Radio Free Vermont: Monday, December 13, 2004

Monday, December 13, 2004

6 Court-Martialed for Scrounging Equipment

"At a time when some U.S. troops in Iraq (news - web sites) are complaining they have to scrounge for equipment, six Ohio-based reservists were court-martialed for taking Army vehicles abandoned in Kuwait by other units so they could carry out their own unit's mission to Iraq."

Members of the 656th Transportation Company based in Springfield, west of Columbus, said they needed the equipment to deliver fuel that was needed by U.S. forces in Iraq for everything from helicopters to tanks.

The reservists took two tractor-trailers and stripped parts from a five-ton truck that had been abandoned in Kuwait by other units that had already moved into Iraq, one of the reservists, Darrell Birt of Columbus, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Chicago Makes It Clear: City Doesn't Trust Retired Police Officers Says the Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today expressed astonishment that the City of Chicago would carry its anti-gun extremism to new heights by insulting every retired police officer in the country.

"We've long known that the Daley Administration hates law- abiding gun owners," said SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb. "But now the city is fomenting hysteria over passage of a federal law that allows off-duty and retired police to legally carry concealed handguns anywhere in the country, provided they meet certain requirements."

The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Chicago's deputy corporation counsel Lawrence Rosenthal said there is a potential for the city to be named in lawsuits simply because its retired officers might take advantage of the new federal law, and subsequently use a firearm in self-defense or to stop a crime.

U.S. Officials Knew of AIDS Drug Risks

Population control ...

Weeks before President Bush announced a plan to protect African babies from AIDS, top U.S. health officials were warned that research on the key drug was flawed and may have underreported thousands of severe reactions including deaths, government documents show.

The 2002 warnings about the drug, nevirapine, were serious enough to suspend testing for more than a year, let Uganda's government know of the dangers and prompt the drug's maker to pull its request for permission to use the medicine to protect newborns in the United States.

But the National Institutes of Health the government's premiere health research agency, chose not to inform the White House as it scrambled to keep its experts' concerns from scuttling the use of nevirapine in Africa as a cheap solution, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press

MSNBC - Military hardware wearing faster than expected

"Should the war end today, it would take two years for the United States Army to replenish itself and bring its equipment back to proper state," says Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., and a member of the House Armed Services Committee.