X-Rated Iraq: A Tortured Story

The most fun thing? Definitely the women.
— Soldier X

An anonymous man wearing a US Special Forces T-shirt is a war criminal, if his three-minute YouTube interview is to be believed. In it, he claims to have taken part in routine torture of Iraqis — Hajji’s in soldier slang — in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, and to have been part of a scheme with other guards to prostitute a 15-year-old Iraqi girl who later hung herself.

YouTube continues to be the worst nightmare of a White House that has practiced infowar — the militarization of information — since 9/11. I heartily encourage each of my readers to view the clip, then make his or her own decision as to whether or not to believe that Soldier X is in earnest, as my military contacts and I believe, or is part of a well-acted hoax, as Bush apologists are arguing.

If Soldier X is telling the truth, he isn’t telling us anything new. In April 2004, American journalist Seymour Hersh was writing in articles and saying in interviews that the shocking treatment of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib, proved by photographs, was systemic, encouraged and enabled by the CIA, and was expressly okay-ed by the Bush administration.

The CIA showed us a lot of shit, man.
— Soldier X

It bears remembering that the US government and the US media collaborated to keep the vast majority of the photographic record detailing torture, rape and murder from the American people and the international community. While endless images of 9/11 were completely kosher for broadcast and print by a cheerleader media that took its signals from a cheerleader- in-chief, the images of our war crimes were not.

It all started at Guantanamo Bay, apparently, and was exported to Abu Ghraib in September 2003, along with Major General Geoffrey Miller, the Gitmo commandant who was willing to teach the special touch to our soldiers in Iraq. Specialist Alyssa Peterson, a former Mormon missionary and military intelligence soldier serving in the US detention apparatus in Iraq, made strong objections to what she saw after Miller took charge in Iraq — and died from a shot in the head a few days later. Military officials at first called it a weapons discharge, then later labeled it a suicide.

A few days earlier, Captain James Yee, a veteran of the first Iraq war and West Point graduate, had been arrested and detained as he traveled to the US from Gitmo, where he was serving as a Muslim chaplain. The military would later release and discharge him without charges, after months of media repetition of the official line, which was that he was a traitor. When he was arrested I wrote an e-mail to my friend Chase Untermeyer, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, guessing that the chaplain was trying to make a report of abuses. Ever cynical, I even suggested that torture and sexual degradation were at the bottom of it all — and am sorry to find that I was right. Citizens who have heard ad nauseum that there’s no way we could have seen Abu Ghraib coming should read my e-mail to Untermeyer.

What’s the big deal about making a Hajji walk around like a dog and bark?
— Soldier X

Infowar is still being waged against the American people by my former colleagues in military public affairs and the mainstream media. Accordingly, not one in a hundred Americans has a clue that the five-year war in Iraq, once sold to us as a spring fling to quickly snatch up WMD’s and liberate a pro-US Iraqi people, has resulted in around one million Iraqi dead and four million Iraqi refugees. Like the misinformed masses of Orwell’s Oceania, most Americans don’t even realize that the current official objective of fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq wasn’t always the objective.

One of the lessons of Abu Ghraib is that we are now fighting a genocidal war against Arabs for oil, just as we once fought a genocidal war against Indians for land. Soldier X, who believes that all Arabs are guilty, is a brutal reminder of the innumerable soldiers who once believed that the only good Indian was a dead Indian. Like the Indians of yesteryear, the Arabs of today have what we want. In such cases, it has always been necessary for our nation to be deceived into thinking that extermination is self defense, and that the human beings we are exterminating aren’t very human anyway.

Another lesson of Abu Ghraib is that torture, rape and murder are things that can quite easily be taught to the boy or girl next door. There is no immunity in the American character to war crime — nor is there any assurance that what we practice abroad will not be practiced against us at home. In the last week, President George Bush has argued the benefits of torture; presidential candidate Senator John McCain has decided that his former dislike of torture was misplaced; Attorney General Michael Mukasey has refused to define waterboarding as torture; and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has expressed the opinion that torture is not unconstitutional. General Sherman was right when he said that war was hell, and these are the devils who guide us to it as they order lesser demons like Soldier X to do their bidding.

Captain May is a former Army military intelligence and public affairs officer, as well as a former NBC editorial writer. His political and military analyses have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Houston Chronicle and Military Intelligence Magazine. He can be reached at: captainmay@prodigy.net. Read other articles by Captain Eric, or visit Captain Eric's website.

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  1. Evie said on February 18th, 2008 at 6:32am #

    Your link to X youtube interview not working – is it supposed to be a working link?

  2. Captain May said on February 18th, 2008 at 7:36am #

    Sorry about the problem getting the link in the article to work. Try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQnv2H4uv08

  3. Robert B. Livingston said on February 18th, 2008 at 11:14am #

    Captain Eric H. May is a most interesting person.

    When I first heard of him and what he was writing– I thought whoa! Can this guy be for real? Even today, I sometimes become extremely uncomfortable when I hear him describe his own eccentric perspective of how the world works– which includes elite groups enamored with secret numbers and complex conspiratorial plans.

    Just the same– as always– I tend to judge people by their character as much or more so than on their ability to intellectually rationalize– and over time I have come to appreciate Captain May’s distinct and heroic integrity of character.

    Is he always right? Like reading a horoscope, May’s writings open up a new world of perspective which, I think, can make us (if we are cautious) a good bit wiser.

    I think May has always been the first to admit that some of his discoveries are “out there” and based on sometime shreds of evidence and intuition (just as he points out here that this film has a chance of being a hoax; I think unlikely).

    What to think?

    I pay attention– because Captain May has singular gifts that are far from common. It is significant that May points out that there are dissenters like Specialist Alyssa Peterson and Captain James Yee within the military whose fates are mysterious. (There are probably many others who we have yet to learn about.)

    They don’t stay in the news very long– and it is good that May reminds us of them.

  4. DavidG. said on February 18th, 2008 at 2:53pm #

    Hey, guys, something of interest for you: I made two comments on Common Dreams (Frida’s thread about nukes) and next minute I see on my Sitemeter a ‘long’ visit which was revealed to be the UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND (I wrote a post about it).

    Be assured: everyone here is being watched too and your details are being recorded. Smile for the camera!

    And, if you’re too outspoken, you just might suffer a few indignities at the hands of your countrymen, similar to the ones that May is revealing.
    Good Luck.


  5. deang said on February 18th, 2008 at 2:56pm #

    Soldiers have been posting sadistic films where they torment and kill Iraqis since ’03. Most of the time, they’re ignored, but when they aren’t, Americans always act like they’re surprised and say it must just be a few rotten apples or a well-designed hoax. Of course, there are the other Americans who love to watch Arabs and others being tortured and murdered and they don’t see a problem with it at all, even if they know the victims are innocent of any wrongdoing. Such people also don’t have any problem with the US police habit of repeatedly murdering unarmed, nonthreatening people. In US parlance, the more approving of sadistic torture and murder you are, the more “conservative” you’re said to be, the more so if it’s without cause, since it then proves that you place obedience and domination above all else, core “conservative” values. The cause of this gleeful sadism is not just CIA training – that’s just an enhancement; years of US “entertainment” promoting violence and domination have produced people chomping at the bit to act out in real life what they’ve heretofore only seen in movies and video games.

  6. D.R. Munro said on February 18th, 2008 at 8:14pm #

    You know, it is very hard for me to believe any of this. That is to say, I believe it fully, but it is HARD for me to swallow the truth – even though I understand it entirely.

    You know, I try to at least, at all times, harbor a shred of hope for humanity – something to help me sleep at night, I suppose – but then every morning I check my chosen news and information outlets and get bombarded.

    Sincerely, thank you. Perhaps if more people would become as disturbed and disillusioned as I am, as we are, then maybe something would give. I fear, though, in my heart of hearts – that it won’t.

  7. Tom Joad said on February 18th, 2008 at 9:11pm #

    It’s bullshit. I doubt this clown was ever in the military let alone Special Forces. He wouldn’t make it through day one of SF selection, and the first two days are in-processing and paperwork. He had better pray to Jesus no real SF guys ever catch his ass.

  8. Evie said on February 18th, 2008 at 9:42pm #

    Tom – LOL – gotta agree with you. I particularly found the most hilarious part where he says “learned a lot” from the CIA. I wonder which basement in Aurora, IL these clowns are recording their world from.

  9. Hue Longer said on February 19th, 2008 at 2:20am #

    hmmm…watch out for clowns describing shit that happens who haven’t seen it. If it gets legs, once exposed as phonies, the corporate media can do the Dan Rather story burial which takes it off the table

  10. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 19th, 2008 at 6:35am #

    I’m probably an idiot to ask. But what the heck, there’s worse things to be.

    Tom and Evie. How would a Special Forces(?) person – an “SF guy” – go about locating Captain May?

  11. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 19th, 2008 at 6:36am #

    Signed, The Threadstopper

  12. Shabnam said on February 19th, 2008 at 7:44am #

    How long are you going to be in denial? You have to accept your crimes against humanities in your short history. As long as you continue your life as usual, nothing is going to be changed. YOU MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY SINCE YOU ARE MAKING YOUR OWN HISTORY. WORLD POPPULATION CAN NOT COVER IT UP FOR YOU ANYMORE.
    If you think “It’s bullshit” then watch another one.


  13. Evie said on February 19th, 2008 at 7:58am #

    Lloyd, why would an “SF guy” or anyone else want to locate Cap’n May?

  14. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 19th, 2008 at 8:57am #

    Oh you know Evie. To exercise your right of free speech and talk to the Captain about his “bullshit.” You do recall what you posted at 9:42 pm? Maybe that’s a long time for your tiny brain.

    Or are you a different Evie?

    By the bye, I’d estimate the odds are about 1000-1 against you being a different person from the one who apparently thinks the Captain is in a garage in Aurora, Ill.

  15. Tom Joad said on February 19th, 2008 at 9:25am #

    I’m not talking about May. I’m talking about the yayhoo in the video Lloyd.

  16. Evie said on February 19th, 2008 at 10:56am #

    Uhmm, Lloyd – I was referring to the old movie “Wayne’s World” where middle-age teenagers goofed around in their basement from Aurora, IL. I was not saying May is in a garage in Aurora. So, it’s a garage … ?

    Nor was I referring to May being the originator of the silly Soldier X video – but perhaps he is.

    Nor did I refer to May using the word “bullshit” but now that you mention it ….

  17. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 19th, 2008 at 1:46pm #

    Ummm, Evie. Tom used the word “bullshit”. You MERELY said: “Tom…gotta agree with you.”

    And what makes you think readers at DV are familiar with Wayne’s World, a childish piece of idiot-person’s excuse for a movie?

    AND OH GOODNESS, my mistake!!! Indeed the word was “basement” and not “garage.” Stupid, careless me. And what a revealing because virtually inconceivable mistake!!

    AND WHERE, pray tell, did I say or imply that you, tiny brain, imputed the making of the tape to Captain May?………..UH OH, I used the word “pray.” Whereas it was Tom, the guy you agree with, not you, who wrote: Captain May “had better pray to Jesus no real SF guys ever catch his ass.”

    But tht’s it, my slimy friend. Since you’re such a movie fan, did you ever see (or even hear of) the 1984 movie “Ghost Busters”? To even touch the ghosts was to be “slimed.” I’ve touched your slimy self more than enough for one lifetime.

  18. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 19th, 2008 at 1:58pm #

    And Tommy. Your excuse for an excuse doesn’t even rate a reply. But since I’m being slimed anyway: have you ever heard of the word “ambiguous.” If so, or if you know where to look up its meaning, why not tell me how any person reading your post of 9:11 pm would have the slightest basis to conclude you were “not talking about May” but instead were referring to the “Yahoo in the video.”

    And I’ll leave you with just one question: do you actually go thru life admonishing unspecified individuals to beware having their asses kicked or worse by the likes of Special Forces enforcers?

  19. Captain May said on February 19th, 2008 at 2:15pm #

    I am glad that the article has stimulated some insightful comments. I’m amused that even so fine a site as yours has its quota of bullying trolls who enjoy abusive and threatening postings. May I suggest that those interested in confirming my background or better sizing up a candidate for a physical assault review my website, particularly the photos, at: http://www.spiritone.com/~pazuu/pow-mia/Ghost_Troop_Captain_Eric_H_May.htm

    Many thanks, Captain May

  20. Evie said on February 19th, 2008 at 5:22pm #

    Movie fan? Me? No, only when forced to watch with my teenage grandchildren.

    Now YouTube – that’s where reality and truth are. Yessiree – I’m all grown up and my tiny brain watches YouTube.

    Ghost Buster … slime … slimed … seems familiar … where have I read that before …. cap’n rosy


  21. hp said on February 20th, 2008 at 11:08am #

    Didn’t Seymour Hersch report on the videos being withheld from the public due to their sadistic content?
    The videos which were viewed by more than one senator who then proceeded to throw up.
    Tom, how do you SF guys like taking your orders from Israelis, knowing your superiors, your so-called commanders are subordinate to these anti-American miscreants? Do you just push on, macho like, while in denial of being used like common whores?

  22. Tom Joad said on February 20th, 2008 at 11:32am #

    Again, anyone who thinks the Bozo in the video with his $10, 2/$15,
    T- shirt that he got at the flea market is SF is a moron.

  23. Tom Joad said on February 20th, 2008 at 1:04pm #

    You aren’t being slimed Lloyd. You ARE slime.

  24. Tom Joad said on February 20th, 2008 at 1:07pm #

    I’m 60 years old May. A little over the hill to be picking fights in the physical sense. So tell me. Whose threatening who here?

  25. rakhia said on February 20th, 2008 at 2:36pm #

    Lloyd –

    I think you’ve misunderstood Tom – I understood him to mean the guy in the video is not Special Forces, not May.

    Having said that, I doubt you have to be a real brainiac with tons of talent to be SF. I don’t see any reason the guy in the video would be turned away at the door. On top of that, who said he was SF? He’s just wearing a shirt that says it. He only claims to have been a guard at Abu Ghraib, and I’m sure not all guards there were SF.

  26. rakhia said on February 20th, 2008 at 2:50pm #

    Tom and Evie –

    Remember the girl who got busted for walking Iraqis on leashes? I forget her name now, but she was, to put it bluntly, uneducated trailer trash. That makes the video all the more plausible to me – they clearly do assign “clowns” to guard prisoners at Abu Ghraib, not those Hollywood-type dashing heroic clever brave SPECIAL FORCES manly men you’re probably thinking of.

  27. Evie said on February 21st, 2008 at 6:43am #

    The 2003 abuses at Abu Ghraib were committed by the 372 Military Police Company (Lynndie England’s unit), the 320th MP Battalion, and maybe other government agencies.

    The “clown” in the video, admitting to acts of torture, abuse, rape, could be punished based on just his taped UTube confession. He would be easy to identify. However, even most “uneducated white trash” have no desire to do federal prison time.

    The UTube guy is either a complete fraud, never in the military – or if he served he was never anywhere near Abu Ghraib and could not be charged, and he knows he can prove that – if by some slim chance he becomes infamously famous from Utube.

    Only a fool or a poser would use this type of unsubstantiated sourcing, using what is likely a hoax video – it’s not credible journalism. There are plenty of reasons I oppose this war – I need not believe every Tom, Dick, and Phony snickering over a beer in a made-for-Utube sketch.

  28. Tom Joad said on February 21st, 2008 at 7:56am #

    Good post Evie. The clown in the video is a fraud. That’s obvious. I also oppose the war. However posting such obvious crap is detremental to the anti-war effort.

  29. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 21st, 2008 at 9:24am #

    Well Evie. I for one am damned pleased to hear someone speak so knowlingly and eloquently for uneducated white trash. AND with such an eye for fools, posers, and hoaxes. In which state of the union is the trailer park located where you live?

    G.L. Rowsey

  30. Captain May said on February 21st, 2008 at 9:50am #

    Tom Joad and Evie are expending a good amount of effort to debunk the video clip in my article above, where I have already urged each reader to decide for himself.

    To claim that the clip is obviously a hoax, though, is a bit simplistic. The claim that no real Abu Ghraib guard would film such clear evidence of war crimes has already been debunked: the genuine photos from Abu Ghraib were taken and distributed by guards.

    The claim that the soldier could not possibly be Special Forces is quite interesting to me, who spent four different decades in service to the Army. It may be that he is, or it may be that he isn’t, but it certainly isn’t obvious to me. I wonder what kind of military experience Tom and Evie have, or do they have any at all?

    In watching the clip, many times, I’ve come to believe that what we are seeing is a barracks conversation between GIs who were throwing back a few brews. My guess would be that we are now seeing a youtube presentation of something that was filmed on a camcorder not long after the Abu Ghraib scandal. Like the torture and rape perpetrators seen in the photos from Abu Ghraib, I doubt Soldier X believed that his remarks would ever be public record.

    Tom and Evie’s claim that they are debunking the video because of a sincere desire to help the antiwar seems dubious to me. It is a tactic I have often seen in discussions about articles that were harmful to the global war agenda. It’s a softer variation of right wing swift boating, usually employed by those who are false friends to the antiwar or 911 truth movements.

    Captain Eric H. May

  31. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 21st, 2008 at 10:08am #

    Well, folks, I don’t have a lot of time today. But…Capt…you should spend a lot of time cleaning up the links and back-links at your website. I nosed around for 15 minutes and finally chased down the video you say I can find at what’s-his-face’s place on 10.27.007 (the day after my birthday), and clicking on the purported video returned me to your Home Website, where I began. And the pinup pictures rather make it seem like you’re trolling for women.

    Also, I’m not and never have been a 9/11 nut.

    If nothing changes at your website, May, I most certainly will not act on your private email invitation to…..

    “consider joining one of my reader of interactive groups, which are listed at my homesite”

  32. Evie said on February 21st, 2008 at 11:00am #

    Eric May,
    I never said or insinuated “no real Abu Ghraib guard would film such clear evidence of war crimes.” We’ve all seen the fotos of the man on box, Lynndie the leash lady, men cowering before dogs, naked pyramids, etc.

    You “… spent four different decades in service to the Army.” Forty years or 4 times re-upping and less than 4 decades? I’m not sure what you’re saying here. As you were born in 1960 I would think you didn’t spend 4o years in uniform. (One of the foibles of forums – unclear information.)

    ” a barracks conversation between GIs who were throwing back a few brews. My guess would be that we are now seeing a youtube presentation of something that was filmed on a camcorder not long after the Abu Ghraib scandal. Like the torture and rape perpetrators seen in the photos from Abu Ghraib, I doubt Soldier X believed that his remarks would ever be public record.”

    My disbelief in the authenticity of the video and your “guess” above that it is genuine, are “speculations.” Soldier X admits on tape no more cameras after Abu Ghraib – indicating he knows recording such acts can be damaging, as he sucks on a brew, chuckling at committing abuse and rape, obviously immune to PTSD or a conscience.

    Did you contact the uploader hosting the video to see what he/she knows about the origin of the tape?

    “False friends to the antiwar movement” – false friends support all the bullshit presented as truth, encourage it, promote it, swallow it without question.

    In today’s age of pic/video technology and “caught on tape” mentality – all but the most stupid know any foto or film could potentially become public record, especially if buddies are uploading to Utube.

    FYI, I’m retired Army MI and outrank you, but I don’t like to brag.

  33. Captain May said on February 21st, 2008 at 11:19am #

    Dear Mr. Rowsey,

    I honestly do not know what you mean by your comments above that my website is dysfunctional. I don’t know what video you were chasing for 15 minutes, since the homepage doesn’t list any. Are you sure you’re not chasing your own tail?

    Further, can I be sure you’re not chasing MY tail? You’re the first person — of any gender, out of many thousands of site visitors — to comment on my photos as “pinup pictures” intended to get me romantic partners. Do men’s pictures often have this effect on you?

    As for the invitation to receive my future articles via one of my many Yahoo groups, please forgive me if you feel led on. The invitation is one I make out of courtesy, when one of my readers writes me repeatedly, as you have done. Regardless of your political or personal orientation, you are still heartily welcome to apply for membership if you choose.

    In closing, I provide the link to my homesite once again, so that interested parties can ascertain for themselves why you have made your curious remarks:


    To keep other people like you from being mistaken about the intent of my site, I note that there are five photos of me there, each selected by my webmaster to separate the various areas of my publications and interviews. The first one, of me in my dress blues, was taken at my wedding to Mrs. May (I’m heterosexual). The other four were taken by various photographers, and were used in various mainstream and alternative publications about me and Ghost Troop.

    The back-and-forth dialogue here at Dissident Voice has made this most recent column a special treat for me. I have serious matters to attend to though, with my editors, expecting a new column in a couple of days, so I’ll have to bow out of the discussion forum.

    I hope that these remarks help you with your issues. I am sure though that if you continue to write others as assiduously as you have written me, you will find someone happy to celebrate your birthday and enjoy your intercourse. Just keep trolling…

    Best regards, Captain May

  34. Captain May said on February 21st, 2008 at 11:44am #

    Evie wrote:

    “FYI, I’m retired Army MI and outrank you, but I don’t like to brag.”

    Please provide your name and rank if this is true. As for your questions about the particulars of my service, you can refer to my Ghost Troop Introduction (listed at my homesite):


    Congratulations on doing enough research to find my birthday. To clarify the matter of my four decades of service, I do so now with further congratulations to you for seeking clarification:

    1977 — 80: active enlisted
    1980 — 81: National Guard enlisted
    1985 — 88: active officer
    1989 — 96: reserve officer
    2003 — present: active officer, mission of conscience

    An honorable officer should be specific in backing up claims, as I have been. I invite you to demonstrate your honor, by providing the specific information of your name and rank, since you claim to be a retard and MI officer who is senior in rank to a captain. Your ability or inability to do so will establish or undermine your credibility.

    Captain Eric H. May

  35. Captain May said on February 21st, 2008 at 11:59am #

    Oops! In the last her graph of my comment above. Please excuse the phrase “… you claim to be a RETARD AND MI officer…”

    That was a regrettable slip by my voice recognition program. It should read “… you claim to be a RETIRED MI officer…”

    I apologize for the error. Captain Eric H. May

  36. Tom Joad said on February 21st, 2008 at 12:42pm #

    I’m just an old vietnam vet who can spot a shitbird wannabe blowing smoke out his ass from a mile away.

  37. Bryan said on February 21st, 2008 at 1:30pm #

    Anyone at this late date who cannot see that 911 has many anamolies is in the minority.
    I happen to believe it was an inside job for the following main reasons :
    1. Lucky Larry Silverstein admitted they “pulled” Building 7 – you can find that on YouTube ;
    2. There were US drills going on the very day of 911 that simulated the horrific events, ie, planes flying into buildings. To my present disgust, these drills clearly went live ;
    3. NORAD obviously stood down, and allowed the event to happen. Minetta said it appeared (inside the bunker) that Cheney himself repeatedly ordered the stand down as it was happening. A young officer asked him (according to Minetta) “Have the orders changed ?”. Cheney said “Have you heard otherwise ?”.

    911 truthers are not nuts, they are now in the majority.

    As to Captain May taking an interest in all this, and in working to prevent the next 911, he is fully within his rights. The man is a real, living patriot, which is rare enough in this environment of fear where people do not always seem to have the guts to do what is right.
    Mark Twain’s quote fully applies to the Captain :

    “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

    If you think that just going along with what the cabal is doing to our constitution, and parroting what the establishment wants all of us to say and think, if you think this will somehow make you safe, history shows you are wrong.

  38. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 21st, 2008 at 2:53pm #

    May. If you can’t find your own way around your web site, you’re as dysfunctional as it is. Just find the link, in the multi-page list of your “interviews” in the Archives (of either of your websites), to your being “on a radio show called Erskine Overnight,” dated 10.27.007. A page will come; scroll down to “Erskine’s guests from 2007.” Click on that. Scroll down to “October 27th & 28th, 2007, Saturday/Sunday” – “Hour 2”. Click on the link http://www.spiritone.com/~pazuu/pow-mia/GhostTroopCaptMay.htm Bingo. You’re back at you Home Website.

    You may think by implying that I am a homosexual, I am insulted; I am not, although I am straight.

    Regarding your intentional distortion of our private communications: I emailed you exactly once. And I find nothing in my email to be ashamed of, other than having been duped by a master word manipulator. But I’ve been been slimed on the internet by sicker sh-ts than you, and the shame wasn’t much.

    My email was, in its entirety:

    “Jesu, Captain. I read Dissident Voice and frequently comment on it’s articles. This one is an absolute masterpiece: of reporting, of writing, of persuasion. I’ve been contributing money to IVAW since about August, and I hope to attend the Winter Soldier event in Washington in mid-March. A long drive from the SF Bay Area, but it’s been decades since I’ve driven across this country.

    I almost put up the first post to your piece an hour ago, but for some reason my posts seem to be “threadstoppers.”

    As close as I ever got to being in the military was graduating from Texas Military Institute in 1959. But I salute you, sir.

    Lloyd Rowsey”

    Possibly you’ll try to characterize my descriptions of solidarity with radical veterans ‘ (IVAW’s) opposition to the Iraq War as an invitation to you to accompany me to Washington, DC? It is to laugh.

    Regarding your photographs, maybe I should have termed them beefcake instead of pinups? But I’ll rely on you for validation of my usage here. How would you, Mr. May, characterize photographs of a person so obviously narcissistic that their gender is blatantly irrelevant?

    I’m so glad you’ve found your foray into DV’s “back-and-forth dialogue” worthwhile, a “special treat.” But you have serious matters to attend to, “with your editors…expecting a new column in a couple of days, so (you’ll) have to bow out of the discussion form”? Then, you posted two more comments. Unlike yourself, May, I have no “editors” waiting impatiently for my valued work, but when I say I have serious matters to attend to and I’ll have to bow out, I mean it.

    Good by and good luck, Mr. May – you could probably get started toward recovery by Googling “dementia.”

  39. Evie said on February 21st, 2008 at 2:56pm #

    Cap’n May
    Your DOB is easy to find as you have yourself plastered all over the internet. Not much “ghost” to you.

    Have a good time.

  40. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 21st, 2008 at 3:01pm #

    Although my reactions were justified by the evidence, I did not look before I leaped, and I apologise to Tom and Evie. Moreover, some poets and appreciators of poets may believe one SHOULD, in fact, leap before they look.

  41. Tom Joad said on February 21st, 2008 at 4:38pm #

    Evie said on February 21st, 2008 at 2:56 pm #
    “Cap’n May
    Your DOB is easy to find as you have yourself plastered all over the internet. Not much “ghost” to you. Have a good time.”

    That’s not all he has posted all over the internet Evie. I checked out just one of Captain Marvel’s links. I never laughed so hard in my life. He’s a legend in his own mind.


  42. Evie said on February 21st, 2008 at 6:44pm #

    “… legend in his on mind”… for sure. LOL.

    Apology accepted.

  43. Patti Woodard said on February 21st, 2008 at 9:23pm #

    I think it’s a magnificent article and one that obviously makes these girly girl boys uncomfortable. No offense to any females here. When someone makes jokes about serious topics they really show their ignorance. Also Capt May is an amazing man and patriot who hundreds and hundreds of us have joined in fighting this criminal administration and weak congress. It doesn’t matter if this video is true or not really when it comes right down to it because it’s happening every day over in Iraq and elsewhere our military is based. It’s something that happens to a certain element of troops with the blood and guts and blown up friends and atrocities and training that we have never seen in the military. There is more rape, homicide and suicide recorded than ever before during the war and after troops get home. I’ve heard stories that would make those of you so childish as to make stupid comments here wet your pants. This is serious business and Capt May is the most wonderful patriot, Army intel officer, leader of activists, human being- everything that a great leader is made of- we should all be so great and contribute so much to the problems of this nation and world in such horrendous times. Thank you Capt May! Gratefully, Patti

  44. Tom Joad said on February 22nd, 2008 at 9:01am #

    Patti Woodard said on February 21st, 2008 at 9:23 pm #

    It doesn’t matter if this video is true or not really when it comes right down to it………..

    Actually Patti, it does.

  45. Tom Joad said on February 22nd, 2008 at 9:01am #

    Patti Woodard said on February 21st, 2008 at 9:23 pm #

    It doesn’t matter if this video is true or not really when it comes right down to it………..

    Frankly Patti, it does.

  46. Patti Woodard said on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:18pm #

    Tom- It doesn’t matter if this specific guy is real or not to me because he actually represents a good portion of the troops and Veterans out there. Don’t quibble with words. You knew exactly what I meant. Patti

  47. Evie said on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:52pm #

    The fool on tape does not represent “a good portion of the troops and veterans out there.” Troops reflect society – good, bad, the heroic and the ugly.

    The only thing worse than this phony guy on tape are the phony progressives who hype BushCo/neocons mistreatment of the troops (benefits, healthcare, poor equipment etc.) and feign high outrage – and the same folks then turn right around and condemn “a good portion” of the troops as psychopaths who get off on murder, rape, and torture.

  48. Tom Joad said on February 22nd, 2008 at 2:39pm #

    Patti Woodard said on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:18 pm #
    Tom- It doesn’t matter if this specific guy is real or not to me because he actually represents a good portion of the troops and Veterans out there.

    Bullshit. I know a hell of a lot more about it than you Patti, or your Hero Captain Marvel whose resume is conspicuosly absent of any boots on the ground combat service.

  49. Larry W. Bryant said on February 22nd, 2008 at 3:01pm #

    Every war has its share of atrocities (remember the unnecessarily destroyed villages in Viet Nam?). In the case of Iraqnam, the entire war (known as a War of Aggression) has become a U.S.-led atrocity perpetrated to Occupy Iraqi Land (OIL). Whether a given intra-war atrocity has enough valid documentation/testimony is a matter for history to decide. In a philosophical sense, a permanent atrocity is taking place every day in Iraq: the expanding cloud of depleted-uranium-munitions residue across the air, soil, and waterways, causing untold current/future birth defects and premature death upon its (mostly) civilian victims.

    Attempts to slay the messengers of such bad news (e.g., Capt. May) won’t change the reality. Shame on Amerika and, especially, on its current RICO junta!

  50. Patti Woodard said on February 22nd, 2008 at 6:56pm #

    You don’t know more than I do Tom- you don’t know a thing about me. Among other duties I work with families of traumatized or dead troops from this war and know what is going on every day over there. We work with families of suicides, homicides, friendly fire and all the rest. We work with men and women who have been sexually assaulted and either living a nightmare or killed themselves over it. I know families who talk about what their soldier or Veteran went through and it’s a complete nightmare. We’ve listened many times to Veterans of several wars who say this is the most savagely fought war in history by those fighting it. There’s another layer of brutality being taught to soldiers. Veterans coming back and becoming police are a new problem for this country too. Captain May is for real and you obviously just can’t face the truth. I am done here- you just don’t get it and never will. For some reason you want to think you are the biggest baddest Veteran around, but you’re not. Good luck to you and thank you for your service to our country. Patti

  51. Corina said on February 22nd, 2008 at 8:30pm #

    Its amazing to me that three people can take up so much time sniveling back and forth without practicing any common sense or dialogue concerning the issues here. Evie, Tom, Lloyd, you are obviously having some sort of abnormal and petty power struggle with Capt. May here. The thing that I noticed most in this string of BS you three constantly spew is that you manage to draw attention away from the issues of the facts that there are women in Iraq being raped, including American women, and torture is being practiced and the CIA is educating the soldiers on how to do it. So are psychologists. War and its effects on the psyche have not and will not change over time. The crimes that were committed in every other war will not escape this war. If anything they may even be worse in this one because of the awareness of the media cover up as well the military tactics for cover up. None of you three know the first thing about special forces or green berets. I don’t even know anyone that has posted on here and yet I can plainly see the distracters who will use any number of bullshit bully tactics to pull focus away from the issues that should not be ignored. I’ve seen and heard these type of tactics being used many times.

  52. Corina said on February 22nd, 2008 at 8:38pm #

    Also I’d like to say that Larry has some valuable and important facts in his post and if the three voices monopolizing the posts with their distractive tactics are at all interested in educating themselves they can start with the Bush Agenda by Antonia Juhasz. If her credentials aren’t legit enough for you then read some Noam Chomsky. Or better yet, how about if you read your own governments documents. They are very aggressive like you three so you should enjoy them very much. I can give you links. Or try reading the New York Times occasionally, by far not the most left wing or progressive newspaper and yet even it is more balanced and informed on the facts and issues than you three seem to be.

  53. Mel said on February 22nd, 2008 at 9:06pm #

    It looks rather obvious this site isn’t worth the Captains time. Those posting that belittle someone trying to bring attention to the aspect of our government who advocates bullying, torture, lying, deceipt, and the use of false flag events to terrorize the enemy and their own people would rather mock the Captain.

    Would one rather the Captain post pictures at his worst? Would it build his credibility?

    As for the idiot who has stepped forward to represent a disgusting reality of warfare for the world to see, I have met in real life on the street, many times. Yes, he is believable.

    Rank or theatre experience are meaningless if achieved without the right intent……….in no way do I respect the rank of those who train troops to torture and humiliate. Scum is scum, no matter what ornament you place on it.

  54. Lloyd Rowsey said on February 23rd, 2008 at 8:44am #

    others believe, rightly, that no understanding of the issues outweighs one’s personal honesty. i bowed out of this goddam thread, and I’m not interested in having the last word, but i will ask two questions: how do you distinguish a “spy” who is more intelligent and well-read and well…everything…than you are…

    but by his/her personal honesty?

    or do you really think the Others are a stupid as we wish?