Summary: Among other services, the FM website warns you today about future dangers. Here we review two important news stories about matters often reported on the FM website. Please reading these stories, which describe potentially major trends. More importantly, please act on at least one of them. Information is useless if it provides only fodder for gossip and whining.
- About our drugged military
- About the US government and influential Americans illegally supporting terrorists
In the comments please suggest appropriate responses by citizens to these stories.
(1) About our drugged military
“A fog of drugs and war“, Los Angeles Times, 8 April 2012 — “More than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year took antidepressants, sedatives and other prescription medications. Some see a link to aberrant behavior.”
For more about this see section one on the FM Reference Page An Army Near the Breaking Point. Here are some of these posts:
- 28 Articles: a guide to a successful insurgency against America, 7 May 2007 — About harassment and rape of women soldiers.
- Is post-traumatic stress disorder more common now than in past wars?, 17 July 2008
- Suicides skyrocket among US soldiers, 26 March 2009
- A look at the gradual decay of our armed forces, 28 December 2009
- “We are often more dangerous to ourselves than the enemy”, 18 August 2010
- The Army and Marines are breaking, but we don’t care, 11 October 2010
For more information:
- “Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence“, 28 February 2001 — Last report of the 3 year project.
- 2008 DoD Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel — 50 meg PDF here; Survey Summary
- “Invisible Wounds of War“, RAND (2008) — “Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery”
- “America’s Medicated Army“, Time, 5 June 2008 — About the growing use of antidepressants by US army personnel. Also see my postabout this article.
- “VA testing drugs on war veterans” – The Washington Times and ABC News, 18 June 2008
- “Prescription Drugs and the U.S. Military — The War…on Drugs“, Melody Petersen, Men’s Health magazine, current issue (undated) — “Our Military is fielding one of the most heavily medicated fighting forces in the history of war. Our soldiers aren’t just fighting our enemies, they’re often also fighting their prescriptions.”
- “Alcohol abuse by GIs soars since ’03“, USA Today, 19 June 2009
- “Navy attempted suicide rate nearly 3%“, Navy Times, 24 December 2009
- “Prevalence of Mental Health Problems and Functional Impairment Among Active Component and National Guard Soldiers 3 and 12 Months Following Combat in Iraq“, Jeffrey L. Thomas et al, Archives of General Psychiatry, June 2010
- “Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report“, US Army, July 2010
- “DoD Task Force On The Prevention Of Suicide By Members Of The Armed Forces“, August 2010
(2) About the US government and influential Americans illegally supporting terrorists
On the FM website an accurate forecast in 2008:
- Is the War on Terror over (because there are no longer two sides)?, 3 September 2008
- “Will the U.S. Support Terrorists to Destabilize Iran?“, William O. Beeman (Prof of Anthropology, U MN), New America Media, 7 July 2008
- “Preparing the Battlefield: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran“, Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, 7 July 2008
- “Israeli Source: Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Joint Mossad-MEK Operation“, Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 10 January 2012
- “Washington’s high-powered terrorist supporters“, Glenn Greenwald, Salon, 12 March 2012
- “The Iran War Hawks’ Favorite Cult Group“, Jeremiah Goulka, Salon, 28 March 2012 — With an intro by Glenn Greenwald
- “Our Men in Iran“, Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, 6 April 2012
- Report: U.S. trained terror group, Glenn Greenwald, Salon, 6 April 2012