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VETERANS

IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR - MADISON
Winter Soldier Series - Testimonies from midwest Iraq Vets.  Soldiers tell their stories of conditions that led them to join the service, conditions in Iraq and how they have been treated when they return home. 
2 hour DVD available - DVD includes a 30 minute overview of testimony
for play at meetings and cable access.  
play 30 minute "Conscience of a Nation"
Also on the dvd are the full testimonies of:

 

John Knox - youtube link
Leonard Shelton -
youtube link
Ben Thompson - Abu Ghraib - (short version)
google video link
Keynote - John Stauber of www.prwatch.org
Todd Dennis -
youtube link
Paul Anderson -
youtube link
Aaron Hughes - (short version)
youtube link
Jason Moon - (short version)
youtube link
Iraqi Citizen and activist Sami Rasouli of www.mpt-iraq.org
Veteran for Peace Will Williams. 27sept2008
google video link
see also - www.ivaw.org


McCAIN MIA ON VETERANS ISSUES  Iraq Veterans Against
the War marched on the RNC in St. Paul Minnesota to protest the war, and deliver a letter on the treatment of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan War. McCain's representatives refused to receive the letter or meet with the IVAW representative. (1Sep2008) see also www.ivaw.org  www.veteransforpeace.org
10inute version - youtube link
28minute version - play winmedia file or play google video
DVD 27 - Available on dvd with Ray McGovern and Sami Rasouli
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RACHEL CORRIE - AN AMERICAN HERO: Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
In her Winter Soldier II testimony Dr. Wasfi paid tribute to Rachel Corrie.  "Rachel at the time -- 2003 -- was a 23-year-old college student who, after September 11th, wanted to learn about other cultures...wanted to try to understand what was going on. Tragically on March 16, 2003 Rachel was crushed by an Israeli Caterpillar D-9 Bulldozer (commanded by the Israeli Defense Forces) while blocking a home demolition in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement. full text/more
see also www.liberatethis.com -
9 mins - youtube link
DVD 24 - Winter Soldier Maryland - 58minutes click for details

A SNIPER'S TALE: Garret Reppenhagen
"There are ways to resist this war within army regulations, if you're a citizen soldier you still obtain your rights as a citizen you’re able to use those rights and you should since your the one sacrificing to protect those rights." Reppenhagen spoke on the IVAW panel, "The future of GI resistance," at the Winter Soldier testimony in March 2008. He is the co-creator of an active duty resistance blog ftssoldier.blogspot.com   click here to view transcript/more -10 mins - youtube link

WORKING CLASS WAR: Prof. Chris Appy
After the Vietnam War and the great slumber (1973-2003), those at the top and the ideologues who achieved control of the U.S. government, learned visceral lessons from the Vietnam War: do away with the draft, control the media, privatize the military, fine tune the killing machine (the officers) & govern by stealth and false flag. Appy, in his March 15 2008 testimony, sees cause for hope in the IVAW resistance. 10 mins - youtube link

I’M NO LONGER THE MONSTER I ONCE WAS: IVAW activist Jon M. Turner began his Winter Soldier 2008 testimony, “‘Once a Marine, always a Marine.’ But there’s also the term, ‘Eat the apple, F the core.’” With that, Turner ripped his many medals from his shirt, “I don’t work for you no more.” In bravely relating his horrific experiences In Iraq, Turner exposes the purposeful and on-going creation of monsters by the U.S. military, the politicians who direct them and the public which acquiesces. As Francisco Goya wrote many years ago, “the sleep of reason produces monsters.” see also www.ivaw.org - 9 mins - youtube link
DVD 24 - Winter Soldier Maryland - 58minutes click for details

'I THOUGHT WE WERE DOING THE RIGHT THING'
Iraq Veteran Against the War Sergio Kochergin woke up to the criminal nature of the war sometime in his second deployment to Iraq. Speaking out at Winter Soldier Sergio described how he was used and abused. Winter Soldier 2008 Testimonies from Iraq and Afghanistan, Silver Spring Maryland.
15min google video link
part one 5:43
youtube link part two 9:32 youtube link
DVD 24 - Winter Soldier Maryland - 58minutes click for details

‘WE’RE POISONING THE WORLD’: WINTER SOLDIER II  Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Silver Spring Maryland, March 13-16, 2008. Matt Howard (USMC 1st Tank Battalion) reveals the military policy toward its troops: lie and cover-up, then discard and/or discredit. 
full text/more
see also www.ivaw.org
long version 23 mins - google video link
short version 10 mins - youtube link
DVD 24 - Winter Soldier Maryland - 58minutes click for details

"I JOINED THE NATIONAL GUARD.. DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE THE INTERNATIONAL GUARD." - IVAW member Ryan
IVAW Winter Soldier Fundraiser - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Feb 23 2008.
Winter Soldier, Washington D.C. March 13-16th, 2008
For simulcast info visit: www.ivaw.org/wintersoldier/howtowatch
Once again, veterans are fighting for the soul of our country.  They will demonstrate their patriotism by speaking out with honor and integrity instead of blindly following failed policy.  Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.
see also: http://www.myspace.com/ivawchicago  www.ivaw.org
10 mins - youtube link
DVD 24 - Winter Soldier Maryland - 58minutes click for details

WE BLEW UP THE WORLD TRADE CENTER..NO PLANE HIT THE PENTAGON. HELLO! -- MAJOR DOUG ROKKE, U.S. ARMY 
After over 30 years in the military, happily doing whatever the military told him, Doug Rokke worked his way through college, BS in physics (Western Illinois), and MS and PhD in physics at the U. of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. All this time, he was still a “warrior”. And then, after “Desert Storm” (mass murder part I), Major Doug Rokke was handed he “DU clean-up project” by the U.S. Army. The Army brass (read corporate flunkies) knew what a hideous thing “depleted uranium” was, but Doug Rokke didn’t. When he found out, he was determined to expose the crimes, In this talk, Doug Rokke relies on his life-long contacts and experience in the Pentagon (3rd floor office, a 100 feet from the impact site) for the low down on the absurdity of a 757 folding its wings back and disappearing through a series of holes. Hello! transcript at filmmakers notebook 140 
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DOUG ROKKE IN 2003 IN ROCHESTER, NY at a VFW post
Maj. Doug Rokke, PhD, was tasked to do the 1991 Gulf War clean-up of 'depleted uranium' - DU -- for the U.S. Army. Here he speaks to veterans and anti-war activists. Rokke exposes the US military's total indifference to the fate of not only the Iraqi people, b ut also to the men and women in the US military and the rest of the world. Rokke was told to lie by his superiors about the harmful effects of DU while he himself and his military comrades were sick and dying of DU poisoning. (part 1 of 4)   10min
 
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"KILL EVERYBODY" - AMERICAN SOLDIER EXPOSES US POLICY IN IRAQ
"I joined in '03," 'cause I was broke, I needed money, but I was a young American kid, I wanted to fight in a war. I joined up. [A] month out of training I arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, January '04. Saddam's been captured. And I get there and the guys I'm serving with have been there for six months already; they were there in '03. And I go, "Well, you know what, I think it's come out that, you know, these people had nothing to do with 9/11, there was no Iraqi on those planes. We can see around here there's no Al Qaida, there's no terrorist syndicates in Baghdad, or Iraq. Saddam had stamped 'em out." And I asked my buddies, "Well, you know, we're here to find 'weapons of mass destruction'." And they laughed at me. And I said, "Well, you know, we're here to 'help the people.'" And they laughed at me. And I said, "What's our mission? What's our goal?"...They're like, "All we're trying to do is make it home alive..." Anderson describes the escalation of violence against unarmed civilians: "In April, they told us, "In a crowded area, if one person shoots at you, kill everybody." Anderson explains the rationale from the officers, "They [members of the crowd of people] are letting them [the person or persons firing at the U.S. military] attack you. They're no longer innocent if they're there at the time of the crime..." (9/11 conference, Chandler AZ Feb 23-25, 2007) 911TV.org - snowshoefilms post-production. (more)
 9:46min forum discussion  
 
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WILL WILLIAMS: A VETERAN FOR PEACE The only way out of Mississippi for Will Williams was the U.S. Army. He joined in 1962, served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, then realized his hatred for his and his peoples’ oppressors in central Mississippi had been transferred onto the Vietnamese; he had been an easy mind control victim, used to kill Vietnamese. In his talk, Williams demystifies the euphemisms and acronyms (IED, PDD, CVS, TBI) that hide the ongoing genocide of Iraqis, the treachery being visited on the American soldiers, and the privatization of the military via mercenary corporations. A Madison-based VFP member, Williams spoke at the Milwaukee Veterans For Peace-sponsored rally, Jan. 26, 2007 (transcript) 18min- 37megwinmedia, 14megquicktime, 8meg quicktime, 9meg winmedia files below
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THE CANADIAN PEOPLE SAY 'WAR RESISTERS WELCOME HERE': Brandon Hughey, US Army war resister, escaped to Canada to avoid participating in what the young soldier came to regard as a crime against humanity, the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Brandon spoke to some 15 thousand assembled in Ottawa on Nov. 30, 2004 to protest Bush’s visit to Canada. (transcript of Hughey’s remarks) more on Brandon 5 minutes, 4.1meg quicktime file 3.3meg winmedia file - thanks to Archive.org
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DOROTHY MACKEY: SURVIVORS TAKE ACTION AGAINST ABUSE BY U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL (STAAAMP) A former U.S. Air Force captain, Dorothy Mackey explains that rape is integral to the military. She explains the military’s systematic training to abuse and accept abuse, the programmatic decreasing of self-awareness that constitutes perhaps the most important part of “basic training” in which malleable youths are indoctrinated to think of themselves as expendable...20min 15meg quicktime file 12meg winmedia file - thanks to archive.org
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SILENT OR INVISIBLE NO MORE: Vets for Peace (Ft Benning GA) Veterans for Peace: Nov. 23, 2003 Ft. Benning GA SOA Watch. The vets - Dick Underhill, Austin: This is the only country that wants war; John Amidon, Albany: We're defending our rights to assemble, speak, demand justice; Dave Arnolds, Denver: I thought we'd learned about the abuse of  play media file
Wounded "Held Captive" at Walter Reed
Disabled Vets Fire Back at Rumsfeld By DAVID VEST
The organization known as Disabled American Veterans has been helping U.S. combat casualties figure out what benefits they have coming to them and how to apply for them since 1920. Lately the Bush administration has been going out of its way to make the DAV's job harder. (counterpunch)
power in Vietnam; Hervie Harris, Albany: I can't be silent and invisible any more. 28 min. 
 
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VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR: BARRY ROMA Coordinator of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War: “If you love the GI’s, say
No to war. Our government loves their vets so much, they’re cutting their health care.”
Chicago, Daley Plaza, March 16, 2003.
 www.vvaw.org 

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TIME TO PUT THOSE GUNS AWAY: Veterans For Peace (NYC, Feb. 15, 2003) They came from all over the US, veterans of US wars and occupation all over the globe. Some of their voices: Harry Fisher (Lincoln Brigade): We have to start fighting for not war, but for peace. David Cline: They wave the flag when you attack, when you come home, they turn their back. Tony Flaherty: This is an immoral, illegal war; the US is becoming an international disgrace. Michael McPhearson: The US needs to lead the world not with force and coercion but through cooperation. Gene Glazer: When the body bags start coming back, what are they going to tell us? 
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