Hood being used as a second 9/11 situation by the military and other organizations in this country to make militaristic action in the middle east more popular? Creating fear in the people and demonizing the enemy is one of the first steps to war. Did they know if they pushed Dr. Hasan he would break and possibly become violent? Really, do you think they are as incompetent as the picture that is being painted? I don't.

Some in the media have reported that Hasan put Islam before the US? There are a lot of religions that teach people to put their religion first before country or even family, this is not an exclusive Muslim belief. This belief is especially strong among Christians. The news media is so easily manipulated that they will fall for almost anything.

On this weekend's "State of Belief," The Interfaith Alliance Foundation's show on Air America Radio, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy examines the influence of evangelical Christians within the Department of Defense. Last week, six senior Pentagon officials were reprimanded for wearing their uniforms when they gave testimonials on a video by a group called Christian Embassy. Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, tells Rev. Gaddy that evangelical Christian organizations have established groups at each of the U.S. military's nearly 400 bases around the globe. Weinstein uses the term "Pentecostalgon" to describe the headquarters of the Department of Defense.

Mikey Weinstein's Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been nominated for a 2010 Nobel Peace prize.

Weinstein's group has exposed the meteoric rise of fundamentalist Christianity within the US military and has called attention to the fact that military personnel have sought to cast the war in Iraq and Afghanistan as a crusade between Christianity and Islam.

Weinstein, an honor graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, former White House counsel during the Reagan administration and former General Counsel to H. Ross Perot, said religious intolerance within the military is widespread and continues to get worse.

Weinstein noted that MRFF has about 18 active cases at Fort Hood involving soldiers who allege they have been subjected to non-stop fundamentalist Christian proselytization.

"Fort Hood is one of our worst hot spots of the nearly 1,000 US military installations scattered around the world in approximately 132 countries," Weinstein said. "We've had a particular problem with the public elementary school that's actually situated on the installation where children of soldiers have been continuously proselytized to."

Another shooting occurred at the post Sept. 8, 2008. In that incident, Spc. Jody Michael Wirawan, 22, of Eagle River, Ala., who was scheduled to soon be discharged, fatally shot 1st Lt. Robert Bartlett Fletcher, 24, of Jensen Beach, Fla. When Killeen police arrived, they fired shots at Wirawan. He responded by shooting himself, Fort Hood officials told The Associated Press at the time. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/sharedgen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2009/11/05/shooting_is_second_in_a_little.html

Fort Hood houses the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program. It has been in the news over the years due to a spate of suicides and several murders. In October 2005, a Fort Hood soldier shot himself and another hung himself in separate incidents over a single weekend.

As if PTSD can be reset, it causes permanent brain changes. Some of the effects don't go away.

Last month, police were called to an apartment in Killeen and witnessed a Fort Hood Army specialist shoot his lieutenant. The officers then returned fire, and the specialist shot himself in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Pentagon figures, Fort Hood has the highest suicide rate than any Army base in the country, with 75 soldiers taking their own lives since 2003.

The San Antonio News-Express reported last August that the number of suicides at Fort Hood "has been 26 per 100,000 people from 2006 to 2008, far above the civilian rate of 14.06 per 100,000."

"The problem isn't new, but three of the Army's busiest posts have seen a sharp increase in suicides over the past four years. Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Bragg, N.C., logged 125 suicides in that period, and 183 since 2003," the newspaper reported.

An undated column written by Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, III Corps, Fort Hood Commander, that was posted on the website of Suicide and Mental Health International said:

III Corps has lost another soldier: not to a car accident, not to an RPG attack in Iraq, but to suicide. Since January, nine Fort Hood soldiers have taken their own lives, and six of those since May. Everyone should pause and realize that we have lost six soldiers to suicide in a little over two months! We have lost more soldiers to suicide in the past six months than were lost all last year. I am alarmed and distraught by these soldiers' deaths. Every soldier, every friend and every leader should realize his obligation to help end this horrible and sad trend. Don't discount the severity of this trend. While over 40,000 soldiers call Fort Hood home, the eight soldiers who committed suicide this year represent only a small portion of the problem. Already this year at Fort Hood, 32 other soldiers have attempted to take their lives, but thankfully they were unsuccessful, and 106 other soldiers have somehow demonstrated a desire to commit suicide. Who knows how many other soldiers or leaders within III Corps have demonstrated suicidal behavior. And would we know the warning signs

After several years of putting up with the harassment by these evangelical military Christian radicals I can imagine there are a lot of people in the military right now about to have a meltdown. Add other stressors such as PTSD and it will generate more and more suicides and shootings. I don’t care what they tell people this type of bullying makes people very ill. It causes psychological injury, PTSD, and results in violence and suicide. It is being sanctioned by the department of defense.

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Anonymous said...

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