Pentagon Cover Up:
15,000 or more US casualties in Iraq War
By Mike Whitney
11/17/07 “ICH” — — The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.
CBSâ€™s Investigative Unit wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and â€œsubmitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defenseâ€. After 4 months they received a document which showed–that between 1995 and 2007–there were 2,200 suicides among â€œactive dutyâ€ soldiers.
The Pentagon was covering up the real magnitude of the â€œsuicide epidemicâ€. Following an exhaustive investigation of veteransâ€™ suicide data collected from 45 states; CBS discovered that in 2005 alone â€œTHERE WERE AT LEAST 6,256 AMONG THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES. THATâ€™S 120 EACH AND EVERY WEEK IN JUST ONE YEAR.â€
That is not a typo. Active and retired military personnel, mostly young veterans between the ages of 20 to 24, are returning from combat and killing themselves in record numbers. We can assume that “multiple-tours of duty” in a war-zone have precipitated a mental health crisis of which the public is entirely unaware and which the Pentagon is in total denial.