The preliminary hearing will establish if there is sufficient evidence to court martial four American soldiers.
The men are accused of raping and killing an Iraqi girl and murdering three of her family members in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad.
It is one of a series of atrocities being blamed on US forces in Iraq.
Sergeant Paul Cortez, Specialist James Barker, Private Jesse Spielman and Private Bryan Howard are charged with conspiring to rape the girl in the attack on 12 March after shooting dead her parents and five-year-old sister.
This always happens when imperial forces occupy a hostile nation long term. The people under their rule eventually become dehumanized by the forces lording over them.
Don't ever ask why they hate us again. Arabs aren't like Americans; we have the attention span of a goldfish. Arabs have memories like elephants; they will remember this shit forever.
A fucking five year-old girl shot dead by these dirtbags.
But that's not all:
A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organization.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups, estimated that the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department investigators and reports and postings on racist Web sites and magazines.
"We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad," the group quoted a Defense Department investigator from a report to be posted today on its Web site, www.splcenter.org. "That's a problem."
You bet it is. As Bush's world domination policy becomes increasingly unpopular among the American people, recruiters are going to have a hard time finding a few good men to enlist. More and more, the military is going to have to reach beyond people who want to defend our country and reach out to people who just want to shoot Arabs. These two articles are absolutely related; we're training a new generation of hate groups, militias, and gang-bangers.
The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings and Vice Lords were born decades ago in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods. Now, their gang graffiti is showing up 6,400 miles away in one of the world's most dangerous neighborhoods -- Iraq.
Armored vehicles, concrete barricades and bathroom walls all have served as canvasses for their spray-painted gang art. At Camp Cedar II, about 185 miles southeast of Baghdad, a guard shack was recently defaced with "GDN" for Gangster Disciple Nation, along with the gang's six-pointed star and the word "Chitown," a soldier who photographed it said.
In civilian life, Stoleson is a correctional officer and co-founder of the gang interdiction team at a Wisconsin maximum-security prison. Now he is a truck commander for security escorts in Iraq. He said he watched two fellow soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, die Sept. 26 when a roadside bomb exploded. Five of Stoleson's friends have been wounded.
Because of the extreme danger of his mission in Iraq, Stoleson said he does not relish the idea of working alongside gang members, whom he does not trust. Stoleson said he once reported to a supervisor that he suspected a company of soldiers in Iraq was rife with gang members.
"My E-8 [supervising sergeant] told me not to ruffle their feathers because they were doing a good job," he said.
That's a whole lot of chickens just waiting to come home and roost. What we're creating are thousands of domestic terrorists trained by the most powerful Army on earth to wreak massive chaos in one of the most dangerous places on earth. Potentially, they could come home and do what they're doing in Baghdad over in Chicago. Think our law enforcement is ready to deal with that?
The official organization of mayors of the United States held a press conference July 26 to issue a chilling report documenting that America's cities are not prepared to survive upcoming disasters, be they natural or man-made. The mayors' conclusions, presented by a bipartisan panel, were released under the title: "Five Years Post 9/11, One Year, Post Katrina: The State of America's Readiness. A 183-City Survey."
Eighty percent of the cities report that they have not received sufficient Federal funds to achieve full communications interoperability. When asked how far away they are from achieving full communications interoperability, cities reported the following: 40% said "four years" and 60% either were unable to respond or said "unknown." Therefore, not one city is even within reach of achieving this most basic parameter of disaster preparedness.
Didn't think so.
Still thinking about sitting the next mid-term election out? Don't. We're headed toward a major disaster. Use your head this November.