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Building free homes for wounded vets


 

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Houston, Texas (CNN) -- Alexander Reyes' boyhood dream of a military career ended when he was hit by an improvised explosive device during a patrol two years ago in Baghdad.

"Laying in that hospital bed ... sometimes I felt I'd rather [have] died," Reyes said. "My life came to a complete halt."

Reyes sustained severe blast injuries that led to his medical discharge; he's on 100 percent medical disability. Like many soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, Reyes, now 24, found the transition to civilian life difficult.

But he and a handful of other injured veterans are getting help from what may seem an unlikely source: a custom home builder in Houston, Texas.

Dan Wallrath recently presented Reyes and his wife with an unexpected gift: a home built especially for them, mortgage-free.

"Thank you. That's all I can say," Elizabeth Reyes said, sobbing and clutching her stunned husband's arm as Wallrath surprised them with the house.

For Wallrath, giving wounded veterans a place to call home is his way of saying thanks. Since 2005, his organization has built four houses. Five more are under construction, and he's expanding his idea into a national campaign called Operation Finally Home.

Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2010 CNN Heroes

Wallrath spent 30 years making upscale clients' dream houses a reality. But he found a new mission in 2005 when he met with Steve Schulz about a very different type of project.

Schulz's 20-year old son, a U.S. Marine, had been gravely injured in Iraq. Schulz desperately needed to remodel his house to accommodate his son's wheelchair.

"I had no idea how I was going to pay for it," Schulz said. "I just knew that I had to get it done."

Wallrath went to advise Schulz on remodeling his house as a favor to a friend. It was a meeting that changed Wallrath's life.

He remembers Schulz showing him photos of his son Steven.

"He was a big, strapping Marine," Wallrath said. But the pictures he saw of Steven taken after his injury told a different story.

"He was ... half his size. It was so sad," he said. "It dawned on me that people are facing this all over the U.S."

Wallrath mobilized an army of carpenters, plumbers and suppliers who took on the remodeling job for free. They widened doorways, built a ramp to the back door and made the bathroom handicapped-accessible.

"Anything that needed to be done, Dan said, 'We'll take care of it,' " Schulz recalled. "It was just a huge, huge relief."

When the work on Schulz's home was complete, Wallrath realized he was just getting started.

"It really broke my heart to think [about] these young men and women," he said. He decided the best way he could help wounded veterans was by doing what he knew best: building them homes.

"It was like someone hit me upside the head with a 2x4. ... I just felt like this is what God wants me to do."

He took his idea to his local trade group, the Bay Area Builders Association, and convinced members to start a home-building program for wounded veterans.

With donations from suppliers and contractors, Wallrath said, the group can build a $300,000 house for $25,000 to $50,000. Each house is fully furnished and customized to meet the needs of each family and is mortgage-free. The group also covers the taxes and insurance for two years.

Wounded veterans or their spouses often have to find a new career or go back to school, making it hard to make ends meet, Wallrath said.

"If you can alleviate a financial burden off these young kids where they can concentrate on rebuilding their lives, you can really make a difference," he said.

Lt. Erasmo Valles is one such story. As a Marine, he was injured by an IED in Iraq in 2004 and ultimately had one of his legs amputated. Returning to civilian life was hard, and his family rapidly burned through its savings.

"We'd saved money for rainy days, but ... it was raining," Valles said.

Receiving a home from Wallrath in November 2008 turned their fortunes around. Valles, 34, is now studying for his doctorate in public safety; his wife earned her master's degree and is now a special education teacher.

"It saved us," he said. "We're moving on and moving forward. ... For someone to think about me and my family ... to build a home -- wow. That's a hero."

Wallrath is determined to help as many families as he can. He's trying to enlist builders' associations across the country to join his crusade, with the goal of building 100 homes. His program got tremendous interest at an industry event in January, and it soon hopes to break ground on a house near Chicago, the first outside of Texas.

Considering the industry was hard-hit by the recession, Wallrath says he's been heartened by the response.

Now retired, Wallrath dedicates about half of his time to this effort without pay. He says it's the least he can do to repay some of the more than 30,000 troops who've been wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"These kids ... they're doing it for me and you," he said. "So we're the ones that need to step up and do something."

Want to get involved? Check out the Bay Area Builders Association Web site and see how to help.

 


 

The Gratitude Campaign


 


 

Afghan Massacre - Convoy of Death


 

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The film was researched by award-winning journalist Najibullah Quraishi.

Produced and directed by Irish filmmaker and former BBC producer Jamie Doran, the film tells the story of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US military's Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz. According to the film, some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison. When the prisoners began shouting for air, U.S.- allied Afghan soldiers fired directly into the truck, killing many of them. The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds.

Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Now, up to three thousand bodies lie buried in a mass grave.

Outraged human rights groups and lawyers are calling for an investigation but the U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan refuses any U.N.-backed investigation until the Afghan government can protect witnesses. Two of the witnesses in the film have already been killed.

The film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops were complicit in the massacre of thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War.

The film has sent shockwaves around the world. It has been broadcast on national television in Britain, Germany, Italy and Australia. It has been screened by the European parliament. It has outraged human rights groups and international human rights lawyers. They are calling for investigation into whether U.S. Special Forces are guilty of war crimes.

But most Americans have never heard of the film. That’s because not one corporate media outlet in the U.S. will touch it. It has never before been broadcast in this country.

“Afghan Massacre” is produced and directed by award-winning Irish filmmaker Jamie Doran. Doran is has worked at the highest levels of television film production for more than two decades. His films have been broadcast on virtually every major channel throughout the world. On average, each of his films are seen in around 35 countries. Before establishing his independent television company, Jamie Doran spent over seven years at BBC Television.

The film was researched by award-winning journalist Najibullah Quraishi, who was beaten almost to death when he tried to obtain video evidence of US Special Forces’ complicity in the massacre. Two of the witnesses who testified in the film are now dead.

“Afghan Massacre: the Convoy of Death”- produced and directed by award-winning Irish filmmaker Jamie Doran.

 


 

Attack on the USS Liberty


 

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    Please take a few moments to spread this around to others. The guys who were on the Liberty need to be heard. Some of these guys have kept silent for 40 yrs. They were threatened with prison if they ever told their story. They are telling it now. Israel deliberately removed the IDs from their planes, ships, helicopters, etc., and attacked the Liberty with full intentions of killing everyone on board. They wanted Egypt to get the blame. Israel adopted major arrogance after doing this without so much as a slap on the hand claiming that since they got away with this, they can do anything to the US and get away with it. Johnson, the weinee who was acting as president, knew it was Israel attacking and did NOTHING!! He would not even allow the navy to come to the Liberty's rescue after the attack.

    The people of the US need to know that Israel is not our friend. They never have been. They are arrogant bastards. I keep hoping that our congress and others will recognize that Israel has become too heavy to carry any longer regardless of what extortion practices they adhere to.

    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. This USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.

The Attack

    The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a U.S. Navy intelligence ship, USS Liberty, in international waters about 12.5 nautical miles (23 km) from the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, north of El Arish, by Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967.

    After surveying USS Liberty for more than nine hours with almost hourly aircraft over flights and radar tracking, the air and naval forces of Israel attacked our ship in international waters without warning. USS Liberty was identified as a US naval ship nine hours before the attack by Israeli reconnaissance aircraft and continuously tracked by Israeli radar and aircraft thereafter. Sailing in international waters at less than five knots, with no offensive armament, our ship was not a military threat to anyone.

    The Israeli forces attacked without warning and without attempting to contact us. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and another 174 were wounded. The ship, a $40 Million Dollar state of the art signals intelligence platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap.

    It occurred during the Six-Day War, a conflict between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The Israeli attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The attack was the second deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the end of World War II, surpassed only by the Iraqi Exocet missile attack on the USS Stark on May 17, 1987, and marked the single greatest loss of life by the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The Cover Up

    Despite a near-universal consensus that the Israeli attack was made with full knowledge that USS Liberty was a US Navy ship, the Johnson administration began an immediate cover-up of this fact. Though administration officers continued individually to characterize the attack as deliberate, the Johnson administration never sought the prosecution of the guilty parties or otherwise attempted to seek justice for the victims. They concealed and altered evidence in their effort to downplay the attack. Though they never formally accepted the Israeli explanation that it was an accident, they never pressed for a full investigation either. They simply allowed those responsible literally to get away with murder.

The Betrayal of American Veterans

    Americans who volunteer for military service effectively write a blank check, payable to the United States of America for an amount "up to and including my life." The United States, in turn, promises to spend these checks responsibly. That bargain implicitly includes a promise by the United States to protect them and to seek retribution against anyone who harms them. In the case of USS Liberty, the United States has failed to keep its promise.

    'Loss of Liberty' dramatically proves, beyond any doubt, that the attack by Israel on June 8, 1967 against the US naval intelligence gathering ship USS Liberty, in which 34 Americans were killed and 171 wounded, was deliberate. The video first lets Israeli officers make their totally unconvincing case that the attack was a 'tragic accident' when the Israelis mistook the much larger and differently configured USS Liberty for the totally unlike Egyptian ship El Quseir. This filmed testimony by dozens of USS Liberty survivors demolishes Israel’s 'tragic accident' claim. Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer are representative of the honored high-ranking Americans supporting the condemnation of deliberate aggression against the United States by 'ally' Israel. 'Loss of Liberty' makes clear that then-President Lyndon Johnson conspired with Israel and its Israel-First supporters inside the US government to support the 'tragic accident' scheme. Johnson was bogged down at the time in the Vietnam war, and thought he needed Israel Lobby support. Still, Johnson’s behavior is as unforgivable now as it was then.

 


 

In Lies We Trust

Produced by Dr. Leonard George Horowitz

Runtime 2hrs 20min

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The CIA, Hollywood & Bioterrorism

Are we winning the wars officials say we must? Wars against cancer, AIDS and terrorism?

Hollywood films and health officials herald happy endings, but family and friends everywhere are ill and getting sicker, fatter, more depressed, and broke popping pills and paying medical bills.

Now officials urge you to prepare for the worst bioterrorist attacks in history (aside from nuclear explosions, and escalating “natural” disasters).

This controversial documentary produced by "World Leading Intellectual" and drug cartel critic, Dr. Leonard George Horowitz, exposes officials, corporations, and American intelligence agencies for historic devil-doing.

This unique film takes you inside the policies, politics, and propaganda of genocide with a twist of humor. Horowitz exposes unprecedented fraud, malfeasance, and murder as a clear and present danger to you and your loved ones.

In Lies We Trust examines the CIA's direction of Hollywood, and modern medicine, and will have you rethinking their impacts on the way you think about current events, increasing threats of outbreaks, cancer, and AIDS.

Where do you suppose skyrocketing rates of these and other modern plagues came from?

This award-winning doctor advances compelling analyses of documents explaining our modern maladies as "socio-political impositions" not made in heaven.

In Lies We Trust examines the military-medical-petrochemical-pharmaceutical profiteers behind medical madness; their political prostitutes, and shoddy scientists.

Stunning evidence, including secreted interviews, explains why millions of innocent and gullible people worldwide have been killed, and billions more are now being frightened into drug addictions, side-effects, profitable illnesses, and premature death.

Watch In Lies We Trust: The CIA, Hollywood & Bioterrorism to learn why your life is entrusted to Manchurian candidates who don’t even know how and why they aim to kill you.

Horowitz brilliantly critiques the government's new 24-hour television network and feature documentary, History of Bioterrorism, which is now broadcasting daily over the Dish Network.

September has been declared "National Preparedness Month." Officials say you must prepare for the worst bioterrorist attacks, yet they use fear and gross inaccuracies (propaganda) examined by Horowitz. This is choice edutainment for your informed decision-making.

Dr. Horowitz generously donated this life-saving DVD for widespread free public distribution without copyright restrictions. Viewers are encouraged to make at least two more copies to gift to others. View every part of this production in the low resolution Quicktime files below, or order your high resolution DVD today by calling toll free: 1-888-508-4787. You can also order these DVDs online through www.healthyworldstore.com

“War on Terror” Exposed as Lucrative Anti-American Genocide

Sandpoint, ID —U.S. Government agencies are conducting a genocidal campaign against Americans according to a leading public health and intelligence agency analyst, Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz. His new documentary, In Lies We Trust: The CIA, Hollywood & Bioterrorism, exposes the corporations and politicians advancing the “War on Terror” as American traitors manipulating, maiming, and killing millions of unwitting citizens.

In an urgent life-saving plea for sanity in the administration of domestic policies in the "War on Terror," Dr. Horowitz, a Harvard-trained, internationally-acclaimed, humanitarian has gifted this production, free of copyright restrictions, to the American people as a last ditch effort to awaken the nation to what amounts to genocide—the mass killing, fear mongering, and pharmaceutical enslaving of people for profit.

Last summer, the Department of Homeland Security, allied with the Department of Health and Human Services, launched a 24-hour Dish Network channel devoted to national preparedness. When Dr. Horowitz viewed their feature film, History of Bioterrorism, he was appalled by the propaganda. Determined to set the record straight, he spent the next 6 months preparing this hard-hitting exposé.

In Lies We Trust weaves famous Hollywood film footage with critical commentaries to show how and why the CIA is conditioning Americans to accept new wars, deadly drugs, and poisonous vaccines, sickening and killing millions of trusting victims. Otherwise known as population reduction, or population control, the "War on Terror," like the "War on Cancer" and the "War on AIDS," affords policy-makers the cover to administer profitable population manipulation under the guise of public health and national security. This shocking revelation is backed by compelling evidence from secreted documents now freely downloadable at www.inlieswetrust.com

Officials say parents need to ready their families for emergencies by getting emergency kits, pre-paid calling cards, air filtration systems, and vaccinations. Dr. Horowitz's evidence shows those profiting most from these recommendations are the least trustworthy foreign corporations and politicians in America.

"It is one thing to tell Americans, 'Get prepared for emergencies,' and another to violate common sense and the public's trust," Dr. Horowitz said. "The government's History of Bioterrorism lacks historic accuracy, general credibility, and audience sensitivity. This propaganda is an essential part of their 'War of Terror,' luring Americans, particularly millions of people already depressed or phobic, into more serious psychopathologies, drug addictions, vaccine toxicities, and pharmaceutical dependencies; restricting life, liberty, and everyone’s pursuit of happiness. . . . These are, sadly, the objectives to which Americans must awaken to save their lives."

In Lies We Trust exposes the agents and agencies responsible for our culture of lucrative bioterror. The most profitable war in history—the "War on Cancer"—is shown to be a contrivance of the same corporations and politicians that seek population reductions through chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical poisonings. Many new diseases and treatment resistant germs, the film explains, come from laboratories, "not nature’s curses."

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Bill Would Make Unearned Medals A Crime

Unearned Medals “Slap In The Face”
May 25th 2006
2min 36 sec

 

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WASHINGTON ― American veterans on Wednesday called for a law that would make it a crime for people who did not earn military honors to wear the medals.

The cases are growing while soldiers are serving on the front lines. Federal agents were searching for those who falsely claim to be recipients of such honors.

Veterans called for the law, called the Stolen Valor Act, which would make it a crime for someone to wear a military medal to which he or she was not entitled.

"To see a wannabe with all of their legs and all of their limbs wearing a Purple Heart and parading around like they are some kind of a hero, to me, that is about as low as you can get," said Hershel Gober of the Military Order Of The Purple Heart.

The FBI has investigated more than 100 cases of people falsely claiming to have won the Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the nation's highest military honor. Fraudulent wearing of that medal is punishable by a year in jail and a stiff fine. That, however, is not the case with other personal valor awards, such as the Purple Heart.

News4 reported that there are only 113 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

"It's really a slap in the face to our veterans when the true meaning of the medal is dishonored," said Colorado Rep. John Salazar, who is a veteran himself and has sponsored the Stolen Valor Act in the House of Representatives. Veterans said they believe the bill is a good idea.

"I served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam and back then, a lot of guys came home to being spat upon and then, I don't know, maybe eight or 10 years later, all of a sudden, it was fashionable to be a veteran," said Don Smith.

"If you haven't fought, if you haven't earned that Purple Heart, you shouldn't be wearing that Purple Heart," said Karion Williams.

 


 

Arrest Warrant for Bush and Cheney

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End the Occupation!!!

 

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Copy of the Army's own Field Artillery Magazine, where illegal use of WP is described. No longer available from the original military link, but preserved here  just over 1 MB and in PDF Format


On June 16th during operation "Shock and Awe on the Oregon Coast",, members of SQUADRON13-DEPLOYED recorded this arrest warrant for Bush and Cheney at City Hall in Newport Oregon.

As former members of the armed services of the United States of America, we swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Upon discharge from service we did not renounce that oath, which remains our sacred duty.

It has long been apparent to us that our Constitution is under attack and has been deliberately and relentlessly undermined by domestic enemies -- indeed, by our highest government officials who took and have violated that same oath.

Many Constitutional crimes have been committed by the Bush administration, including warrantless electronic surveillance of American citizens in violation of the 4th Amendment, failure to provide due process rights in violation of the 5th and 6th Amendments, infliction of cruel and unusual punishments in violation of the 8th Amendment, usurpation of powers granted exclusively to Congress in violation of Article I, Section 1, and violation of Article VI, Paragraph 2, which states that all international treaties to which the United States is a signatory are "the Supreme law of the Land."

The wars prosecuted by the Bush administration in our name with our national resources are violations of all treaties defining the international laws of war since 1928, including the United Nations and Nuremberg charters, which uniformly prohibit wars of aggression. As violations of these international covenants and pledges, they also constitute high crimes against the United States Constitution.

Furthermore, the illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and other war crimes including torture and use of internationally prohibited weapons such as depleted uranium, violate the Geneva Conventions of 1949, thereby further violating the Supreme Law of our Land.

Our oath therefore compels us to issue a citizens' warrant for the immediate arrest of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney, President and Vice-President of the United States.

We call upon President Bush and Vice-President Cheney to surrender themselves to federal law enforcement authorities or to any private group of Americans that is prepared to make these citizens arrests.

The right of citizens arrest is deeply grounded in English common law and is constitutionally protected under the 9th Amendment, derived from the natural right of self-defense and defense of others. A citizens arrest is valid when arresting citizens have a reasonable belief that the suspect has committed a felony.

We believe that felonies of great magnitude have been committed, and the evidentiary bases of these are conclusively established in the public record.

We charge these officials with conspiracy to commit genocide against the citizens of another sovereign state, with conspiracy to commit mass murder of American citizens by waging a fraudulently justified war, and other high crimes described on our website, www.VeteransAgainstTorture.com.

Our charges include war crimes and crimes against humanity for which we will seek extradition for trial in the international criminal court at the Hague, Netherlands, following trial in the United States for treason and other high crimes against our constitutional government.

We veterans took an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same." Upon discharge from service, we did not renounce that oath. Our political leaders take that same oath upon assuming office.

It has become painfully clear that our Constitution is under attack and has been gravely violated by domestic enemies - indeed, by that very government we served to preserve and protect.

We support and defend Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution, which declares our international treaties "the Supreme Law of the Land." The Bush wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, waged in our name and paid from our national treasury, are violations of all treaties establishing the international laws of war since 1928, which uniformly prohibit wars of aggression. Additional war crimes have been committed through use of prohibited weapons and torture. These define our country as a violent outlaw state, a state unworthy of any citizen's uniformed service. Only Congress can stop these atrocities by refusing to fund the wars. We demand that our Senators and Representatives stop this funding.

We denounce decreased funding for veteran care. As John Kerry said in his 1971 presentation to Senator Fulbright's Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, "Where is the leadership?... Where are they, now that we, the men they sent off to war, have returned? These are the commanders who have deserted their troops. And there is no more serious crime in the laws of war."

Reduction of VA funding and closure of VA facilities is desertion of our troops. We are being deserted by our leaders hiding behind the budget crises they themselves created at the expense of those they sent to face the terrible risks and horrors of war.

 


 

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