Soldier from Lewis-McChord held in Afghan rampage

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The US has been operating for a long time now in an area of high religious and cultural sensitivities.

Lesson learned?

Maybe these guys are the most effective war protesters.


Men in Sheep Beating Video may Have Been Airmen


Koran burning incident


The military objective is to conclude hostilities as quickly as possible- right?

Are The Troops getting the message on this?

Why wear camouflage if you are OK with calling attention to yourself?


All this while we’re told the DOD is keeping a more careful eye on The Troops- reacting to record levels of suicides– assisting with mental/emotional health concerns, PTSD, Traumatic brain injury, etc.


Meanwhile, back home-

Post 911 efforts to keep terrorists from visiting the homeland- still unable to keep illegal drugs out-

JBLM soldier sentenced for waterboarding daughter


Abu Ghraib

When word came of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, government credibility was lost.

I never worked in a military prison. I can only imagine what proper procedures may require.

I served in various Marine units, stateside, peacetime & 2.5 years overseas ‘79-’99.

I was just the average guy in the average unit. Not guarding nuclear weapons, B-52 bombers, submarines, prisoners, etc. I never served in a war.

At a typical stateside, peacetime unit, watches were posted after normal working hours. NCOs were posted at the barracks to make rounds to make sure there were no fires, drinking, loud music, women staying overnight, people tearing up the place etc.

Something like a Staff Sergeant or Gunnery Sergeant (E6/7) or maybe a Lieutenant or Warrant Officer would be in charge of the whole battalion area after hours. These Marines would go check to make sure the motor transport lot was secure, no one was stealing diesel fuel, etc. They would check the personnel office, the chow hall, armory, work spaces, etc. They would check the barracks too, walking up the back way through the parking lot to see if anyone was drinking beer, etc. If they found something amiss, they would demand answers from the Marine posted at the barracks as to why he was not taking charge of the area.

There would be something like a Captain on watch at the higher headquarters and he would make the rounds too, so you would have several layers of supervision and accountability in place at all times.

A Marine on duty has no friends.

Anything goes wrong while you are standing “duty”- you will be held accountable- mess it up and you will pay.

When we went overseas we could not go out in town to drink beer without a “liberty brief” where you were told about local customs, courtesies, cultural sensitivities, how to get around without getting into trouble, etc.

This experience would be similar for hundreds of thousands of others who have served in uniform over the years.

I am thinking a military prison would have interior cameras- something like casino security and people of various ranks patrolling around to keep an eye on things in the wee hours.

What happened to the ancient military tradition of posting sentries to watch for things that are out of order?

The war in Iraq has involved operations in a region with huge cultural and religious sensitivities. How could anyone working in a military prison not be completely clear on the proper way to conduct business Re: military prisoners?

We have security cameras in our mini marts and casinos, but none in place to prevent international incidents inside our military prisons, or to counter the idea that people at the top had no clue what was going on.

Top level people retire.

Troops go to jail.