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The latest summit meeting of Mercosur the trade bloc comprising Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina took place in the Paraguayan city of Asuncion on June 29, and it was one of the most uneventful such meetings in memory.

On the one hand, progress was made in the energy sector, where the presidents who attended the meeting expressed support for advancing regional integration. On the other hand, Argentine president Cristina Fern de Kirchner was absent, preferring to remain in Buenos Aires where she was organizing her next electoral campaign. Moreover, the departure of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff before the talks officially ended helped to overshadow the meeting.

In addition, the topics covered were practically identical to those on previous occasions, and all of the presidential speeches were mere advertisements, reflecting the fact that the trade bloc biannual meetings, which have been going on for 20 years, are attracting less and less interest, and leading to no concrete progress.

Despite all this obvious unwillingness at the latest summit, each of the member states of Mercosur is undergoing good economic times. The World Bank recently forecast that the South American economies are all going to grow by an average of more than 5% this year.

Is Mercosur undergoing a crisis because the nations that comprise it are giving top priority to their own particular goals for economic development?

Perhaps the word is too broad to describe the current situation, according to Janina Onuki, professor at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. What is happening today with Mercosur is that it is literally and paralyzed, which means that it is not going to disappear, but it is also not going to make progress toward a deepening of regional integration, says Onuki.

Onuki warns that the bloc is currently being used more as a way to negotiate international agreements with the European Union than to pursue other goals. For more than a year, negotiations between Mercosur and the EU have been moving forward after having stagnated since 2004. The goal is to achieve political and economic cooperation between the two blocs, and to strengthen free trade. So far, no progress has been made regarding the exchange of goods and services, mostly because of concerns by European producers about the possible negative impact of such a treaty on the European agricultural sector.

Nevertheless, some experts point to a clear lack of interest among the respective countries about participating in Mercosur. Raul Bernal Meza, a professor in the department of international relations at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the National Central University in the Province of Buenos Aires, explains, the case of Argentina, this is an expression of the general apathy of President [Fern de Kirchner] regarding the international environment; which her husband, the late president Nestor Kirchner also had. This is paradoxical, he notes, because when things started out, Argentina was betting on Mercosur as a way for it to achieve a strategic position on the international scene.

In the case of Brazil, the government of Lu In Lula da Silva introduced changes in its international policy, according to Bernal Meza, and that nation has lost its taste for regional blocs and for forging new trade agreements. In turn, trade ties between Brazil and China have intensified.

But Gabriel Foglia, a professor of economics at the University of Palermo in Argentina, argues that the fact that not all of the presidents at the Mercosur Summit were in agreement does not necessarily mean that there is a lack of interest in the trade bloc on the part of these nations. In his view, Mercosur enjoys very solid and stable ties among its members. the case of Argentina, the Common Market of the South is its top trading partner, which is an undeniable and compelling fact, says Foglia.

Foglia recognizes that Mercosur is experiencing a tense period. However, he says that this is natural, to some extent, in any process of economic integration. He believes that if people take advantage of these moments of tension to move forward on key structural reforms, the integration process can be strengthened even further, and wind up benefiting the entire bloc.

After all, Mercosur is still Foglia points out. The bloc is nike lunartempo black and white only 20 years old, compared with other regional alliances such as the EU, which dates from 1957. So it makes sense that the Latin American bloc is still experiencing some adjustment processes. addition, you have to consider that this is an integration of developing countries, each of which moves up and down according to its own political, institutional and economic dynamics. observers, however, note that when Mercosur was established in 1991, forecasts for its regional integration plan were every bit as promising as what the EU had experienced. Expectations were that Mercosur would contribute to the battle against poverty, and promote the equitable economic and social development of the nations of South America.

According to Onuki, the bloc has not been able to deliver on its promise of strengthening integration among its member nations and associated states, the countries [in Mercosur] have turned toward meeting their own national interests, to the detriment of regional integration. and Asymmetries

Beyond the bloc as an instrument fornegotiating access to other markets, including the EU, on more favorable terms, Mercosur has experienced several internal conflicts that have hamperedits ability to bring together its member states to pursue common objectives.

In fact, “we are constantly seeing conflicts involving trade and tariffs between Brazil and Argentina,” says Carlos Malamud, chief Latin American researcher at the Real Instituto Elcano in Spain. Clearly, he adds, “each of the two countries tries to impose its own vision in order to defend the interests of their productive sectors.”

Even before the latest Mercosur summit, regional press releasesmentioned the tense atmosphere between Fern de Kirchner and Brazilian President Rousseffafter a harsh bilateral clash over certain obstacles that both countries applied to their respective imports. Although a latent conflict remains, both the Argentine and the Brazilian government have agreed to lift the penalties for the sectors involved, along with mutual monitoring of their imports.

The absence of a speedy mechanism to resolve such problems, “along with the absence of any sort of support mechanism, such as the stabilization funds of the European Union, increases the imbalance and asymmetries between the two big countries on the one hand, and with Uruguay and Paraguay [on the other hand], notes Cristi Garay, a professor of international relations at the Andr Bello University in Chile. In May 2010, the EU created a stabilization fund of approximately 500,000 billion euros in order to stop the spread of the problems of sovereign debt among some of its members.

While Brazil and Argentina have historically competed against each other, trying to impose their own economic criteria, neither nation is completely satisfied with the development that Mercosur has sparked within their respective economies. However, as Malamud points out, the two countries are “not interested inputting an end to the bloc; much less in appearing as the parties responsible for triggering its demise. big problem facing the bloc, adds Garay,is that its associate members Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador do not have the same political rights as its founders, so they cannot fully participate in Mercosur. Regardingthis point, Malamud says that after the four member countries approved the incorporation of Venezuela, that process has yet to be complete because of the failure of the Paraguayan parliament to ratify Venezuela accession. This is a prime example “of Mercosur deficiencies, he notes.

The lack of institutions is one of the bloc main weaknesses, according to many critics in academia. For example, there is still no agency that regulates the unification of technical standards in the expanded economic space, notes Foglia, or an institution that coordinates the various macroeconomic policies, or one that is responsible for realizing the desired monetary unification. other words, what missing is a supranational bureaucracy with the power to create rules and ensure that they are fulfilled. bloc still has not resolved the asymmetries between all of the countries involved, Onuki says, nor givenits institutions a stronger role. nike lunarlon price philippines As a result, “Mercosur suffers from a lack of transparency.”

In 2007, Daniel Chudnovsky and Andr L noted the following in their study, Direct Investment and Development: The Experience of Mercosur its creation, Mercosur has been one of the main focuses of attraction for foreign direct investment (FDI) from developing countries. Between 1990 and 2004, this bloc took in almost $300 billion dollars in FDI. as importantly, Mercosur has implemented major advances in terms of physical nike lunarlon orange integration, Garay notes, with a wide range of initiatives for establishing points of connection among the territories of the Pacific and the Atlantic. In this sense, the Paraguay Paran Hydrovia project which would convert the Paraguay and Paran rivers into an industrial shipping channel is one of the most important projects thatthe regional bloc is now promoting, according to Mario Montserrat Llairo, research director of the Center for Latin American Integration and Development Studies at the department of economics at the University of Buenos Aires. If realized, the project wouldhave a major impact on the physical and economic integration of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Garay also pointed to the development that has come out of the bloc merchandise security protocols, and its cooperative efforts to fight organized crime and promote energy integration. This last point may be most worth emphasizing now that Paraguay and Argentina share the energy supply generated by the Yacyret hydroelectric plant, and Paraguay and Brazil do likewise with the output from the Itaip hydroelectric plant.

What can be expected from Mercosur in the future? Essentially, it all depends on the plans of Brazil, says Bernal Meza, because thatnation has changed its strategy with respect to its regional and global roles.”Any regional agency that disregards Brazil or Argentina is irrelevant over the medium term.”

Most likely, the bloc will not advance in either one direction or another for quite some time, Malamud predicts. will be an effort to maintain unity and force global agreements, but it remains to be seen to what extent reality will impose limits on the project.”

According to Foglia, trade within Mercosur is very important for all of its members, so the bloc should, despite political frictions, move ahead at its own pace toward freer trade. stakes are too high in infrastructure, tariff agreements and projects for improving supply chains to take the risk that Mercosur becomes only a passing dream.

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and allied interest. It should be noticed that the Central Intelligence Agency had not been formed when these relationships were established, but came later if the relationship continued.

Not only British sensitivities were involved, but others, including German. “That’s not up to us. Our mandate is to declassify US government records, not the records of other countries. I would assume that is something for the German press, German scholars, and German people to demand. I find it interesting that when the US releases information about Eichmann, it gets a lot of play in Germany. But there’s no follow up with the German government. After all, German scholars should be asking their government, “Why can’t you do the same? Why can’t you be as open as the US government? What are you hiding?” I mean, the CIA is willing to release materials that make it look bad. The motivation here seemed again to be harmony with an ally, in this case West Germany.[2]

Some recruited personnel may not have been World War II criminals, but were Soviet assets that used the relationship to infiltrate Western intelligence.

The Gehlen Organization

Much of the immediate postwar activity, until the mid fifties when it became part of West Germany’s BND intelligence agency, was the Gehlen Organization. Reinhard Gehlen approached US Army intelligence shortly after the end of the war, and offered his files and staff on the Eastern Front and Soviet Union. Gehlen himself was not considered to be a war criminal, but some of his staff were far more likely to have been so. [3]

Originally, Gehlen had an excellent reputation in intelligence, but more recent information has brought this into question. At the GHI symposium, Michael Wala, managing editor of the German publication, Journal of Intelligence History, said Gehlen was assumed to have transformed German intelligence during the war. Wala, however, said it was less that Gehlen was so good as a Soviet analyst, but that his predecessors, prior to his taking over the Fremde Heere Ost (FHO, English “Foreign Armies East”) had been so bad. Prior to 1942, according to Wala, Nazi racism caused FHO to deprecate Soviet strength and equipment, such as the T 34 (tank), widely believed to be the best tank of the Second World War. Even though Gehlen was not able to keep Nazi ideology out of estimates, leading to such things as a failure to predict the Soviet resistance at Stalingrad, he remained highly regarded by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW, English: High Command of the Armed Forces).

In his essay reviewing James Critchfield’s book Partners at the Creation,[4], Timothy Naftali [5] devalues and disparages the early postwar cooperation between the CIA nike lunartempo pink and what later became West Germany’s Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND, English: federal intelligence service). Naftali said Gehlen’s organization and its successor, the BND, was of “questionable” value.[6] Wieck responded, “At no time during my tenure as president of the BND (1985 90) was the significance of its assessments of Soviet bloc developments doubted within NATO. This was true during the time of my predecessors and successors as well. Army’s and the CIA’s relationships with Gehlen, the downside of that cooperation has become known. The upside the quality of the intelligence project remains undisclosed. Hence even with righteous, detached hindsight, a cost benefit analysis of hiring Gehlen and his people remains far more difficult to make, even today, than Naftali who agreed that “contacts with unsavory characters sometimes prove beneficial.”

Rather than accept Wieck’s contention that the “upside” of the cost benefit analysis could not be done, Naftali argues “CIA records show that Gehlen was insubordinate, his organization was insecure, and the entire operation provided intelligence of questionable value. Fifty years later, the German government still refuses to declassify its own records on the subject. Until it does, and unless those documents paint a dramatically new picture of the situation, the account of the Gehlen organization in the early Cold War will remain damning.”

“Such assertions, it should be noted, are not simply casual opinions, but scholarly conclusions based on analysis of more than 800 “name files,” including a multivolume “Gehlen file,” released by the CIA from 1999 to 2004, pursuant to the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998. intelligence underestimated the extent to which Gehlen had hired war criminals, and overestimated the value of Gehlen and his organization. Wieck asked which other Germans could have provided the United States with intelligence in the early Cold War period, to which Naftali said that the correct approach would have been to recruit and train anticommunist Germans, “who could have done a much better job with far fewer tradeoffs.” Elsewhere, Norman Goda describes as “catastrophic” the Soviet penetration of the Gehlen Organization, sponsored by CIC and CIA. [7]

Wieck said that the Gehlen Organization “recruited some former SS men (around 100) possibly guilty of war crimes great weight must be given to the desperate need of the United States in the 1940s and early 1950s for information about the Soviet Union, its forces in Europe, and the communist regimes east of the Elbe. The United States had almost no agents of its own in the area during those years. liaison with Gehlen from 1948 to 1956, “had in mind a good greater than intelligence collection: assuring that the security elite of the new German state would be firmly Atlanticist. This contributed in no small way both to the development of mutual trust between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States and to the preclusion of a domestic neofascist or nationalist threat to the former.”

Schmitz, a member of Critchfield’s staff from 1949 to 1954, and his deputy in 1953 and 1954, said “the implication is that these former SS personnel indeed, all former SS personnel were unexposed war criminals and, as such, were subject to blackmail by the Soviets. It should be noted that the German Army General Staff, of which Gehlen and many of his subsequent co workers had been a part, was by no means a haven for war criminals. Indeed, Gehlen did not have a high standing with Hitler, who had him fired after Gehlen produced estimates on Soviet military capabilities that exceeded what Hitler wanted to hear”[6]Alongside the Gehlen Organisation, CIC had set up “stay behind networks” in West Germany, who were supposed to stay put in the event of a Soviet invasion and transmit intelligence from behind enemy lines. Certain of these networks included ex Nazis. [8] These networks were separate from those that have been called Operation Gladio, which refers specifically to Italian stay behind networks.

Most of the networks were dismantled in the early 1950s when it was realised what an embarrassment they might prove. Those were the least of their flaws as would be anti communist agents. They had not risen in the Nazi ranks because of their respect for facts. They were ideologues with a keen sense of self preservation.[8] “The files show time and again that these people were more trouble than they were worth,” Mr Naftali said. “The unreconstructed Nazis were always out for nike lunarlon running shoes themselves, and they were using the west’s lack of information about the Soviet Union to exploit it.”

One example of a network later dismantled was an apparent equivalent to the East German Freie Deutsche Jugend (Free German Youth), the Bund Deutscher Jugend (BDJ, League of German Youth) seemed, at first, to be a youth group that countered Communist movements. [9] Its increasing militancy and secretiveness about its financing, however, brought it to the attention of Georg August Zinn, the Socialist Minister President of Hesse.

Zinn discovered that BDJ was US funded, and inside BDJ was a covert operations service, Technischer Dienst (“Technical Service”) made up of former German officers, some Nazis and SS men, between 35 and 50 years old. Their mission was to wage guerrilla warfare against a Soviet invasion. government willingly worked with undemocratic elements in service to American power.”[2]

Beyond the direct anti Soviet activity, according to Zinn, the Technical Service had prepared long lists of West German “unreliables” to be “put on ice” on Invasion Day. Only a handful were Communists; the rest were Socialists, including such prominent anti Reds as West Germany’s No. 1 Socialist Erich Ollenhauer, the mayors of Hamburg and Bremen, and the Minister President of Lower Saxony.

After Zinn’s presentation, the US High Commissioner for Germany (HICOG), Walter J. Let the chips fall where they may.” Donelley and the United States Department of State were correct in that senior HICOG personnel had refused to meet with BDJ. John J. McCloy, the previous HICOG, refused to meet with BDJ, but US intelligence organized BDJ after becoming concerned by the invasion of Korea. US intelligence seemed to have been unaware of the BDJ blacklist and tried, too late, to denounce it and avoid Soviet propaganda. The Communists, however, termed it a proof of US Nazi conspiracy. The independent Frankfurter Rundschau editorialized: “One would like to assume that the secret American sponsors knew nothing of the assassination plans. However, their support of a fascist underground movement is bound to produce distrust of American officials. had not been sinister, just silly. secret agents, yet formed just a minor portion of the agents at that time; they were induced financially and promised exemption from criminal prosecution and trial for war crimes committed during World War II.[10]

CIA name file analysis

The nike lunarlon pink and grey IWG analyzed CIA name files as they became available. In an article by Richard Breitman, professor of history at American University and IWG Director of Historical Research, Nazi name files studied were broken into two categories of criminal. The process here involved analysis of the name file mechanism, not necessarily protection, since some of the criminals did not survive the war or its immediate aftermath.[11]

(7)BfV (West German domestic intelligence)

(8)OSS, World War Two only

A CIA document, dated 19 March 1958, from the Munich station chief to headquarters, stated that German intelligence had provided a list of former Nazis and their locations. Eichmann was third on the list. The memo passed on a rumour that he was in Jerusalem “despite the fact that he was responsible for mass extermination of Jews”, but also states, matter of factly: “He is reported to have lived in Argentina under the alias Clemens since 1952.”[8]

There is no record of a follow up in the CIA to this tip off. The reason was, according to Timothy Naftali, a US historian who has reviewed the freshly declassified archive, it was no longer the CIA’s job to hunt down Nazis. “It just wasn’t US policy to go looking for war criminals. It wasn’t British policy either for that matter. It was left to the West Germans . and this is further evidence of the low priority the Germans gave to hunting down war criminals.”

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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.
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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.