- More details emerge on Col. Ted Westhusing's "suiciding"
in Iraq. Days before his supposed suicide by a "self-inflicted"
gunshot wound in a Camp Dublin, Iraq trailer, West Point Honor Board member
and Iraqi police and security forces trainer Col. Ted Westhusing reported
in e-mail to the United States that "terrible things were going on
Iraq." He also said he hoped he would make it back to the United States
alive. Westhusing had three weeks left on his tour of duty in Iraq when
he allegedly shot himself in June 2005.
- It is noteworthy that after Westhusing's death, two top
Army generals, both responsible for training Iraqi forces, General Dave
Petraeus, the Commander of the Multi National Security Transition Command
Iraq (MNSTCI), and Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, the Commander of the 1st Cavalry
Division, were quickly transferred without much fanfare to Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas and Fort Hood, Texas, respectively.
- U.S. Army cover-up of Colonel Westhusing's death: Highlighted
by fabricated evidence and quick transfers of senior officers
- Informed sources report that Westhusing was prepared
to blow the whistle on fraud involving US Investigations Services (USIS),
a Carlyle Group company, when he died. [See Jan. 14 story below]. He had
also discovered links between USIS principals and clandestine events involving
the Iran-Contra scandal of the Reagan-Bush I administrations. Westhusing
has also linked USIS to the illegal killing and torture of Iraqis. USIS
personnel whom Westhusing was investigating had the keys to his trailer.
In addition, Westhusing's personal bodyguard was given a leave of absence
shortly before the colonel's death.
- The U.S. Army's official report on Westhusing's death
contained a number of falsehoods, according to those close to the case.
Most importantly, the Army report stated that Westhusing had electronically
communicated an interest in obtaining hollow point bullets. The bullet
which killed Westhusing was a hollow point. However, the Army's statement
was false, according to an informed source. In addition, the Army combed
Westhusing's service record and interviewed a number of colleagues in order
to concoct a story that would make suicide appear plausible.
- California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is reportedly
trying to get the Senate to investigate Westhusing's death. However, with
the Republicans in firm control, it appears that murder of senior U.S.
military officers is also something the GOP is more than willing to cover