T. Christian Miller / The Los Angeles Times – 2006-05-25 22:46:24
Col. Ted Westhusing: Suicide or Execution?
(Sunday 27 November 2005) — Anonymous said…
Ted had received threatening letters/notes the week he died, coincidentally his bodyguard also went on R the week he was killed and Ted feared greatly for his life and said he thought wouldn’t get home alive.
He had already let go some contractors that weren’t happy and was about to expose major corruption with the Iraqi police they were training which he found out that some of them were insurgents or had links with them, giving info to the enemy and using their skills against the Iraqi people and the army was turning a blind eye to this. He was about to expose a major piece of this treachery and corruption and when it got known he was going to speak out, he was killed.
Millions of dollars are transferred with the contractors and not all of it is on the up-and-up or accounted for. Insurgents in the police forces are using their American training/weapons against us and the Iraqi people. Ted was shot behind the head in execution style. There were also indications he was drugged the final days and that he was killed when he was asleep/drugged and body found by contractors who had direct access to him. That was very unusual.
The US says Suicide by Pistol!
A Carlyle Insider says Murder!
deep throat | 08.18.05 – 10:50 am | #
also, there were a pair of surgical gloves in his room on a table according to the forensic report, the gun was at his feet, the door was locked when the contractor i.e., manager first came there and unlocked when he went back in after seeing Ted on the floor, this person, also unchambered the gun and threw it on the bed (by the way, this contractor), wasn’t checked for residue or interrogated, there was an argument reported in Ted’s trailer (by the person living next door) before his time of death and additional coverup. USIS? Contractors? [Ted]… was in the fox’s den.
Ted’s note had three pages missing and was about these major issues not him/suicide and were torn from a notebook on his bed.,…. you tell me. I know……
A Journey That Ended in Anguish
T. Christian Miller / The Los Angeles Times
(January 23, 2006) — More details emerge on Col. Ted Westhusing’s “suiciding” in Iraq. Days before his supposed suicide by a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound in a Camp Dublin, Iraq trailer, West Point Honor Board member and Iraqi police and security forces trainer Col. Ted Westhusing reported in e-mail to the United States that “terrible things were going on Iraq.”
He also said he hoped he would make it back to the United States alive. Westhusing had three weeks left on his tour of duty in Iraq when he allegedly shot himself in June 2005.
It is noteworthy that after Westhusing’s death, two top Army generals, both responsible for training Iraqi forces, General Dave Petraeus, the Commander of the Multi National Security Transition Command Iraq (MNSTCI), and Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, the Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, were quickly transferred without much fanfare to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Fort Hood, Texas, respectively.
Informed sources report that Westhusing was prepared to blow the whistle on fraud involving US Investigations Services (USIS), a Carlyle Group company, when he died. [See Jan. 14 story below]. He had also discovered links between USIS principals and clandestine events involving the Iran-Contra scandal of the Reagan-Bush I administrations.
Westhusing has also linked USIS to the illegal killing and torture of Iraqis. USIS personnel whom Westhusing was investigating had the keys to his trailer. In addition, Westhusing’s personal bodyguard was given a leave of absence shortly before the colonel’s death.
The US Army’s official report on Westhusing’s death contained a number of falsehoods, according to those close to the case. Most importantly, the Army report stated that Westhusing had electronically communicated an interest in obtaining hollow-point bullets. The bullet which killed Westhusing was a hollow point. However, the Army’s statement was false, according to an informed source.
In addition, the Army combed Westhusing’s service record and interviewed a number of colleagues in order to concoct a story that would make suicide appear plausible.
California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is reportedly trying to get the Senate to investigate Westhusing’s death. However, with the Republicans in firm control, it appears that murder of senior U.S. military officers is also something the GOP is more than willing to cover up.
In this case, as well as another highly esteemed, well adjusted British career officer’s alleged suicide, it stinks like the 3 month old corpses we’re still finding in my beloved New Orleans.
Capt. Ken Masters supposedly ate his gun. He is responsible for watchdogging abuses in POW camps. hmmmmm…
Same drill, successful career 25 years, 2 small children, supportive career officer wife.
Highly unlikely. Given the devastation American business has inflicted on the majority of her citizens in the name of pure capitalism run amok, a few mouths silenced in the chaos of Iraq is insignificant…to the thugs running the asylum.
Carlyle Group Insider Question’s Col. Westhusing’s ‘Suicide’
January 14, 2006 — Serious questions remain concerning Col. Westhusing’s “suicide” in Iraq. Army’s chief ethics expert was murdered, according to Carlyle Group insider.
According an informed source within The Carlyle Group business consortium, Col. Ted Westhusing, the Army’s top military ethicist and professor at West Point, did not commit suicide in a Baghdad trailer in June 2005 as was widely reported in the mainstream media five months later.
At the time of his death, Westhusing was investigating contract violations and human rights abuses by US Investigations Services (USIS), formerly a federal agency, the Office of Federal Investigations (OFI), which operated under the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
In 1996, OFI, which conducted background investigations for civil service personnel, was privatized. The 700 government employees of OFI became employee-owners as part of USIS. In January 2003, the New York investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe, described by a Carlyle insider as a virtual shadow operation for The Carlyle Group, bought USIS for $545 million. With 5000 current and former employees of USIS sharing $500 million, the deal made them wealthy with the stroke of a pen.
However, upper management within USIS became much wealthier than the rank-and-file. Insiders report that the twelve top managers at USIS became multimillionaires as a result of their cashing in of their Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Many of these instant millionaires already had a close relationship with The Carlyle Group.
Carlyle had been a shareholder in USIS since 1999 and with the buy-out deal via the Welsh, Carson, Anderson, and Stowe deal, Carlyle became the major shareholder.
USIS continues to have a virtual exclusivity deal to perform background security investigations for OPM. The company bills itself as “one of the largest Intelligence and Security Services companies in North America.”
With the Iraq invasion, USIS obtained lucrative Pentagon private security contracts in Iraq. At a 2004 job fair in Falls Church, Virginia, USIS was advertising for “interrogators” and “protection specialists” for “overseas assignments.” While he was in Iraq training Iraqi police and overseeing the USIS contract to train police as part of the Pentagon’s Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Westhusing received an anonymous letter that reported USIS’s Private Services Division (PSD) was engaged in fraudulent activities in Iraq, including over-billing the government.
In addition, the letter reported that USIS security personnel had murdered innocent Iraqis. After demanding answers from USIS, Westhusing reported the problems up the chain of command. After an “investigation,” the Army found no evidence of wrongdoing by USIS.
That decision signed Col. Westhusing’s death sentence. USIS and Carlyle have powerful allies in the administration, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Princeton roommate of Carlyle Chairman Emeritus and former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci. Former President George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, and former British Prime Minister John Major are Carlyle international advisers. George W. Bush was formerly employed by a Carlyle subsidiary and the Bin Laden business cartel was a one-time investor in the firm.
Westhusing, who, according to friends and colleagues, showed no signs of depression, left a suicide note the Army concluded was in his handwriting. However, Westhusing’s family and friends have thrown cold water on the Army’s investigation.
WMR can report that based on information obtained from Carlyle insiders, Col. Westhusing’s death was not caused by suicide. The fact that Westhusing was investigating one of the most politically and financially powerful firms in the world resulted in higher-ups wanting him out of the way. According to the Los Angeles Times, all of the witnesses who claimed Westhusing shot himself were USIS employees.
In addition, a USIS manager interfered with the crime scene, including handling Westhusing’s service revolver. The USIS manager was not tested for gunpowder residue on his hands.
Westhusing’s investigation threatened to unearth a network of fraudsters looting the US Treasury that included the Bush family and some of their closest financial partners.
After Westhusing’s murder, USIS management sent a vaguely-worded memo to employees about how to respond to derogatory information in the media or rumors about USIS. Management’s attention, described as “psychotic” in nature, was on USIS’s upcoming IPO (initial public offering), according to a well-placed source.
USIS also owns Total Information Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a commercial personal data mining operation.
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