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POWERFUL: Suicide Note from an Iraq War Veteran...

H/T Butler Shaffer @ LRC: War Casualties the State Ignores

And for what? Bush’s religious lunacy? Cheney’s ever growing fortune and that of his corporate friends? Is this what we destroy lives for?

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words

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Daniel Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of Task Force Lightning, an intelligence unit. In 2004-2005, he was mainly assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he ran more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, interviewed countless Iraqis ranging from concerned citizens to community leaders and and government officials, and interrogated dozens of insurgents and terrorist suspects. In 2006-2007, Daniel worked with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) through his former unit in Mosul where he ran the Northern Iraq Intelligence Center. His official role was as a senior analyst for the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and part of Turkey). Daniel suffered greatly from PTSD and had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and several other war-related conditions. On June 10, 2013, Daniel wrote the following letter to his family before taking his life. Daniel was 30 years old. His wife and family have given permission to publish it.

Daniel Somers
June 10, 2013

I am sorry that it has come to this.

The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me. As things have continued to get worse, it has become clear that this alone is not a sufficient reason to carry on. The fact is, I am not getting better, I am not going to get better, and I will most certainly deteriorate further as time goes on. From a logical standpoint, it is better to simply end things quickly and let any repercussions from that play out in the short term than to drag things out into the long term.

You will perhaps be sad for a time, but over time you will forget and begin to carry on. Far better that than to inflict my growing misery upon you for years and decades to come, dragging you down with me. It is because I love you that I can not do this to you. You will come to see that it is a far better thing as one day after another passes during which you do not have to worry about me or even give me a second thought. You will find that your world is better without me in it.

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UPDATE 1: Happier Days...

H/T Laurence Vance @ LRC: The Military May Drive You to Suicide

"This fine-looking young man is now dead... The military may drive you to suicide. Stay out of it. There are many reasons for doing so, but your life is a pretty important one." - Laurence Vance

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A Good And Decent Man- Gone!

Bush, Cheney, The CIA and Obama, Panetta, McCrystal, Clinton, Condo Rice. Powell, Perle, Abrams, Donlon, Dempsey, Tommy Franks, Swatzkoff, Madeline Albright, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Peter King, John McCain, Joe Biden and the list of traitors and murderers goes on..

F-U all!!

I do not care if this sounds hard-hearted.

With the Internet there is NO excuse to remain ignorant. Had this warrior bothered to read information readily available at the time of the Iraq War, he never would have signed up for that atrocity. Had he asked himself these simple questions, he would never have bought into any of that 911 nonsense.

1) WHAT is the likelihood of finding a passport identifying a terrorist amongst the rubble of the World Trade Center?
2) WHERE was the security camera video from Logan Airport showing the "911 hijackers" boarding the planes?
3) WHY were there no Semitic (Arab or Jew) remains among the victims of the highjackings?
4) WHY did Bush insist on attacking Iraq when the highjackers were largely from Saudi Arabia and UN inspectors found no evidence of WMDs?
5) WHY kill yourself when you could do a much greater service to the human race by taking out Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld or Rice? NO number of bodyguards can stop someone determined enough to commit suicide in the act of assassination. Read about Huey Long's assassination.

Assassination

"On the day of his assassination, September 8, 1935, Long was at the State Capitol attempting to oust a long-time opponent, Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy. "House Bill Number One", a re-redistricting plan, was Long's top priority. If it passed, Judge Pavy would be removed from the bench. At 9 p.m., the session was still going strong. Judge Pavy's son-in-law, Dr. Carl Weiss, had been at the State Capitol waiting to speak to Long. He tried to see him three times to talk to him but was brushed off each time in the hallway by Long and his bodyguards. At 9:20 p.m., Dr. Weiss approached Long for the third time and, according to the generally accepted version of events, fired a handgun at Long from four feet away, striking him in the abdomen. Long's bodyguards returned fire, hitting Weiss 62 times and killing him. Long was rushed to the hospital but died two days later.[43] Historians do not accept the strong speculation that Long actually died after accidentally being struck by a bullet fired by one of his own bodyguards as they fired at Weiss."

911 myths

>2) WHERE was the security camera video from Logan Airport showing the
>"911 hijackers" boarding the planes?

This myth grew up because it took a while for the video to be released by the authorities. But they did eventually release it and this myth needs to die.


http://youtu.be/uLEqjpHVPhM

2) WHERE was the security

2) WHERE was the security camera video from Logan Airport showing the "911 hijackers" boarding the planes?

Wouldnt' the camera have a time and date like most security cams

do? You assume a lot from this vid. Most of the so called hyjackers were still alive and in Saudi Arabia. With the blackbox coverups who knows what actually happened. I think the planes were taken over by autopilot like how the drones are controlled.

Criminals who WILL NOT be brought to justice deserve

Criminals who WILL NOT be brought to justice deserve to face the consequences of hardened hearts. It is inevitable.

Just let's not incite to lethal endangerment.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Tattoo for Cheney's forehead: "your world is better without me"

The day may come when an indicted war criminal, such as Dick Cheney, finds himself between the FOXNews studio and his armoured limo, and a group of veterans, who have had enough of seeing their brothers and sisters suffering, surround him: a swift takedown amidst a scuffle with security will ensue, during which a red-hot branding iron to the forehead shall imprint the last lines of a fallen brother's farewell...

Your World Is Better Without Me In It

He will survive. His assaulters will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

But the surgeons won't be able to remove that scar. No hat will cover it completely.

The killers of the American spirit, and thousands of perfectly healthy men and women besides, SHALL NOT HIDE the last testament inscribed upon them.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

sigh..

I sit here in tears as I read this. That poor guy.

I love America and the troops that defend us. This absolutely breaks my heart.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

This is the key line...

"...And for what? Bush’s religious lunacy? Cheney’s ever growing fortune and that of his corporate friends? Is this what we destroy lives for?"
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But we all know it's much bigger than Bush's sole lunacy.

Bush was used as the tool but...

ALL wars are bankers' wars.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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The MIC...is murdering our young people.

Oh...not directly so....so "involuntary manslaughter"....but still yet...

...it is MURDER.

RIP to this guy. God bless him.

And meanwhile....

&*^%&$ dammit...what the hell is going on here?

Grrrrrr! Time to get your guns. The US government is a criminal enterprise.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Who's Up Next?

As we read Daniel's sad letter, the latest crop of HS graduates are enlisting in the military and shipping out to basic training, believing all the propaganda spoon fed to them over the years, as well as in their own immunity from the psychological consequences of war. Many of them are likely to seek peace along a similar path to Daniel's.

updated

UPDATE 1: Happier Days...

H/T Laurence Vance @ LRC: The Military May Drive You to Suicide

"This fine-looking young man is now dead... The military may drive you to suicide. Stay out of it. There are many reasons for doing so, but your life is a pretty important one." - Laurence Vance

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

bumping for sad . . .

relevance.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

he ran

400+ combat missions as a turret gunner on a Humvee during heaviest fighting days of the war...

RIP.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

WOW

Over 400 times he went out and possibly met his maker and he "survived". I truly hope he's in a better place, and the NWO dies a million times over!!!!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown