Fairchild rape suspect free on bond
Michael Fassbender, the man arrested earlier this week for the rape of a woman at Fairchild Air Force Base's SERE School, has posted a bond and is out of the Spokane County Jail.
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#1 Oct 30, 2009
None of this should be in the least surprising.
First, look at the questions asked by Ann Wright, a 29 year US Army/Army Reserve Colonel and 16 year U.S. diplomat:(quote) Do Special Operations Forces of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force practice on detainees the interrogation techniques they are subjected to during their Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training at Ft. Bragg, NC, Fairchild, Air Force Base, WA and Naval Air Stations in Brunswick, ME and North Island, San Diego, CA? What are the limits of abusive interrogation techniques taught to CIA and CIA contract interrogators in the various CIA training areas around the Washington, DC and other locations in the US? What is the effect of torture and abusive behavior on the perpetrators?(end quote) http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/...
Second, take a look at this excerpt from a trip report to Fairchild in 1992 by Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, non-partisan public policy organization specializing in military personnel issues. In 1984, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger appointed her to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) for a 3-year term, and in 1992, President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the Presidential Commission on Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.(excerpt) During her 2-day trip to Fairchild AFB, Washington, August 9-11, 1992, Donnelly talked to instructors about their realistic rape scenario, in which male trainees are taught to manage more intense feelings when a female colleague is threatened with sexual assault or worse, so that enemy captors cannot exploit those emotions. Donnelly described parts of the SERE training that she saw at Fairchild Air Force Base during her visit.(end excerpt) See her report and descriptions at http://www.law.duke.edu/shell/cite.pl
Here is a little more information on SERE Solutions, which in reality is just one part of an extensive network of military contractor firms in the Spokane area involved in the most abusive and heinous aspects of the so-called global war on terror. Like CIA contractors Mitchell and Jessen who reverse engineered SERE survival techniques to create the more effective and illegal torture techniques employed at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and at U.S. secret black site around the world, much of these contractor activities are torture related and implicate Spokane in some of the darkest chapters of recent U.S. gross human rights abuses. A number of links about SERE, CIA, and SERE Solution abuses and their Spokane connections can be found at http://spokanepoliceabuses.wo rdpress .
SERE SOLUTIONS, INC SERE Solutions, Inc., is owned by Spokane-based contractor Michael Lyons. In 2006 Lyons received a $47 million US Air Force grant with the 336th SERE Training Group at Fairchild AFB after 2 years of extensive assistance from the Washington State College of Business Small Business Development Center.(The SBDC website used to contain information on the help it provided to SERE Solutions at http://www.wsbdc.org/21087/main/Conte but that document has been removed.) Lyons operation employs more than 50 people at various locations (including Fairchild, Ft. Rucker, and Maxwell AFB), per his website SereSolutionsInc.com .
SERE Solutions, Inc. previously listed an address of 6603 S. Shelby Ridge Rd., Spokane, WA. Currently it shows an address at the Spokane International Airport at 3707 S Godfrey Blvd Bldg 1378 Suite 104
Previously reported business information for SERE Solutions stated: SERE SOLUTIONS INC (6603 S SHELBY RIDGE RD; small business):$2,161,904 in 2 contracts in 2006 $2,146,904 with Air Force for Training/Curriculum Development. Signed on 2006-03-20. Completion date: 2006-09-30.$15,000, same as above. Signed on 2006-06-28. Completion date: 2006-09-30.
David Brookbank Hasta donde debemos practicar las verdades?
#2 Nov 5, 2009
For the most recent on Fassbender and the crime at the SERE site, here is the link to the Air Force Times article of 10/30/09.
The site can be viewed by driving past or typing into google maps the following: 11604 W Newkirk Rd, Spokane, WA 99224, USA. This is just north of the casino in Airway Heights.
And here is the photo of the site known as the JPRA/SERE White Bluffs site from the Spokesman-Review.
And here is a link to the new $11 million contract for two new stand-alone buildings on the site which was just put out in September 2009. What's up here?
These SERE facilaties are very secure U.S. government facilities. People do not just walk in, get access to a room, carry out a rape, and have no one else aware. These facilities are full of 24 hour surveillance cameras, persons responsible for the sites, and other types of security. Who was aware of Fassbender's entrance and movements on site? Who are these witnesses? Are they being interviewed?
In addition, this is not a place that you just walk in with a date and no attention paid to who that date is. Was this a date or was this a SERE student who was raped by her instructor or in some other way subjected to a process gone wrong?
How many other incidents and crimes have been committed at these facilities? Remember the U.S. Air Force Academy sex scandal of the 1990's? It involved SERE training which emphasizes sexual intimidation, humiliation, and threats. It was removed from the curriculum at the Academy after a major investigation.
Who paid Michael Fassbender's bond? Tate, Inc? SERE, Inc? The U.S. Air Force? The CIA?
There are a lot of questions for the excellent and aggressive reporters of the Spokesman-Review and other local media.
It is time to bring the three SERE locations into the light of day.
It is also time to seriously evaluate the corrosive effect on what is left of our democracy and civil society as a result of this increasing privatization of the military.
In addition, given that former SERE employees and contractors are members of area police forces, including the SPD, it is questionable whether or not those agencies should be carrying out the investigation of Fassbender, whose history is undoubtably much, much more interesting than anything we will learn without access to his top secret file.
Spokane has been dragged deeply into the slime of the Bush administration's war crimes, torture regime, and human rights abuses. Fassbender is just a manifestation of that and is just one example of the fall out which will plague our society for years to come as a result of this misguided war on the globe in which the U.S. is currently engaged.
#3 Nov 10, 2009
brookbank....Thank God people like you are not responsible for the security of ANYTHING, let alone the country!
#4 Dec 7, 2009
You people amuse me.
"Human rights abuses."
You have no idea. Nor do you need to. Because while you rant and rave about this shit, the real professionals "the EVIL privatized contractors" are teaching the men and women who go out there to defend your ass how to maintain their honor. Which is what it is all about.
But you morons wouldn't even begin to understand that.
#5 Dec 20, 2009
Check out the latest on possible judicial misconduct in this case.
Keep your eyes closely on this story but not so closely that you dont ask more questions about the SERE/JPRA sites in Spokane and these private contractors. Drive past the SERE sites to take a look yourself. Dont forget that the CIA, other secret U.S. government agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments are involved in these contracts and these facilities. And most importantly, understand that some of the activity at the SERE locations are pretty much identical to what you have seen in some of the pictures of Abu Ghraib and heard descibed about Bagram, i.e., SERE students being subjected to waterboarding, pummelings, blinded-folded and marched up and down the halls naked, sexual humilitaion and other barbarities. Call it training to survive capture and to learn resistance and evasion if you want. However, I would suggest finding some folks involved with the whole operation and talking to them about their disgust at seeing these private contractors, outside the accountability of the government yet earning earning incredibly more than our soldiers, abusing the process, turning these operations into circuses, and, at this point, having turned the U.S. into a global pariah, what is properly called a torture state (Abu Ghraib, Bhagram, Guantanamo, Diego Garcia, and our secret CIA black sites all over the world.) The program at SERE is intended to break guys down as fast as they can be, that is why it was used as a laboratory to reverse engineer the SERE training to produce infallible torture techniques. Type Abu Ghraib photos into Google to get an idea of what it is all about and to understand what is being simulated at SERE in Spokane and its other locations around the country. Type Mitchell and Jessen to find out about the CIA psychologist who had their offices at Riverside and Washington until not long ago.
Following these links to the reporting are some comments that might be of interest.
#6 Jan 3, 2010
This shouldn't be in the same page as the news for Michael Fassbender the actor a totally different person.
#7 Sep 19, 2010
This topic about the rape incident is important and almost well reported except for one thing : The reporter fails to inform the readers that this man being accused has NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH IRISH ACTOR MICHAEL FASSBENDER except for the similarity in names. This wasn't clarified at any moment. Having studied Journalism, I know that a good reporter has done a good job when he/she leaves all areas covered and does not leave any room for doubts or confusion. This news might be old, but as long as you have it posted,everyone can still see it to this day! Please make the clarification. The other (INNOCENT) Michael Fassbender does not deserve to have his reputation
tarnished nor questioned due to some misunderstanding and incomplete news reporting. Thank you ! Oh and please, make the clarification as soon as possible. Will check your site again.
#8 Sep 19, 2010
Sorry about the duplicated comments (2) my computer just jammed on me.Please erase the other two as they are exact replicas of the first. my sincerest apologies . =(
#9 Dec 12, 2010
what would jesus do
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