Thursday, January 04, 2007
Is Resistance Futile?
--Pat, the Dog-tagged
An Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq
Many active duty, reserve, and guard service members are concerned about the war in Iraq and support the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Appeal for Redress provides a way in which individual service members can appeal to their Congressional Representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation. The Appeal messages will be delivered to members of Congress at the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2007.
The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone.
As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.
The Appeal for Redress is sponsored by active duty service members based in the Norfolk area and by a sponsoring committee of veterans and military family members. The Sponsoring committee consists of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Military Families Speak Out.
Members of the military have a legal right to communicate with their member of Congress.
Attorneys and counselors experienced in military law are available to help service members who need assistance in countering any attempts to suppress this communication with members of Congress.
Appeal for Redress
PO Box 53052
Washington, DC 20009-3052
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Doesn't this sort of beg the question: Pat, why are you running a blog for a bunch of people who aren't willing to help themselves?
I thought the previous LANL blog clearly demonstrated that there were only a handful of people at Los Alamos who had the courage to stand up for their convictions. The rest just cowered in anonymity. I imagine many of the worthwhile people have already left, or are planning to do so. What remains a year from now will truly be the dregs.
And the politics stink.
But that's OK. We're all adults here. Oh, and don't forget:
"All politics is local." (Tip O'Neill)
A few years ago you might have been very successful at nipping at the heels of a certain Senator Hobson (aka..the "Big Bad Wolf") and his cronies (the rest of the pack) who decided that commercialization was the best way to run National Labs. Yes, we (employees) were the sheep who lost our way, with no leader (shepherd - aka Lab Director) and no friends or guides (Pat, where were you then?) to warn us of impending doom. We merely plodded along, writing proposals for funding, doing research, our jobs, essentially in a vacuum. The die was cast then. Now, we are suffering the consequences.
And, before you jump all over me, please know that I have actively supported employee respect and proper treatment since I came to the Lab. What has it gotten me? Basically I am labeled a trouble maker, blackballed, harassed, assaulted and battered in the workplace, suffered through the bogus complaint resolution system, blasted by the arbitration process (I was too assertive), and am now confined to a small "kennel" in the middle of nowhere. Why do I stay? I like the people I work with, and I enjoy my job - when I get to do it. My resistance has been futile.
Ye're bein' too harsh on y'self!
There's nothin' wrang wi' havin' black balls! It shows ye've been kick'd by scooundrels! And ye can swerrel aroond an' bite 'em i' th' ASS whae they're na loookin'! Fa' they be a bahhd boonch, they be, tha's f' shoor.
Ken tha' ye're a boorder collie, nae? Sa pack it oop, an' snaeek behind th' sheep ye're boound ta. They'll fallah ye i' time, I'm shoor.
--Pat, the boorder collie.
Contractors Are Cited in Abuses at Guantanamo - Washington Post, Jan 4
New allegations of detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay released by the FBI on Tuesday put private contractors at the center of interrogation operations, raising questions once again about where they fit in the military's chain of command.
The FBI's disclosures, which are based on eyewitness reports, refer several times to contractors directing the Army's interrogation efforts at the military detention center in Cuba. In at least one case, FBI agents were told that detainees may have been mistreated on orders from a contractor.
Taken together, the documents suggest a greater role for contractors than was previously known, and contracting experts said they indicate a further blurring of the limits on how much responsibility the private sector can carry in doing the public's work.
"These are incredibly sensitive and important government jobs. That's why you're supposed to have a very clear and public chain of command," said Brookings Institution scholar Peter W. Singer. "But now there's a confusion about proper roles."
--Pat, the boorder collie