Monday, March 26, 2012

FM 20-32 : Mine/Countermine Operations at the Company Level

This manual will give you yet another hedge against becoming a statistic, it provides the basics in several areas besides mine operations detection and clearing; The 5th Estate recommends the sections on Mine Avoidance and Booby Traps and that a hard copy be printed and secured in a safe place in watertight wrapping; make good use of this manual - you paid for it

The 5th Estate
03/25/2011

This manual provides United States Armed Forces with technical guidance for conducting mine and countermine operations. It is to be used by all elements of the combined arms team, with special attention given to maneuver and engineer staff planning and coordination. The guidance provided focuses on every level. It includes individual skills of emplacing and removing mines, team and squad tasks, platoon and company organization and planning, and battalion/task Force organization and coordination for successful obstacle reduction and breaching.


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MECHANICS OF MINES

Characteristics and Functioning

A mine used in warfare is an explosive device designed to destroy or damage equipment or personnel. Equipment targets include ground vehicles, boats, and aircraft. A mine may be detonated by the action of its victim, by the passage of time, or by controlled means.

 Here is the URL to the PDF: 

http://www.enlisted.info/field-manuals/fm-20-32-mine-countermine-operations.shtml

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One in Five American Adults Mentally ill in Past Year : Music Video

Well, no shit.....One in five adults in the United States, or nearly 50 million people, suffered mental illnesses in 2010 with women and young adults suffering disproportionately: government report

Reuters
03/19/2012

The survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found women were more likely than men (23 percent versus 16.8 percent) to have experienced a mental illness, while the rate of mental illness among people aged 18 to 25 was twice that of those aged 50 and older.


Feeling a little squirrely lately?
The administration defined mental illness among adults as diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorders, excluding developmental disorders and substance use.



The survey found that 5 percent of American adults, or 11.4 million people, surveyed in 2010 had suffered a serious mental illness in the past year that substantially interfered with their lives.

According to the report, about 8.7 million American adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, with 2.5 million making suicide plans and 1.1 million attempting to take their own lives.


Crabby all the time?
Americans suffering mental illnesses were three times more likely to have developed substance dependence or substance abuse disorders than adults who had not experienced mental illness.


Among youths aged 12 to 17, 8 percent -- or 1.9 million teenagers -- experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, defined as a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest.

Those teenagers who experienced a depressive episode also had twice the rate of illicit drug use than teenagers who had not experienced depression.


Time to crack one open, fire one up, turn-on, tune-out

The administration surveyed 67,500 people aged 12 and older in person around the United States.

The report is available here: 1.usa.gov/zUrdpz.

(This storyclarifies the headline and first and fourth paragraphs to reflect that data is from 2010 and changes wording in parentheses in paragraph two in story posted Jan 19, 2012 as 20120119elin007)





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Strain of War Taking its Toll on Troops

And who is to blame for this, Santa Claus?  U.S. "mainstream media" propaganda mill continues to paint Bales as "lone wolf" in cover-up as real story disappears from Internet

U-T San Diego News
By Gretel C. Kovatch
03/24/2012

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of slaughtering 17 Afghan civilians on March 11, has a complicated background.


Army "superman" SSgt. Robert Bales:  A real, live Audie Murphy
He has faced financial and legal problems, including a home in danger of foreclosure and a court judgment of more than a million dollars.

But when he goes to trial on 17 counts of murder, his lawyers are likely to focus on his four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and the trauma of seeing his friend’s leg ripped off in an explosion.

That defense will cast renewed attention on a problem felt keenly in San Diego’s military community: combat stress caused by repeated deployments to the war zone.

Military mental health professionals say that there is no evidence that psychological strain from Bales’ combat service prompted his actions. None of the other stresses he faced explain or condone them, either.

“Numerous people have deployed four or five or seven times” without committing mass murder, said Navy Cmdr. Charles Benson, psychiatrist and surgeon for the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton. “Psychologically, that doesn’t add up at all.”


Bales supposedly took time out from killing, raping and bombing structures to also burn bodies of children, Bales will most likely be courts-martialed, convicted and executed to shut him up, cover-up real story

But repeat combat tours, financial problems and career disappointments as the military downsizes are commonplace pressures squeezing many.

“Military life in general has always been a stressful existence,” Benson said. Deploying to war zones, losing friends killed in combat, “There is a toll taken by doing this over and over again. ... It bleeds over to many different areas of people’s lives.”

Stresses

The prolonged strain on the armed forces has been increasingly evident in recent years.


Indeed, Bales must have been a busy killing machine, alternating blowing up buildings, raping women, killing children and adults and burning bodies, a tough days' work for any Army platoon but a snap for this former Wall Street fraudster super warrior

Since 2001, more than 2 million troops have deployed in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A recent health report by the Army states that “such a high operational tempo over such a long period is unprecedented for the U.S. military.”

During the Vietnam War, most troops served one tour. In World War II, while some deployed and stayed deployed for the duration, the average spent just 40 days in combat over four years, according to one estimate.


Vietnam war:  Only one combat tour required, 365 days
The tempo in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade, however, “has remained persistently high, providing very few opportunities for individuals to rest, either physically or mentally,” the Army says.

About 20 percent of active-duty soldiers have deployed three or more times to Iraq or Afghanistan, usually on yearlong tours.

The Marine Corps has a much smaller and younger force, with about 75 percent leaving the service after one term. Among career Marines, half a dozen combat tours is not unheard of, but only about 5 percent of active-duty Marines have served three or more.

U.S. special operations forces have been in particularly high demand. They spend an average of about six months at home for every seven months deployed.

Most studies show a cumulative psychological effect to war zone deployments, with higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosed after second and third tours, particularly when service members are repeatedly exposed to trauma such as intense combat or front-line medical care.


Obama, DoD now require unlimited combat tours for servicemen and women

The result has been an epidemic of PTSD affecting the military. Over 85 percent of troops experience some form of combat stress after deployment. Most readjust, but researchers expect roughly 20 percent of returning troops to eventually develop full-blown PTSD, or upward of 400,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Among other measures of distress, the proportion of male service members evacuated from Iraq because of mental disorders climbed steadily from 2004 to 2010, when it topped 20 percent.


Obama and his criminal regime responsible for THIS
The suicide rate among soldiers nearly doubled between 2004 to 2008 and the rate for Marines spiked in 2009 to the highest in the military, well above the adjusted civilian rate. The number of Marine suicides has since dropped significantly, but attempts remained at record highs.

Hospital stays for acute alcohol diagnoses increased more than threefold between 2001 and 2010, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center reported.

Army rates of homicide, aggravated assault and robbery have remained below national averages for the general population. But the rate of rape by soldiers is much higher and has climbed sharply since 2006.

Substantiated incidents of domestic violence by soldiers increased 85 percent since 2001. Child abuse rose 44 percent, the Army reported.

Screening

Service members are often reluctant to inform their bosses of psychological strain, because of the stigma against mental illness and appearing weak, a fear of career repercussions and the desire to stay with their team.


These men and women will never be the same
Bill Rider, a Vietnam War veteran from Oceanside and cofounder of American Combat Veterans of War, mentors troops struggling with combat stress through the organization’s anonymous Safe Warrior Outreach Program.

He met a Navy SEAL recently who had deployed to war 14 times. His body may have been home, but his mind was still in Afghanistan with his buddies.

“He didn’t even know his wife was there,” Rider said, describing the shellshocked look on his face. “But he’s not going to tell people about it. If he gets a bad proficiency report, he’s not going to be able to go back.”

After years of pushing hotline numbers and counseling services, the military is increasingly framing combat and operational stress as a leadership issue. Now the onus falls more to Marines and sailors to spot signs of mental wear and tear on their peers.

The Navy, which provides medical care for sailors and Marines, opened the Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control in 2008 at San Diego Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park.

There is usually a slow build before a service member lashes out in violence against himself or others, said Navy Capt. Scott Johnston, a clinical psychologist and director of the center.


Scumbag "doctors" at Veterans Administration hospitals now using illegal Ecstasy on soldiers to shut them up, make condition worse so they can be committed to mental hospitals indefinitely, silencing them

“There are usually signs that something is happening. That’s why we are trying to raise awareness,” he said. “People might have inappropriately written them off as something else, saying ‘Oh he was just having a bad day,’ or ‘we’re going through a stressful time.’ As opposed to actually doing something about it.”

Last fall the Corps mandated that five percent of each battalion or squadron, or at least 20 Marines, receive an all-day course in combat and operational stress control. Julian Garibay, a retired Marine chief warrant officer 5, helps train the stress control teams for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force headquartered at Camp Pendleton.


Marine cracks from stress of multiple combat tours, occupation duty

Early detection is key, he said, and the most effective method is for Marines to look for signs of overwhelming stress in each other: “They’re the ones who are hands on with their Marines, observing them, living with them, counseling and mentoring.”

When someone is on the verge of a breakdown, “before we might have suspected it and might not have had the proper tools” to intervene, he said.

Mass Murder


One of the few examples of a service member accused of coldblooded mass murder in recent history involves Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009. In the run-up to his court-martial, it remains unclear whether insanity or terrorism helped spur the American-born Muslim’s rampage, which allegedly included cries in Arabic of “God is great!” as he opened fire on fellow soldiers.




Bales, who has been charged with murder, is accused of going house to house between two villages, shooting his victims asleep in their beds. Nine of them were children.

Whatever impulses may have surged through Bales’ brain that night, whether it was undiagnosed PTSD or a psychotic break or something else, will probably never be fully explained.

If he is found guilty as charged, then something clearly snapped inside this man known to many of his neighbors and colleagues as an exemplary soldier with a strong marriage.

After an intense battle in Zarqa, Iraq, Bales told the Fort Lewis Northwest Guardian in 2007 that what sets Americans apart is the care they take to protect civilians on the battlefield.

“I’ve never been more proud to be a part of this unit than that day for the simple fact that we discriminated between the bad guys and the noncombatants,” he said.

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Iris Scanner Glitch at Sharjah Airport

The 5th Estate recommends travelers boycott countries using these nefarious devices that could, used improperly and repeatedly, cause permanent blindness in addition to making you a target for assassination by U.S. government "OGA"

Khaleej Times
By Ahmed Shaaban
03/25/2012

SHARJAH —

Hundreds of passengers were stranded for almost 10 hours at the Sharjah International Airport on Sunday because of a technical glitch in the iris scan system.


Can iris scanners cause permanent damage?
“The problem is only limited to new visitors coming to the country on a visit visa,” a senior official told Khaleej Times on condition of anonymity.

Long queues of passengers were seen from midnight and crowds were seen waiting for long hours outside the arrival area.

“I come to the airport to pick customers on a regular basis, but today has been a big mess,” said Sherhan, a public relation officer with the RAK Hilton. “Kosala, a guest, was supposed to arrive at 7.20am, but came out at three in the afternoon due to eye scan system breakdown.”

The passenger, Kosala, who arrived from Sri Lanka on an Air Arabia flight, said 900 to 1,000 passengers were stuck inside the airport since Saturday night, around 11pm, because of the iris scan problem.

“The passengers inside were very furious; it is not acceptable at all to wait for so long. There must be alternatives, as hundreds more are waiting outside as well.”


Will Iris scanners operated by fascist pedophiles result in this?
Ali, from India, said he was waiting for around five hours. “My friend arrived at the airport five hours ago, yet he is still in. No official said a word about the long delay. It is only two hours back that we came to know about the iris scan malfunction; we should have been put in the picture instead of just waiting and waiting.”

Abu Ahmed, an Egyptian said, my daughter is inside. She is alone there for six hours now. “Is iris scan that important? Why do they not fix the snag quickly or find a way out? How can a young girl be kept inside for that long? I am really upset.”

Mohammed, a Sudanese, was also very upset about the delay. “I have been waiting for my family with young children for seven hours now. How can they keep a large number of passengers, including women and children for that long time?”

“I have another problem. I now need to pay more for the parking ticket; Dh80 for the eight hours delay instead of just Dh10; this is very ridiculous. The parking should be free; it is not our problem.”

Zia-ul-Haq, a Pakistani PR executive, said he encountered such technical failure with the iris scan earlier when he had come to pick up a passenger. “But it was only for maximum one hour, not for 10 hours. There should be a backup for blacklist people to ensure smooth and timely entry procedures.”

Calling for more iris scan devices, Hamid, a Pakistani passenger, attributed the breakdown to a large number of visitors. “The two operating iris scan machines are not enough for such a large number of passengers. The malfunction will most likely happen again; there must be more scanning devices and counters to expedite procedures and avoid glitches.”


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Everyone will ‘Regret’ Possible Attack on Iran: British MP

And the broken record keeps turning....... Obama and British governments panicking, know they will be exposed in short order after nutcase Netanyahu attacks Iran and Israel is turned into the Middle East's newest parking lot - Iran will be joined by Syria in wiping Israel off map if attacked, reason Obama is hell bent on getting rid of Assad first

PRESS TV
03/25/2012

British MP and anti-war activist Jeremy Corbyn has warned about the “catastrophic” consequences of any military move against Iran saying everyone would “regret” it.
  

Iranian forces train in chemical environments, take casualties
“Think of the consequences for the western economies, the whole world economies of the war with Iran,” Corbyn who is a member of the Stop the War Coalition told Russia Today news network.

He said “the effect on the world economy and the oil prices will be absolutely catastrophic” while the world will “live to regret” the military action on Iran.

Corbyn also said the Israeli regime is the source of tensions in the region and “the way forward” has to be “de-escalating the tensions” through “denuclearizing the region,” which should be directed at Israeli nukes, as Iran is already a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“Israel has 200 nuclear warheads … and certainly has the capability of bombing, with nuclear weapons, Iran or indeed any other country in the region,” he said. 



No slouches:  Iran Revolutionary Guard well trained, motivated
“Isolating Iran, allowing Israel to continue with these threats and also allowing the assassinations to go on of nuclear scientists in Iran when Iran has a legal right to develop civilian nuclear power. 




It seems to me a very very dangerous development indeed,” he added.

His warnings came as the Stop the War Coalition activists held nationwide “Don’t Attack Iran” protests in a dozen major British cities on Saturday.

They lashed out at the propaganda being trumpeted by western governments especially by British officials in support of an attack on Iran, saying the very same people who misled the nation into invading Iraq, are now saying that they need to attack Iran.

AMR/AZ/HE 



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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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