Yearly Archives: 2009

Apr 27, Torture News: Senator Leahy Wants Non-Partisan Probe of Bush Era Pro-Torture Policies

Senator Leahy wants to probe ‘chain of command’ on torture April 27, 2009 – Washington, DC (CNN) — An independent commission is needed to determine who authorized the use of abusive interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists, a leading advocate of … Continue reading

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Apr 25, VCS Torture Lawsuit News: Pentagon to Release Hundreds of Torture Photographs

April 25, 2009 – The Pentagon, in response to a lawsuit, will end a Bush administration legal battle and release “hundreds” of photos showing abuse or alleged abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. personnel, according to defense … Continue reading

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Apr 23, VA News: Tammy Duckworth Confirmed as Assistant Secretary

April 22, 2009, Chicago, IL — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Iraq War helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth’s nomination as an assistant secretary at the Veterans Affairs Department. Duckworth will direct the Office of Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Communications. … Continue reading

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Apr 21, President Obama Wins Respect from Military

April 21, 2009 – A crisp salute, a first lady’s campaign, a generous budget and some familiar appointments have allowed President Obama to take great strides toward reassuring the group that was perhaps the most wary of his election — … Continue reading

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Apr 21, VCS Update: Call Congress to Support HR 952, and Reduce Veteran Suicides

VA opened up a suicide prevention hotline that currently averages 220 calls a day and performs 6 rescues – that’s a total of more than 100,000 calls and 2,600 rescues. . . . VCS thanks the hard working VA staff for saving … Continue reading

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Apr 20: New York Times Editorial Calls for Impeachment of Judge Bybee – Author of Bush-Era Torture Memos

The Torturers’ Manifesto April 19, 2009 – To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush’s Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity. Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon … Continue reading

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Apr 17: VCS Urges Members to Write Spain’s Ambassador and Request War Crime Probe of Bush Torture

The Spanish government may be moving forward with an investigation of war crimes – specifically torture – by the Bush administration.  Earlier this week, VCS wrote Spain’s ambassador to the United States and asked that the investigation continue. Spanish Judge … Continue reading

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Apr 17, VCS in the News: VA Public Affairs Official Tried to Silence Veteran’s Claims of Racism

April 17, 2009 – The experience of 56 year-old Army veteran Tommie Canady at the Washington, D.C., Veterans Medical Center was not the only story members of the VA’s Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans heard April 7 when they gathered … Continue reading

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Army Suicides: The Invisible Elephant in the Pentagon

April 13, 2009, Molalla, OR – I listened to Katy Couric’s story about excessive and worrisome Army suicides on Thursday, April 8th, on CBS. This did not surprise me. I was a Combat Infantryman, point man, Battalion scout and forward … Continue reading

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Apr 10, VCS in the News: What Motive Does the Army Have to Misdiagnose PTSD?

April 10, 2009 – In two stories published this week, Salon has described how a soldier secretly taped a psychologist saying that the Army was exerting pressure not to diagnose soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychologist Douglas McNinch of Fort … Continue reading

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