Posts Tagged: Crime

Former Army officer sentenced for embezzling $400,000 from government Updated at 5:35 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Former Schofield captain sentenced in $400,000 embezzlement Advertiser Staff Former Schofield Barracks Army Capt. David S. Gilliam, 39, drew a 50-month federal prison sentence Tuesday for stealing government property while serving in Afghanistan in 2004-2005. Senior U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor also ordered Gilliam to repay… Read more »

“Blackwatergate” “Blackwatergate”–Private Military Firm in Firestorm of Controversy over Involvements in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany Blackwater is all over the news. In the last seventy-two hours, a series of breaking developments involving the notorious private military firm have come to light, ranging from their involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, and even Germany, as well as… Read more »

Schofield Barracks soldier arrested in Kahala store robbery Updated at 10:38 a.m., Thursday, January 7, 2010 Schofield Barracks soldier arrested in Kahala store robbery Advertiser Staff A 22-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier was arrested yesterday in connection with an early-morning robbery of a convenience store in Kahala. An employee told police the man entered the store at 12:43 a.m., pulled out a knife,… Read more »

Another KBR worker raped at base in Iraq KBR worker reportedly raped at base in Iraq Houston-based firm helping Army investigation By JAMES PINKERTON HOUSTON CHRONICLE Dec. 9, 2009, 11:14PM An American woman working for Houston-based KBR at a U.S. military base in Iraq was reportedly raped and beaten so badly by a base worker she had to be hospitalized, and while… Read more »

Court says death-row inmate’s military service is relevant for sentencing

The Supreme Court said that the military service of a convicted death-row murderer should have been considered in his sentencing because “Our nation has a long tradition of according leniency to veterans in recognition of their service, especially for those who fought on the front lines as Porter did.”  While I oppose the death penalty,… Read more »

Dandelions: a poem about military rape

Dandelions Jerrica Escoto Click this link to hear Jerrica perform Dandelions David is 19 Doesn’t know anything else besides the hard exterior of his bullet proof vest And skills that those video games weren’t gangster enough to teach him. David has a single mother who couldn’t afford his higher education And a dream that fell… Read more »

Schofield (#1) and Kaneohe (#10) make top ten most dangerous military towns in the country

The Daily Finance blog reports that two Hawai’i military towns rank among the ten most dangerous in the country.  Schofield Barracks came out on top with a property crime rate that is 20 times the national average.   Kaneohe Marine Corps Base ranks number ten. >><< High crimes: 10 military towns are among the country’s… Read more »

NYT article about Okinawan opposition to U.S. bases Okinawans Grow Impatient With Dashed Hopes on U.S. Base By MARTIN FACKLER Published: November 11, 2009 GINOWAN, Japan — Okinawans like Zenji Shimada, who have spent most of their lives under the thudding of helicopters from a busy American air base, are accustomed to disappointment. Decades of complaints about the base here and others… Read more »

Did Blackwater try to bribe Iraqi officials after killing 17 Iraqi civilians?

The NY Times reports that top executives of Blackwater, the notorious mercenary corporation now known as Xe, tried to bribe Iraqi officials to mitigate the political fallout for the murder of 17 Iraqi civilians by Blackwater employees. >><< Blackwater Said to Pursue Bribes to Iraq After 17 Died By MARK MAZZETTI and JAMES RISEN… Read more »

Japan government out of touch with Okinawan concerns about U.S. bases Gov’t out of touch with the real problems Okinawans over U.S. military presence The charred Javanese bishopwood trees are a pitiful sight, a lasting reminder of the U.S. military helicopter crash on the campus of Okinawa International University on Aug. 13, 2004, just south of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Noriyoshi Miyagi, 67,… Read more »