Tag Archives: violence

Video Games: Simulating War For Real

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’

Another despicable US crime in Iraq banned on tape

Does game violence make teens aggressive?

Sending the Big Dogs into Afghanistan


US unleashes metal beast

AMERICA has called out its new weapon to send into battle in Afghanistan – a terrifying pack of robotic “BigDogs”.

The state-of-the-art headless four-legged metal beasts have been designed to navigate the country’s treacherous terrain.

And – as it leaps towards the enemy on animal-inspired articulated legs – the BigDog also lets off an eerie lawnmower buzz.

Creators Boston Dynamics claim BigDog can run as fast as four miles per hour, walk slowly, lie down and climb slopes up to 35 degrees.

These are just some of the new weapons being tested in the wartorn country – along with pilotless helicopters than can transport tons of supplies to remote bases.

The K-MAX remote-controlled chopper has been designed to fly even in Afghanistan’s high altitudes.

Frans Jurgens, spokesman for Lockheed Martin Corporation, which manufactures the K-MAX, said: “The K-MAX is basically an aerial truck.

“All the energy goes into the lift and eliminates the need for the tail rotor.”

Army Using Simulated Games to Lure New Soldiers

US Army recruitment turns to games

The US is turning to technology to step up its recruitment drive for new soldiers by introducing a $13 million virtual world of combat simulations where people can experience the adrenaline of a military mission.

Out-of-Control Cops

Several years ago I attended a university lecture by the rapper artist Ice-T who told the audience that seeing a cop car in the rearview mirror while driving does not lend a feeling of comfort. I think that he was predominately referring to the experience of a person of color, which constitutes the highest percentage of cases of police brutality, though cops seem to be less discriminating with their rage these days.

I witnessed my (Mexican) brother-in-law being abused by two cops who tasered him several times. He was arrested on bogus charges and not allowed to defend himself. It was not until he was bent over the trunk of a cop car with his hands behind his back that the police began using a taser on him. When his wife and I protested we were threatened with it as well. And arrested for daring to speak out.

The number of incidents continue to grow at an alarming rate. Here are only a smattering of stories showing cops out of control.

Raw Video: Conn. Officer Beats Suspect

A Connecticut police department has released a video showing that a former Meriden police officer kept beating a suspect after the man had stopped struggling. (March 19)

Fascist Cops Beat Homeless Man

King County Sheriff beats 15 year old girl- Raw video with AUDIO

A security video released Friday shows a King County sheriff’s deputy shoving, kicking and punching a 15-year-old girl (Malika Calhoun) in a holding cell after her arrest. The deputy, Paul Schene, 31, has been charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 29 incident in a holding cell at SeaTac City Hall. Schene pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday, and he was released on his own recognizance.

Bart Police shooting in Oakland

Fully Nude Strip Search by Cops
Hope Steffey’s ‘Abu Ghraib’ Treatment at the Stark County Jail

Study: 2,002 died in police custody over 3 years

More than 2,000 criminal suspects died in police custody over a three-year period, half of them killed by officers as they scuffled or attempted to flee, the government said Thursday. Full Story

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This story comes from a blog entry by the sister of Greg Laughon who was beaten into a coma by cops (for the charge of having twenty-six grams of marijuana in his possession) where he remains, four years later.

Greg Survived but at What Cost…

‘I Wasn’t Down With Shooting Innocent People’


Accused Army deserter: ‘I won’t shoot people’

Instead of fighting for his country in Iraq, a Charlotte County teenager is in jail accused of deserting the military during basic training. He said it was a risk he was willing to take to avoid the horrors of war.

Lawrence Henson says he walked away from basic training in Fort Banning, Georgia back in 2007.

“If you’re voluntarily signing up for something, then you should be able to voluntarily leave,” Henson said. “I mean if it’s a draft I understand, but I volunteered.”

Unfortunately for Henson, the U.S. Army doesn’t see it that way.

During a weekend traffic stop of his friend, Charlotte deputies arrested Henson on an outstanding Army desertion warrant. He’s being held at Charlotte County Jail awaiting the Army’s next move.

Henson spoke Monday about his situation. He says he left the Army because “it wasn’t for me,” and says he’s opposed to the war in Iraq.

“I had my station in Texas and then I was going to Iraq within a month,” Henson said. “Me, I don’t even think we should be there, not in a war, and I don’t care, and I wasn’t down with shooting innocent people. I’m just not like that. I won’t shoot people.”

Henson says he’s been working a tree-trimming job while trying to stay out of trouble, something he says originally lured him to the promise of a better future in the service.

“Because I was getting into so much trouble around here, fighting, hanging around with the wrong crowd. They waved $20,000 in front of my face, and I’m a minor. I took that.”

This is the second time Henson says he’s been behind bars with the desertion charge. The first time was about a year ago in Gainesville.

“They released me pretty much on my own terms to make it to the airport without directions anywhere to stay overnight, and I missed that and just came home,” Henson said.

Despite his second time in jail, Henson says he isn’t ready to apologize for his decision to walk away.

“I don’t want to go back in so I’m not going,” Henson said. “I won’t go to Iraq. They can dishonorably discharge me all they want.”

Soldiers Bring War Home

A Focus on Violence by Returning G.I.’s

For the past several years, as this Army installation in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains became a busy way station for soldiers cycling in and out of Iraq, the number of servicemen implicated in violent crimes has raised alarm.

Nine current or former members of Fort Carson’s Fourth Brigade Combat Team have killed someone or were charged with killings in the last three years after returning from Iraq. Five of the slayings took place last year alone. In addition, charges of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault have risen sharply.

Prodded by Senator Ken Salazar, Democrat of Colorado, the base commander began an investigation of the soldiers accused of homicide. An Army task force is reviewing their recruitment, medical and service records, as well as their personal histories, to determine if the military could have done something to prevent the violence. The inquiry was recently expanded to include other serious violent crimes.

Now the secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, says he is considering conducting an Army-wide review of all soldiers “involved in violent crimes since returning” from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a letter sent to Mr. Salazar in December. Mr. Geren wrote that the Fort Carson task force had yet to find a specific factor underlying the killings, but that the inquiry was continuing.

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War Veterans Suffer from PTSD

Worldwide Demonstrations Against Israel

Protesters Worldwide Keep up Pressure Over Gaza

PARIS – Protesters denouncing Israel’s deadly bombardment of the Gaza Strip returned to the streets in demonstrations around the world to keep up the pressure for an end to the violence.

Protesters take part in a rally against Israel’s air offensive in Gaza Strip, in front of the Israel embassy in Tokyo December 30, 2008. About 200 protesters participated in the rally criticizing Israel. The banner reads, “Stop air assault on Gaza.”(Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Japan)As Israel, under increasing diplomatic pressure, mulled a proposed 48-hour truce and the death toll from its onslaught rose to at least 373 Palestinians, the protesters made their voices heard again.

In France, more than 7,000 protesters marched in a dozen cities across the country to denounce the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip , which continued for the fourth day running Tuesday.

In Paris, around 3,500 people according to police — 5,000 according to the organisers — marched towards the French foreign ministry on the Quai D’Orsay by the River Seine, shouting slogans and carrying banners denouncing Israel.

Police said another 700 marched in the western city of Nantes, while demonstrations in at least a dozen cities and towns across the country each attracted hundreds of protesters.

In London, between 200 and 300 demonstrators protested peacefully outside the Israeli embassy, after the two previous days’ rallies had descended into violence.

This demonstration was smaller than on Sunday and Monday, when scuffles erupted between police and protesters against Israel’s air raids, leading to a total of 17 arrests over the two days.

Iranian demonstrators stormed the British diplomatic compound in Tehran Tuesday evening to protest London’s stance towards the Israeli onslaught, state news agency IRNA reported.

“A large group of people and students entered the Gholhak gardens, which are occupied by the British embassy to protest at Britain’s policies in supporting the Zionist regime and put up the Palestinian flag there,” IRNA said.

A media officer at the British embassy in Tehran confirmed the report.

In Washington, between 2,500 and 5,000 people protested outside the US State Department chanting slogans like “Stop the Killing, Stop the War, Stop the Genocide of Palestinians” and with some carrying banners saying “Stop US Aid to Israel”.

In Los Angeles, around 500 protesters and pro-Israel activists faced off peacefully near the Israeli Consulate.

At a separate demonstration attended by around 100 protesters in Westwood, actor Mike Farrell, a star of the hit 1970s television series “MASH”, said he was “one of those people horrified by Israel’s over-response.”

“Not that I’m in favor of Hamas by any means, because firing rockets into Israel is not the way these things get resolved in a productive way,” he said.

In Tunis, hundreds of lawyers and trade unionists joined opposition activists to defy a police ban and protest the bombing of Gaza, several sources reported.

As some protesters shouted slogans denouncing the lack of response from Arab countries in general and Egypt in particular, police headed off the demonstration as it headed towards the courthouse, said witnesses.

Tunisia’s government has already condemned the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry denied a report by Shiite news website Rasid.com that hundreds had demonstrated Monday afternoon in heavily Shiite Al Qatif, just west of Dammam, leading to several arrests.

Shiite news website Rasid.com reported that police had fired rubber bullets to break up the demonstrations Monday afternoon, which were attended by hundreds of people. But an interior ministry spokesman told AFP there had been no such demonstration.

Demonstrators in the Yemeni port city of Aden briefly broke into the Egyptian consulate to protest Cairo’s response to the Israeli offensive, a security official said.

The protesters, mostly students from the university of Aden, “vandalized furniture before they were removed peacefully from the building,” the official said, asking not to be identified.

Egypt has come in for strong criticism from Islamists and their sympathizers around the Muslim world for not fully opening its border with Gaza in the face of Israel’s devastating air blitz.

In Algeria, about 100 people staged a protest in the capital Algiers after a call from politicians and editors of writers’ and artists’ magazines. They observed a minute’s silence in memory of the dead.

In Panama City, around 200 people protested outside the Israeli embassy to condemn Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip.

In the Bulgarian capital Sofia, about 200 protesters called on the Bulgarian government to support the peace efforts. Demonstrators carried pro-Palestinian banners and others denouncing Israel.

Earlier Tuesday, about 200 people carrying flowers and candles offered a one-minute prayer in front of the Israeli embassy, with a Buddhist monk ringing a bell for the souls of the victims.

“This is nothing but a bloodbath,” organiser Hiroshi Taniyama told demonstrators, who included Arabs living in Japan.