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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:30 PM
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Pentagon Cover Up: 15,000 or more US casualties in Iraq War
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18737.h...

By Mike Whitney



11/17/07 "ICH" -- -- The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.



CBSs Investigative Unit wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense. After 4 months they received a document which showed--that between 1995 and 2007--there were 2,200 suicides among active duty soldiers.



Baloney.



The Pentagon was covering up the real magnitude of the suicide epidemic. Following an exhaustive investigation of veterans suicide data collected from 45 states; CBS discovered that in 2005 alone THERE WERE AT LEAST 6,256 AMONG THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES. THATS 120 EACH AND EVERY WEEK IN JUST ONE YEAR.



That is not a typo. Active and retired military personnel, mostly young veterans between the ages of 20 to 24, are returning from combat and killing themselves in record numbers. We can assume that "multiple-tours of duty" in a war-zone have precipitated a mental health crisis of which the public is entirely unaware and which the Pentagon is in total denial.



If we add the 6,256 suicide victims from 2005 to the official 3,865 reported combat casualties; we get a sum of 10,121. Even a low-ball estimate of similar 2004 and 2006 suicide figures, would mean that the total number of US casualties from the Iraq war now exceed 15,000.



Check it out the video at: CBS News Suicide Epidemic among Veterans http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/13/cbsnews_inves...
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:35 PM
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1. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among our troops? Mission Accomplished, Mr. Bush! n/t
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:43 PM
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2. OMG, that is so horrible. nt
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:53 PM
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3. here is another even more dispicable story >Link>> covered up by Gen Sanchez..>Link>>
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rubberducky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:06 PM
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5. Your links are MUST reads!
The story these links tell needs to be spread far and wide. I wonder how this compares to Viet Nam. This country has been abusing these volunteer troops with such reckless abandon. With an all volunteer armed services to be sent into the meatgrinder that is Iraq, are we asking for people with a death wish? Really, really makes me wonder.
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rubberducky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:55 PM
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4. Why is this not headlines of every newspaper in the country?
This administration MUST END NOW. This occupation MUST END NOW. Bring these people home NOW. I always figured that the numbers we were being given were bullshit. This admin has lied about everything else, why would they give us real numbers? We are NOT ALLOWED to see the coffins. How many funerals are in the paper or on the local news?
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 09:30 AM
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10. because all the air 'media' is owned by 4 Reich Wing Fascist Corporations that profit from the war,
not to mention they are White House Flying Monkey Whores

this is Chaney's private war, Bu$h is just his wet brain alcoholic psychopathic Puppet stooge.. * is just a psychotic narcissistic megalomaniac looking for a stage to perform on..
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:13 PM
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6. .
cannot even comment.
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kansasblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:39 PM
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7. dated Nov. 13, 2007
I wonder if it will be in (or was in) a show or news report?
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:41 PM
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8. Send this to KO - he'll publicize it. rec'd
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:55 PM
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9. A most shameful statistic.
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