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Infowar ... the Busheyeen version ... 1) Fake grass-roots "support" for Bush's war, which is killing US soldiers [Note: Mark Crispin Miller is the author of the "Bush Dyslexicon" - Andreas] 2) Newspapers Around US Get Identical Missives from Iraq ============== 1) http://www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/ Saturday, October 11, 2003 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ENGAGED IN PRO-BUSH/CHENEY PROPAGANDA! DoD's National Guard Bureau politicking for the GOP in Florida! IS THE PENTAGON NOW IN COLLUSION WITH KARL ROVE? Fake grass-roots "support" for Bush's war, which is killing US soldiers! >From a solid source in Washington: Mark, You've asked me to keep my eyes peeled for an obvious example of military propaganda for several years. Here is a very, very disturbing example. The example below was sent to me by a highly reliable source who is very pissed off at Bush's abandonment of US troops fighting and dying in Iraq and because of Bush's outrageous lies. The example below demonstrates how DoD has both the intent and capability to distort information and promote war. The official Department of Defense (DoD) e-mail below contains two parts. The first part is a prime example of the DoD Propaganda Machine in action behind-the-scenes. The second part is a letter written by a soldier in Iraq to a newspaper in Florida. The soldier's letter invokes God and fear to promote Bush's Iraq War and Bush's 2004 campaign. The first part of the e-mail was written by LTC Ron Tittle at DoD's National Guard Bureau (NGB) to commanders in the Florida Army National Guard. LTC Tittle's e-mail clearly promotes the further distribution of similar letters from soldiers supporting Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq. LTC Tittle's e-mail is easy to verify. His name, e-mail, and phone number are all part of his e-mail. Therefore, any investigative journalist or major news outlet can quickly confirm his authorship. LTC Tittle's e-mail is a one-sided propaganda effort because no one has found any evidence the NGB distributes letters from soldiers questioning or opposing the horrible carnage let loose by Bush in Iraq or supporting another candidate in 2004. The NGB is promoting the soldier's letter, the war, and Bush in 2004, a potential violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (soldiers and officers must remain non-partisan when acting in their official capacity). In Specialist Joshua Madsen's letter to the Florida Today newspaper, notice how he places people and events in a good/evil context, how he mentions God and freedom, and then he invokes fear, fear, fear? These are tried and true propaganda tactics to garner support for Bush's deadly policy of imperial war and conquest. LTC Tittle's e-mail and Specialist Madsen's letter ignore the fact that Bush lied to start the war by claiming Iraq posed a threat to the US. Both ignore the loss of freedom here in America -- not at the hands of terrorists, but at the hands of Bush. In a disgraceful twist to all soldiers, the end of the Specialist Madsen's letter is a pure and simple pro-Republican partisan campaign pitch for votes for Bush for President in 2004. While the soldier's right to freedom of speech should be protected, the actions of LTC Tittle to promote the soldier's letter are an outrage. What's the bottom line allegation: LTC Tittle widely distributed an official e-mail, with a tiny bit of window dressing, to promote Bush's war and Bush's 2004 campaign. This DoD propaganda is as disgusting as it is "over the top." Someone in the press and Congress needs to investigate LTC Tittle's one-sided promotional e-mail. Was the e-mail distribution sanctioned by LTC Tittle's chain of command? Has Specialist Madsen been promoted or received any favors? Are there other examples of DoD or NGB promoting the war behind the scenes? Are there examples of DoD or NGB distributing letters from soldiers questioning the war or promoting another candidate? Is there any connection between the NGB, the Florida Army National Guard, and the Bush 2004 campaign? The people have a right to know if there is an orchestrated official campaign to distort information about Bush's war against Iraq in an effort to sway voters in Florida. Signed, Someone Who Knows ******* ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tittle, Ron E LtCol FL-ARNG" To: "FLARNG, (ARMY) All Users" ; "FLANG, (Air) All Users" ; "FLARNG, Command Section" Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 12:47 PM Subject: Article with letter from soldier - http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/opedstoryA14118A.htm All Florida National Guard and Department of Military Affairs Personnel, Families and Friends, This article was located from public affairs contracted media search and is distributed as command information. It does not reflect the official position of the Florida National Guard and Dept. of Military Affairs. It contains a letter from one of our soldiers in Iraq. We will post his letter to our website this week - "Letters from the Front." Respectfully, Ron Tittle Ron Tittle, Lt Col, FLANG Chief, Public Affairs Florida National Guard P.O. Box 1008, 82 Marine St St Augustine, FL 32085-1008 DSN 860-7166/Fax 860-7112 Comm 904-823-0166/Fax 823-0112 Comm Mobile 904-814-7559 http://www.floridaguard.net/news Sep 27, 6:04 PM 'I ask you to support our president' FLORIDA TODAY Readers Editor's note: Nearly two months ago, a letter was published on this page from Army Specialist Joshua Madsen of D Company, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry of the Florida National Guard, who is serving in Iraq. Madsen -- a resident of Indian Harbour Beach and a Brevard County firefighter -- continues to patrol an area that is a stronghold of support for Saddam Hussein. In these excerpts from a recent letter to his wife, Rachel, printed with her permission, the 25-year-old solider talks about escaping death in an ambush and his support for President Bush's policies. Dear friends: I wish I could send you some good news about my return home, but at this time there is still no word. The days here have become quite hot. I'd have to say it now reaches about 135 degrees and feels much hotter in the urban areas. When the wind blows it feels like you've just opened an oven to check a cooking turkey. The last week or two have been pretty quiet for our company. The word on the Ar Ramadi streets seems to be spreading that they shouldn't mess with us. Every day, more and more Iraqis are waving and appear to be a little happier to see us. I guess they are really getting the picture that Iraq will never see Saddam Hussein in power again. Most of the local population have lived their entire lives in fear of Saddam and his evil dictatorship. It's also now evident that those who are still on the warpath will at one time or another find themselves within our crosshairs. This fear of us has led to a small reduction in attacks over the past several weeks. It is a welcome change. But nonetheless our tempo remains the same. We are given news just about every day of another attack here or soldiers killed there. I guess it's a constant reminder of just how real it is. We continue to keep our minds focused and our guard up, and we are still conducting daily patrols and raiding areas where high-value targets exist. In recent days, it appears that rocket-propelled grenades have been a hot-ticket item. Another weapon of choice is the newly famous Improvised Explosive Device. They can be easily made and placed just about anywhere and set off when U.S. troops pass by. These devices are usually used in conjunction with an ambush that contains several Iraqis firing (automatic weapons) and rocket-propelled grenades. I know firsthand what these explosive devices are capable of. The second week I was in Ar Ramadi, the enemy detonated one right in front of my Humvee while I was the machine gunner in the turret. Fortunately, the enemy detonated it about half a second too early. It blew up right in front of us, sending me flying back into the Humvee. Everything went white and my whole body went numb. It felt like someone had pressed a reset button for all my nerves. I quickly came back to reality the minute the Iraqis opened fire from both sides of the road. Our two Humvees quickly returned suppressive fire and cleared out of the enemy's war zone. Most people don't survive enemy ambushes, but we did and I thank God every day for His presence in my life. I'm wondering what happened to all the support for our president. All the headlines I see are all bashing him. Don't blame the president for sending me away. I knew it was a possibility -- we all did. We all knew what could happen and the price that we may have to pay, as did many others before my time and your time. With our great sacrifices we have given all of you the rights you have today. We've given you a safe place to raise your family and live, and we've given you the right to say what you think when you want to. But let me remind you the world is full of evil people who threaten our way of life, our freedoms and those around us. I know right now that the president appears to be spreading the military throughout the world. However, he wouldn't be doing this without just cause. It's not just about being an American. It's about being human. We have the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves. I respectfully ask you to support our president, even if you don't personally agree with him. I respect him for standing up in the face of adversity and making decisions based on what's important and not just popular. I'm sure he's reading the papers, too, and realizes that his chances for re-election aren't good, but he still continues to make wise choices for the American people whether they can see it or not. I will vote for a man who is willing to do that because he has the guts to do what's right, not what's just popular. -- Joshua Madsen, Iraq --------------------- 2) http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1011-08.htm Published on Saturday, October 11, 2003 by The Olympian (Olympia, Washington) Many Soldiers, Same Letter Newspapers Around US Get Identical Missives from Iraq by Ledyard King, Gannett News Service WASHINGTON -- Letters from hometown soldiers describing their successes rebuilding Iraq have been appearing in newspapers across the country as U.S. public opinion on the mission sours. And all the letters are the same. A Gannett News Service search found identical letters from different soldiers with the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Rock," in 11 newspapers, including Snohomish, Wash. The Olympian received two identical letters signed by different hometown soldiers: Spc. Joshua Ackler and Spc. Alex Marois, who is now a sergeant. The paper declined to run either because of a policy not to publish form letters. The five-paragraph letter talks about the soldiers' efforts to re-establish police and fire departments, and build water and sewer plants in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, where the unit is based. "The quality of life and security for the citizens has been largely restored, and we are a large part of why that has happened," the letter reads. It describes people waving at passing troops and children running up to shake their hands and say thank you. It's not clear who wrote the letter or organized sending it to soldiers' hometown papers. Six soldiers reached by GNS directly or through their families said they agreed with the letter's thrust. But none of the soldiers said he wrote it, and one said he didn't even sign it. Marois, 23, told his family he signed the letter, said Moya Marois, his stepmother. But she said he was puzzled why it was sent to the newspaper in Olympia. He attended high school in Olympia but no longer considers the city home, she said. Moya Marois and Alex's father, Les, now live near Kooskia, Idaho. A seventh soldier didn't know about the letter until his father congratulated him for getting it published in the local newspaper in Beckley, W.Va. "When I told him he wrote such a good letter, he said: 'What letter?' " Timothy Deaconson said Friday, recalling the phone conversation he had with his son, Nick. "This is just not his (writing) style." He spoke to his son, Pfc. Nick Deaconson, at a hospital where he was recovering from a grenade explosion that left shrapnel in both his legs. Sgt. Christopher Shelton, who signed a letter that ran in the Snohomish Herald, said Friday that his platoon sergeant had distributed the letter and asked soldiers for the names of their hometown newspapers. Soldiers were asked to sign the letter if they agreed with it, said Shelton, whose shoulder was wounded during an ambush earlier this year. "Everything it said is dead accurate. We've done a really good job," he said by phone from Italy, where he was preparing to return to Iraq. Sgt. Todd Oliver, a spokesman for the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which counts the 503rd as one of its units, said he was told a soldier wrote the letter, but he didn't know who. He said the brigade's public affairs unit was not involved. "When he asked other soldiers in his unit to sign it, they did," Oliver explained in an e-mail response to a GNS inquiry. "Someone, somewhere along the way, took it upon themselves to mail it to the various editors of newspapers across the country." Lt. Col. Bill MacDonald, a spokesman for the 4th infantry Division that is heading operations in north-central Iraq, said he had not heard about the letter-writing campaign. Neither had Lt. Cmdr. Nick Balice, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla. A recent poll suggests that Americans are increasingly skeptical of America's prolonged involvement in Iraq. A USA Today-CNN-Gallup Poll released Sept. 23 found 50 percent believe that the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, down from 73 percent in April. The letter talks about the soldiers' mission, saying, "one thousand of my fellow soldiers and I parachuted from ten jumbo jets." It describes Kirkuk as "a hot and dusty city of just over a million people." It tells about the progress they have made. "The fruits of all our soldiers' efforts are clearly visible in the streets of Kirkuk today. There is very little trash in the streets, many more people in the markets and shops, and children have returned to school," the letter reads. "I am proud of the work we are doing here in Iraq and I hope all of your readers are as well." Sgt. Shawn Grueser of Poca, W.Va., said he spoke to a military public affairs officer whose name he couldn't remember about his accomplishments in Iraq for what he thought was a news release to be sent to his hometown paper in Charleston, W.Va. But the 2nd Battalion soldier said he did not sign any letter. Although Grueser said he agrees with the letter's sentiments, he was uncomfortable that a letter with his signature did not contain his own words or spell out his own accomplishments. "It makes it look like you cheated on a test, and everybody got the same grade," Grueser said by phone from a base in Italy where he had just arrived from Iraq. Moya Marois said she is proud of her stepson Alex, the former Olympia resident. But she worries that the letter tries to give legitimacy to a war she doesn't think was justified. "We're going to support our son," she said. But "there are a lot of Americans that are not in support of this war that would like to see them returned home, and think it's going to get worse." ©2003 The Olympian ---------------------------------------- [ 1011-05.gif of type image/gif removed by lists.casi.org.uk - attachments are not permitted on the CASI lists ] _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk