NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
“My little sister (6) and I went to the store for something. We saw a gay couple holding hands and a couple teenagers messing with them. One of them said “fag” my little sister marched right up to them and shouted, “Hey, shut up!” The looks on their faces were priceless.”
The members of Bravo Company began to talk incessantly about killing Afghans as they went about their daily chores, got stoned or relaxed over a game of Warhammer. One idea, proposed half in jest, was to throw candy out of a Stryker vehicle as they drove through a village and shoot the children who came running to pick up the sweets. According to one soldier, they also talked about a second scenario in which they “would throw candy out in front and in the rear of the Stryker; the Stryker would then run the children over.” Another elaborate plan involved waiting for an IED attack, then using the explosion as an excuse to kill civilians. That way, the soldiers reasoned, “you could shoot anyone in the general area and get away with it.”
"We were operating in such bad places and not being able to do anything about it," Morlock said in a phone interview from the jail at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. "I guess that’s why we started taking things into our own hands."
Rise Against’s song “ Hero Of War ” was inspired by tragic and unethical events happening in Iraq at the hands of wayward soldiers. Unfortunately, these events are continuing to unfold and have spread to Afghanistan. The message behind “Hero Of War" has unfortunately become just as important now as it was then. Saddened but emboldened by reports like this, we continue to draw attention to this grave problem in the American military and our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq.
NOTE: The images at this link are graphic and uncensored.