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    Default The Suicide Note of US Veteran Daniel Somers -- RIP Danny...

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/iraq-vet...ar-crimes.html

    Iraq Vet Kills Himself After Being Ordered to Commit “War Crimes”

    “These things go far beyond what most are even aware of”
    Paul Joseph Watson
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    June 24, 2013




    Daniel Somers. Image: Facebook
    Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide following an arduous battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by his role in committing “crimes against humanity,” according to the soldier’s suicide note.
    Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.
    Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.
    “The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”
    Somers also complains about how he was forced to “participate in the ensuing coverup” of such crimes.
    Somers’ death serves to refocus attention on the fact that military veterans are committing suicide in droves after being afflicted with PTSD as a direct result of committing atrocities while in combat.
    As Somers highlights in his note, 22 military veterans commit suicide every single day. Amongst active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpassed the number of US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan.
    “And according to some experts, the military may be undercounting the problem because of the way it calculates its suicide rate,” reports the New York Times, adding that experts cannot understand “the root causes of why military suicide is rising so fast.”
    However, the root causes are laid bare in Somers’ suicide note. US troops are being ordered to commit atrocities so vile that the only way many of them can cope with the horror of what they have done is by killing themselves.
    Examples of atrocities aided directly or indirectly by US troops in Iraq include;
    - Orders to slaughter “all military age men” during some operations;
    - Torturing detainees – many of whom had never engaged in combat and were totally innocent – at grisly prison camps across the country;
    - Raping and torturing children at the infamous Abu Ghraib detention facility while they shrieked in terror. Women forced to watch later begged to be killed.
    - Sodomizing detainees with chemical lights and broom sticks;
    - Indiscriminately firing upon and killing journalists and children from the air;
    - Massacring entire groups of unarmed Iraqis, including children and the elderly in Hadith.
    “This is what brought me to my actual final mission. Not suicide, but a mercy killing,” wrote Somers, adding that him living “any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand.”
    Read Somers’ full suicide note below, obtained by Gawker and published with his family’s permission.
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    "...I am sorry that it has come to this.

    The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me. As things have continued to get worse, it has become clear that this alone is not a sufficient reason to carry on. The fact is, I am not getting better, I am not going to get better, and I will most certainly deteriorate further as time goes on. From a logical standpoint, it is better to simply end things quickly and let any repercussions from that play out in the short term than to drag things out into the long term.

    You will perhaps be sad for a time, but over time you will forget and begin to carry on. Far better that than to inflict my growing misery upon you for years and decades to come, dragging you down with me. It is because I love you that I can not do this to you. You will come to see that it is a far better thing as one day after another passes during which you do not have to worry about me or even give me a second thought. You will find that your world is better without me in it.

    I really have been trying to hang on, for more than a decade now. Each day has been a testament to the extent to which I cared, suffering unspeakable horror as quietly as possible so that you could feel as though I was still here for you. In truth, I was nothing more than a prop, filling space so that my absence would not be noted. In truth, I have already been absent for a long, long time.

    My body has become nothing but a cage, a source of pain and constant problems. The illness I have has caused me pain that not even the strongest medicines could dull, and there is no cure. All day, every day a screaming agony in every nerve ending in my body. It is nothing short of torture. My mind is a wasteland, filled with visions of incredible horror, unceasing depression, and crippling anxiety, even with all of the medications the doctors dare give. Simple things that everyone else takes for granted are nearly impossible for me. I can not laugh or cry. I can barely leave the house. I derive no pleasure from any activity. Everything simply comes down to passing time until I can sleep again. Now, to sleep forever seems to be the most merciful thing.

    You must not blame yourself. The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.

    To force me to do these things and then participate in the ensuing coverup is more than any government has the right to demand. Then, the same government has turned around and abandoned me. They offer no help, and actively block the pursuit of gaining outside help via their corrupt agents at the DEA. Any blame rests with them.

    Beyond that, there are the host of physical illnesses that have struck me down again and again, for which they also offer no help. There might be some progress by now if they had not spent nearly twenty years denying the illness that I and so many others were exposed to. Further complicating matters is the repeated and severe brain injuries to which I was subjected, which they also seem to be expending no effort into understanding. What is known is that each of these should have been cause enough for immediate medical attention, which was not rendered.

    Lastly, the DEA enters the picture again as they have now managed to create such a culture of fear in the medical community that doctors are too scared to even take the necessary steps to control the symptoms. All under the guise of a completely manufactured “overprescribing epidemic,” which stands in stark relief to all of the legitimate research, which shows the opposite to be true. Perhaps, with the right medication at the right doses, I could have bought a couple of decent years, but even that is too much to ask from a regime built upon the idea that suffering is noble and relief is just for the weak.

    However, when the challenges facing a person are already so great that all but the weakest would give up, these extra factors are enough to push a person over the edge.

    Is it any wonder then that the latest figures show 22 veterans killing themselves each day? That is more veterans than children killed at Sandy Hook, every single day. Where are the huge policy initiatives? Why isn’t the president standing with those families at the state of the union? Perhaps because we were not killed by a single lunatic, but rather by his own system of dehumanization, neglect, and indifference.

    It leaves us to where all we have to look forward to is constant pain, misery, poverty, and dishonor. I assure you that, when the numbers do finally drop, it will merely be because those who were pushed the farthest are all already dead.
    And for what? Bush’s religious lunacy? Cheney’s ever growing fortune and that of his corporate friends? Is this what we destroy lives for?

    Since then, I have tried everything to fill the void. I tried to move into a position of greater power and influence to try and right some of the wrongs. I deployed again, where I put a huge emphasis on saving lives. The fact of the matter, though, is that any new lives saved do not replace those who were murdered. It is an exercise in futility.

    Then, I pursued replacing destruction with creation. For a time this provided a distraction, but it could not last. The fact is that any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand. How can I possibly go around like everyone else while the widows and orphans I created continue to struggle? If they could see me sitting here in suburbia, in my comfortable home working on some music project they would be outraged, and rightfully so.

    I thought perhaps I could make some headway with this film project, maybe even directly appealing to those I had wronged and exposing a greater truth, but that is also now being taken away from me. I fear that, just as with everything else that requires the involvement of people who can not understand by virtue of never having been there, it is going to fall apart as careers get in the way.

    The last thought that has occurred to me is one of some kind of final mission. It is true that I have found that I am capable of finding some kind of reprieve by doing things that are worthwhile on the scale of life and death. While it is a nice thought to consider doing some good with my skills, experience, and killer instinct, the truth is that it isn’t realistic. First, there are the logistics of financing and equipping my own operation, then there is the near certainty of a grisly death, international incidents, and being branded a terrorist in the media that would follow. What is really stopping me, though, is that I simply am too sick to be effective in the field anymore. That, too, has been taken from me.

    Thus, I am left with basically nothing. Too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war. Abandoned by those who would take the easy route, and a liability to those who stick it out—and thus deserve better. So you see, not only am I better off dead, but the world is better without me in it.

    This is what brought me to my actual final mission. Not suicide, but a mercy killing. I know how to kill, and I know how to do it so that there is no pain whatsoever. It was quick, and I did not suffer. And above all, now I am free. I feel no more pain. I have no more nightmares or flashbacks or hallucinations. I am no longer constantly depressed or afraid or worried I am free.

    I ask that you be happy for me for that. It is perhaps the best break I could have hoped for. Please accept this and be glad for me.
    *********************


    [I actually cried a lot reading this letter]
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    Default Re: The Suicide Note of US Veteran Daniel Somers -- RIP Danny...

    Rest in peace my friend. You will make that difference.

    Thank you Daniel.
    When you express from a fearful heart in the now moment, You create a fearful future.
    When you express from a loving heart in the now moment, You create a loving future.

    Have no fear, Be aware and live your lives journey from a compassionate caring nurturing heart to manifest a compassionate caring nurturing future. Billyji


    Peace

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    Default Re: The Suicide Note of US Veteran Daniel Somers -- RIP Danny...

    Less a noble soul among us.
    The glory beside the Lord.
    The 'Thank You' means education and respect but not necessarily agreement of opinion

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    The link needs to be posted on "Twitter and the political sites especially the Daily Beast and Rollingstone. Is this site ready to bring the pain to those who are hiding behind a statistic of 22 a day? Is this where we focus for strength to carry on the day, when justice for those who harmed our families, is just a fantasy because of NOBODY THAT VOTES FLOODING THE CONGRESS OR SENATE'S EMAIL?

    C'mon people. If we don't have the heart to do it, then who does?

    Strength and courage to those whose minds are shattered, may God bring them enough peace to forgive themselves for following orders of madmen.

    WE must lock these guys up. The last time the NIO did this, 911 occurred so yes, stealth locking them up so they have no rights to warn the others committing these atrocities, is probably the best way to catch all the rats, eating all the cheese we grind out in life every day, trying to make a nickel out of two cents.

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    Look ya'll, you know that "chapter, page, sentence thingy, that others refuse to at least leave you alone to contemplate. I've been neglecting a certain part "in my marriage." I feel i'll have to get back to you guys off an on for awhile. I've got some stuff to clear the air on, and respect to be acknowledged. i'm tired of tempertantrums because I want accountability on finances, and some people are taking advantage of a situation, that is supposed to be in this relationship, to be honest. I've simply let a lot of stuff fly by or over my head, because, it simply wasn't worth lowering my vibration of unconditional love to all. I'm with that you know, but I can do bad, by myself, if "I choose." I don't choose it. I've grown to old to keep putting others in front of my soul's mission. I've married 3 times, and this is definitely my last, regardless of how much the next male is attracted to me. NO, I'm not gay, I'm just tired of putting time in, only for other, and never a moment of quiet to meditate for myself. I'm tired of the tugging and pushing and manipulating and simply waiting for the next ax of emotional "give me" to drop. I don't ask for much. In fact, I joke about being a "cheap date who eats hotdogs and walks among nature." But i'm street smart, demand only the truth in my home, or save the bs, I don't have bs braincells to process it. I've never been allowed a temper tantrum. To stop, disobey a parent, and lay on the floor kicking and screaming, so I don't expect furniture or doors, to be slammed or smashed. It's not much to ask for in my elderly middle age, and I've waited to long to finally awaken. Although I'd love to keep this journey up, such misappropriate behavior from an adult who's supposed to maturely discuss a list of "what exactly are the budget totals per month after 9 months. I've seen my name on bills that are overdue, or have a hundred here or there applied, but still the steady climb up, while there is plenty to pay them. Now this juggling jackazz thinks I'm gonna put up with him just flittering away the money, with no check off every pay period for another 9 months because he's loud, obnoxious and spoiled last born male of a single Mother.

    Sorry for the long wind, but I just gave it over to God, because there comes a time to stand up and be counted for in the marriage and not be walked on like an old rug outside the door to dry shoes off.

    Pardon me, as I handle this mission swiftly and apply some choices that should have long been applied. I knew it was coming when I couldn't find ONE bill utility/ or water in my name and it's on both accounts. Just saying someone thinks its permissible, or either easy to pull the wool over the old woman's eyes, but NOPE, not having any of it continue during this critical time in my soul's history. I've paid my dues and then some, I believe, but I won't be the one who's.... well you know what I mean.

    I 'll be back, and if things are changing keep you posted. Friends here, know what I mean. I've "taken care of this person for 13 years," I love him enough to let him continue his own choices, but I can not feel anxious or uneasy about bills piling up and NO GENERATOR YET. I don't know, the last 10 years of premonitions that have come true, and a bunch of other stuff seen, has led me to believe that it's really coming down to a choice as to whether I stay or go on my path. I've got to do some meditation for a few days and a fast to cleanse, and quit smoking cigarettes, sometimes that is held over my head, because they claim they want me around until they are 100. I don't feel that way, because whenever I do something for me/mysoul's growth, I'm criticized, and I simply don't appreciate it on a daily basis, and can sense negativity, because eventually he knows(it's almost a year OCT) I'm gonna want to know why we can't take a vacation. He's not an addicted person, but he's too frivolous, and spends a lot on video rentals, and stuff. I don't care what he does with the other 800.00 left over after we pay bills, but darn it, that's part of the contract we signed before he got his SS, and if he's not holding his end now and feels egotistical about "me asking the king" about finances, then all I can say is: "Houston, we have a problem."

    See ya soon.

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    Lifebringer, Sending peace to you in your endeavor and protection for your soul.

    Peace be with you!

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    Peace and Love and Light to You! I honor your presence! Thank you that you are!

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