Black People : More on Fort Hood

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  1. OldSoul

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    At Fort Hood, Some Violence Is Too Familiar

    Staff Sgt. Gilberto Mota, 35, and his wife, Diana, 30, an Army specialist, had returned to Fort Hood from Iraq last year when he used his gun to kill her, and then took his own life, the authorities say. In July, two members of the First Cavalry Division, also just back from the war with decorations for their service, were at a party when one killed the other.
    That same month, Staff Sgt. Justin Lee Garza, 28, under stress from two deployments, killed himself in a friend’s apartment outside Fort Hood, four days after he was told no therapists were available for a counseling session. “What bothers me most is this happened while he was supposed to be on suicide watch,” said his mother, Teri Smith. “To this day, I don’t know where he got the gun.”
    Fort Hood is still reeling from last week’s carnage, in which an Army psychiatrist is accused of a massacre that left 13 people dead. But in the town of Killeen and other surrounding communities, the attack, one of the worst mass shootings on a military base in the United States, is also seen by many as another blow in an area that has been beset by crime and violence since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began. Reports of domestic abuse have grown by 75 percent since 2001. At the same time, violent crime in Killeen has risen 22 percent while declining 7 percent in towns of similar size in other parts of the country.
    The stresses are seen in other ways, too.
    Since 2003, there have been 76 suicides by personnel assigned to Fort Hood, with 10 this year, according to military officials.
    The Army has also sent an array of specialists to Fort Hood to help soldiers and their families, including chaplains, social workers, combat stress specialists, counselors and experts in crisis and disaster behavioral management. Army officials said more such assistance might be sent to the base...
    But interviews with soldiers who have deployed one or more times to Iraq or Afghanistan, and with family members of those who died violently back here in Texas, show that the Army’s efforts are still falling short. Even some alarm bells rung by the Army leadership have gone unanswered.
    Among the medical personnel brought to Fort Hood to help deal with the growing mental health issues was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who arrived in July. Major Hasan is accused in the attacks last week, but little is known about what might have driven him.
    “Our soldiers are coming back and not getting the help they need,” said Cynthia Thomas, an Army wife who runs a private assistance center for soldiers in Killeen called Under the Hood Café. “Whether it’s self-medicating, anger or violence, these are the consequences of war, and you have to think about all the people affected by soldiers coming home, the parents, spouses, children, brothers, sisters, aunts and cousins.”

     
  2. HODEE

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    NEVER ENOUGH

    F1RSTMARK Physicians by Specialty
    http://www.firstmark.com/fmkcat/dr_spec.htm

    Specialty ---Doctors ---Offices
    Psychiatry --35,512 ----21,742

    Specialty ----------Doctors ---Offices
    Addiction Medicine --1,008 -----986
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    Not enough is being done for Soldiers and Veterans.
    Billions on a air craft, but no money to help the wounded and sick, or their families in their time of real need.

    The above link has all the Medical Professions and the number of doctors and offices in the United States.

    There are not not enough medical professionals for the general population.

    The military gets the soldiers ready for field. They are battle ready.
    But they still hold the religious beliefs they have.

    Like thou shall not kill.
    This may not bother many soldiers and they are afraid to reflect and understand
    that this is an issue with them, Sergeant Garza couldn't seek medical attention while in Iraq.
    He was talked about and was made to feel he was weak. Some take this commandment serious.

    Brothers shooting each other in the streets...don't seem to have an issue with religious beliefs.

    It is lacking in so many. Not just Christian, Muslim religion can make a difference.
    Many hard cold blooded killers have changed because of religion. It can make you or break you.

    Then these soldiers are with the Chaplain, and vist and talk often with him.
    This is a component of stress, to go against your religious beliefs.

    It was said that the Major who did the shotting at Fort Hood...was told he would have to go against his beliefs and kill other Muslims.

    This was an issue.

    The soldier in this article Sergeant Garza had problems with killing he had to do in Iraq.
    Thank you Brother oldsoul for the article and your talk Sunday.

    This article link will not remain valid. They will close the link soon on this article.

    Conscientious Objector status is based on religious beliefs.
     
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    Few Can Avoid Deployment, Experts Say

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/us/10army.html?ref=us



     
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    UPDATE

    Brother oldsoul

    I just saw on CNN.

    The wounded is 42 and the dead in this attack is 13.
    One of the thirteen was a citizen the others military.
    That changes the total to 55.

    It was reported at 43 ( 30 wounded and 13 killed ) recall.
    Maybe some left and didn't report the wounds they had until later.

    The number is still not correct. I see many different numbers reported.


    Ft. Hood Briefing Causes Confusion About Wounded Number
    http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/1109/675935.html

     
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    What is the policy regarding this from Washington and has it changed from the previous administration?
     
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    And then to come home to a town called KILLeen. The word kill is constantly on your mind either as a physical reality or a symbol

    The Bush told us we have to fight them over there so we won't have to fight them over here (which is in itself kinda crass like saying I want to have a wild party but I don't want to mess my house up so I will have it over your house). Truth is the negating energy produced by war and violence is not limited to geographical locations or even to time. Everything we are doing to the Iraqis and Afghanistan we are also doing to each other here.
     
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    that is the modus aperandi they use on us to keep us from focusing on collective self sufficiency
     
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    The Burial ceremony is on now, smh...
     
  9. Ankhur

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    Do understand that the negative energy fostered here by violent fratricide music and killer video games as well as gang violence allowed to escalate, is designed to feed into the nurturing of a war like mentality,
    makeing many "ready for duty"

    Gang Members in the Military
    Members of nearly every major street gang as well as some prison gangs and OMGs have been identified on both domestic and international military installations. Deployments have resulted in gang members among service members and/or dependents on or near overseas bases. Additionally, military transfers have resulted in gang members, both service members and dependents/relatives, moving to new areas and establishing a gang presence.

    Gang members with military training pose a unique threat to law enforcement personnel because of the distinctive military skills that they possess and their willingness to teach these skills to fellow gang members. While the number of gang members trained by the military is unknown, the threat that they pose to law enforcement is potentially significant, particularly if gang members trained in weapons, tactics, and planning pass this instruction on to other gang members. (See Table 1.) In addition, gang members currently serving in the military sometimes take advantage of their positions to engage in criminal activities such as trafficking weapons and drugs.

    Table 1. Gangs Reported to Have Military-Trained Members

    Gang Name Type of Gang

    18th Street Gang Street
    Aryan Brotherhood Prison
    Asian Boyz Street
    Bandidos OMG
    Black Disciples Street
    Bloods Street
    Crips Street
    Florencia 13 Street
    Gangster Disciples Street
    Hells Angels OMG
    Latin Kings Street
    Mexican Mafia (La Eme) Prison
    Mongols OMG
    MS 13 Street
    Norteños Street
    Outlaws Motorcycle Club OMG
    Sureños Street
    Vagos OMG
    Vice Lords Street

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmPcvH2Y3oY
    Be clear, this stuff is fostered regardless of the rhetoric!!!!

    Military propaganda video game Halo 3 dominates market

    Gamers playing Halo 3 (Microsoft XBox Canada/Marketwire/Canadian Press)
    Update: This article originally stated that Halo 3 has now sold more copies than the “Harry Potter series.” This refers to the Harry Potter video game series, and not the films.

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    The September 2009 NPD video game sales report has just been released, and Halo 3: ODST was the big winner, pulling in over 1.5 million units sold and tripling its nearest competitor. Halo 3 is a dream recruiting tool for the military, a perfect amalgam of propaganda and entertainment that highlights all of the unrealistic, hyper-machismo badassery of Hollywood-style war, while completely whitewashing the moral relativism of real-world conflicts.

    The Halo trilogy’s protagonist is the Master Chief, a cybernetically-enhanced human super-soldier (though in ODST, the game focuses on the soldiers known as Orbital Drop Shock Troopers or ODSTs). The Master Chief aids future humanity in battling the Covenant, a theocratic alliance of alien races. Like in most video games, the alien races are designed as the anti-human, horrible, amoral, disgusting beasts created for one purpose: to be destroyed. That’s just smart business. After all, a complex video game illustrating the complicated gray areas of morality that exist in war wouldn’t be as enjoyable to impressionable 12-year-old boys (the industry estimates claim that at least 20 percent of the players are between 12 and 16.)

    In addition to presenting “the enemy” as an alien that needs to be crushed, the thoroughly creepy Halo 3: ODST trailer depicts war as a perpetual, cradle-to-grave event:


    It’s no wonder Air Force and Army recruiters have attempted to capitalize on the games by cosponsoring Halo tournaments. In 2008, the US Army sponsored a series of “Basic Combat Training” mini-contests through Xbox Live. The first contest was entitled “Sniper School.”

    Entertainment products like Halo 3 are ideal tools for the military because video games bypass those pesky legal barriers that make it illegal for the military to recruit minors. They’re a sort of pleasant version of the Ludovico technique in A Clockwork Orange, but instead of having their eyelids forced apart by metal prongs, the military’s audience is captivated by impressive graphics and the constant onslaught of violent imagery.

    It’s a less overt, less controversial way to gain access to children than, say, slipping a provision into the No Child Left Behind Act that requires high schools to give recruiters the names and contact details of all juniors and seniors, which also happened in 2002 thanks to Republicans, and specifically, prostitute-enthusiast David Vitter.

    Microsoft made $170 million on the first day of Halo 3’s release. It estimated 1 million players were online within 20 hours of the release, and Halo 3 has now sold more copies than the Harry Potter video game series. The Army has spent over a million dollars to sponsor the game precisely because they want access to that huge pool of bodies just waiting to be tossed into conflict zones.


    full article;
    http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenn...ropaganda-video-game-halo-3-dominates-market/
     
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