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war with the Taliban. He’d chatted on the phone with his wife in Spokane and e mailed his mother near Seattle. Blackwater’s duties included shuttling military personnel and cargo over the mountainous Afghan topography, where the ground always seemed to be rising. Noel English, who formerly flew cargo planes in Alaska, and First Officer Loren “Butch” Hammer, a onetime smoke jumper pilot in Washington state. Both were in their mid 30s and experienced with the C 212. They had arrived together in Afghanistan only two weeks before and had requested joint assignments. A Blackwater mechanic also rode up front. “Uh, apparently they got a last minute passenger for us here,” he told Bagram control. officers in Afghanistan, hopped aboard. But 20 minutes into the trip, as the C 212 banked over the Bamian Valley about 150 miles south of the Uzbekistan border, that inexperience had clearly become a problem. “I don’t know what we’re gonna see,” he said from his cockpit jump seat. [Pause] This is fun!The fun continued as the plane swung through a canyon. They suddenly realized they were boxed into the canyon and the plane was dangerously low. Bodies and debris were strewn for 500 feet. They also determined that Miller, the Army crew chief, had survived. He’d left a trail around the plane, along with a snuffed out cigarette and two piss holes in the snow. The two pilots and the mechanic, along with Lt. Col. A wing had detached and the fuselage had come apart as the plane somersaulted in the snow, yet none of the mortar rounds had gone off. Despite cuts, broken ribs, and serious internal bleeding, Miller had crawled in and out of the wreckage, investigators discovered. He eventually settled in near the shattered tail section, and unrolled several sleeping bags. It was freezing, and he had no cold weather gear, though there was water, military rations, and a signal flare. He lay down and waited. No one even missed Blackwater 61 until the afternoon, when a passenger slated for the return flight wondered where the plane was. Then he succumbed to his injuries and exposure. The crash site wasn’t found until the next day, and severe weather and turbulence kept rescue teams away for another day. Last month, it landed in front of a skeptical congressional committee headed by the aggressive California Democrat, Rep. Henry Waxman. He revealed that the crash is part of a wide ranging government investigation into Blackwater’s sometimes deadly world adventures. The suit seeks actual and punitive damages from Blackwater for failing to follow flight planning, safety, and rescue procedures in 61’s crash. That same immunity extends to Blackwater as a contractor for both the Pentagon and State Department, the security firm says. But in a stunning Oct. 5 ruling, a federal appeals court panel in Atlanta rejected Blackwater’s argument and said the families’ lawsuit can go forward.”The thing everyone the court, Waxman’s committee is really wrestling with is, what are the bounds of responsibility for these private contractors?” says Jacksonville, Fla., attorney Robert Spohrer, who is handling the lawsuit against Florida based Presidential Airways, a Blackwater subsidiary that operated the C 212. Spohrer thinks the corporation will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Air Force and Army task force Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform summed up the reports’ findings thusly: “The crash and the deaths of the crew and passengers were caused by a combination of reckless conduct by the Blackwater pilots and multiple mistakes by Blackwater.” Those mistakes included “hiring unqualified and inexperienced pilots, failure to file flight plans, and failure to have proper equipment for tracking and locating missing aircraft.”In other words, says Sarah Miller, 23, Harley’s widow and mother of their now 4 year old son, Korey, “They’re responsible.”Blackwater CEO Erik Prince and his attorneys disagree with the accident findings and, in court papers, claim the company is not legally responsible for the crash (Blackwater would not comment further to Seattle Weekly). Bush, the confident and well connected (but typically camera shy) Prince founded Blackwater in 1997, boasting that he was “trying to do for the national security apparatus what FedEx did for the Postal Service.” His company held $200,000 in government contracts in 2000; since then, it has received $1 billion worth of war work, which includes providing security for diplomats. Employment in its private army, navy, and air force offers pay equal to risk. taxpayers $1,222 per day for each of the more than 800 guards it employs in Iraq. soldier,” the report notes. The Bush/Cheney effort to privatize some military services and tasks, Rep. (He has since granted a number of network TV interviews and, according to recent news stories, has commanded his PR troops to take no prisoners.) He noted that his soldiers are volunteers in the war effort, and denounced what he called “negative and baseless” allegations about his company. Prince, at the hearing, said that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The inquiry was spurred in part by the Sept. diplomatic convoy in Baghdad. The Iraqi government says the shootings were unprovoked, but the Bush administration has backed Blackwater’s claim of self defense. (Supervision of such convoys has now been shifted to the military.)More than 120 Blackwater employees have been fired for improper conduct in recent years, including one now notorious local man. Christmas Eve last year in the Little Venice international zone in Baghdad. He allegedly fired multiple shots, hitting the guard with three rounds from a Glock 9 mm. Initially too drunk to be interviewed, a government report says, Moonen later claimed he shot in self defense. He was quietly sent home to Seattle. Embassy reported that the Iraqi government agreed to keep the incident out of the press but felt justice hadn’t been done. soldier had killed an Iraqi guard, the soldier would face a court martial. But all that has happened to the Blackwater contractor is that he has lost his job.”Moonen declined to comment. But his Seattle attorney, Stewart Riley, has complained by letter to the Waxman committee about the tone of the hearing. “People are assuming that a murder has been committed by someone who hasn’t even been charged,” Riley said in an interview. “Where is the presumption of innocence?”Internal e mails between the State Department and Blackwater, revealed at the hearing, debated how much the family of the dead guard should be compensated. charg d’affairs recommended a $250,000 payment from Blackwater. But that was pared down to $15,000 after the Diplomatic Security Service claimed desperate Iraqis might purposely get themselves killed if large payouts were available to survivors. contractors. But as it stands, contract workers such as Moonen are immune from Iraqi law and can’t be tried in military courts. thinking twice about privatizing its wars, Waxman says. He recently promised Sarah Miller and others that “Blackwater will be [held] accountable.”But the families of the soldiers are holding their own hearings, of sorts. “When this [crash] happened, I didn’t even know what Blackwater did, who it was I honestly didn’t,” says Sarah Miller. “I had talked [a day] earlier with Harley, and he said he was going to another city, but I didn’t even know he was taking a plane.” Miller and her child are joined in the suit by Harley’s mother, Christine Miller of Everett, and by military widows Tracy Grogan (along with her two children) and Jeanette McMahon (with her three children).”At first, I didn’t want to take part in the lawsuit,” says Miller. “I didn’t want to deal with it, to go over Harley’s death again. It’s a horrible thing. Then I thought about other wives who might have to go through it if I did nothing. One of Mike McMahon’s executive officers remembered him as a strapping chopper pilot and “the man who championed the cause of the underdog or the less fortunate.” Travis Grogan, an Oklahoman partial to Stetsons and Hawaiian shirts, was fondly recalled by a friend as someone who could sleep “for 18 hours in 100 degree heat in a crowded tent 500 feet from a runway.”Harley Miller grew up with three older sisters in Idaho and Spokane. In a written remembrance, his mother recalled that his final e mail spoke of his love for wife Sarah and “his other love”: “the love of the men he served with.” At his request, she’d prepared a huge holiday meal for his buddies in Afghanistan, including chicken, ham, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. effort. “To have such noble efforts marred by the deaths of these fine men is a tragedy beyond my words to express.”In mid November 2004, Blackwater was literally just getting its operations off the ground. As a result, according to copies of internal Blackwater documents, the company knowingly hired inexperienced personnel for its operations. Forest Service, guiding C 212 smoke jumper planes and DC 7 air tankers over Eastern Washington. But investigators concluded that English and Hammer “were behaving unprofessionally” and were “deliberately flying the nonstandard route low through the valley for ‘fun'” on Nov. 27, 2004. Weather and enemy fire were not factors when Blackwater 61 slammed into a 16,500 foot peak around the 14,600 foot level, but poor decision making was: Probers said there was no evidence the pilots used their oxygen in the unpressurized 212. But last week, Vern Arledge, chaplain for the Redmond Fire Department in Oregon, who officiated at Hammer’s memorial at the local airport, recalled Butch as “a very dedicated person, a very dedicated pilot.” Hammer’s father ran the FAA facility in Redmond, and Butch fueled airplanes as a teenager. If the crew had followed the rules, Lt. Col. McMahon would not have been allowed to board that day. military’s Task Force Saber units of western Afghanistan, he was, until this year, the highest ranking officer killed in Afghanistan. (In May 2007, Army Col. James Harrison was shot by a deranged Afghan soldier.)When McMahon’s widow, Jeanette an Army colonel and also a chopper pilot appeared at the oversight committee hearing last month, she cuttingly suggested the wrong person died that day in the Hindu Kush. Referring to the Blackwater founder sitting in the audience, she said her husband, “like Mr. Prince, was a CEO of sorts in the military, as an aviation commander, and as such had amassed a great safety record in his unit. hearing. She has difficulty discussing her husband’s death with strangers. The two were friends since junior high and married in 2003, the year after he graduated from high school and enlisted. “It sounded like he was very disoriented,” Sarah Miller says about his miraculous, if brief, survival. “He couldn’t think straight maybe he knew he wasn’t going to last, I don’t know. If they’d just gotten there in time.”Blackwater was not penalized by the government for the crash, and no contracting changes were made to improve safety, the oversight committee found. In September, the Defense Department awarded a new, $92 million contract to the company.
DH and I have been married nike lunartempo men’s for 10 yrs and we have four girls ages 8,6 and 4. The 4 yr olds are a twin. Right now we are expecting again. When we first started out as a family we were living in New York. But DH’s job transfered him to California. When we left NY we did not have the twins yet. My relationship with his family was a close bond as my SIL and I are best friends. So I practically grew up around them. It was not perfect by no means as there were bumps along the way and disagreements especially when it came time for DH and I to chart our life. No family is perfect I know, so the bumpy ride was not one to blind me. However things got awful when the twins came into the picture.
When the twins were known of, we knew our hands were going to be full. Being on the west coast and our family on the east coast, we tried to arrange as best how to care for the older girls and then planning care for the twins. As life goes for twin pregnancies, I had my girls at 30 weeks 4 days. I was however on bed rest from 26 weeks and had major complications. So we never got to finish up our plans for how to balance with the kids. When all this happened, MIL flew out to us by herself. I was appreciative of her taking care of the oldest ones while DH and I dealt with the twins at the hospital. Both of them were there for two months. So it was not an easy road. But with God’s grace we got mission accomplished and they were released from the hospital. All that time MIL was still here. My plan was to cosleep rather than be a jackass and have to walk from our bedroom to the nursery. MIL knew of this. Time pass and when they were 3 months we placed them in the nursery. She was still there. I had schedule sorted and knew when they would get up and the whole works. Some times I would sleep in the nursery with them. At this point is where things got crazy.
One night I found her in the nursery feeding one of them like if it was her duty. I did not even get to feed or do my duty. She basically woke them up before their feeding time. I told her it was not necessary and she was messing with my schedule. She thought I was being rude to her. i let that slide. But what pissed me to hell off was what she did to them one day. My job is demanding and having her spend the time was grateful. When I got home from work one day, I found that she give the oldest twin a haircut. Like who the hell cuts a baby’s hair? I was FURIOUS! I went crazy on her because no freaking person has that right regardless of if you are the grandma or aunt. I was so pissed at her I said things and did not care how they sounded. I called DH who taught I was being out of line and saw nothing wrong with the haircut. I still did not budge and showed my anger. I decided then that I was going to get a babysitter for the girls and have MIL move back home as she was no longer needed. DH thought I was being a selfish person and she should stay. He was not going to help pay for a babysitter when his mom was staying at us. I told him she has a life and needed to go back to it. We would argue constantly then. She subsequently left. Now seeing that we have no family on the west coast we usually would go back to the east coast for the holidays. Some holidays we did not make every year though.
So last year summer after not seeing their cousins and family for a while, the girls pleaded for going on vacation. I could not go because of my job. DH was on vacation then so went with them. They were there for a month. All the time that they were gone I would call everyday to make sure things were good with them. Not once did anyone tell me anything strange for worry. It was only when they returned that DH told me what was going on. Apparently MIL hates that we live on the west coast. She wants for DH to move back to the east coast so to be near to him and the girls. Little did I know she give him a list of potential companies that he could apply to for nike lunarlon running shoes a job seeing he was an investment banker. He said he was going to apply to them and felt that it be best to be back around the family like old times. I was not having that conversation. I said no and end of it. So from then he and the girls would skype and facetime with MIL every other day and she would press them about how she can’t wait for them to be back in New York so that she could spoil them and do things with them. To DH I was the grinch. One conversation I overheard her asking if they were going to go for Thanksgiving or Christmas. DH said he did not know. To me it seemed they talked further things in private because one day I got a cuss out from MIL. She felt we did not belong in California and that DH and the kids belonged back in New York. That she gets whatever she wants and knows that DH is going to move back. She wants the girls to go to the same school hers went to and get good education. DH was siding with her because he liked the school and felt there was no other school like it.
Enter 2013, we are still trying to deal with the issue and he refuses to compromise as my DH and side with me against MIL. Before summer, she showed up unexpected and brought gifts for the girls. One night at dinner she asked if we would be ok with the oldest ones going back to NY with her for the summer and go to camp the whole summer. Basically I saw that as dividing the sisters and kind of rude. I said no. DH said no. She looked at the oldest ones and asked them if they wanted to spend the whole summer with her. They were like ok sure. She knew they don’t get the final say. She ended up leaving empty handed. When I found out I was pregnant, it was suprise as birth control failed. But I was happy to be pregnant as I saw it a blessing. DH was elated and so were the girls when we told them. Little did I know though that my joy would be ruined by MIL putting her nose in DH job life again. She used a contact of hers who wants to offer DH a job in New York. More pay than here and lots of stuff. DH knew of it because he was contacted by the company and went to an interview with them. He wants to take it up before November. Either he works there and come back California on weekends or we all move. MIL told him being away from his kids is not right and the move would be best with us all one time.
I am in a rut. How do I go about getting through further to DH? Is it too late to establish a cut off from her? I don’t want to lose my DH over this.
It’s good that you have decided to stay in CA. I think you can see that your worthless DuH and his mother are trying to lure you back to NY, not because it’s best for your family, but because it’s best for them. Your MIL has made no bones about the fact that she believes she should be raising your children as her own, and your flunky DuH agrees with her. Moving back to NY is a trap, one intended to strip you of your children. You are trying to save a marriage to a man who already has a wife, and he’s trying to get back to her, in NY. It sounds like he doesn’t care where you live, nike lunarlon price in india as long as he can take your children to live with his mother. Every action he has taken so far is designed to get his kids to his mother, so she can raise them as her own.
I have a feeling MIL has been trying to get rid of you for quite some time now, so her son/husband can take the kids and “come home” to her. Make no mistake, her greatest wish is you will disappear somehow, never to be seen again. She does not see you as her DIL. She sees you as her chief rival. You are her competition. You have what she wants. She wants to be the wife of your DuH and the mother of your kids. She is trying to make that happen. Your DuH is helping to make her dream a reality. All they need is for you to move back to NY so they can complete the plan. I would not be surprised if they already have an attorney lined up for the seizure of the kids.
Now is the time to look out for yourself and your kids. Because that fucking tit sucking loser you’re married to is looking out for his mother. You need to protect your interests. DuH is not on your side. He’s now in his mother’s vagina, and he loves it there. He wants to bring his kids up in there, too. As does MIL. All they need is for you to make a mistake they can exploit.
Don’t make that mistake. See an attorney. Get your poop in a group. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Because you are likely going to be dealing with the worst when DuH moves back into his mother’s bedroom and they both declare open war on you. It’s coming. You know it. We know it. Even if you don’t want to admit it yet.
These shit turds want your kids. The real fight is not for the future of your marriage. That’s done, I suspect. No, the real fight is going to be for the kids. The sooner you accept that and start preparing for it, the better for you all.
Oh sweetie, hugs. Your DuH abuses you and he doesn’t deserve your love. He’s also likely cheated on you. You need to admit to these facts.
What your MIL called you tonight isn’t new, and she isn’t alone. I highly suspect your DH also hates you, hence the emotional and verbal abuse, and yes, this is all part of a huge plot by him and the IL’s to get you to NY to steal your kids and screw you in a divorce.
That’s why FIL called tonight, he was trying to play “good cop” to get you on their turf. Except you didn’t play along and MIL couldn’t control her temper. She hates you and she hates your being in “her” family’s life. And since she always gets what she wants, she will stop at nothing to take “her” family back.
I’m dead serious when I say you need to file for custody first thing tomorrow. I tend to think some posters here overreact with situations, but I would not be surprised by your DuH trying to take your girls to NY ASAP. I would find an atty tonight and show up in their office at 8am begging anyone to file for you ASAP.
That is why i mentioned in my OP about how I tried my best to deal with all the problems that came our way and make things happier. I also said no family is perfect. So yes, with my last post about his behavior I had to deal with all that from him. But honestly I love him. We’ve been through a lot apart from his family creating hell. There were times when he was in need of people to be there for him i was the only one with him. Things his parents don’t know about I helped him through. Nobody else. When I got pregnant this year, he was happy. He never showed anger. He knows I need him. He knows that I have pregnancy history of never going full term. He knows he is being immature and stubborn and selfish. If there is another woman I would like to know now rather than he drown it out with his parents in the equation. I have a priest friend that I am going to talk to and see if he can talk to him. I’m not about throwing my hands in the air and say whoopdeedoo goodbye loser. When he comes back home tonight I am going to talk again to him. Lay all my cards out for him. If he is hiding something deeper I want to know. Blocking MIL on skpye and phone is not short term. It is for good. Even if FIL tries to attempt talking to me I am going to block him too.