Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Torture and Prostitution at Ft Lewis, WA

If you read nothing else today, read the following report written by investigative reporter, Tom Scott, “Torture and Prostitution at Ft. Lewis, WA.” In the past couple of months I’ve been speaking with Monica Benderman on a daily basis. Kevin has called me multiple times from FT. Lewis since he has been incarcerated there—simply stated, Kevin is the definitive Prisoner of Conscience. Both have been telling me a lot of what Tom Scott has put in his report.

One thing is certain, there are things going on at Ft Lewis that are starting to make it sound like Abu Ghraib—complete with torture and prostitution. The nation is lied and deceived into war, Kevin refuses to participate in what is a crime, the Army sends him to gulag FT Lewis, where he gets to see torture and in house prostitution. At the same time the actual criminals are still getting people killed, and are still locking people up in an American Gulag at FT. Lewis, WA. I have put contact info for those at FT Lewis at the end of Tom Scott’s article. I strongly urge all to use the contact info provided…

One last thing: Kevin was sent to the gulag by the Army for his refusal to go back to Iraq and be part of state sanctioned murder; Kevin was given 15 months by a court martial. At Ft Stewart where Kevin was, one of the Captains there, he was with S-2 Army intelligence, Capt Schenk is his name was caught stealing the armor plates from protective vests destined for the troops in Iraq and selling them on E-Bay for between $3,000 and $4,000 a piece, while troops going to Iraq where going out of pocket to but protective body vests. This “Capt” only got 45 days in jail. Keep in mind that Schenk and the other officers at FT Stewart, GA were the choir screaming how Kevin’s refusal to re-deploy was putting the troops in danger.

I ask you, between Kevin and Schenk—who endangered the troops? See Benderman Timeline: http://bendermantimeline.com/index.html -- Jack
Fort Lewis - The Investigation Begins...

The Torture and Prostitution Of Fort Lewis, Part One
By: Tom Scott
Choice America Network, November 22, 2005

It's about a 20 minute drive south from Tacoma, in the beautiful state of Washington. Amid the beauty of this great state sits Fort Lewis, a "once upon a time" for many veterans and currently a place called home to many of the finest military men and women in our Armed Forces. I arrived in October as the leaves were awaiting their seasonal fall to earth and as about 4000 brave soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 25 Infantry Division celebrated with their family and friends their return from the War of Lies. Many physically untouched, many scared for life and all unaware of the nightmares they will carry for the rest of their days. You could smell it in the air, you could see it in their young eyes, the mixed emotions, joy for being home, sad and confused from where they had been and why. It reminded me of my tours in Nam, my years in Hell.

On the grounds of Fort Lewis sits the Regional Correctional Facility that houses close to 200 American military inmates. About 2,828 miles west from where the War of Lies is orchestrated by the true criminals - the other Washington. All these men in this facility are serving time in a military hell hole hidden away from the rest of world. Many that live in the state of Washington don't even know this hell hole exists. Millions upon millions of Americans don't know it exists. Not many of your Senators and Congressman know it exists. Not many of these returning soldiers, when asked, ever knew the RCF existed or what exactly went on behind its gates. There are other military RCF's across our great country and I pray to God that what I have learned and witnessed at Fort Lewis, isn't happening elsewhere in our America. For it should be of concern to you that the U.S. has repudiated the Geneva accords and espoused the use of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, and secretly through proxy regimes elsewhere with the so-called extraordinary rendition program.

It is not only embarrassing but sickening to see this president and vice president insisting that the CIA should be free to perpetrate "cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment" on people in U.S. custody but neighbor, it's happening right here in our own back yard, to our own men in uniform.

Mind you, many a state prison and county jail across America are luxury hotels compared to what these soldiers are put through at Fort Lewis. I was fortunate to meet up with several recently released soldiers and developed good relations with a few willing to talk that actually worked in this RCF.

For a Conscientious Objector to this War of Lies and placed in Fort Lewis, as I would be today, you just have to stop, think and say what hypocrisy this is. The criminal mass murderers and liars to the world are alive and dining well 2,828 miles away and we are currently letting them ruin the America that we have espoused over the last 230 years.

At Fort Lewis, I heard one horror story after another and verified each with those who worked at the facility, brave enough to come forth and verify the truth.So let me be blunt and give it to you straight up.For example, the facility has many female guards - some of which have participated in an organized prostitution ring; A very well organized prostitution ring. Yes you read it right damn it. Several inmates have written in detail of such illegal activity to their Senators and Congresspersons. Female guards also watch the all male inmates take showers and use the latrine, they have no privacy. You would think that Lt. Colonel Stephanie Beavers, the Commanding Officer in Charge would correct this situation or is this the responsibility of Enos Hobbs, the Civilian Warden; or is this just our militaries way of humiliating its "prisoners" of choice.

According to office personnel, one of whom that was exposed for "playing" with the inmates now works in a non-existent program. What the hell is a non existent program may I ask? Makes you wonder who exactly is in charge. These soldiers are kept from seeing their families. They are kept from seeing legal representation. There is no heat. There are broken windows and windows that do not close, which at this time of year in Washington State it gets pretty damn cold at night. They are given no blankets. There is a non existent educational program - did I mention that? Inmates are kept from seeing the Chaplin of their choice and if they do get to see one, it takes months of paperwork and background checks to make sure that Chaplin of Choice is not going to attempt to "spring" the inmate with the help of God.

There are leaking sewage pipes with fresh raw sewage dripping from the ceilings, leaking toilets and sinks that flood the cells of inmates. Regulations state firmly that there is to be one shower head per 8 inmates but one honest guard reports that on several "blocks" there are only 4 shower heads for 50 inmates. You have shower water building up under the bunks. And did I mention there was no heat. Abusive Guards become Counselors. Numerous uncalled for head counts within a single day - sometimes up to 40, as if the great escape was in the works - no State Prison conducts that many head counts in one day.

And remember, these are American soldiers, they know the drill. Many suffer from PTSD without help. Some have been framed by the military itself. Telephone calls are monitored when allowed and cut off after 20 minutes and cost roughly $25 per call. And did I mention torture,....can't have torture because it's against military regulations,..........unless you call chaining a soldier up with his arms and legs tied behind him for 4 straight days in a chair, making him sit in his own waste, is torture,.....then Yes, we have torture, both mental and physical abuse conducted on our own soldiers,...right here in America, at Fort Lewis in Washington State. Violating all military regulations on our own soil. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is far more to report all because of this Neo Con War of Lies.

I repeat, all of this madness stems from this War of Lies and we have let this Neo Con Administration attempt to divide our precious America. Wake Up, America! Unite!

Retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, who served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, told CNN that the practice of torture may be continuing in U.S.-run facilities. He said and I quote: "There's no question in my mind that we did. There's no question in my mind that we may be still doing it," Wilkerson said on CNN's "Late Edition." Lt. Colonel Wilkerson, visit Fort Lewis right here in America and see for yourself. Sir, make a surprise visit today. And being of military you should know the Art of Surprise, sir.So I leave this information in your minds and in your hands my fellow Americans. I, being a Vietnam Combat Vet, won't stand for such madness and suggest that you learn to take matters into your own hands and call every Senator and Congressperson you can think of in every state and report this abuse. It is past time that we the people held our elected officials accountable for their actions and the actions of our own militaries lack of honorable leadership and demand they stop these Crimes Against Humanity immediately.

Fort Lewis, RCF; America and the World is watching. God help your Command and those that conspire to follow such madness.

Tom Scott is Senior Investigative Reporter for Choice America NetworkHe is a Vietnam Combat Veteran

Also See: "Is It Possible To See Now?" by Monica Benderman:


Contact info for FT. Lewis:

Ft Lewis Garrison Commander
525 Replacement
Ft. Lewis, WA 98433-9500

Lt Col Stephanie Beavers
Ft Lewis Correctional Facility
Ft Lewis, Wa., 98433-9500

Base Operator at Ft Lewis: 253-967-1110

Chief, Prisoner Service Branch
Ft Lewis RCF, Bx 339536
Ft Lewis, WA 98433-9500
Ph: 253-9675177

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