About this blog...

I am a former leader of a Human Terrain Team in Iraq. My intent with this blog was to identify relevant, open-source materials on Iraqi culture, society, politics, religion and economics - just about anything on or about the Iraqi population in general.

I am continuing the blog now only sporadically, as a means of information distribution in support of efforts to improve a vital program hamstrung by failures in execution.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Warner's inquiry, and more feedback

One big development in the last week:

We've received notification from Senator John Warner (R - VA), a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, that he's submitted an inquiry to the Army based on the documents they've received, including the packet that Zenia and I submitted. This is a very encouraging development -- in addition to his extensive background with the military, Sen. Warner has been an important voice on the intersection of Homeland Security and Government Oversight.

If anyone wasn't comfortable addressing concerns to POGO, but is interested in providing feedback for this more "official" inquiry, you can mail statements or documentation here:

ROANOKE, VA 24011-1714

Or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can also send a fax to 540-857-2800.

High Noon....
A few weeks ago, we received anonymous correspondence from someone within the program. First off, we're grateful for your coming forward -- attempts to discredit our feedback have focused on the fact that my most recent direct interaction with the program was January and Zenia's was December, so corroborating input from current members is very helpful. Unfortunately, the email address was flagging the spam filter, and we only saw it yesterday. If you read this post, check that account -- Zenia has sent you a reply.

On that note, thanks to all of the HTS participants and bystanders who have reached out to us privately or anonymously in support. The most helpful thing for the process will remain those who have been willing to step forward and provide written feedback through POGO, Congress or other venues. However, these private messages of support and corroboration do much to remind Zenia and I that we are not alone in our assessment of these problems or our desire to remedy them, and that we are speaking for a number of people that have too much to lose to speak for themselves.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for leaving the comments on your defunct blog open for me.

I am opposed to the Human Terrain System, but I do applaud the efforts of the people who have sacrificed a great deal to make it happen. I think that the ethical considerations weigh heavily against this type of program.

You may read about this here...