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Decorated Iraq War Veteran Challenges Cindy Sheehan


(Editors note: Hiram Lewis is running against Senator Byrd. Could this be a publicity stunt? Could this be the "extreme rightests using and abusing Cindy Sheehan for political gain?)

Decorated Iraq War Veteran Challenges Cindy Sheehan

To: National Desk

Contact: Capt. Hiram Lewis, 304-692-1236; William Greene, President of RightMarch.com, 877-266-6596

CRAWFORD, Texas, August 29 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Hiram Lewis IV, currently a Captain and JAG officer in the West Virginia Army National Guard and a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, has announced the new "Meet With Hiram" campaign targeting anti-Bush and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

"Together with the conservative activist organization RightMarch.com, I will be traveling to Crawford, Texas, to demand a meeting with Cindy Sheehan," said Lewis. "If she refuses to meet with me there, I will follow her on her bus tour and continue to demand a meeting until she agrees to talk with me face-to-face."

Pledging to "dog her steps" until she meets with him, Lewis stated, "My mission is to persuade Cindy Sheehan to meet with an Iraq War Veteran such as myself and answer my questions about why she is encouraging the terrorists, endangering our men and women in uniform, and lowering troop morale." What's more, he said, " I've been calling on Cindy Sheehan to meet with me for a few weeks now. If she leaves town just as I'm getting there, everyone will know why."

Capt. Hiram Lewis, a decorated veteran of the War in Iraq, will travel to Crawford, Texas, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 seeking a meeting with Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war protester he says is "determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory." Capt. Lewis has three objectives: First, he wants to offer heart-felt condolences for the loss of her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who died as a hero in Baghdad on April 4, 2004. Second, Capt. Lewis wants to make sure Mrs. Sheehan supports what her son wanted to do -- see the job through in Iraq. Finally, Capt. Lewis wants to rally support to our continued success in Operation Iraqi Freedom while helping protesters understand how their efforts lower morale and endanger our troops' lives.

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Republican Hiram Lewis announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., on the second anniversary of the fall of Baghdad while standing in front of a statue of Sen. Byrd that declares Byrd as the "West Virginian of the Century" at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Saturday, April 9, 2005.

LINK to Hiram Lewis's political website.

LINK TO ANTI-CINDY CAMPAIGN

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So "Capt. Hiram Lewis, a decorated veteran of the War in Iraq" is concerned that Cindy Sheehan may "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."

I wonder what jaws he's been looking into lately. At the moment, the Iraqis themselves seem to have something approaching a death grip on a nation-fracturing constitutional morass with a full scale civil war waiting in the wings.

Maybe Captain Lewis knows someting about the true objectives of Bush's "shock and awe" invasion that hasn't been passed along to the rest of us.

I hope Capt. lewis is man enough to take it. She should use this opportunity to explain in terms even a JAG can understand, how the law was broken, who broke it, and when, then ask for his assistance to make sure the law breakers are brought to justice. If he is not willing, then he should trade in his desk job, grab a rifle & go play war in Iraq-Bush's illegal war.

I hope Capt. lewis is man enough to take it. She should use this opportunity to explain in terms even a JAG can understand, how the law was broken, who broke it, and when, then ask for his assistance to make sure the law breakers are brought to justice. If he is not willing, then he should trade in his desk job, grab a rifle & go play war in Iraq-Bush's illegal war.

Hey Cindy,

Get the facts out on the table for our newest PNACer to read. Let him see this was planned as early as 1996. Show him the DSM. Let him defend Karl Rove's and Scooter Libby's acts of treason. Ask him why the U.S. is violating War crime statutes in this colonization of IRAQ. Ask him what our oil is doing under Iraqi sand? Ask him what the trade rate is for oil against our children's blood. And, after all that, give him a big hug and ask him to join us, we would love to have him.

God Bless you Cindy,
PJ

Army Doc: "Bring Us Home"
Captain Daniel Green is an battlefield surgeon, treating soldiers and Iraqi civilians around Baghdad's Green Zone. He has seen more casualties -- and interacted with more Iraqis -- than the vast majority of GIs over there. And that has given the captain a different perspective on this war. He isn't happy with how it's being run. In an e-mail to friends and family back home, Green says that it's time for U.S. forces to get out of Iraq.

I don't rightly know what your US news is saying, but here are a few of my own observations... The US Army is putting forth its main effort to train Iraqi soldiers... It will realistically take years before their Army and police are sufficient to protect the people and resist internal corruption. The reports that the commands are making to the higher-ups are biased and sugar-coated. The corruption is underplayed and the achievements/milestones exaggerated. The results however, may convince Congress and that a successful pull-out is close.

At this point I'd appreciate [it]. I've done my part. I've personally come to the law-of-diminishing-returns. The remaining process will be slow and arduous. Increasing financial expenditures and man-hours are going to be needed to sustain any significant growth.

It's similar to building a house. From the initial ground-breaking to foundation and framing, things seem to go remarkably fast, giving the home owners an unrealistic sense of impending move-in. Then the minor details like outlets, appliances, trim work, and cabinetry begin and little progress is noted after long periods. The tenants-to-be get anxious. The same is taking place here. The American public will not be able to consciously measure our productivity even with the best of media reporting.

Besides, I think the military is the wrong force at this point. We deal effectively with the combat training, but this corruption is a new species. We need Americans more attune to the nuisances of internal governmental fraud...people more like our own lawmakers. Soldiers need to focus on combat, not mafia arbitration.

I witnessed a company commander a few months ago try to expose and bring to justice the perpetrators of an intricately weaved plot of electricity theft. The King-Pin of the scheme was none other than the chairman of the city council. That went over well...

An appointment in Samarra
29 Aug 2005 16:32:33 GMT

Source: Reuters

Reuters correspondent Luke Baker covered the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an embedded journalist and has reported on the country from our Baghdad bureau for the last two years. The following is his personal account of how the atmosphere of death and destruction has become ever more insistent as acquaintances and friends are struck down. It has been updated following the killing on Sunday of Reuters soundman Waleed Khaled.

By Luke Baker

BAGHDAD, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Death creeps up on you in Iraq. The longer you remain amid the country's violence, the more insistent, the more bullying it becomes.

Over time, more people you know die, or are maimed, or have scrapes with death that leave them psychologically scarred.

All along there have been stories about it -- those killed by aerial bombardments, children blown apart by suicide bombs, families caught in crossfire, slain at the hands of insurgents or murdered by criminals.

In March last year, I stood in the street in Kerbala as suicide bombers exploded among crowds of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims, killing more than 100 people, including dozens standing around me -- strangers who became new victims of Iraq's conflict.

But in recent months, the deaths have grown more personalised -- it's not just random people who die anymore, but people you've met, people you've interviewed, some you know quite well, colleagues you work with every day, friends even.

Almost every week, someone on the staff at Reuters, just one of a dozen or so news organisations still operating in the country, has a new tale to tell of a relative -- a brother, a mother, a cousin, or a son -- killed in terrible circumstances.

On Sunday, howls of grief echoed through the office for Waleed, the burly television soundman and driver, a jovial and busy presence these past two years. He was shot dead as he drove to a story -- by U.S. troops, it seemed. We're a close team and it hurt; his brother, our receptionist, was inconsolable.

Last month, one of the team of drivers, Yassin, said he needed some time off to look for his brother, who had been missing from his job as a blacksmith for five days.

Relatives searched fruitlessly until, desperate, they decided to look in Baghdad's morgue, a building on the banks of the Tigris that is literally overflowing with bodies.

After trawling through the autopsy rooms, pulling out the cold trays on which the bodies are kept, Yassin found his brother, Ibrahim. He recognised him by the clothes he was wearing and by a tattoo on the inside of his arm.

He couldn't recognise Ibrahim's face because his body had been left outside in the sun after he was killed and the intense summer heat had burned his skin beyond recognition.

Four days ago, another driver, Saed, still wearing the black clothes of mourning he has worn since his brother died in a car accident, heard that his cousin had been killed.

A Shi'ite Muslim who had lived all his life in a mostly Sunni Muslim area, he was killed for belonging to the "wrong" religious sect.

DEATH SQUADS

"Death squads" from both sects now operate. They drive around ridding neighbourhoods of Sunnis or Shi'ites.

In recent months, the litany has continued: the brother of the man who buys food for the office was killed by a roadside bomb; the cousin of our Arabic service correspondent was tortured and killed after being taken by the police; the father-in-law of one of our translators was shot by U.S. troops and had to have his leg amputated; the brother of our reporter in Falluja was killed by Iraqi troops.

Last month, a Sunni Muslim politician who had become a regular source was gunned down in Baghdad because he was working on writing the new constitution. His name and number are still in our list of contacts. Emotionally, it's not easy to erase them.

That is just one office. Others have similar stories to tell.

The vast majority of those who have died are Iraqis, and a huge number are also innocent victims. There is no definitive record but Iraq Body Count, a U.S.-British non-profit group, estimates 25,000 civilians were killed in just the first two years after the war began.

They compiled the figure from media reports, which suggests the total is probably much higher -- far from every death is reported by the media. Almost none of those mentioned above was.

Over the same period, more than 1,850 U.S. troops have also died, 1,400 of them killed in combat, and more than 13,000 have been wounded, many of them horrifically, with the loss of limbs or their sight.

MEDIA IN DANGER

Journalists have not escaped either. More than 60 reporters and their colleagues have died in Iraq since March 2003, making it the most dangerous place in the world for the media to work.

Before Waleed's death on Sunday, Reuters had had two cameramen killed, shot dead by U.S. tank or machinegun fire. Another cameraman, a freelance who worked for Reuters, was shot dead last November during a U.S. Marine offensive in Ramadi.

Several other Reuters cameramen have been shot at, barely escaping alive. The cameraman with Waleed was wounded and, worryingly, is still in U.S. custody for no clear reason.

Marla Ruzicka, a young American woman who ran an aid group that worked to win compensation for the innocent victims of war, and who was a constant presence among the press corps in Baghdad, was killed by a car bomb on Baghdad's airport road.

Sometimes the horror stories come out of nowhere. I met an Iraqi Airways official in northern Iraq two weeks ago and we chatted for a while about his life and family. Last week I called to see how he was doing and he broke down on the phone.

"It's too terrible," he said. "I came home from work three days ago and as my son was running to say hello to me, he collapsed on the ground. I went to him and he was covered in blood." His son, 10-year-old Mohammed, had been hit by a stray bullet. It went through his neck, severing his vertebrae, and left him paralysed from the waist down.

One of Iraq's leading psychiatrists, Dr Harith Hassan, believes the country may be the most psychologically damaged in the world, thanks to 25 years of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime and the past 2-1/2 years of violence.

"The long-term implications are profound," he told me this month, estimating that up to 70 percent of the patients he sees are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"What's going on is really a catastrophe from a psychological and a social point of view."

It is perhaps not for nothing that one of the legends of the grim reaper is set in Iraq.

According to the legend, a servant sees Death in the market in Baghdad. Fearing his time has come, he runs back to his master and begs a horse to ride far away to Samarra.

After he has fled, the master goes to find Death in the marketplace. "Why did you scare my servant?" he demands to know.

"I wasn't trying to scare him, I was just surprised to see him," Death replies. "For I have an appointment with him this evening in Samarra."

In Iraq these days, the Samarra of the legend can seem to be all around.

I really liked the ending to the story. It was spooky as hell.
But this story had no connection ,i don't think, about this Capt Lewis desireing to confront Cindy Sheehan. If it had any connection, it went completely over my head. CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME OUT HERE?
**HUMPHREY**

this got posted to the wrong comment section.....:{

I thought i missed something. Don't you hate it when you gotta go back and start all over again????**Humphrey**

Capt lewis is a officer working in an air conditioned office for the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of what ever unit he was assigned to. Essentially, as a millitary attorney He could not have been in any risk operation's except for possibly tripping on his way to the officer's club for his nightly martinni hour. He admits that he is running for a GOP public office which can be reasonably inturpted to mean that he is well connected both within the millitary and outside the millitary. These types never face the rick's that ordinary line officer's face and therefore there can be no merit to any argument he intends to confront Cindy Sheehan with concerning undermining troops security and moral. What would he know about the risk's? he is an attorney working in some air conditioned office. I submit that the only time this "officer" probably ever traveled on the Hiway of death (between the Bagdad airport and the green zone) was when he arrived "in country". I would like his disclosure as to how many patrol's he has personally led in Bagdad, how many ambushe's he has endured, and how many KIA reports he has had to fill out of troops he personally commanded on combat patrol. Capt lewis is an attorney, not a combat arms line officer anD, subsequently, i would like disclosure as to the true circumstance's of how he has earned these decoration's it's claimed he has been awarded .

I personally witnessed many rear area type's who had administrative mos"s with a chest full of ribons that other rear area types had put them in for and was ultimatly approaved by yet other field grade command administrator's who themselves were only paper administrators.

The truth be known, any individual doing combat patrol day after day, seeing the mounting list of KIA's in his or her small unit will enevitibly become less intressted in promoting this bullshit and more inclined to take an active prticipation in the activities cindy sheehan is presently involved in. This is especially true with respect to the evidence that only as a result of deceit by the Bush Administration are we even in Iraq! This fact can no longer be ignored! Only a neo-con could look cindy directly in the eye and attack her as anti American! Someone true to their heart and to the unrefutible evidence would never be able to take such a public stand such as what capt lewis claims is his intention!
Thank You**HUMPHREY**

Captain and JAG officer in the West Virginia Army National Guard

What do these officers do in IRAQ?
Are they on the frontlines with AK47's and using same? NO

Do they pick up the body parts of US SOLDIERS and place same in the body bags? NO

Do they work with the RATS in the ranks on an hour by hour basis? NO

Do they ride on patrols in UNPROTECTED Humvees and sit in the top of the turket as the gunner? NO

Do they protect the pipelines and oil fields? NO

Do they ONLY get 1 meal a day? NO

OR DO THEY

sit in air-conditioned tents with lap tops 24/7? YES

SOUNDS LIKE HE IS LOOKING FOR A JOB IN CONGRESS!

I really do not intend to disrespect the service of Cap't Lewis but frankly, I think he should get his ass in a real legal job now that he is apparently out of the military. Practice some law before youbecome another PNAC puppet. Maybe if you actually earn your living in the practice of law you will gain a respect for the Constitution and the rights of all Americans, not just the wealthy ones who are obviously making your road to political paradise a golden one. Just what heroic act(s) did lewis perform as a JAG to warrant his "highly decorated" status. Now before you righties blast off on me I might just suggest that not quite a year ago a certain other highly decorated Vietnam era veteran who happened to be a candidate for President has his honors very publicly questioned by your likes so turnabout is fair play, at least where I come from.

Here's a bit of information I collected from various sources. After connecting the dots, Lewis might be someone with a fuzzy military past.

His time in Baghdad was as a magistrate at Camp Cropper, which is near the Baghdad airport. Camp Cropper is where the US holds what they consider highly valued prisoners.

A story in the New York Times dated June 17, 2004, tells of the "ghost prisoner" whose name was not included for Red Cross monitoring, by orders of Rumsfeld and Tenet. That prisoner was held at Camp Cropper. Here's an excerpt from the NYT:

In July 2003, the man suspected of being an Ansar al-Islam official was captured in Iraq and turned over to C.I.A. officials, who took him to an undisclosed location outside of Iraq for interrogation. By that fall, however, a C.I.A. legal analysis determined that because the detainee was deemed to be an Iraqi unlawful combatant - outside the protections of the Geneva Conventions - he should be transferred back to Iraq.

Mr. Tenet made his request to Mr. Rumsfeld - that the suspect be held but not listed - in October. The request was passed down the chain of command: to Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then to Gen. John P. Abizaid, the commander of American forces in the Middle East, and finally to Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the ground commander in Iraq. At each stage, lawyers reviewed the request and their bosses approved it.

(Could those "lawyers" be JAG officers? Read the entire story here: http://eoban.com/fileserve/war/abuse.html )

According to a story in the UK Guardian, "While Washington has tried to portray the (prison abuse) scandal as an isolated incident, The Observer has also heard of complaints that torture was carried out at other US facilities including Camp Cropper, a holding area for detainees close to Baghdad's airport." http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1208078,00.html

Amnesty International also has some information on Camp Cropper:

"The conditions of detention Iraqis are held under at the Camp Cropper Center at Baghdad International Airport - now a US base - and at Abu Ghraib Prison may amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, banned by international law," Amnesty International said.

Detainees arrested by US forces after the conflict have included both criminal and political suspects. Detainees held in Baghdad have invariably reported that they suffered cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment immediately after arrest, being tightly bound with plastic handcuffs and sometimes denied water and access to a toilet in the first night of arrest. Delegates saw numerous ex-detainees with wrists still scarred by the cuffs a month later.

The entire article is here: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE141422003?open&of=ENG-2AM

And a more recent story from The News Standard had this to say:

Shortly after the invasion in 2003, the US Army established Camp Cropper, a massive, mostly outdoor facility located at Baghdad International Airport. Camp Cropper was mentioned in a Red Cross report leaked to the press last spring and received some press attention after the US military banned Amnesty International from visiting prisoners there last summer.

During their trip, the American investigators heard accounts of abuse from former Camp Cropper and Abu Ghraib detainees, but also from released inmates held at another airport camp in Baqouba, an hour Northeast of Baghdad.

Read the entire article here: http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=1029

And remember Cyrus Kar, the Iranian-born US citizen who went to Iraq to film a documentary? Here's what he had to say about Camp Cropper:

"Certainly there were some evil, evil people in there," Kar, 44, said of Camp Cropper, the prison where he was held, a few cell doors down from one of Saddam Hussein's brothers. "But they are casting a very wide net, and anything that's scooped up in it will be thrown in a cell, and they'll sort it out later."

Kar said he was well treated by the military guards, whom he described as honorable young men and women who, for the most part, just wanted to go home. But he spoke angrily of the officers in charge, who he said ignored his repeated requests to see a US Embassy official and left him in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

Read the entire story here: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2005/07/29/2003265567

As a JAG officer, would Lewis have been listening to prisoners like Kar? Could he be one of the "officers in charge" who ignored the legal rights of prisoners? I'd like to know a little more about what Lewis did at Camp Cropper. He returned from Iraq in January 2004. The camp was created shortly after the invasion of Iraq to hold prisoners and that's when the abuse of prisoners began. The camp is still operating. And so is Lewis.

I find it interesting that Mr. Lewis wants to meet with Cindy in Crawford on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Cindy is leaving Crawford on August 31....and everyone knows it.....duh.

So the Republican's have smearer's.

And now they have stalkers!

That's ok. They've simply completed their criminal portfolios.

Capt. Lewis wants to "rally support to our continued success in Operation Iraqi Freedom"???

In the harsh light of day, the whole litany of things we have "succeeded" in accomplishing in Iraq does not carry bragging rights -- not by anybody's measure. Moreover, the tide of American public opinion has now turned to the point where the good Captain is only going to embarrass himself by trying to paint black as white.

I wish the Captain a good meeting with Cindy Sheehan -- the illumination from her heart can only do him good. She stands in her integrity and thus has nothing to fear from -- what did she call them? Immature patriots?

Captain Lewis' service to his country is much appreciated and commands our respect. How sad that he has been completely hoodwinked by the nefarious PNAC agenda.

There is far more than enough truth to go around, Captain. Doesn't matter when you wake up - it will always be here.

John Perry
http://www.johnperryonline.com

Captain Lewis will not take your disrespectful comments seriously. You are just another bitter, anti-Bush, anti-America drone droning on and on...

YOU AND CAPT LEWIS BOTH, CAN JUST BITE ME! AND WHILE WERE AT IT SO CAN GEORGE BUSH!**HUMPHREY**

Just more typical, hateful liberal trash talk!

THATS WHAT I AM! LIBERAL TRASH! AND GUESS WHAT? YOUR RO HE(thats hero spelled backwards)GEORGE BUSH IS GOING TO FACE ACCOUNTIBILLITY FOR ALL HIS CRIMMINAL CONDUCT TO INCLUDE, PARTICIPATION IN THE 911 EVENT'S AS DEMONSTRATED BY COMPETENT EVIDENCE NOW IN EXISTANCE AS WELL IS HIS KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY SUBMITTING FALSE DOCUMENTED STATEMENTS TO THE U.S CONGRESS REGARDING HIS (FALSE) CONTENTION'S FOR CONDUCTING THIS INVASION. (ALSO DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE) ALL HIS APPOINTED ADMINISTRATORS WILL ALSO GO DOWN AS WELL. YESSSS, I KNOW, YOU BELEIVE IT WONT HAPPEN. HITLER THOUGHT THAT WAY TOO.
MADAM, TAKE A GOOD LONG HARD LOOK AT HOW THIS PRESIDENT CONDUCT'S HIMSELF PERSONALLY, IN PUBLIC. IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS THAT HE IS NOT TOO MENTALLY ARTICULATE. WHEN HE SPEAKS, HE CONSTANTLY STUMBLES AND HAS TO START OVER. HE HAS TROUBLE READING FROM HIS NOTES. HIS HAND GESTURE'S ALSO SPEAK VOLUME'S OF HIS INEPT ARTICULATE WEAKNESS. SOME SAY HE HAS AN EARPLUG SPEAKER IN HIS EAR, AND IS DIRECTED IN WHAT HE SAYS. BUT IT'S OBVIOUS HE STUMBLES BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO LISTEN AND SPEAK AT THE SAME TIME.

HIS VIOLATION'S OF LAWS ARE SO OUT IN THE OPEN, ONLY THE BLIND AND DUMB WOULD, COULD, CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIM. IF YOUR HONEST WITH YOURSELF, AT LEAST, IT SHOULD BE ABUNDUNTLY CLEAR GEORGE BUSH IS NOT THE BRIGHTEST LITE IN HIS ADMINISTRATION! IT'S SO OBVIOUS HE HAS TO BE ONLY A "FRONT" MAN.THE REAL AUTHORITY IS HIDING IN THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW. FOR GODS SAKE! NIXON COMMANDED MORE RESPECT! HONEST TO GOD MADAM, I REALLY WISH IT WASENT SO, BUT UNFORTUNATLY, IT IS!! IM SORRY TO SAY. YOUR CAPT LEWIS HAS HOOKED UP WITH THE WRONG GROUP, AND SO HAVE YOU. FOR GODS SAKE OPEN YOUR EYES! THE UNREFUTIBLE FACTS ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! WERE NOT UNAMERICAN! WE ALL LOVE THIS COUNTRY. WE WERE ALL BORN HERE. NONE OF US LIBERALS SUPPORT THE INSURGENCY! ARE YOU ALL MAD? i DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY!! ILL CLOSE WITH THIS STATEMENT. IF THIS SITUATION DOESEN'T GET TURNED AROUND AND SOON, THERE IS GOING TO BE AN ARMED INSURRECTION IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WILL MAKE THE IRAQI INSURGENCY PALE IN COMPARISON. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT? LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE APPROXIMATLY 30 MILLION AMERICANS IN POSSISSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. THAT OUTNUMBERS THE COMBINED MILLITARY FORCE'S OF THE ENTIRE PLANET!
AND ALL WE WANT IS AN "OBJECTIVE AND HONEST" INVESTIGATION INTO THE EVENT'S RELATED TO 911 AND ENDING WITH THE INVASION OF IRAQ! WHY? SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT HERE. THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE SHOWING THAT SOMETHING DOESEN'T ADD UP CORRECTLY. IM HEARING PETER FITZGAROLD IS ABOUT TO BE DISMISSED BY THE PRESIDENT! BETTER NOT BE!
WE BETTER HAVE THIS INVESTIGATION OR THERES GONNA BE HELL TO PAY!!
THANK YOU I PROBABLY SAID TOO MUCH**HUMPHREY**

It may be necessary to make this statement. I do not personally advocate the use of violence as a tool to correct the wrong's we all know about. I made the above statement in reference to possibillities that may occure if the rule of law is completely undermined in this country.thank you**Humphrey**

Post the Army RANGER dates ( to and from) and times of service.

Post what BAT he was with.

Where stationed?

Post what title he had in army ranger?

OTHERS of TITLE would like to know

Hi, I'm Hiram Lewis IV, currently a Captain and JAG officer (what you poor folks would call a lawyer) in the West Virginia Army National Guard, and a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia.

I take very seriously the honor of being given even the chance of representing you, my fellow West Virginians, and want to learn all about your deepest needs and concerns in my humble effort to represent you to the best of my ability. Therefore, I'm heading out immediately for the state of Texas in order to dog the steps of a housewife from California. But I should be back in time for my acceptance speech, so don't worry your little heads none.

And remember, my friends and neighbors, I'm not doing this for me. I'm doing it all for you. Because I care about you all, and the state of West Virginia is never out of my mind, nor far from my lips.

I think someone needs to send a few copies of this to that JAG joker, and spread a few more out on the web pronto. :-))

"Together with the conservative activist organization RightMarch.com, I will be traveling to Crawford, Texas, to demand a meeting with Cindy Sheehan," said Lewis. "If she refuses to meet with me there, I will follow her on her bus tour and continue to demand a meeting until she agrees to talk with me face-to-face."

I am not afraid to meet Cindy, and I believe Cindy will hug me if I come to Casey's Camp. So, why will this Lewis take a bunch of people to 'accompany' him to Crawford? Is he AFRAID to go alone to meet this GREAT mother, woman, peace promoter --CINDY SHEEHAN?

1) george's refusal to meet with you was initially a minor embarrassment, but has grown by the day to the point where there is no saving face. had he met with you immediately, it would've diffused the issue right away. learn from this. stick around an extra day or two for him. if he doesn't show, you can rightfully say that you even altered your schedule to accomodate him. Don't look like you're scared to meet with him.
2) this man is a professional lawyer. he knows how to twist words and get people off subject. key is to RECOGNISE when he's trying to lead you or get you off subject,and bring him back to the facts.
e.g." I don't know what you're asking, I'm not a fancy lawyer like you. I'm just a simple working class mom who has lost a son and what I do know is that goerge bush has lied repeatedly to the american people and to the world (fill in example of choice)"
3) be prepared with the facts- If you're concerned with fighting terrorists, you know full well that our actions have alienated our former allies while tripling the amount of terrorist activity. it seems to me that doing more of the same will only bring more of the same. a good starting point might be to stop doing what we know increases terrorism. bring our troops home, involve the global community. (ETC)
4) a big gruff military veteran trying to intimidate a middle-class mom does not work in their favor. know this.

I've got odds that the Capt did it for money from Move America ForWar.

Sen Byrd has reached his goal in money needed for the upcoming race, and even got extra on top of it. Sen. Byrd has a good following with the people of W.VA., and the state is hurting big time, right next to Ohio. If this Capt dosn't have a good stand on the depreciation on the steel mills along the Ohio Valley, especially in Weirton and Wheeling, he is really screwed. Since MAF has no problem paying people off, I'm sure the good Capt was on the list of donations.

He's all bluff. He won't last five minutes. Lawyers are good at questioning, not so good at answering. Cindy can ask him the same question, what's the noble cause here?

As an aside, I think Scott Humphrey's comments here are very astute.

He's all bluff. He won't last five minutes. Lawyers are good at questioning, not so good at answering. Cindy can ask him the same question, what's the noble cause here?

As an aside, I think Scott Humphrey's comments here are very astute.

He's all bluff. He won't last five minutes. Lawyers are good at questioning, not so good at answering. Cindy can ask him the same question, what's the noble cause here?

As an aside, I think Scott Humphrey's comments here are very astute.

Just a little more information about the Captain's group. Right March.com.

Connected and registered to William Greene of Strategic Internet Campaign Management from Buford Georgia. The servers they use are from Virginia. Kind of right next door to right where the Swifties servers are located.

This group was involved in the Schiavo case.

http://www.mediatransparency.com/story.php?storyID=66

why not come on down to Crawford and meet with this Captain..seems to me the gauntlet has been tossed !
Heck... why not ask Bush to join with the Captain for a few questions...

(Sent this to Cindy, and others may be enlightened).
Cindy, we all thank you for what you're doing. This is some info that may help you in your dealings with Hiram Lewis.

Checking out the illustrious Hiram Lewis' (political) web site, his "decorations", as it appears, don't include anything deriving from combat whatsoever. He lists things like the Commendation Medal and Achievement Awards, which are good things, but you can get them working in an office; the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal, which any dud can get just by being in the service; expeditionary medals you get by being in the war over 30 days.

Pointedly, there is no CLOSE COMBAT BADGE (CCB)which you now get for being in close combat or just being fired at. This badge is retro to 9/11/01 for any army branch and approximates the "Combat Infantry Badge" that is still around and only for (infantrymen) taking fire. The "expert infantryman's badge" is a different thing and not derived from combat, and attempts to make it seem so are misleading.

A photo of an obviously safe area in Iraq at "Camp Bucca" shows Hiram with clean gear; white hands and arms (maybe he was a night fighter); and the sweat you can get in the middle east just by stepping outside.

According to his bio, he got his commission by a "DIRECT COMMISSION" in the WV NG by virtue of being a lawyer, in 9/02, i.e.-->>Hiram never went through officer training the hard way by Officer Candidate School(OCS, 21 months when I was in in 1966),or even the easy way by college ROTC. He just stepped into it. (After graduating college in 1994 in "business" he was in the army in a ranger battalion thru 1997, then got out and went to law school, getting a law degree in 5/01, then the direct commission in 9/02). All per his web site.

He served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG)officer for the 111 Engineer Group. A lawyer, office guy. His bio on his site only says he was in the "Gulf" for 9 mos, which could be Kuwait, with a "short stint" in Baghdad. If there is more, it isn't shown.

Guaranteed his routine wasn't to go out on patrols and search and destroy, or even drive through a danger area, or he'd be braggin' about it. As a JAG with a direct commission, he was not a line officer who would command a unit of men, not even a squad, but was a "staff officer" and paper shuffler who may have, nevertheless, been involved in policy, admin., etc., but nothing, on a routine basis, even remotely close to combat or danger.

When I was in during Vietnam, you might get just close enough to fire, or even get shot, but not killed or maimed, and come home to enjoy acclaim without having suffered any real debilitating consequences. It appears the same in this war. This relates to another point about different elements in the opposition, and those against the war. For some, it cannot be denied, war is good, and this one is no different. You can make rank much faster during war; there's a lot of extra pay, benefits, re-enlilstment bonuses; and if you don't get killed or maimed, you can brag about it and get a little extra leverage out of that.

However, for those who get killed or maimed its a different story for them and their families. The former group "got away clean", so to speak, and they and their families naturally want to make the most of any benefits, monetary or otherwise.
The latter families left behind or with a maimed loved one, however, fall into at least two groups--those who deny their loved ones died or were maimed for no reason, and those who realize it and are mad about it. Those who deny it can be sympathized with deeply--their pride of their soldier may be all they had to hold on to. When you do something for nothing, or are duped, you feel like a fool, and without inner strength, denial serves to hold off the pain. Others, with tremendous courage like yours Cindy, face it and acknowledge it, but it hurts just as deeply, even more so knowing what you know.

The point here Cindy is--don't let this guy Hiram b.s. you. He is probably a decent guy, all else being equal, and noone wants to disparage him unnecessarily. He is an Iraq war veteran. However, if he comes on like he is more than he is, then, going by his website, he should be exposed as "not" an Iraq war "decorated combat veteran", which "decorated" deceptively implies to the unwary. He is trying to take advantage of the situation, and the unknowing, to promote his agenda.

If he presses you for a debate and you feel you ought to do it, you might request that there be an even playing field. Insist that he read beforehand and recite to you the simple points in the Downing Street Memo, and the other wrong intelligence reports about WMD. Ask him was he ever in combat; where are his combat "decorations"; and why he doesn't have the "Close Combat Badge"? Where else was it that he served in the "Gulf" other than his "short stint in Baghdad"? Then ask him-->> If he had somehow been maimed, not even killed but LOST AN ARM OR LEG in the "Gulf"(in his case, maybe by getting it caught in the copying machine), and knowing that there was no reason to go to war to begin with--would he be taking the same position favoring the war and backing those who duped our country into it!?

Cindy, we've seen that you are articulate, informed, on the ball, and can think on your feet. Hiram is no match for you, even if he is a lawyer. If he "dogs" you like he says, you have a good chance to turn his "decorated" act against him and to your advantage.

I hope some service member recently out of the IRAQI THEATER of operation is present to lend guidence and support in asking relivant question's concernning CAPT LEWIS'S circumstance's of service in IRAQ.

Also, all decoration's and award's worn on the right breast will have written order's authorizing display of these awards and decorations. ASK TO SEE THESE WRITTEN ORDERS. The stuff on the left side, if any, are usually unit citation's and not personal awards.

NOW, it's my understanding that he presently is a WVNG member? IF he arrives in uniform, then it may be safe to assume he represents the WVNG and is on some official sactioned MILLITARY BUSINESS. ASK TO SEE HIS WRITTEN ORDERS DIRECTING HIM TO PROCEDE,IN CLASS "A" UNIFORM VIA CIVILLIAN TRANSPORTATION, TO CRAWFORD TEXAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF MEETTING MS SHEEHAN!

I submit that his presense there is not any under any official millitary business and therefore he is actually not authorized to be in uniform. He will be there to promote his own political agenda's only, and will arrive with photographer's and vidieo cam operator's, all paid for through his campaign finances. That is all this can be. Thank you**HUMPHREY**

HUMPHREY

Nice to meet you. I don't buy he was a "ARMY RANGER". Where is the combat patch? No details of dates served in unit? No info on what bat...1...2...3. What conflicts? Where he was stationed? How long HE WAS an army ranger? No one army ranger knows of him that I spoke with?

EVERY RANGER THAT I KNOW HAS A COMBAT PATCH.....where is the scroll?

I can't claim to have been a distinguished above average trooper. I was an 11 E 20, an 11 D 10 (secondary MOS) and the ARMY'S worst 36 G 20 (that i got P-3 pay for the 36 G is from their stupidity) Durring my active 3 yrs (69-72) my time was spent wading in stinkie red mud with M-48 A2-C'S, AND then M-60'S, ALONG WITH M-114'S (anybody remember those small scout tracks? they had a 283 v-8 chevy engine in em)

When i ETS'ED in 72, millitary service was very very unpopular to the extent that it could hold you back in getting good employment, as well as making and keeping friends. Within a few month's, i pitched my entire 201 file encluding my discharge certificate's into the trash can. Didn't want any paper trail disclosing my service.

In 73, The draft was ended. In time, it all blew over. War was unpopular to the extent that sat morn cartoons were all non violent type even. Toy guns dissappeared from store shelves. Millitary subjects were absent in the media for years till a special called the "SHOCKING STATE OF MILLITARY REDINESS" was aired. Then, some time in the mid 80's, it started turning around. I think it was the wall in DC that began the turn around. Suddenly, veterans were no longer considered monsters. I noticed everyone wearing camo bdu's.

Now, here is the bigest BS story i began to hear from untold individual's. suddenly, there are all these dude's claiming to have been green beannies, special force's. claiming they enlisted for that MOS. I knew it was BS because special forces was not (in my day) an enlistment option rather, it was a reenlistment option. AND selectee's had to be promotible to E-5 in order to even be eligeble for this option. to trip them up, i ask them what they were cross trained in, and they didn't understand the question so their answer's were incorrect. YOU GENUINE GREEN BEANNIE'S KNOW WHAT IM REFERING TO DON'T YOU? (and i ain't gonna give it away)

THE BOTTOM LINE TO THE ABOVE, IS THIS; To the ininformed, it would be easy for an armchair commando to purpitrate himself as a combat warrior and bullshit people into giving respect for his claimed service and to sort of bull his way around. guy's (and gal's) who have had their ass in the grass will come home very humble and be satisfied wtih just being alive, but full of secret guilt also. This capt Lewis,sounds like an armchair commando like what i've seen before but he is attempting to garner all he can from is time in service masqurading as a warrior. BULLSHIT!!!

One last confession, i was a dud.....**HUMPHREY**

I would explain more here as to my status but I can't. all the best
if you want give me your email address through another email address

I would explain more here as to my status but I can't. all the best
if you want give me your email address through another email address

Thats me brother comming to you live from spfld , capitol of the blue state of illinois! now all you neo-con hakers stay out of my puty!! **Humphrey**

HOW LONG WAS HE IN THE ARMY RANGER BAT 1 , 2 , 3? Where was he stationed? AND BETTER YET WHAT CONFLICTS DID HE SEE THE FRONT LINES IN? Where is the combat patch? Where is the proof of that?
Something smells like a rat?
Maybe HE THINKS he was a army ranger.

After graduating college in 1994 in "business" he was in the army in a ranger battalion thru 1997,

To answer the above ques. on Hiram Lewis, as to where he spent earlier time as a a ranger: According to his web site, he was in a ranger battalion at Ft. Benning, GA., thru 1997, as an enlisted person, got out of the army and went to law school. As noted above, he later in 2002 wrangled a "direct commission", without going thru officer training, as a JAG officer by virtue of being a lawyer. Some may be impressed by this. A lot of us know better. He never was a "leader" of any unit or anyone except maybe a few clerks in his office, nor in any combat action, but was a "staff officer" on the fringe of all activity. He doesn't show any combat derived awards whatsoever from the Iraq war.

This doesn't make him a bad guy, but the point is that he cannot claim to speak for those involved in combat actions, or jeopardized by hostile fire. He has nothing in common with those killed or maimed through the Iraq war, and is not worthy to shine Casey Sheehans shoes. He should refrain from using any time spent on the fringe of the Iraq war as a deceptive and misleading platform to launch his political agenda, because we know better and are not impressed.

Typo on OCS in 2005-08-30 post about H. Lewis NOT a decorated combat veteran. OCS used to be 21 weeks in 1966, not the 21 months erroneously typed. Pardon the error.

Correction: The Close Combat Badge (CCB) instituted in Feb 05 by the Army was changed in June 05 to be called the Combat Action Badge (CAB) and is retro to 9/01. It is the badge intended for soldiers of any mos that come under hostile fire (not only infantry). Same badge, different name.

George W. Bush, as commander in chief, violated Article VI of the US Constitution by invading the soverign nation of Iraq in 2003. Article VI reads in part that international treaties that the US government agrees to act as the "supreme law of the land." Treaties were violated by launching this invasion on Iraq. You took an oath as an Army officer to protect and defend the US Constitution. What does the Uniform Code of Military Justice say about illegal orders issued that violate the US Constitution? Why did you as an Army JAG officer not fulfill your duties to protect the US Constitution?

War in Iraq violates international law

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By TOM KREBSBACH
GUEST COLUMNIST

More than two grueling years have passed since U.S. and coalition forces stormed into the sovereign nation of Iraq. Still there has been little discussion in this country about the legal standing of the invasion.

Perhaps that is because most Americans are reluctant to admit this inconvenient but certain fact: The United States/United Kingdom invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a war of aggression, a crime against the peace as defined by the Nuremberg Principles.

Various legal experts employed by the coalition governments will dispute this. But their arguments are incredibly weak and are not taken seriously by an overwhelming majority of scholars of international law in the world. These independent legal scholars, such people as Sean Murphy of George Washington University, Mary Ellen O'Connell of Ohio State University and Philippe Sands of University College London, all hold that the invasion was a blatant violation of international law.

There are only two cases in which a nation or group of nations can legally undertake armed intervention against another nation: in self-defense against an armed attack or if the United Nations Security Council authorizes a coalition of nations to intervene militarily to maintain peace and security in the world.

Contrary to what the Bush administration would like the world to believe, the invasion of Iraq can be justified neither on the basis of self-defense nor because it was sanctioned by the Security Council.

These are the facts that outline the legal status of the war:

The primary grievance against Iraq was the claim that it had weapons of mass destruction and ongoing illicit weapons programs.

The U.N. weapons inspection team was invasively and thoroughly determining whether such weapons or weapons programs existed in Iraq.

The U.N. Security Council was not willing to grant authority to invade Iraq while the U.N. inspection team was handling the illicit weapons problem peacefully.

President Bush launched the invasion of Iraq anyway, in contravention of the U.N. Security Council and the U.N. Charter. Without Security Council authorization, the invasion was illegal and must be classified as a war of aggression.

Should Americans be concerned about international law? It is quite clear that Bush has little regard for it. Yet, the United States was founded on the basis of the rule of law. Article VI of the Constitution states that treaties, which this country has signed and ratified, are the "supreme law of the land."

The U.N. Charter is such a treaty, and it was created in large part because of the efforts of this country following World War II. For this country to so egregiously transgress the charter's prohibition on the use of force is not only a violation of international law, it is a violation of our Constitution and a repudiation of much of what this country stands for.

A thoughtful person does not require the U.S. Constitution or the U.N. Charter to understand the monstrosity of this invasion. Common sense and decency should tell us that launching an unprovoked invasion of another country, even one ruled by a man as nefarious as Saddam Hussein, is simply mass murder. What of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have died as a result of this military incursion? Did anyone ask them if they were willing to sacrifice their lives in a risky attempt to install democracy in their land?

Whether Americans realize it or not, the integrity of the United States has been dealt a serious blow. This country can no longer be regarded as a nation that stands upon the legal and moral high ground. There is little doubt people of most countries now regard us as hypocrites.

In an effort to regain our lost integrity, it is time we hold accountable, through impeachment and prosecution, the leaders who planned and launched this disastrous and criminal war.

Tom Krebsbach of Brier is a Vietnam veteran.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/232622_ourplace15.html

War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal

Oliver Burkeman and Julian Borger in Washington
Thursday November 20, 2003
The Guardian

International lawyers and anti-war campaigners reacted with astonishment yesterday after the influential Pentagon hawk Richard Perle conceded that the invasion of Iraq had been illegal.
In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: "I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing."

President George Bush has consistently argued that the war was legal either because of existing UN security council resolutions on Iraq - also the British government's publicly stated view - or as an act of self-defence permitted by international law.

But Mr Perle, a key member of the defence policy board, which advises the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said that "international law ... would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone", and this would have been morally unacceptable.

French intransigence, he added, meant there had been "no practical mechanism consistent with the rules of the UN for dealing with Saddam Hussein".

Mr Perle, who was speaking at an event organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, had argued loudly for the toppling of the Iraqi dictator since the end of the 1991 Gulf war.

"They're just not interested in international law, are they?" said Linda Hugl, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which launched a high court challenge to the war's legality last year. "It's only when the law suits them that they want to use it."

Mr Perle's remarks bear little resemblance to official justifications for war, according to Rabinder Singh QC, who represented CND and also participated in Tuesday's event.

Certainly the British government, he said, "has never advanced the suggestion that it is entitled to act, or right to act, contrary to international law in relation to Iraq".

The Pentagon adviser's views, he added, underlined "a divergence of view between the British govern ment and some senior voices in American public life [who] have expressed the view that, well, if it's the case that international law doesn't permit unilateral pre-emptive action without the authority of the UN, then the defect is in international law".

Mr Perle's view is not the official one put forward by the White House. Its main argument has been that the invasion was justified under the UN charter, which guarantees the right of each state to self-defence, including pre-emptive self-defence. On the night bombing began, in March, Mr Bush reiterated America's "sovereign authority to use force" to defeat the threat from Baghdad.

The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, has questioned that justification, arguing that the security council would have to rule on whether the US and its allies were under imminent threat.

Coalition officials countered that the security council had already approved the use of force in resolution 1441, passed a year ago, warning of "serious consequences" if Iraq failed to give a complete ac counting of its weapons programmes.

Other council members disagreed, but American and British lawyers argued that the threat of force had been implicit since the first Gulf war, which was ended only by a ceasefire.

"I think Perle's statement has the virtue of honesty," said Michael Dorf, a law professor at Columbia University who opposed the war, arguing that it was illegal.

"And, interestingly, I suspect a majority of the American public would have supported the invasion almost exactly to the same degree that they in fact did, had the administration said that all along."

The controversy-prone Mr Perle resigned his chairmanship of the defence policy board earlier this year but remained a member of the advisory board.

Meanwhile, there was a hint that the US was trying to find a way to release the Britons held at Guantanamo Bay.

The US secretary of state, Colin Powell, said Mr Bush was "very sensitive" to British sentiment. "We also expect to be resolving this in the near future," he told the BBC.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1089158,00.html

I am ready to serve my purpose. I witnessed 9/11, I saw both planes hit the towers. I received a frantic phonecall fron my girlfriend at the time that she was okay, she is an American Airlines FA. 911 was planned by BUSH, because when you got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow. So Caqptain meet with Cindy and see for yourself what it will be like to stick your head up BUSH's ***

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