Tuesday May 21, 2013
Salem-News.com Joins Forces With Occupy MarinesTim King Salem-News.com
There's nobody you would rather have on your side than the Marines.
(SALEM) - We've covered activities from Marines and former Marines in the Occupy Wall Street movement from day one, and now we're taking a step forward in sync with OCCUPY MARINES whose motto is Fighting for our Country - Not the 1%.
Our team of 99 writers includes 15 current and former Marines. Though we indulge different subjects, we all share a common background and we are all concerned with integrity.
Many of our Marine writers served in war; from Vietnam to the current conflicts. In fact one of the Marines on the team and I became friends when I was covering the war in Iraq and he was working in Marine Public Affairs.
Our 3 October 2011 article Marines Heading to Wall Street to Protect Protesters, which was widely read, caused a bit of a stir and brought a discerning response from many who believed it was not possible that Marines were stepping into the ring.
Apparently cops preparing to harass, assault and demean citizens gathered in solidarity and non-violence on U.S. soil, really dislike the idea of Marines intervening on the behalf of citizens.
One comment on that story stated:
Police Created Need for OCCUPY MARINES
When Occupy Wall Street began, few were thinking about this eventual intersection of abusive police and angry Marines. The bottom line is that Marines are intense people and when they become determined to take or hold ground, they show real resolve.
A Marine stood down a whole group of officers on 17 October of last year in New York, that is when police knew the game they were playing with the rights of American citizens was turning very serious and they looked like shit quite frankly.
United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas from Roosevelt, N.Y. spoke for all Americans that night when he said:
Neither his act or his words, should never been necessary. The fact that this resistance is taking place, is nothing less than a cause for alarm, it is a true reflection of the frustration people are feeling with a Congress willing to literally, take an eraser to our civil rights.
The police at various Occupy events have attacked girls, women, and others who in no way were deserving of violence. They've sprayed mace in faces of college students at a peaceful sit in. This sits very poorly with Marines. When Marines rise up against brutality, both sides have a real, nasty potential fight on their hands.
It was later in October, last year, when a two-tour Marine Veteran was shot in the head with a tear gas canister by police in Oakland. It was a wanton act of violence from the police and no matter what they say, nothing can change that fact. Police attempt to justify many things, however they can not rationalize this brutality. And as his brothers and sisters rushed forward, yelling "medic", the police let them have another shot, more tear gas for those attempting to reach a wounded brother.
All Marines were shocked and angered by what happened to Scott Olsen with Veterans for Peace. I wrote in the wake of that tragic bout of state terrorism in Oakland:
Those naysayers who decried my first article about Marine involvement in Occupy, toned down when Marines kept showing up at Occupy protests.
The critics concluded that they were "ex-Marines" and Marine "Veterans" but they miss one fundamental point established by the United States Marine Corps itself; "Once a Marine Always a Marine". Call it semantics, or a technicality, but it is and was proper to consider these participating occupiers Marines.
We don't ask for this perpetual title, but we are given it, and therefore Occupy Marines is about Marines at all times, even if their active service was in the past.
For the record, let me be clear, OCCUPY MARINES is not about violence, it is about peace and government accountability to the people. Their official statement is published below.
OCCUPY MARINES MISSION STATEMENT:
Salem-News.com reports general news with an emphasis on activities of the United States Marine Corps. For myself and others, it is our past.
While constantly advocating for all Veterans, our group has spent years exposing the toxic contamination of both the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in California, which is now closed, and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, which is still active.
We also cover issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I have covered Marine operations in Iraq, and also military operations in Afghanistan for Salem-News.com.
When the spirit of the Marine is used for peace, it becomes a powerful commodity. Marines are just as good a waging peace as they are with war, in fact it is what all Marines want, more even than their civilian counterparts.
I know that is hard for some people to understand, but there is nobody you would rather have on your side than the Marines. When they are willing do defend 99 percent of all Americans, we are reassured that there truly is hope.
Salem-News.com Marine Writers
Tim King writes about challenges facing Marines due to everything from toxic exposure, to military injustice. He and Bob O'Dowd co-authored the new book, 'A Few Good Men, Too Many Chemicals'. As a reporter, Tim covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dr. Alan Sabrosky is an esteemed writer who specializes in writing about Middle east conflict; primarily Palestine and Israel; he is among the most respected writers in this area. A former Army War College Professor, 'Doc' Sabrosky is a Marine Vietnam Veteran.
Bob O'Dowd is a former El Toro Marine who works closely with Tim King and others in exposing the human health impacts of the Marine Corps' lack of environmental stewardship in the earlier years. Bob also explores historically significant Marine Corps stories.
John Uldrich was on our team before our first on-site reports from El Toro in '08. Another former El Toro Marine, John has conducted research at the base in recent years with Bob O'Dowd and Tim King, his contributions to our efforts are significant.
Gordon Duff is a powerful writer whose reviews of the inconsistencies in the official stories of both 9/11 and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, are brave and revealing. This Veterans Today Senior Editor shocks readers with hard truth. Gordon is a Marine Vietnam Veteran.
Roger Butow- California water quality violators fear this longtime Laguna Beach resident's name. His daring and articulate, unmistakable style left visible scars on those who tried to turn toxic El Toro into a park and subdivision. Roger is a Marine Vietnam Veteran.
Ken O'Keefe is a relentless warrior for peace, famous for his Human Shield project at the start of the Iraq War; battling and disarming invading Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010, and his reports from Gaza. Ken is a Marine Desert Storm Veteran.
Phil Northcutt became part of our team after returning from wartime service to a place that did not offer any degree of support. Today he helps Veterans make that same adjustment, by learning the coping mechanisms that help PTSD. Phil is a Marine Iraq War Veteran.
Jerry West, a longtime journalist in Canada, maintains a watchful eye on politics in his native country. Sharp and critical, he explores America's political shortfalls. His articles evoke intense response and praise. Jerry is a Marine Vietnam Veteran.
Chuck Palazzo is an amazing writer and advocate in Da Nang, Vietnam. He examines ongoing suffering related to the spraying of Agent Orange on Vietnam's jungles. Founding member of Agent Orange Action Council, Chuck is a Marine Vietnam Veteran.
David Bedworth is a former Marine Corps officer who has like other writers, suffered health problems related to his military service. His approach is both bright and heartfelt, Dave has contributed articles ranging from Marine health issues, to fantastic historic accounts.
Luke Easter, our resident poet, writes about violations of justice and equity that affect so many in the military and the rest of the world. The son of one of America's first African-American major league baseball players, this Marine might have the biggest heart of all.
Michael Hjelmstad and Tim King met in Iraq in 2008, Mike is the Corps' Hollywood Motion Picture Liaison. A talented writer and producer, this Los Angeles resident has covered regional spot news also. Mike is a Marine Iraq War Veteran.
Art Schade writes about PTSD. His book shares his technique at dealing with this wartime trauma. Most who served in war know it takes one to know one. Art survived and now he helps others do the same. His kind approach compliments our efforts. Art is a Marine Vietnam Veteran.
Steve Maynor Jr. is a Marine Master Sergeant who writes about current news, as well as history and Civil Rights in America. He draws from his experiences in a rich, Marine career. His articles bring a fresh level of understanding and perception.
Both Bonnie King and Coral Theill deserve the title of honorary Marines. Bonnie has been with me since the time I served in the 1980's, she lived at the El Toro base also. Coral Theill writes about Marines and the challenges they face and in addition to Salem-News.com, Coral also writes for Leatherneck Magazine, the magazine of the Marines.
Past Salem-News.com reports on Marines at Occupy
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.
Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 20+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide with an emphasis on Palestine and Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Marines. You can write to Tim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)
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