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.
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