This story was originally published by ProPublica.
A few years ago, retired Maj. Wes Carter was picking his way through a stack of internal Air Force memos, searching for clues that might help explain his recent heart attack and prostate cancer diagnosis. His eyes caught on several recommendations spelled out in all capital letters:
“NO ADDITIONAL SAMPLING …”
“DESTROY ALL …”
“IMMEDIATE DESTRUCTION …”
A Pentagon consultant was recommending that Air Force officials quickly and discreetly chop up and melt down a fleet of C-123 aircraft that had once sprayed the toxic herbicide Agent Orange across Vietnam. The consultant also suggested how to downplay the risk if journalists started asking questions: “The longer this issue remains unresolved, the greater the likelihood of outside press reporting on yet another ‘Agent Orange Controversy.’”
The Air Force, Carter saw in the records, had followed those suggestions.
Carter, now 70, had received the 2009 memos in response to public records requests he filed after recalling the chemical stench in a C-123 he crewed on as an Air Force reservist in the years after the Vietnam War. He’d soon discovered that others he’d served with had gotten sick, too. Now it seemed he’d uncovered a government-sanctioned plan to destroy evidence of any connection between the aircraft, Agent Orange and their illnesses. And the cover-up looked like it had been set in motion by one man: Alvin L. Young.
Carter had gotten his first glimpse of “Dr. Orange.”
In February 1945, a small group of personnel assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime spy agency, scrambled to prepare for a particularly risky mission: inserting a team of agents deep behind Nazi lines with the goal of gleaning crucial enemy information.
For a host of reasons, the proposed operation seemed like a suicide mission. The area targeted for dropping the three-man team into Nazi territory was high in the Austrian Alps, surrounded by towering peaks and flanked by antiaircraft weaponry. Even if the drop went as planned, some of the spies tapped to infiltrate enemy ranks were European-born Jews, increasing the dangers they faced.
The story, and it is good.
Meet Peter Levine. Peter is Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this capacity, he serves as principal assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on readiness; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; health affairs; training; and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life. (emphasis mine)
Peter is in charge of getting these dead-beat soldiers to pay back their enlistment bonus for extending their tour in Iraq. You see, if you didn’t complete the six-year enlistment contract because of injuries sustained in combat, you violated your contract. Yes, it is true. if you didn’t complete the six-year enlistment contract because of injuries sustained in combat, you violated your contract.
Forgiving those debts would encourage other soldiers not to complete their contract.
As you can tell, Peter is a real hard-ass. If you are caught up in this crap, call your Senator now.
Every year, approximately 6,000 blacks are murdered. This is a number greater than white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though blacks are only 13 percent of the national population. Blacks are killed at six times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined. In Los Angeles, blacks between the ages of 20 and 24 die at a rate 20 to 30 times the national mean. Who is killing them? Not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. The astronomical black death-by-homicide rate is a function of the black crime rate. Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic male teens combined. Blacks of all ages commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, and at eleven times the rate of whites alone. — Heather Mc Donald, Hillsdale College
You want justice? Ok. All of those that looted semi-trucks and set their contents on fire go to jail. All those who threw rocks at police go to jail. Anyone who ransacked Walmart goes to jail. All that destroyed police cars go to jail. That is the only justice you deserve.
Don’t tell me “Black Lives Matter.” If they really did you would be doing something about the 6,000 blacks killed every year. If they really matter you would be doing all you could to get the guns and drugs out of the hood. If they really did you would have a community program reaching out and teaching, do not point a gun, a stick, your finger, anything at a policeman.
This isn’t new. 1965 Watts – blacks tuning on blacks. If all this crap is to stop then the blacks have to stop it. If you want justice stop looting. If you want justice stop burning buildings. If you want justice stop destroying police cars.
The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. I am sure you have heard this. So? Why are you doing it?
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My memory is a little dim on this but on Okinawa (1st Group) we used Chinooks and went out the rear.
Nice warm salt water.