I Am A Veteran.

I am a veteran.

I took an oath to protect the freedoms of this country only to find we were being used for protecting the big corporations’ interests.

I was trained to kill but not to live.

I was trained to follow orders but to never to think for myself.

I was fooled by propaganda and thought what I was doing was right; I was wrong.

I was injured only to find nobody believed me or cared.

I ask for help, but get ignored.

I can take pills that kill but not a plant that heals for fear of reprisal.

I had friends that could take no more, and killed themselves because of the horrors they could not forgive themselves for.

I am now awake and will spread the truth as far as my voice will carry and hope others will hear the call for freedom being hollered from our own back yards.

I will be there when that call gets heard and protect the interests of Big Corporations no more.

I am proud that I was willing to protect our freedoms but saddened that protecting our freedoms is not what I was doing.

I have never forgotten that oath I took and will stand with my brothers and sisters to fight for our rights today, when the call comes.

I am a veteran. More importantly, I am your brother, sister, father, mother, neighbor, friend.

I am a veteran. My name is not important, my intentions are.

There is more to the story of a veteran than you may know. Respect that.

From: A Veteran.


The Hempeneers Feb 21st 2016 interview

Let’s talk about the most misunderstood plant in the world. The cannabis plant. How much do you really know about it? Listen in and learn more.

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10,000-year History of Marijuana use in the World

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8,000+ BCE Use of hemp cord in pottery identified at ancient village site dating back over 10,000 years, located in the area of modern day Taiwan. Finding hemp use and cultivation in this date range puts it as one of the first and oldest known human agriculture crops. As explained by Richard Hamilton in the 2009 Scientific American article on sustainable agriculture “Modern humans emerged some 250,000 years ago, yet agriculture is a fairly recent invention, only about 10,000 years old … Agriculture is not natural; it is a human invention. It is also the basis of modern civilization.” This point was also touched on by Carl Sagan in 1977 when he proposed the possibility that marijuana may have actually been world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself (see 1977, below).
6,000 BCE Cannabis seeds and oil used for food in China.
4,000 BCE Textiles made of hemp are used in China and Turkestan.
2,737 BCE First recorded use of cannabis as medicine by Emperor Shen Neng of China.
2,000-800 BCE Bhang (dried cannabis leaves, seeds and stems) is mentioned in the Hindu sacred text Atharvaveda (Science of Charms) as “Sacred Grass”, one of the five sacred plants of India. It is used by medicinally and ritually as an offering to Shiva.
1,500 BCE Cannabis cultivated in China for food and fiber. Scythians cultivate cannabis and use it to weave fine hemp cloth.
700-600 BCE The Zoroastrian Zendavesta, an ancient Persian religious text of several hundred volumes refers to bhang as the “good narcotic.”
600 BCE Hemp rope appears in southern Russia.
700-300 BCE Scythian tribes leave Cannabis seeds as offerings in royal tombs.
500 BCE Scythian couple die and are buried with two small tents covering containers for burning incense. Attached to one tent stick was a decorated leather pouch containing wild Cannabis seeds. This closely matches the stories told by Herodotus. The gravesite, discovered in the late 1940s, was in Pazryk, northwest of the Tien Shan Mountains in modern-day Khazakstan. Hemp is introduced into Northern Europe by the Scythians. An urn containing leaves and seeds of the Cannabis plant, unearthed near Berlin, is found and dated to about this time. Use of hemp products spread throughout northern Europe.
430 BCE Herodotus reports on both ritual and recreation use of Cannabis by the Scythians (Herodotus The Histories 430 B.C. trans. G. Rawlinson).
200 BCE Hemp rope appears in Greece. Chinese Book of Rites mentions hemp fabric.
100 BCE First evidence of hemp paper, invented in China.
100-0 BCE The psychotropic properties of Cannabis are mentioned in the newly compiled herbal Pen Ts’ao Ching.

0-100 CE Construction of Samaritan gold and glass paste stash box for storing hashish, coriander, or salt, buried in Siberian tomb.
23-79 Pliny the Elder’s The Natural History mentions hemp rope and marijuana’s analgesic effects.
47-127 Plutarch mentions Thracians using cannabis as an intoxicant.
70 Dioscorides, a physician in Nero’s army, lists medical marijuana in his Pharmacopoeia.
100 Imported hemp rope appears in England.
105 Legend suggests that Ts’ai Lun invents hemp paper in China, 200 years after its actual appearance (see 100 BCE above).
130-200 Greek physician Galen prescribes medical marijuana.
200 First pharmacopoeia of the East lists medical marijuana. Chinese surgeon Hua T’o uses marijuana as an anesthetic.
300 A young woman in Jerusalem receives medical marijuana during childbirth.
570 The French queen Arnegunde is buried with hemp cloth.
500-600 The Jewish Talmud mentions the euphoriant properties of Cannabis.
850 Vikings take hemp rope and seeds to Iceland.
900 Arabs learn techniques for making hemp paper.
900-1000 Scholars debate the pros and cons of eating hashish. Use spreads throughout Arabia.
1000 Hemp ropes appear on Italian ships. Arabic physician Ibn Wahshiyah’s On Poisons warns of marijuana’s potential dangers.
1090-1124 In Khorasan, Persia, Hasan ibn al-Sabbah, recruits followers to commit assassinations…legends develop around their supposed use of hashish. These legends are some of the earliest written tales of the discovery of the inebriating powers of Cannabis and the use of Hashish by a paramilitary organization as a hypnotic (see U.S. military use, 1942 below). Early 12th Century Hashish smoking becomes very popular throughout the Middle East.
1155-1221 Persian legend of the Sufi master Sheik Haydar’s personal discovery of Cannabis and his own alleged invention of hashish with it’s subsequent spread to Iraq, Bahrain, Egypt and Syria. Another of the ealiest written narratives of the use of Cannabis as an inebriant.
1171-1341 During the Ayyubid dynasty of Egypt, Cannabis is introduced by mystic devotees from Syria.
1200 1,001 Nights, an Arabian collection of tales, describes hashish’s intoxicating and aphrodisiac properties.
13th Century The oldest monograph on hashish, Zahr al-‘arish fi tahrim al-hashish, was written. It has since been lost. Ibn al-Baytar of Spain provides a description of the psychoactive nature of Cannabis. Arab traders bring Cannabis to the Mozambique coast of Africa.
1271-1295 Journeys of Marco Polo in which he gives second-hand reports of the story of Hasan ibn al-Sabbah and his “assassins” using hashish. First time reports of Cannabis have been brought to the attention of Europe.
1300 Ethiopian pipes containing marijuana suggest the herb has spread from Egypt to the rest of Africa.
1378 Ottoman Emir Soudoun Scheikhouni issues one of the first edicts against the eating of hashish.
1526 Babur Nama, first emperor and founder of Mughal Empire learned of hashish in Afghanistan.
1532 French physician Rabelais’s gargantua and Pantagruel mentions marijuana’s medicinal effects.

1533 King Henry VIII fines farmers if they do not raise hemp for industrial use.
1549 Angolan slaves brought cannabis with them to the sugar plantations of northeastern Brazil. They were permitted to plant their cannabis between rows of cane, and to smoke it between harvests.
c. 1550 The epic poem, Benk u Bode, by the poet Mohammed Ebn Soleiman Foruli of Baghdad, deals allegorically with a dialectical battle between wine and hashish.
1563 Portuguese physician Garcia da Orta reports on marijuana’s medicinal effects.
1578 China’s Li Shih-Chen writes of the antibiotic and antiemetic effects of marijuana.
1600 England begins to import hemp from Russia.
1606-1632 French and British cultivate Cannabis for hemp at their colonies in Port Royal (1606), Virginia (1611), and Plymouth (1632).
1616 Jamestown settlers began growing the hemp plant for its unusually strong fiber and used it to make rope, sails, and clothing.
1621 Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy suggests marijuana may treat depression.
1600-1700 Use of hashish, alcohol, and opium spreads among the population of occupied Constantinople. Hashish becomes a major trade item between Central Asia and South Asia.
1753 Linnaeus classifies Cannabis sativa.
1764 Medical marijuana appears in The New England Dispensatory.
1776 Kentucky begins growing hemp.
1794 Medical marijuana appears in The Edinburgh New Dispensary.
1798 Napoleon discovers that much of the Egyptian lower class habitually uses hashish. Soldiers returning to France bring the tradition with them, and he declares a total prohibition.
1800- Marijuana plantations flourished in Mississippi, Georgia, California, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, and Kentucky. Also during this period, smoking hashish was popular throughout France and to a lesser degree in the US. Hashish production expands from Russian Turkestan into Yarkand in Chinese Turkestan.
1809 Antoine Sylvestre de Sacy, a leading Arabist, suggests a base etymology between the words “assassin” and “hashishin” — subsequent linguest study disproves his theory.
1840 In America, medicinal preparations with a Cannabis base are available. Hashish is available in Persian pharmacies.
1842 Irish physician O’Shaughnessy publishes cannabis research in English medical journals.
1843 French author Gautier publishes The Hashish Club.
1846 French physician Moreau publishes Hashish and Mental Illness
1850 Cannabis is added to The U.S. Pharmacopoeia.
1850-1915 Marijuana was widely used throughout United States as a medicinal drug and could easily be purchased in pharmacies and general stores.
1854 Whittier writes the first American work to mention cannabis as an intoxicant.
1856 British tax “ganja” and “charas” trade in India.
1857 American writer Ludlow publishes The Hasheesh Eater.
1858 French poet Baudelaire publishes On the Artificial Ideal.
1870-1880 First reports of hashish smoking on the Greek mainland.
1890 Greek Department of Interior prohibits importance, cultivation and use of hashish. Hashish is made illegal in Turkey. Sir J.R. Reynolds, chief physician to Queen Victoria, prescribes medical marijuana to her.
1893-1894 The India Hemp Drugs Commission Report is issued. 70,000 to 80,000 kg per year of hashish is legally imported into India from Central Asia.
1906 In the U.S. the Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, regulating the labeling of products containing Alcohol, Opiates, Cocaine, and Cannabis, among others.
Early 20th Century Hashish smoking remains very popular throughout the Middle East.
1910 The Mexican Revolution caused an influx of Mexican immigrants who introduced the habit of recreational use (instead of it’s generally medicinal use) into American society.
1914 The Harrison Act in the U.S. defined use of Marijuana (among other drugs) as a crime.
1916 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) chief scientists Jason L. Merrill and Lyster H. Dewey created paper made from hemp pulp, which they concluded was “favorable in comparison with those used with pulp wood” in USDA Bulletin No. 404. From the book“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer the USDA Bulletin N. 404 reported that one acre of hemp, in annual rotation over a 20-year period, would produce as much pulp for paper as 4.1 acres (17,000 m2) of trees being cut down over the same 20-year period. This process would use only 1/7 to 1/4 as much polluting sulfur-based acid chemicals to break down the glue-like lignin that binds the fibers of the pulp, or even none at all using soda ash. The problem of dioxin contamination of rivers is avoided in the hemp paper making process, which does not need to use chlorine bleach (as the wood pulp paper making process requires) but instead safely substitutes hydrogen peroxide in the bleaching process. … If the new (1916) hemp pulp paper process were legal today, it would soon replace about 70% of all wood pulp paper, including computer printout paper, corrugated boxes and paper bags. However, mass production of cheap news print from hemp had not developed in any country, and hemp was a relatively easy target because factories already had made large investments in equipment to handle cotton, wool, and linen, but there were relatively small investments in hemp production.
1915-1927 In the U.S. cannabis begins to be prohibited for nonmedical use. Prohibition first begins in California (1915), followed by Texas (1919), Louisiana (1924), and New York (1927).
1919 The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol and positioned marijuana as an attractive alternative leading to an increase in use of the substance.
1920s Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas cracks down on hashish smoking. Hashish smuggled into Egypt from Greece, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Central Asia.
1924 Russian botanists classify another major strain of the plant, Cannabis ruderalis.
1926 Lebanese hashish production is prohibited.
1928 Recreational use of Cannabis is banned in Britain.
1930 The Yarkand region of Chinese Turkestan exports 91,471 kg of hashish legally into the Northwest Frontier and Punjab regions of India. Legal taxed imports of hashish continue into India from Central Asia.
1933 The U.S. congress repealed the 21st Amendment, ending alcohol prohibition; 4 years later the prohibition of marijuana will be in full effect.
1934-1935 Chinese government moves to end all Cannabis cultivation in Yarkand and charas traffic from Yarkand. Hashish production become illegal in Chinese Turkestan.
1936 The American propaganda film Reefer Madness was made to scare American youth away from using Cannabis.

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American Dollars Spent, and American Citizens Arrested, Because of the Dubious “War On Drugs” THIS Year Alone …
1937 U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized the drug. In response Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying on behalf of the AMA, told Congress that, “The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug” and warned that a prohibition “loses sight of the fact that future investigation may show that there are substantial medical uses for Cannabis.” His comments were ignored by Congress. A part of the testimony for Congress to pass the 1937 act derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who had significant financial interests in the timber industry, which manufactured his newsprint paper.
1938 Supply of hashish from Chinese Turkestan nearly ceases. The U.S. company DuPont patented the processes for creating plastics from coal and oil and a new process for creating paper from wood pulp.
1940s Greek hashish smoking tradition fades.
1941 Cannabis is removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia and it’s medicinal use is no longer recognized in America. The same year the Indian government considers cultivation in Kashmir to fill void of hashish from Chinese Turkestan. Hand-rubbed charas from Nepal is choicest hashish in India during World War II.
1942 U.S. scientists working at the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA’s wartime predecessor, began to develop a chemical substance that could break down the psychological defenses of enemy spies and POWs. After testing several compounds, the OSS scientists selected a potent extract of marijuana as the best available “truth serum.” The cannabis concoction was given the code name TD, meaning Truth Drug. When injected into food or tobacco cigarettes, TD helped loosen the reserve of recalcitrant interrogation subjects.
1945 Legal hashish consumption continues in India. Hashish use in Greece flourishes again.
1951 The Boggs Act and the Narcotics Control Act in the U.S. increases all drug penalties and laid down mandatory sentences.
1960 Czech researchers confirm the antibiotic and analgesic effects of cannabis.
1963 Turkish police seize 2.5 tons of hashish.1965 First reports of the strain Cannibis afghanica and was used for hashish production in northern Afghanistan.
1967 “Smash”, the first hashish oil appears. Red Lebanese reaches California.
1970-1972 Huge fields of Cannabis are cultivated for hashish production in Afghanistan. Afghani hashish varieties introduced to North America for sinsemilla production. Westerners bring metal sieve cloths to Afghanistan. Law enforcement efforts against hashish begin in Afghanistan.
1970 The US National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) forms. That same year the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act repealed mandatory penalties for drug offenses and marijuana was categorized separately from other narcotics.
1971 First evidence suggesting marijuana may help glaucoma patients.
1972 The Nixon-appointed Shafer Commission urged use of cannabis be re-legalized, but their recommendation was ignored. U.S. Medical research picks up pace. Proposition 19 in California to legalize marijuana use is rejected by a voter margin of 66-33%.
1973 Nepal bans the Cannabis shops and charas (hand-rolled hash) export. Afghan government makes hashish production and sales illegal. Afghani harvest is pitifully small.
1975 Nabilone, a cannabinoid-based medication appears.
1976 The U.S. federal government created the Investigational New Drug (IND) Compassionate Use research program to allow patients to receive up to nine pounds of cannabis from the government each year. Today, five surviving patients still receive medical cannabis from the federal government, paid for by federal tax dollars. At the same time the U.S. FDA continues to list marijuana as Schedule I meaning: “A high potential for abuse with no accepted medical value.”
1977 Carl Sagan proposes that marijuana may have been the world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself:“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.” Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Origin of Human Intelligence p 191 footnote.
1977-1981 U.S. President Carter, including his assistant for drug policy, Dr. Peter Bourne, pushed for decriminalization of marijuana, with the president himself asking Congress to abolish federal criminal penalties for those caught with less than one ounce of marijuana.
1980s Morocco becomes one of, if not the largest, hashish producing and exporting nations. “Border hashish” is produced in northwestern Pakistan along the Afghan border to avoid Soviet-Afghan war.
1985 Hashish is still produced by Muslims of Kashgar and Yarkland in Northwest China. In the U.S. the FDA approves dronabinol, a synthetic THC, for cancer patients.
1986 President Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, reinstating mandatory minimums and raising federal penalties for possession and distribution and officially begins the U.S. international “war on drugs.”
1987 Moroccan government cracks down upon Cannabis cultivation in lower elevations of the Rif Mountains.
1988 U.S. DEA administrative law Judge Francis Young finds, after thorough hearings, that marijuana has a clearly established medical use and should be reclassified as a prescriptive drug. His recommendation is ignored.
1992 In reaction to a surge of requests from AIDS patients for medical marijuana, the U.S. government closes the Compassionate Use program. That same year the pharmaceutical medication dronabinol is approved for AIDS-wasting syndrome.
1993 Cannabis eradication efforts resume in Morocco.
1994 Border hashish still produced in Pakistan. Heavy fighting between rival Muslim clans continues to upset hashish trade in Afghanistan.
1995 Introduction of hashish-making equipment and appearance of locally produced hashish in Amsterdam coffee shops.
1996 California (the first U.S. state to ban marijuana use, see 1915) became the first U.S. State to then re-legalize medical marijuana use for people suffering from AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. A similar bill was passed in Arizona the same year. This was followed by the passage of similar initiatives in Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
1997 The American Office of National Drug Control Policy commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a comprehensive study of the medical efficacy of cannabis therapeutics. The IOM concluded that cannabis is a safe and effective medicine, patients should have access, and the government should expand avenues for research and drug development. The federal government completely ignored its findings and refused to act on its recommendations.
1997-2001 In direct contradiction to the IOM recomendations, President Clinton, continuing the Regan and Bush “war on drugs” era, began a campaign to arrest and prosecute medical cannabis patients and their providers in California and elsewhere.
1999 Hawaii and North Dakota unsuccessfully attempt to legalize hemp farming. The U.S. DEA reclassifies dronabinol as a schedule III drug, making the medication easier to prescribe while marijuana itself continues to be listed Schedule I as having “no accepted medical use.”
2000 Legalization initiative in Alaska fails.
2001 Britain’s Home Secretary, David Blunkett, proposes relaxing the classification of cannabis from a class B to class C. Canada adopts federal laws in support of medical marijuana, and by 2003 Canada becomes the first country in the world to approve medical marijuana nation-wide.

2001-2009 Under President G.W. Bush the U.S. federal government intensified its “war on drugs” targeting both patients and doctors across the state of California.
2005 Marc Emery, a Canadian citizen and the largest distributor of marijuana seeds into the United States from approximately 1995 through July 2005 was on the FBI #1 wanted drug list for years and was eventually indicted by the U.S. DEA. He was extradited from Canada for trial in the U.S. in May 2010.
2009 President Obama made steps toward ending the very unsuccessful 20-year “war on drugs” initiated during the Regan administration by stating that individual drug use is really a public health issue, and should be treated as such. Under his guidance, the U.S. Justice Department announced that federal prosecutors will no longer pursue medical marijuana users and distributors who comply with state laws.
2010 Marc Emery of Vancouver, BC, Canada, was sentenced on September 10 in a U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and four years of supervised release for “conspiracy to manufacture marijuana” (eg. selling marijuana seeds).
2010 Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana in California is placed back on the ballet (named The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010). Current voter poles suggest that the proposition has about 50% population support and will likely win or loose by a margin of only 2%.
Oct 2010 Just weeks before the November 02 California election on Prop. 19 Attorney General Eric Holder said federal authorities would continue to enforce U.S. laws that declare the drug is illegal, even if voters approve the initiative, stating “we will vigorously enforce the (Controlled Substances Act) against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use.”Nov 2010 California Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, was narrowly defeated by 53.6% of the vote. This would have legalized various marijuana-related activities in California, allowing local governments to regulate these activities, permitting local governments to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes, and authorizing various criminal and civil penalties.
Nov 2012 The States of Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana / cannabis for recreational use; promises are made to the people that these new initiatives will have no impact on medical marijuana in those states. The country of Uruguay legalizes marijuana / cannabis for recreational use. The US District of Columbia decriminalizes personal use and possession of marijuana / cannabis.
July 07, 2014 Cannabis City becomes Seattle’s very first legal marijuana shop for over-the-counter purchase & recreational use. This generated world-wide media attention and a serious discussion over the legalization of marijuana and a possible end to the American “drug war.” The first purchase, by Deb Green a 65-year old marathon-running grandmother from Ballard, is part of the collection of the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Washington.
Nov 2014 The States of Alaska and Oregon legalize marijuana / cannabis for recreational use; the States of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Massachusetts all begin to draft legalization legislation.
July 24, 2015 With the passage of Senate Bill 5052 Washington State medical marijuana comes fully under the control of the newly re-named Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). Originally posted here: http://www.advancedholistichealth.org/history.html

Adapted from the following sources:
Understanding Marijuana, a New Look at the Scientific Evidence by Mitch Earleywine
The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer

Veterans Can Get All Of These TOXIC Prescription Drugs To Treat PTSD, But Not “CANNABIS”.

Veterans Can Get All Of These TOXIC Prescription Drugs To Treat PTSD, But Not “CANNABIS”.

Around the nation, thousands of veterans and active-duty military personnel are waging their own personal battles against post-traumatic stress disorder. Typically triggered by a horrific incident either witnessed or experienced by the person, PTSD comes with a debilitating set of physical and psychological symptoms.

Many service members are hesitant to seek professional help due to the social stigma surrounding mental illness. Those who do are often dosed with an ever-expanding list of prescription drugs, which, paired with therapy, are frequently the first course of action against certain ailments stemming from PTSD.

“It’s a daunting list,” Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist in Phoenix, told The Huffington Post about the staggering number of medications available for PTSD.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ national formulary, a catalog of drugs and supplies commonly prescribed by VA doctors overall, contains more than 1,500 items, ranging from gauze pads to many of the medications listed below. Yet it is not comprehensive. VA doctors can prescribe non-formulary drugs to treat PTSD if they feel that previous treatment regimens have been ineffective or harmful. While these medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, that doesn’t mean their specific use as a treatment for PTSD — and particularly combat-related PTSD — is fully understood. Doctors often rely on trial and error to figure out what works for an individual patient.

“When I show this list to our military veterans, they were completely nauseated because they have frequently been the target of so many of these medication trials,” Sisley said.

Many of the medications used to treat serious PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, depression, flashbacks and insomnia come with risky side effects, especially when combined with one another. One of the most dangerous is an increase in suicidal thinking.

There is another drug not prescribed by any VA doctor anywhere. Yet some veterans with PTSD say it has helped them tremendously, even reducing their reliance on prescription medications. The drug is marijuana. While it’s not entirely harmless, it is known to be far more benign than many potent pharmaceuticals already approved for use.

But the government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no medical value and explicitly prohibits VA doctors from recommending marijuana to their patients, even in states that have reformed their marijuana laws. Some doctors are now arguing that the federal ban on pot is blocking veterans with PTSD from a valuable treatment option.

During a recent interview on NBC’s “Dateline,” U.S. Army veteran Matt Kahl, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said the VA had prescribed a wide assortment of drugs to treat his PTSD. Kahl said the drugs made him feel like a “zombie,” and 10 months after returning from duty, he attempted suicide. A short time later he began to self-medicate with marijuana.

Kahl, who now lives in Colorado, the first state to legalize marijuana, told “Dateline” that he was able to eliminate many of those prescription drugs once he began using cannabis.

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Roughly 20 percent of military veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD and depression, according to a 2012 VA report. A study published earlier this year found that the suicide rate among those veterans suffering from PTSD is 50 percent higher than the national average.

Some preliminary research has suggested that marijuana may help alleviate some of the primary symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, flashbacks and depression.

Dr. Deborah Gilman, a recently retired physician who spent 22 years working for the VA, told HuffPost that she sees significant promise for marijuana as a treatment for PTSD.

“The most common symptoms that vets turn to conventional meds for are sleep problems, nightmares, chronic anxiety, intrusive memories (‘flashbacks’), chronic anxiety including social situations and other places, irritability, depressed mood and pain. Pain can be related to combat wounds or not,” she said in an email. “In my opinion, all of them could be benefitted to some degree by various properties in marijuana. Marijuana is useful for pain as well as for psychiatric problems.”

In an open letter to Congress earlier this year, Gilman urged congressional lawmakers to approve a measure that would give veterans easier access to the plant, both for PTSD and other medical conditions. She argued that marijuana poses a significantly decreased risk of dependence as well as fewer side effects than traditional medications. Cannabis may also be effective at reducing patients’ reliance on narcotic painkillers and, in some cases, may be able to replace them altogether, Gilman said.

Shortly thereafter, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to a broader military spending bill that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states that have already legalized the drug for medical use. While the vote was symbolic — and in fact the first time the Senate had ever voted positively on marijuana reform legislation — both the measure and the bill to which it was attached now face a number of hurdles before becoming law.

Not everyone is as enthusiastic as Sisley and Gilman about the potential for marijuana to treat PTSD. Even they aren’t touting it as a miracle drug (though Sisley claims to have seen patients replace their psychiatric medications with marijuana alone, arguably a near-miracle). But the doctors can’t help but notice that while the VA continues to hand out powerful prescription drugs that don’t necessarily help and can harm the patient, marijuana remains a non-starter. Considering the growing anecdotal evidence from veterans who have treated their PTSD with marijuana, they say that’s no longer acceptable.

Here’s a list of prescription drugs that veterans may be prescribed to treat various PTSD-related symptoms. It’s long, but by no means all-inclusive.


Antidepressants interact with the body and brain chemistry in a variety of ways and can treat a number of conditions. For people with PTSD, these drugs are primarily prescribed to combat the effects of major depressive disorder. They are also often prescribed for anxiety disorders and chronic pain.

Depending on which chemical compounds the medications contain, antidepressants can be classified in several categories, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). While most of these are considered relatively safe, they have been associated with a range of side effects, such as insomnia, weight gain, loss of sexual drive and, most concerning, an increased risk of suicidal thinking. In 2007, the FDA asked makers of the popular medications to strengthen suicide-related warnings on their labels to include young adults, as well as warnings about the possibility of actually worsening depression.

Antidepressants prescribed for PTSD include:

Amitriptyline (sold under brand names Elavil, Endep, Levate, others)
Amoxapine (Asendis, Defanyl, Demolox, others)
Bupropion or bupropion hydrochloride (Wellbutrin)
Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil)
Clomipramine (Anafranil, Clofranil)
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)
Desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane)
Doxepin (Deptran, Sinequan)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex)
Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, others)
Flurazepam (Dalmane, Dalmadorm)
Fluvoxamine (Faverin, Fevarin, others)
Imipramine (Tofranil)
Maprotiline (Deprilept, Ludiomil, Psymion)
Mirtazapine (Avanza, Mirtaz, Zispin, others)
Nortriptyline (Sensoval, Aventyl, Norpress, others)
Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
Phenelzine (Nardil, Nardelzine)
Protriptyline (Vivactil)
Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral)
Trazodone (Oleptro, Trialodine)
Trimipramine (Surmontil, Rhotrimine, Stangyl)
Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Vilazodone (Viibryd)
Vortioxetine (Brintellix)

Bottles of antidepressant pills are shown in 2004. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Anti-anxiety drugs

These psychoactive drugs, also called anxiolytics, are designed to treat a range of anxiety disorders experienced by veterans with PTSD. The most commonly prescribed are benzodiazepines, which apart from treating anxiety are also used for their sedative, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant properties. A 2013 report found that almost one-third of veterans being treated for PTSD were prescribed benzodiazepines, despite VA guidelines advising against their use for the condition.

Regular use of benzodiazepines — which include such brand-name drugs as Xanax, Klonopin and Restoril — has been linked to side effects including sexual dysfunction, lost cognition and behavior problems. And studies suggest that chronic users may develop a tolerance, even dependence and addiction. Outside their prescription use, benzodiazepines are recreationally used and abused.

Plus, cessation of benzodiazepine use has been linked to a host of withdrawal symptoms, ranging from comparatively minor issues like insomnia, gastrointestinal problems and spasms, to much more severe symptoms like depersonalization, depression, seizures, psychosis and suicidal behavior.

Anti-anxiety drugs prescribed for PTSD include:

Alprazolam (Xanax)
Buspirone (Buspar)
Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
Clonazepam (Klonopin)
Diazepam (Valium)
Estazolam (ProSom, Eurodin)
Hydroxyzine (many names)
Lorazepam (Ativan, Orfidal)
Midazolam (Dormicum, Hypnovel, Versed)
Oxazepam (Serax, many others)
Temazepam (Restoril)
Triazolam (Halcion, Trilam, others)

Pills of the benzodiazepine Xanax on a table.


These drugs are used primarily for the treatment of the psychotic symptoms, such as intense nightmares, intrusive thoughts, emotional reactivity and hyperarousal, that some veterans with PTSD may experience. There are two primary types of antipsychotics — typical (or first-generation) and atypical (or second-generation) — both of which function by blocking the brain’s dopamine receptors. Some atypical antipsychotics have also been prescribed to treat major depressive disorder.

Antipsychotic medications have been linked to a number of side effects, including headaches, dizziness, lethargy and weight gain. More significant complications like tremors and movement disorders — such as parkinsonism, a syndrome accompanied by debilitating muscular rigidity and loss of mobility, and tardive dyskinesia, a disorder often accompanied by uncontrollable facial tics and other movements — have been more commonly associated with earlier typical antipsychotics.

In April 2010, AstraZeneca, the maker of Seroquel, agreed to pay $520 million to settle federal claims that it had minimized risks and pitched the medication for off-label uses, including to treat insomnia. The drug was removed from the VA’s approved formulary list in 2012 after being linked to a number of questionable deaths and other health concerns. In 2013, however, the Army began evaluating how it could be fit back into approved treatment.

Antipsychotic drugs prescribed for PTSD include:

Aripiprazole (Abilify)
Asenapine (Saphris)
Fluphenazine (Prolixin, Modecate)
Haloperidol (Haldol, others)
Iloperidone (Fanapt)
Loxapine (Loxapac, Loxitane)
Lurasidone (Latuda)
Olanzapine, sometimes in combination with fluoxetine (Zyprexa, Zypadhera, or Symbyax)
Perphenazine (Trilafon)
Pimozide (Orap)
Prochlorperazine (Compazine, Phenotil, more)
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
Risperidone (Risperdal)
Thiothixene (Navane)
Ziprasidone (Geodon, Zeldox, Zipwell)

Several bottles of prescription medications including Seroquel sit on the kitchen table at the home of Iraq war veteran Andrew White, who died in his sleep in 2008 while taking a regimen of powerful drugs to treat PTSD. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

Mood stabilizers

The term “mood stabilizer” refers to a broad set of psychiatric drugs that includes some atypical antipsychotics as well as the anticonvulsant agents listed below. These drugs are often prescribed for the mood swings or coexistent bipolar spectrum disorders that some veterans with PTSD experience. Doctors may also opt for anticonvulsant mood-stabilizing treatment if antidepressants have proven ineffective for a patient.

Mood stabilizers have been connected to a variety of more minor side effects, including dizziness, weight gain and vomiting, as well as more serious symptoms, such as an increased suicide risk.

Mood stabilizing drugs prescribed for PTSD include the following anticonvulsants, as well as some atypical antipsychotics listed above:

Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol, others)
Divalproex sodium (Depakote)
Lamotrigine (Lamictal)
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)
Valproic acid (Depakene, Valproate)

Lamotrigine is a generic anticonvulsant prescribed in the treatment of clinical depression. Its most prominent side effect is a skin rash, which affects 5 to 10 percent of patients. On rare occasions, these skin conditions can develop into life-threatening reactions, including drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

Sleep aids

Sedative-hypnotic medications designed to help induce sleep include a variety of drugs listed in previous categories, such as some anxiolytics and particularly benzodiazepines, as well as antipsychotics. There are also other drugs that are prescribed specifically to veterans with PTSD to help with insomnia or other sleeping issues, like nightmares. Among these sleep aids are a newer class of Z-drugs, like Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata, which are largely thought to be safer than benzodiazepines.

Z-drugs and other non-benzodiazepine hypnotics come with their own list of potential side effects, including dizziness, gastrointestinal problems and prolonged drowsiness, as well as less common, though more concerning, effects like parasomnias — activities like sleepwalking or sleep-eating. Concerns have also been raised that these drugs may be habit-forming.

Sleep aids prescribed for PTSD include the following, as well as a number of drugs listed above:

Butabarbital (Butisol)
Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
Prazosin hydrochloride (Minipress, Vasoflex, others)
Ramelteon (Rozerem)
Zaleplon (Sonata)
Zolpidem (Ambien)

Alarms have been raised over Ambien’s list of side effects such as aggressive behavior, confusion, hallucinations and possible worsening of depression.
ORIGINAL STORY HERE:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/23/veterans-ptsd-marijuana_n_7506760.html

MOST COMPREHENSIVE POST EVER: Head Of Pentagon Intelligence: List Of Purged Military High Officers Is ‘Terrifying’…

MOST COMPREHENSIVE POST EVER: Head Of Pentagon Intelligence: List Of Purged Military High Officers Is ‘Terrifying’…

by Voice of Reason





When people ask me why I repost a lot of the articles about Martial Law or about the military movements etc., my response is always the same. First, the site keeps growing by leaps and bounds, so there are people that haven’t seen those posts and have no idea what is REALLY going on… because we all know the “journalists” won’t report on it. Second, I want people to see whatever new story I am posting NOT as an isolated story, but in the context of what has already transpired. 

When viewed as a single story, any post doesn’t look to be THAT serious. When viewed over time, if you don’t see a pattern, you’re blind. There is a MAJOR storm brewing… and Obama hasn’t done all this for fun. Whatever his plans are, and brand new posts coming out later today or tomorrow might give you some idea, I’m sure he plans to see them through… or at least attempt to… 



Are YOU ready to see our military in YOUR town?


Are YOU ready to see beasts like the one below rolling through YOUR town?




Be thankful the Oath Keepers Have Activated: “Preserve Civilization” Teams 


The top two officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency said Wednesday that they will retire from those positions in the coming months, part of a leadership shake-up at an agency that is under pressure to trim budgets and shift focus after more than a decade of war, current and former U.S. officials said.

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn is expected to end his tenure as DIA director this summer, about a year before he was scheduled to depart, according to officials who said Flynn faced pressure from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and others in recent months. His deputy, David Shedd, had been in his job since 2010.

The moves come at a time when the DIA is in the midst of major changes, including an effort by senior Pentagon officials to expand the agency’s network of spies overseas, improve collection on unfolding crises such as the one in Ukraine, and work more closely with the CIA.

The Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby, said that their retirements “have been planned for some time” and that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “appreciates the service of these two dedicated and professional leaders.”

Kirby did not indicate when Flynn and Shedd would step down. Lt. Gen. Mary A. Legere, the Army’s top intelligence officer, is considered a leading candidate to replace Flynn, and she would be the first female DIA director if nominated and confirmed.

Flynn, who served as a top intelligence adviser to Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Iraq and Afghanistan, arrived at the DIA in July 2012 vowing to accelerate the agency’s overhaul. Asked after a public speech how he would treat employees reluctant to embrace his agenda, Flynn said he would “move them or fire them.”

He drafted a blueprint that called for sending more employees overseas, being more responsive to regional U.S. military commanders, and turning analysts’ attention from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan to a broader array of emerging national security threats.

“I think that Flynn’s efforts to move the organization into a role supporting combatant commanders was spot on and it is where DIA should be heading,” said Fred Kagan, a military historian and unpaid adviser to the DIA. “I think that he was trying to introduce a lot of valuable innovation into the organization.”

Critics said that his management style could be chaotic and that the scope of his plans met resistance from both superiors and subordinates. At the same time, his tenure was marked by significant turbulence, including the fallout from the classified intelligence files leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, as well as other emerging crises.

“His vision in DIA was seen as disruptive,” said a former Pentagon official who worked closely with Flynn. At the DIA, Flynn sought to push DIA analysts and operators “up and out of their cubicles into the field to support war fighters or high-intensity operations,” the former official said. “I’m not sure DIA sees itself as that.”

Flynn clashed with other high-ranking officials, including Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers. Officials said Flynn had opposed Vickers’ efforts to make significant cuts to large intelligence centers established to support the U.S. military’s regional overseas commands. A former CIA operative, Vickers has sought to model the DIA’s training and overseas presence more closely on its civilian counterpart, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The plan has encountered significant opposition on Capitol Hill, particularly from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who have voiced concern over the cost of creating the Defense Clandestine Service, and questioned whether Pentagon spies would end up being used to fill intelligence gaps that are supposed to be handled by the CIA.

Flynn’s departure, which has been rumored for weeks, was set in motion earlier this year when Clapper informed him that the administration had concluded that a leadership change was necessary, officials said. Others described it as a mutual agreement that Flynn would step down.

Flynn was a key player in U.S. military efforts to dismantle insurgent networks in Iraq and Afghanistan, an approach that relied heavily on combining U.S. Special Operations forces with intelligence operatives and analysts.

With McChrystal, Flynn helped to compress a cycle of carrying out raids and then exploiting the intelligence from those operations to find other targets.

In 2010, Flynn rankled many of his counterparts in the intelligence community when he published an article that was sharply critical of the information that spy agencies were assembling in Afghanistan. The effort was so focused on tracking insurgents that U.S. military and diplomatic leaders got little to help them understand the political, economic and cultural issues driving the insurgency.

Read the article at Washington Times:


There have been rather a lot, to say the least, of firings, demotions, relieving and disciplining of hundreds of officers in our military under this present regime.

The grounds range from “leaving blast doors on nukes open” to “loss of confidence in command ability” to “mishandling of funds” to “inappropriate relationships” to “gambling with counterfeit chips” to “inappropriate behavior” to “low morale in troops commanded” to you-name-it-you-got-it…and, now you’re gonna’ get it!

Listed below are some of the various commanders, vice-commanders, etc. who have been relieved, fired, forced into early retirement and otherwise let go of…or, gotten rid of…depending on how one chooses to interpret all this.

Grand Total thus far: TOO HIGH TO COUNT!  (Mostly Colonel and above. 127 AF majors included…they all occurred at one time, apparently).

Also, provided are 11 links to various articles about said officers and the various ends of their military careers. This does not include any of the stories about the pressure or attacks, if you will, made on those of all ranks, high and low, done by this regime or their “agents” and based on religious grounds or their stances on traditional marriage or statements or actions that have been deemed offensive to Islam…beliefs held by many who have been persecuted, if not out-right prosecuted, for said religious and/or traditional belief stances.

This if offered not as proof of any attempt to purge our military of those deemed un-fit by this present regime. It is simply offered as a PARTIAL listing of what has happened so far under the present “C-i-C.” Please note “PARTIAL.” This writer does not claim this list is complete. It remains to be seen if more “disciplinary actions” are taken or are warranted.

I simply find myself asking, as the picture below asks: What Is Happening to Our Military?! ~cj

Read the Above From Truth and Action





Many of these below have spotless records, 25 and up years service, many medals and honors such as Brig. Gen Bryan W. Wampler and Command Sgt. Major Don B. Jordan.


Commanding Generals fired:


General John R. Allen -U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star) -U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
Major General Michael Carey (2 Star) -U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
Colonel James Christmas -U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
Major General Peter Fuller -U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus – U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
General Carter F. Ham -U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan -U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
General James Mattis -U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
Colonel Daren Margolin -U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
General Stanley McChrystal -U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
General David D. McKiernan -U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
General David Petraeus -Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
Brigadier General Bryan Roberts -U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant -U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
Colonel Eric Tilley -U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
Brigadier General Bryan Wampler -U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)


Commanding Admirals fired:


Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette -U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
Vice Admiral Tim Giardina (3 Star, demoted to 2 Star) -U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)


Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013)


Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen -Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
Reserve Captain Jay Bowman  -U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
Captain William Cogar -U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
Commander Steve Fuller -Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
Captain Shawn Hendricks -Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
Captain David Hunter -U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
Captain Eric Johnson -U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
Captain Devon Jones -U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
Captain Kevin Knoop -U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill -U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
Commander Allen Maestas -Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
Commander Luis Molina -U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
Commander James Pickens -Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice -U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
Commander Michael Runkle -U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
Commander Jason Stapleton -Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
Commander Nathan Sukols -U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
Lieutenant Daniel Tyler -Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
Commander Edward White -U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
Captain Jeffrey Winter -U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
Commander Thomas Winter -U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
Commander Corey Wofford – U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)


Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012)


Commander Alan C. Aber -Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
Commander Derick Armstrong – U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
Commander Martin Arriola – U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
Captain Antonio Cardoso – U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
Captain James CoBell – U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
Captain Joseph E. Darlak – U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
Captain Daniel Dusek -U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
Commander David Faught -Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
Commander Franklin Fernandez – U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
Commander Ray Hartman – U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
Commander Shelly Hakspiel -Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
Commander Jon Haydel – U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
Commander Diego Hernandez – U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
Commander Lee Hoey – U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
Commander Ivan Jimenez -Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
Commander Dennis Klein – U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
Captain Chuck Litchfield – U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
Captain Marcia Kim Lyons – U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
Captain Robert Marin – U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
Captain Sean McDonell – U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
Commander Corrine Parker – U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
Captain Liza Raimondo – U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
Captain Jeffrey Riedel – Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
Commander Sara Santoski – U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff -Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
Commander Sheryl Tannahill – U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
Commander Michael Ward – U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
Captain Michael Wiegand – U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
Captain Ted Williams – U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
Commander Jeffrey Wissel – U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)


Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)


Captain David Geisler -U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
Commander Laredo Bell -U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch -Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
Commander Nathan Borchers -U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
Commander Robert Brown -U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
Commander Andrew Crowe -Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
Captain Robert Gamberg -Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
Commander Kevin Harms – U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin -U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
Captain Owen Honors -U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
Captain Donald Hornbeck -U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
Rear Admiral Ron Horton -U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
Commander Etta Jones -U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
Commander Ralph Jones -Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
Commander Jonathan Jackson -U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
Captain Eric Merrill -U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
Captain William Mosk -U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
Commander Timothy Murphy -U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011)
Commander Joseph Nosse -U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
Commander Mark Olson -U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
Commander John Pethel -Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
Commander Karl Pugh -U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
Commander Jason Strength -U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
Captain Greg Thomas -U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
Commander Mike Varney -U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
Commander Jay Wylie -U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)


Army Major Gen. Peter Fuller – May 2011. A top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

157 AIR FORCE MAJORS!!! – Military decries ‘illegal’ early terminations of 157 Air Force majors

Year: 2010 Total – 1 ( total)

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal – June 2010. Overall commander Afghanistan. Replaced by Gen. Petraeus.

Year: 2009 Total – 1 (total)

Army Gen. David D. McKiernan – 2009. First 4-star relieved since Truman relieved MacArthur. Commanded in Afghanistan.

Source: Combined From Truth and Action & Before its News

These are SO CLEARLY not the actions of a government planning for civility or peace at home. Not by a long shot. Why is that? I can rattle off one of ten things that could cause the unrest, but its clear the D.H.S. is not hear to help us.

Complete Economic Breakdown is Highly Likely – The Pentagon is preparing



Civil War?- The F.B.I Is Talking About it – Someone Finally Remove Barrack?

The unprecedented removal from command, ending of military careers and forced retirements is a sign that a new reign of terror wants to weaken the armed forces. The civilian Obama command, bosses generals and admirals, as if they were lowly cooks or stewards. It is no wonder that resentment and disgust in the officer corps are at an all time high. Before long, the commander of collectivists will be deploying taste testers before he takes his meals.

The similarities of distrust and fear between the Soviet “Man of Iron” and the latest POTUS should not go unnoticed. Any student of the last century is familiar with the Stalinist mayhem. Russian history is plagued with atrocities, but the reign of Soviet commissars’ is especially brutal. Uncle Joe’s victims of Soviet Terror, is estimated at 20 million killed during the 1930s by V. Chistyakovoy at the height of the purges with 3.7-7.7% of Red Army officers removed.

Are we witnessing the beginning of an American version of a parallel motivation just at lower levels at this point? The latest edition of our BATR RealPolitik Newsletter is devoted to Obama’s Military Purge. Most of the following sources focus on developments that the mainstream media is afraid to cover. A good primer on the firing of senior American commanders is provided in Obama’s Purge: Military Officers Replaced Under the Commander-in-Chief.

“High-ranking officers in the United States military are being replaced by the Obama administration and for a number of dubious reasons.” The author of this list, Kyle Becker, concludes: “If the federal government is being abused to silence critics of the administration, or if it is being wielded against those who refuse to carry out illegal and immoral acts, representative government demands not just investigation, but decisive action.”

Bob Livingston, almost a year ago provided this assessment in What’s Behind Obama’s Military Purge?

“The recent casualties of the high command are CIA Director (formerly top Afghanistan commander) David Petraeus, General Carter F. Ham (AfriCOM) and Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette (Carrier Task Force Stennis), who were sacked; General William “Kip” Ward (former AfriCOM), who was stripped of a star; and Afghanistan commander Marine General John R. Allen, who has been tied to the Petraeus “sex scandal” in a guilt-by-association sort of way.

This is reminiscent of Joseph Stalin’s and Adolf Hitler’s purges and executions of top military commanders who did not toe the line — without the bullets.”

If you have doubts about Obama’s intentions, the toadies at the government funded PBR lays out the policy in Defense Cuts To Reshape U.S. Military Strategy, their radio viewpoint. For a far more insightful assessment, popular writer Zen Gardner, in Obama’s Soviet Style Purge of Military Brass Escalates Ahead of Looming Martial Law, sets the context correctly.

“One thing you have to admit about Obama, he is a unifier. But of one thing only – the people against him…even though we know he’s only a cardboard cut out mouthpiece representing the hidden manipulators. The partisan left-right paradigm political divide is fading extremely quickly right now as people start to realize they’ve been screwed once again–only worse than ever.”

He then goes on to feature an important and forbidding analysis, by Brandon Walker that explains the Stalinist Syndrome that Barack Obama shares. The link sources within the article Obama Preparing “My Military” For Next Step?, are crucial to understand the mindset.

“Well, there seems to be some very credible evidence that since last year and through this year that there has been a “litmus test” given to American Military Officers. The Main point of that test, “Would you fire on an American Citizen?” If you say no, then as Donald Trump would say, “Your fired!” Since the beginning of the year these retired officer’s have came forward with ““President Obama is preparing for war against the U.S.”. We even know Dr. Garrow and others confirmed this litmus test. Then we have heard President Obama himself talk about “My Military”.

Such horror of a personal Praetorian Guard for want-to-be emperor begs the question, what is the mission of this “Obama Military”? A hint appears in Soldiers Trained to Regard American Family Association as a “Hate Group”.

“Don’t be alarmed that the Obama Regime has been systematically purging the US Armed Forces of Christians who take their faith seriously. No doubt this is just yet another isolated incident:

Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.”

This is a crucial perspective, because the heritage of American values rests upon the defense of traditional culture. The masters of the New World Order, who control this sociopath president, must destroy the patriotic fervor and loyalty towards the nation and constitutional restraints on internal despotism.

LifeSiteNews.com author, Steve Jalsevac elaborates on this theme in The most alarming development of Obama presidency – purging Christians out of the military and furnishes a useful list of sources for further evidence.

“Think about what the US military would be like without its usual backbone of many thousands of trustworthy, patriotic Christian troops of various denominations in all the forces and in all levels of leadership. Without them, it becomes a military with far less of a conscience, without a deep respect for justice, individual rights, the US founding principles and The Constitution and other elements essential to safeguarding freedom.

Without the loyal, traditional American soldiers, the US military could far more easily be manipulated by a tyrant against the very nation it was formed to defend. Is that why this is happening?”

The intentional reshaping of the army forces in the image of political correctness that puts a depraved globalist in charge is a direct comparison with the Totalitarian Paradigm and Stalin’s Personality. Robert Ringer in a WND article, Obama and Stalin: How They’re Alike, cites Walter Laqueur’s biography of Josef Stalin.

“Author Laqueur could just as well have been referring to Barack Obama when he wrote:

“In many thousands of editorials, speeches, pictures, poems, plays, songs, and movies, there was far more extravagant praise. He [Stalin] was compared to a mountain eagle … and a falcon, to the sun, the moon, and the stars; he was not only the undisputed leader of the Soviet Union, but of all progressive mankind, the greatest man who had ever lived. Little children were writing poems such as “Stalin! Thou art dearer to us than anything in the world.”

Today, angry, far-left hate mongers such as Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews provide pretty much the same kind of nauseating propaganda about “Uncle Barack.”

As long as the cultural perverts and presstitute enablers support the purging of military leadership because of a lack of trust, to the systematic dismantling of the military code of justice, our country is in moral peril. “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” oath comes into direct conflict with “observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me” when the treasonous commander of deceit, is eliminating the military officer ranks of true Christian patriots.

Failing to remember the lesson, in the Case Study: Stalin’s Purges, which documents the genocide practiced by willing replacement lackeys eager to dismissed troops, will be fatal.

“When the “Old Bolsheviks” had been consigned to oblivion, their successors and replacements quickly followed them into the void: “The new generation of Stalinist careerists, who had adapted themselves completely to the new system, still found themselves arrested. … They were succeeded by younger but similar characters, who again often fell quickly.” (Conquest, The Great Terror: A Reassessment, p. 224.) The purging of the army, meanwhile, saw about 35,000 military officers shot or imprisoned.”

Obama need not resort to the firing squad, the toxic vaccines work so much better. Slow kill is so much more palatable to the public. Since the former military are now the new terrorist suspects, we are subject to an Amerika version of Terror.

When the officer corps succumbs to a criminal civilian authority, the entire basis for patriotic service is destroyed. Military families know all too well the unnecessary sufferings and tragic sacrifices of generations of their sons and daughters. At some point, an unquestioning allegiance to country needs to reject obeying a traitorous president.

The Duty of the Military in a Militarized Empire concludes:


“The globalists are more than plutocrats they are the ultimate and true enemy. The critical duty of the military resides in a commitment to a genuine America First foreign policy. The Commander and Chief, no matter who occupies the Oval Office, is a mere selected puppet that is on a short leash.”

Resist Obama’s Soviet inspired military purge. Answer the “litmus test” clearly – NEVER – on firing upon American Citizens.

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Congressman Ron Paul has warned a day like this is coming. He has warned ofECONOMIC COLLAPSE. I have begun to explain how it’s going to happen with as much detail as I can provide so I’m not a “doom and gloomer” insisting bad things are coming with nothing to substantiate it. I’m not trying to breed negativity, but ratherAWARENESS! 


For anyone interested in learning just how screwed the U.S. is, I am doing what will end up being about 10 Part Series. You people who laugh, really need to stop laughing and start educating yourselves. Its why this nation is where it is:


For information on how the financial collapse, D.H.S., and FEMA are intertwined, one source of information is Congressman Louie Gohmert. He serves as the Vice Chair on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: Federal Criminal Code, drug enforcement, sentencing, parole and pardons, internal and homeland security, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, prisons, criminal law enforcement, and other appropriate matters as referred by the chairman, and relevant oversight.

Referring to members of D.H.S. Rep. Gohmert has gone as far as to say, “I want to know are they are they using weapons to train, or are they being taught to use syringes and health care items?” Combined with the continued DHS arms build up along with the federal agency’s hiring of armed guards with “Top Secret” security clearances, Gohmert characterized the issue as “VERY DISTURBING”.

Keep in mind, this is a sitting Congressman who chairs their oversight committee. If HEfinds the actions of D.H.S. “very disturbing,” and cannot get answers to HIS questions about their actions having the security clearance HE DOES, imagine what that says? Again, I must be a conspiracy nut right? How about hearing it right from the Congressman? This is the SAME government spying on your EVERY move! 


  • NSA Reportedly Recording All Phone Calls in a Foreign Country
  • NSA Top Lawyer Says Tech Giants KNEW About Data Collection
  • NSA Paid Tech Companies Like Facebook and Google Millions
  • The NSA Is Using Facebook to Hack Into Your Computer
  • Navy’s 757-Sized Drone Will Provide Big-Time Surveillance
  • CISPA: The Most Unconstitutional Law in American History
  • Leaks Reveal NSA’s Top Secret Hacking Unit
  • Document Reveals NSA Monitored 125 Billion Phone Calls in One Month
  • N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power
  • Obama’s NSA Review Board Member Says “We Need More NSA Spying”
  • Video: NSA Can Hack Your Home Wi-Fi Network From 8 Miles Away
  • NSA Looking To Crack WORLDWIDE Encryption With Quantum 
  • NSA Reportedly Intercepting Laptops To Install Spy Malware
  • NSA Bugged UN Headquarters
  • Apple iPhone 5s: BIG BROTHER’S DREAM!
  • Big Brother Alert: Cameras In the Cable Box to Monitor TV Viewers
  • Court Rules Cops Don’t Need Warrant to Track Cell Phones
  • MIT: Future Smartphones Will ‘Listen to Everything All the Time’
  • NSA Surveillance Said To Be Broader Than Initially Believed
  • NSA Circumvents Encryption In Websites & Internet Messaging
  • NSA XKeyscore Collects Nearly Everything You Do On The Internet
  • NSA Spokesman Admits that the Government Is Spying On All Americans
  • NSA Analysts ‘Willfully’ Skirted Policy to Spy on Americans


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(Info Wars) – During an appearance on the Janet Mefferd Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warned that a provision within Obamacare could create an armed “secret security force”.

Referring to a section of the gargantuan Obamacare law which discusses “the president’s own commissioned and non-commissioned officer corps,” Gohmert drew attention to the notion that under the pretext of a “national emergency,” such individuals could be used to impose some form of medical martial law.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Ready Reserve Corps is directed to “assist full-time Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.”

“It says it is for international health crises, but then it doesn’t include the word ‘health’ when it talks about national emergencies,” said Gohmert.

“I’ve asked, what kind of training are they getting….I want to know are they are they using weapons to train, or are they being taught to use syringes and health care items?” asked the Congressman, adding that “no clear answers” had been forthcoming on the issue.”

Combined with the continued DHS arms build up along with the federal agency’s hiring of armed guards with “Top Secret” security clearances, Gohmert characterized the issue as “very disturbing”.

Accusing the Department of Homeland Security of being wasteful, Gohmert said the DHS’ commitment to purchase over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition was concerning because many of the bullets are hollow point rounds which are not traditionally used for target practice.

“I’ve asked Homeland Security what is the reason for that,” said Gohmert, adding that their response “made no sense” but that he would continue to push for an explanation in Congress.

“Some kind of secret security force is something the United States is never supposed to have….but until we get enough members of Congress stirred up over the things I’ve been preaching about then we’re not likely to get answers,” said Gohmert, adding that the only way to get the DHS to properly respond would be to start cutting funding.

Leftist media outlets responded to Gohmert’s concerns by labeling the whole issue a “debunked conspiracy theory.”

FactCheck.org states that Obamacare, “creates the ready reserve of individuals who can be called up for service by the U.S. surgeon general in times of need.”

While that does not translate into giving Obama a “secret security force,” it does stoke concern given that Obama himself called for the creation of a “civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded (as the U.S. military)” before he was elected.

Read the article at Infowars Here:

Does anyone remember where Obama’s campaign started? Bill Ayers living room… Unrepentant member of the WEATHER UNDERGROUND

See the video below of their plans for “Re-Education Camps” where an estimated 25 MILLION Americans who would not renounce capitalism would have to be executed. Make no mistake these camps have been around long before Obama took office… but never forget he IS in office.

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Don’t think these camps REALLY exist? Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania helped sponsorH.R. 645 which creates FEMA camps to imprison Americans who don’t agree with their government. Take a look. 

Don’t take this video or article at face value. DO NOT take my word for it. Start digging for yourself. This is actually OLD OLD news, but to some of you it may not be. You won’t believe what you’ll find readily out in the open with a few Google searches. 




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RELATED: Yes, The Re-Education Camp Manual Does Apply Domestically to U.S. Citizens

The document, entitled FM 3-39.40 INTERNMENT AND RESETTLEMENT OPERATIONS was originally released on a restricted basis to the DoD in February 2010, but has now been leaked online.

The manual outlines policies for processing detainees into internment camps both globally and inside the United States. International agencies like the UN and the Red Cross are named as partners in addition to domestic federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Leaked U.S. Army Document Outlines Plan For Re-Education Camps In America

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Check out the new hardware rolling out to cities across America. This is a clip from March 26th when the Department of Homeland Security began shipments.  What do you imagine it is for? Terrorism? Think again! Tea Party members? That’s more like it.


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The document makes it clear that the policies apply “within U.S. territory” and involve, “DOD support to U.S. civil authorities for domestic emergencies, and for designated law enforcement and other activities,” including “man-made disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks and incidents in the U.S. and its territories.”

The manual states, “These operations may be performed as domestic civil support operations,” and adds that “The authority to approve resettlement such operations within U.S. territories,” would require a “special exception” to The Posse Comitatus Act, which can be obtained via “the President invoking his executive authority.” The document also makes reference to identifying detainees using their “social security number.”

Aside from enemy combatants and other classifications of detainees, the manual includes the designation of “civilian internees,” in other words citizens who are detained for, “security reasons, for protection, or because he or she committed an offense against the detaining power.”

Once the detainees have been processed into the internment camp, the manual explains how they will be “indoctrinated,” with a particular focus on targeting political dissidents, into expressing support for U.S. policies.

The re-education process is the responsibility of the “Psychological Operations Officer,” whose job it is to design “PSYOP products that are designed to pacify and acclimate detainees or DCs to accept U.S. I/R facility authority and regulations,” according to the document.

The manual lists the following roles that are designated to the “PSYOP team”.

– Identifies malcontents, trained agitators, and political leaders within the facility who may try to organize resistance or create disturbances.

– Develops and executes indoctrination programs to reduce or remove antagonistic attitudes.

– Identifies political activists.

– Provides loudspeaker support (such as administrative announcements and facility instructions when necessary).

– Helps the military police commander control detainee and DC populations during emergencies.

– Plans and executes a PSYOP program that produces an understanding and appreciation of U.S. policies and actions.

Remember, this is not restricted to insurgents in Iraq who are detained in prison camps – the manual makes it clear that the policies also apply “within U.S. territory” under the auspices of the DHS and FEMA. The document adds that, “Resettlement operations may require large groups of civilians to be quartered temporarily (less than 6 months) or semipermanently (more than 6 months).”

The historical significance of states using internment camps to re-educate detainees centers around the fact that it is almost exclusively practiced by repressive and dictatorial regimes like the former Soviet Union and Stalinist regimes like modern day North Korea.


Read a Portion of the Internment and Resettlement Operations Manual Below.


The following portions of the document make it clear that the policies apply “within U.S. territory” (as well as abroad in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan) and that domestic federal agencies are involved.




“FEMA detainment camps” have been a continuing subject of heavy speculation. As of late there has been several reports funneling in in regards to newly erected or renovated locations that many people are speculating could be future internment camps during a period of civil unrest.

Such “camps” are not as hard to find as one may think.


The publicly-accessible Google Maps lists an extensive series of potential FEMA camps locations. The interactive map allows users to see if one is closer to their homes than expected. When selecting a location there is a brief description shedding a bit more light onto the precise location of the camp.

One found in Pennsylvania however left chills down my spine. The odd thing about this particular location is that the prison is only holding some 1,296 inmates. This means that the prison is effectively leaving around 90% of the prison unoccupied.


There is just no way that local authorities hypothesized that the crime rate in the area would jump so high that they need to detain another 13,700 prisoners when they currently are holding a measly 1,300.

Other complexes on the map are reported to be called Rex 84 compounds. These complexes were supposedly built to house a mass exodus of Mexican citizens should they be forced to leave their country.


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