Thursday, July 14, 2005

An Army of (No) One - by Nick Turse - thx GNN.tv

The following is a repost from the unyielding Gnn.TV and was reposted originally by Ryz..I was going to use info off this post from Nick Turse to throw my own experienc in getting recruited into the military in 1997, but after reading it I realized that the article by itself was enough...Who knows if anyone ever reads what I post here but it if nothing else its a testament to our struggle for progress and understanding to our societies' "class-draft" for the military...And recruiters are honestly a breed of scum that fit well into the ideology of this govt...They basically screw over other Americans by offering them Double-speak contracts that may look straight forward but are far from it....Anyway read up...

By Nick Turse
Republished from TomDispatch.com / Common Dreams
An Inside Look at the Military's Internet Recruiting War

It’s been a tough year for the U.S. military. But you wouldn’t know it from the Internet, now increasingly packed with slick, non-military looking websites of every sort that are lying in wait for curious teens (or their exasperated parents) who might be surfing by. On the ground, the military may be bogged down in a seemingly interminable mission that was supposedly “accomplished” back on May 1, 2003, but on the Web it’s still a be-all-that-you-can-be world of advanced career choices, peaceful pursuits, and risk-free excitement.

While there has been a wave of news reports recently on the Pentagon’s problems putting together an all-volunteer military, or even a functioning officer corps, from an increasingly reluctant public, military officials are ahead of the media in one regard. They know where the future troops they need are. Hint: They’re not reading newspapers or watching the nightly prime-time news, but they are surfing the web, looking for entertainment, information, fun, and perhaps even a future.

In addition to raising the maximum enlistment age, no longer dismissing new recruits out of hand for “drug abuse, alcohol, poor fitness and pregnancy,” allowing those with criminal records in, and employing such measures as hefty $20,000 sign-up bonuses (with talk of proposed future bonuses of up to $40,000, along with $50,000 worth of “mortgage assistance”) to coerce the cash-strapped to enlist in the all-volunteer military, one of the military’s favorite methods of bolstering the rolls is targeting the young – specifically teens – to fill the ranks.

What the military truly values is green teens. Not surprisingly, the Pentagon pays companies like Teenage Research Unlimited, which claims it offers its “clients virtually unlimited methods for researching teens,” to get inside kids’ heads. It was also recently revealed that the Department of Defense (DoD), with the aid of a private marketing firm, BeNow, has created a database of twelve million youngsters, some only 16 years of age, as part of a program to identify potential recruits. Armed with “names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers, individuals’ e-mail addresses, ethnicity, telephone numbers, students’ grade-point averages, field of academic study and other data,” the Pentagon now has far better ways and means of accurately targeting teens.

Military Culture JAMRS

BeNow and TRU, however, are just two of a number of private contractors working through JAMRS – the Pentagon’s “program for joint marketing communications and market research and studies” – to fill the ranks of our increasingly-less-eager-to-volunteer military. JAMRS claims that it’s only developing “public programs [to] help broaden people’s understanding of Military Service as a career option.” However, it also hires firms to engage in all sorts of not-for-public-consumption studies that are meant to “help bolster the effectiveness of all the Services’ recruiting and retention efforts.” Put another way, behind the scenes the military is in a frantic search for weak points in the public’s growing resistance to joining the armed services. Some of this is impossible to learn about because access to the studies via the JAMRS web portal is restricted. Should you visit and inquire about examining their research, you are told in no uncertain terms that “access is currently limited to certain types of users” – none of which are you.

What we do know, however, is that JAMRS is currently focusing on the following “areas of interest” in an attempt to bolster the all-volunteer military:

  • Hispanic Barriers to Enlistment: a project to “identify the factors contributing to under-representation of Hispanic youth among military accessions” and “inform future strategies for increasing Hispanic representation among the branches of the Military.”
  • College Drop Outs/Stop Outs Study: a project “aimed to gain a better understanding of what drives college students to… ‘drop out’ and determine how the Services can capitalize on this group of individuals (ages 18-24).”
  • Mothers’ Attitude Study: “This study gauges the target audience’s (270 mothers of 10th- and 11th-grade youth) attitudes toward the Military and enlistment.”

Read the rest of this article here

Monday, July 11, 2005

Asking Corporate America to Sacrifice......

Sacrifice is the word they use to tell us why. Why the poor struggle, why the economy suffers through deficits, and why we continue to have less while a small percent gets more and more. It’s the corporate masters that pull the strings, like a sad marionette show our society has become. We find ourselves in a war that is just the beginning of wars to come. And who will take up these fights? Who is making the sacrifice for freedom? The answer is you and I. We are no fortunate sons; we are a corporate-political chess piece to be moved at a whim. And this is what truly bothers me about our society. We are the one’s that sacrifice so much. Whether economically, spiritually, or the actual physical beings, we lay down upon the alters of sacrifice and bleed. Call it wage slaves, call it psudo-religion, or call it a class draft, but it all means the same thing: our lives for their profit and gain. But I’m supposed to be OK with that. I’m supposed to wave my flag, slap my ribbon magnet on my 10-MPG SUV, stfu and not think. This is America they say, we were chosen by God. I find it hard to believe that a country founded/stolen by a indigenous holocaust of the Native Americans, given a strong economy by the ugliness of African-American slavery, and continues to be at perpetual corporate driven wars since the 1950’s, was and is chosen by God.


I sit here today thinking about what sacrifice corporate America could make or what our Chicken Hawk politicians could make. They could cut their bottom line profit to further the war effort or send their children into harms way. But they don’t even attempt it. Why bother right? As John Lennon said as long as they “keep us doped on religion, sex, and TV,” we won’t utter a squeak. Like some demonized swine they continue to wallow in profit and waste while professing their love and protection of OUR country.. Here is a country that has done a complete 180 on Global Warming in the last 5 years denying and attempting to discredit the science (which just may very well explain why science is under constant attack) yet relying on a foolish hope that it is science that will reverse our wrong doings. They have also invaded and destroyed 2 societies in the Arab World on the basis of 9/11 yet have refused to show us one bit on concrete proof past a PowerPoint slideshow and some pics with Photoshop a pubescent could do. All the while continuing to lie and distorts truths to its people while discrediting anything that does not fit their ideology/agenda. They aren’t worried about Rove, or the Plame Affair, or even the rising and continued violence they scripted into motion because they have control. Any media that dissents is discredited even when there is truth in the subject, while lies and throes are pounded in our heads over and over like some vile drum of misinformation.

There is terrorism in this world do not get it twisted. We the people of America aren’t evil. We the people of America did not bomb their cities or hurt their children, or force our religious doctrines upon their shores. But we also are complacent and stoic to our government’s wrongs. The government has opened a training camp in Iraq for terrorists to hone their skills against our children and fathers. The Bush Administration talks about fighting them in Iraq so as not to fight them at home, but ask London if that is true after the July 7th attacks. Ask them what they think. Then ask the families of US soldiers that died if they feel safer and secure looking at that folded flag. It is only the truth that can set us free, yet the truth has little relevance anymore.

The Database

Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says '"Al Qaeda" was the name of a U.S. intelligence database”… in others words the database, "was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians." Bin Laden’s Maktab al Khidimat (MAK) recruiting organization, which had its headquarters at the Bait al Ansar guesthouse in Peshawar, Pakistan and maintained offices in Detroit and Brooklyn in the 1980s, maintained the database..................

No shit eh? At this point I wouldn’t doubt it…this corporate war could be little more than a corporate lie…..a nice little write-off of our corporate masters to further their own ambitions.