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 Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Iraq War: How Many American Military Personnel ACTUALLY died ?

  Read here full article by Jim Lampley, "Ultimate Deception"

A Bush-watcher website identified as is reporting under the byline of "domestic intelligence reporter" Brian Harring that the Department of Defense is using a cynical tactic to mislead the public regarding the true death toll for American military personnel in Iraq.

Harring claims he has an internal pdf. file from the D.O.D. which establishes that nearly 9000 Americans have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but that the official number has been held to 1713 by designating as Iraq deaths only those who perish on Iraqi soil.

The remainder, he says, are military personnel who have died en route to Germany or in German hospitals-- casualties of the war, but not listed in the official death toll.

If this is true it would explain the apparent statistical discrepancy between dead and wounded. A combat action which produces nearly eight times as many officially wounded-- 13000 plus-- as officially dead...well, it's not the norm.

It goes without saying it would also further jolt a public majority already disturbed by the war's "progress" and eager to see the troops come home.

How to validate or invalidate Harring's incendiary claims?

In his report Harring asserts he will begin publishing, in sections, the Defense Department's official list of war dead from Iraq.

Relatives and other loved ones of those whose lives are gone will be asked to examine the lists to see if the names of those they've lost appear there.

The Defense Department has, according to Harring, properly notified the loved ones of those who have died in Germany or en route to hospital, but has neglected to inform them that the casualty is not a part of the official death toll.

This is the way to find out, and gradually we in the blogosphere may get a picture of whether this most cruel of deceptions has really taken place. You have to hope not.

But in light of everything we've learned, do you think this is beyond them?

  • An Administration which forbids photographs of returning coffins?

  • An Administration whose President has yet to attend a single Iraq-related funeral or memorial?

  • It appears almost nothing is beyond them.

    There's more at the site.

    Harring also asserts more than 5500 American military personnel assigned to Iraq have deserted, most to Ireland and Canada.

    But I am at a loss to figure the origin of this site or the validity of its information without help, and that is what the rest of you can provide by taking a look, filtering it into the growing documentation of Iraq War deceit, and locating those who might be able to gather whether their loved one's death was honestly and fairly recorded for the act of combat heroism it may have been.

    In my heart I sincerely hope Harring is wrong.

    Read here the article by Brian Harring in

    U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005.

    The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate.

    The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones.

    Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.

    Note: There is excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the dead in Iraq.

    We have received copies of manifests from the MATS that show far more bodies shipped into Dover AFP than are reported officially.

    The educated rumor is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000.

    Given the officially acknowledged number of over 15,000 seriously wounded, this elevated death toll is far more realistic than the current 1,400+ now being officially published.

    When our research is complete, and watertight, we will publish the results along with the sources.

    In addition to the evident falsification of the death rolls, at least 5,500 American military personnel have deserted, most in Ireland but more have escaped to Canada and other European countries, none of whom are inclined to cooperate with vengeful American authorities. (See TBR News of 18 February for full coverage on the mass desertions)

    This means that of the 158,000 U.S. military shipped to Iraq, 26,000 either deserted, were killed or seriously wounded.

    The DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 dead, over 16,000 seriously wounded* (See note below. This figure is now over 24,000 Ed) and a large number of suicides, forced hospitalization for ongoing drug usage and sales, murder of Iraqi civilians and fellow soldiers , rapes, courts martial and so on.

    Because I cannot publish the DoD pdf file in this country (no one has said anything about it being published outside the country) I am working up a specific overview for posting and my lawyer has made the following suggestion for me. I think it’s good and it certainly is legal.

    I have a copy of the official DoD casualty list. I am alphabetizing it with the reported date of death following. TBR will post this list in sections and when this is circulated widely by veteran groups and other concerned sites, if people who do not see their loved one’s names, are requested to inform their Congressman, their local paper, us and other concerned people as soon as possible.

    The government gets away with these huge lies because they claim, falsely, that only soldiers actually killed on the ground in Iraq are reported.

  • The dying and critically wounded are listed as en route to military hospitals outside of the country and NOT reported on the daily postings.

    Anyone who dies just as the transport takes off from the Baghdad airport is not listed and neither are those who die in the US military hospitals. Their families are certainly notified that their son, husband, brother or lover was dead and the bodies, or what is left of them (refrigeration is very bad in Iraq what with constant power outages) are shipped home, to Dover AFB.

    You ought to realize that President Bush personally ordered that no pictures be taken of the coffined and flag-draped dead under any circumstances. He claims that this is to comfort the bereaved relatives but is designed to keep the huge number of arriving bodies secret.

    Any civilian, or military personnel, taking pictures will be jailed at once and prosecuted. Bush has never attended any kind of a memorial service for his dead soldiers and never will. He is terrified some parent might curse him in front of the press or, worse, attack him. As Bush is a coward and in denial, this is not a surprise.

    This listing program is about finished and we will start publishing in the very near future so act accordingly. If there is an actual variance of, say, 10 names, that is acceptable. 50 would indicate sloppiness and anything over 100 a positive sign of lying.

    *The latest on the wounded: “Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, is a 150-bed hospital that's already seen over 24,000 wounded military patients from Iraq and Afghanistan since the commencement of hostilities “. Knight Ridder Newspapers June 6, 2005

    (Note: The Pentagon refuses to publish accurate lists of any wounded. Ed)

    Brian Harring

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