Friday, March 5, 2010

Marine reportedly killed by opium-fueled private contractors

I suppose it's an occupational hazard of US troops or private contractors - the utilization of which we should immediately cease and desist - guarding opium fields, that some of them might get hopped up on smack and start shooting friendlies. For this is the real reason we're in Afghanistan: not to defeat "al Qaeda" - already defeated even if they actually existed; not to defeat the Taliban, who were never a threat to America in the first place, since the only crime they were guilty of was harboring al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, who is dead and isn't wanted for 9-11 anyway. The reason is opium.

    John Byrne
    Raw Story -

    Pentagon originally said Marine killed in combat

    The Pentagon confirmed late Tuesday that it is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Indiana Marine after he was shot to death in Afghanistan, allegedly by several US-paid private security contractors.

    The contractors, according to a fellow Marine in Afghanistan who communicated with an investigative reporter in Chicago, were Afghanis who were found with "copious amounts of opium" and had been paid by the United States as guards.

    "He was killed by American Hired Local National Contractors that were high on opium the morning of the 19th," the ABC reporter quotes a friend and fellow colleague of Lance Corporal Joshua Birchfield as saying in an email message.

    Lance Corporal Joshua Birchfield was killed after being shot in the head Feb. 19. The Department of Defense originally reported that he died of "small arms fire" while in combat.

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