It is not Lt. Colonel William Steele who is a traitor. It is the U.S. Military. The U.S. Military has betrayed Lt. Colonel Steele.
Lt. Colonel Steele is being Set Up. The Preliminary Investigation is over. A judge will decide on Tuesday if Lt. Colonel William Steele should be tried for Aiding the Enemy and then possibly given a death sentence (for letting child prisoners call their parents with his cell phone to let them know they had been arrested)…Read on…..
The charges if read carefully really amount to this:
1). He let some children who were arrested by the occupation forces and who were being detained and imprisoned at Camp Cropper use his cell phone to call their parents to tell them where they were. He did not monitor the children's phone call.
Under questioning from the defense, Nocella said he did not record his initial conversation with Steele and that the only people Steele identified as having used his cell phone were three juvenile detainees. Nocella said as far as he knew, the juveniles phoned their families.
2). He had a number of CD's in his office. Some apparently contained classified information. They were not all labeled.
Another witness, Special Agent Thomas Barnes, said Steele was found with "extremely sensitive" classified information regarding the Army's mission in Iraq.
"I was shocked by the classified material we found" during a U.S. military search of the defendant's living quarters in Iraq, Barnes said. "I'd never seen that amount of classified material not properly stored, not properly labeled and not properly protected."
3). He sympathized with the plight of the detainees, many of whom were in fact children separated from their parents.
He testified Steele empathized with high-value detainees, including Hussein and other key figures from his regime.
"Did he tell you he was a humanitarian and he felt compelled to make their lives better?" asked prosecutor Capt. Michael Rizzotti.
"Yes, he did," Nocella replied.
4). There is no allegation that he had sex with any Iraqi. Only that his relationship with a female related to a detainee and a translator was "improper". He allegedly gave one or both a gift…. Was it a Norah Jones or Motor Head CD?
5). Detainees and The Red Cross upon examination of Camp Cropper had positive comments about Lt. Colonel Steele.
Earlier, Army Maj. Gen. John D. Gardner, who was deputy commanding general for detainee operations when Steele oversaw Camp Cropper, said that based on what he knew at the time, Steele's performance was worthy of a top job evaluation. Gardner told Capt. Yolanda McCray, one of the defense attorneys, that Steele received "positive comments" from detainees as well as from Red Cross officials who came to Camp Cropper to check detainee conditions.
He is also accused of giving Sadaam Hussein some Cuban Cigars.
Not mentioned in almost all American news articles is the fact that Sadaam Hussein was being given Cuban Cigars before Steele came to Camp Cropper and after Steele left Camp Cropper to go to a new assignment at Camp Victory. I found this only in the LA Times. Also there is almost no mention that the Cell phone use by detainees was for children to call their parents. So the impression given by the disgusting American press is something different from what actually occurred. Even left wing blogs are poking fun at Steele, assuming that he is guilty.
The real story behind this may be that of Vance and Ertel. Two American men who were arrested by the U.S. Military for aiding the enemy and brought to Camp Cropper where they were held for months. Lt. Steele worked at Camp Cropper during this time. Vance and Ertel both worked for an Iraqi Security Company called Shield Security. (Is this one of the companies that Seymour Hersh alleges to have been selling arms to Sunni Insurgents with U.S. military approval?) One of the men Vance blew the whistle on Shield Securtiy and worked for the FBI upon their request after he informed them Shield Security was receiving weapons from the U.S. Military personnel in exchange for alchohol. The FBI was investigating the heavily funded (U.S. tax dollars) Shield Security and by implication, the U.S military. The U.S. military may not have liked being investigated.
In a lawsuit now pending against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and "other unidentified agents," Vance and Ertel both accuse their US government captors of subjecting them to psychological torture day and night. Lights were kept on in their cell around the clock. They endured solitary confinement. They had only thin plastic mattresses on concrete for sleeping. Meals were of powdered milk and bread or rice and chicken, but interrupted by selective deprivation of food and water. Ceaseless heavy metal and country music screamed in their ears for hours on end, their legal complaint alleges.
They lived through "conditions of confinement and interrogation tantamount to torture," says the lawsuit filed in northern Illinois US District Court. "There interrogators utilized the types of physically and mentally coercive tactics that are supposedly reserved for terrorists and so-called enemy combatants."
One company employee (Of Shield Security) regularly bartered of alcohol with US military personnel in exchange for ammunition they delivered, Vance said.
"He called it the bullets for beer program," Vance claimed while relating the incident during an interview this week at a cigar bar just walking distance from the White House.
But his interrogators at Camp Cropper weren't impressed. Instead, his jailers insisted that Vance and Ertel had been detained and imprisoned because the two worked for Shield Group Security where large caches of weapons have been found -- weapons that may have been intended for the possible distribution to insurgents and terrorist groups, Vance said.
It appears the Pentagon did not like the FBI snooping on its turf. _THE TWO MEN MET WITH STEELE BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED. So it is possible to speculate that Lt. Colonel Steele may have given them information or statements (either intentionally or unintentionally) which could be used in their suit against Rumsfeld.
But darker allegations also are included in the complaint over false imprisonment. By working with the FBI, Vance contends that U.S. government officials in Iraq decided to retaliate against him and Ertel. These officials conspired to jail the two not because they worked for a suspicious security company they suspected of selling weapons to insurgents, but because they were sharing information with law enforcement agents outside the control of US officials in Baghdad.
"In other words," claims the lawsuit, "United States officials in Iraq were concerned and wanted to find out about what intelligence agents in the United States knew about their territory and their operations. The unconstitutional policies that Rumsfeld and other Unidentified Agents had implemented for `enemies' provided ample cover to detain Plaintiffs and interrogate them toward that end." It may take some time to sort out the allegations as the legal process grinds forward, but, in the meantime, Vance is raising new questions about his detention. He still wonders why his jailers didn't just call the FBI and have him cleared. They had access to his computer and cell phone to determine if his claims were true. "When I told them to do that, they just got angry and told me to stop answering questions I wasn't being asked," Vance said.
It seems clear that in a war that is in itself illegal and in which rapes and mass murder of innocent civilians are covered up regularly that these allegations are a smokescreen. Lt. Colonel Steele will make a plea deal whereby in exchange for having no charges brought against him he will make a statement that will nullify whatever actions or statements he has made in the past. He will be neutralized. He will be unable to speak or testify. He's being pressured.
I predict a plea deal, a reprimand and no charges against him.
Unless of course, Lt. Colonel Steele is an unsually, perhaps unreasonalby, principled person. Then he will go to trial.
In an era when no one is speaking out against the madness, this seems unlikely.
Vance and Ertel