You are no doubt already aware that the Pentagon lowballs its casualty figures,
counting only those troops who are wounded or otherwise injured in narrowly-defined
"hostile combat" situations. Now, our distinguished colleague
Susan Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla has written a major post rounding up
allegations that the Pentagon is also cooking
the death count.
Hired security contractors, or mercenaries, and recruits who are
not citizens who enlisted to obtain a "green card," are
not counted or mentioned. A large number of the green card recruits
are from Mexico and Central America. There are no organizations
to look after their rights or help them once they're in Iraq. Most of them
are buried in Iraq when killed.
A videotape produced and distributed by the "Majles Shora
Al-Mojahideen in Fallujah," one of the most important military wings
of the Iraqi resistance, showed a burial site discovered outside the Iraqi
city of Samara with tens of bodies in US military body bags. The dead were
dressed in US uniforms. It is estimated that as many as 40% of the US troops
serving in Iraq are green card recruits.
According to http://www.Islamonline.net
and other sources, Dana's family, when interviewed after the murder, had
stated to investigators that Dana was murdered because he was shooting video
footage of mass graves of US soldiers --- i.e., soldiers killed who were
not counted in the official Pentagon casualty figures --- for a television
documentary on the subject for Reuters.
Just days before the murder, Dana told his brother
that US military intelligence had been following him around continuously
and that he was certain that, sooner or later, he would be killed.
According to another article in http://www.aztlan.net
, the mass graves in various locations in Iraq contained large numbers of
Mexican nationals fighting on the US army front lines, persons who had been
promised US "green cards" and even US citizenship by unscrupulous
US Army recruiters if they were willing to risk almost certain combat death.
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