Thursday, April 06, 2006

"I Am Sullied"

Colonel Ted S. Westhusing was a military ethicist, a West Point graduate with a PhD in philosophy from Emory University. He also held PhDs in Russian and military strategy. Forty-four years old, he was married and had three children. He taught at West Point and volunteered for service in Iraq. He was scheduled to leave Iraq at the end of June, 2005. On the Fifth of June, Col. Westhusing put his 9-mm service pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Or so goes the official story. There is another story circulating.

One of Col. Westhusing's assignments in Iraq was working with the civilian company USIS to train the Iraqi armed forces. Formally a federal agency, it was privatized in 1996 and is financially tied to the Carlyle Group. USIS is one of those highly paid ($79 million) mercenary outfits that provide "security" operations in Iraq.

What is known is that Westhusing had received an anonymous complaint that USIS had cheated the U.S. government and committed human rights violations. USIS was accused of deliberating cutting corners in training staff to maximize profits. There were also reports of USIS consultants participating in the random killing of Iraqis. He reported this to his superiors. Westhusing went to Camp Dublin, the USIS compound south of Baghdad on June 4, sleeping overnight in a guest trailer. In meetings on the morning of June 5, Westhusing was highly critical of USIS. After lunch, Westhusing was found dead in his trailer in Camp Dublin. A military psychologist said Westhusing was unable to reconcile his military ethos with the contractor's profit motives.
I cannot support a mission that leads to corruption, human rights abuse, and liars. I am sullied. I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored. Death before being dishonored any more. ~ Col. Westhusing's suicide note.
There are many suspicious circumstances. Westhusing traveled from his Green Zone office to the USIS compound without his bodyguard. Highly unusual. The USIS employee who discovered the body picked up the gun and actually credited his "law enforcement training" for disturbing the crime scene. Westhusing was a devout Catholic. Those who knew him said suicide was out of character. His wife reported hearing fear in his voice during a phone conversation in May, "He did not like the nighttime and being alone." Then there is the existence of USIS and its connection to the Carlyle Group, an organization that is closer to a secret society, like the Illuminati, than an investment firm. Wayne Madsen reported on TheTruthSeeker that Westhusing had been "suicided." Murdered to protect Carlyle Group profits.

So, there are two competing theories. In one, a highly ethical soldier, depressed beyond measure about the corruption and thrill-killings going on around him, does the honorable thing. In the other, a highly ranked member of the United States Army was murdered in Iraq to silence a whistleblower. A murder in service of war-profiteers that has been covered up by the very government he has patriotically served his entire life. Whatever the truth, I am heartsick.

My thanks to Pissed On Politics for leading me to this story.

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


PoliShifter said...

Incredible...Even sadder and deeper in the shit than I initially thought. Thanks for all your research on this! I had no idea is was this bad...

this is horrible. Welcome to Bushmerika.

I look forward to reading through your links later.

Whisperwolf said...

It's quite clearly a death designed to look patriotic to cover the fact that it wasn't. Hollywood likes to portray officers brave enough to commit sepuko rather than do dishonourable things - that appeals to most American's sense of patriotism.

Certainly here in the UK anyone with ANY sort of law enforcement training recognises that the weapon is a goldmine of DNA possibilities IF LEFT UNDISTURBED. Are they seriously trying to tell us that someone with law enforcement training made such a stupid mistake against established protocols by touching the gun? I think not... far more likely that whoever touched the gun last was the murderer.

Cliche that it's so close to the holywood-style tale of someone who knew too much being silenced - but even holywood tales have their roots in fact, and anyone who thinks this sort of thing DOESN'T happen in the pursuit of money is only fooling themselves.

KnightErrant said...

I agree, whisperwolf. The USIS employee who "picked up the gun" is a prime suspect. That he was not examined for gunpowder residue suggests a conspiracy.

Anonymous said...

I understand from a family relative, Col Ted's death came on his Mother's Birthday and he had been very concerned about some health problems she had been going through and he wouldn't never, ever have done this to himself on this special day, which they always celebrated. Also, all his communications outside were cut off for three weeks before his death after he first confronted Gen. Fil that he was going forward with the evidence. They didn't want him to communicate to anyone outside, any detail, and then let his bodyguard go on leave three days before his death and didn't reassign another. Now he was exposed, right in the hornets nest with no protection. Set-up, you bet, Whoever got to Ted, didn't know that killing him on his Mother's Bday proved no suicide. Smoking gun.