Wednesday, February 01, 2006

U.S. Female Soldiers Die Of Dehydration In Iraq. Why? You'll Be Disturbed To Find Out...

In a most disturbing revelation made by the former commander of Abu Ghraib's prison, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez- a former senior U.S. military commander in Iraq- gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq.
Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York, that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. It appears they were afraid of being assualted or raped by male soldiers (a common problem) if they had to use the women's bathroom after dark!
The bathroom for female soldiers at Camp Victory wasn't located near their barracks, so they had to go outside if they needed to use the restroom. "There were no lights near any of their facilities, so women were doubly easy targets in the dark of the night", Karpinski told retired U.S. Army Col. David Hackworth in a Sept.2004 interview.
It was there that the male soldiers assualted and raped women soldiers. So the women stopped drinking in the late afternoon so they wouldn't have to urinate at night. They avoided being raped. But some died of dehydration in the desert heat, Karpinski said.
She testified that a surgeon for the coalition's joint task force said in a briefing that, "women in fear of getting up in the hours of darkness to go out to the port-a-lets or the bathroom were not drinking liquids after 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and in 120 degree heat, or warmer, because there was no air conditioning at most of the facilities, they were dying from dehydration in their sleep."
"And rather than make everybody aware of that- because that's shocking and as a leader if that's not shocking to you, then you're not much of a leader- what they told the surgeon to do is don't brief those details anymore. And don't say specifically that they're women. You can provide that in a written report, but don't brief it in the open anymore."
For example, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, Sanchez's top deputy in Iraq, saw "dehydration" listed as the cause of death on the death certificate of a female master sergeant in Sept.2003. Under orders from Sanchez, he directed that the cause of death no longer be listed. The official explanation for this was to protect the woman's privacy rights.
Sanchez's attitude was, " The women asked to be here, so now let them take what comes with the territory."
Karpinski feels that when the info about the cause of death of these women was passed to the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld ordered that the details not be released. "That's how Rumsfeld works", she said.
There was an 1-800 number for women soldiers to call to report sexual assaults. But no one had a phone to call it, and if they did-no one answered that number, based in the U.S.. If called, the women got a recording. Even after 83 incidents were reported during a 6 month period in Iraq & Kuwait, the 24 hr rape hot line was still a recording that asked you to leave a message.
Rumsfeld has recently considered elevating Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez from a 3 star General to a 4 star one- even though he was heavily involved in the Abu Ghraib scandal, approving the use of un-muzzled dogs & the insertion of prisoners head first into sleeping bags, tied to an electrical cord, & mouth covered. At least one person died as a result of this sleeping bag technique.
Sanchez did not want to hear about female soldier issues. The women were retaliated against, faced command disbelief, & watched as illegal efforts to protect their assulters took place.

This is disgusting. This is the United States military.