Sunday May 19, 2013
Aaron M Kenefick: A Marine Who Knew Too MuchTim King Salem-News.com
Retired General Mark Kimmitt in the U.S. State Dept. is going to have some answering to do.
(OCEANSIDE, CA) - "They knew what day we were coming. All I know is that they were already in position and waiting, and they had a ton of ammo! It was a complex ambush. There was no movement in the town or around it before the main force was engaged." - Scout Squad Leader, USMC
Chivalrous and inspiring. Those words describe a Marine named Aaron M Kenefick who was killed at the now infamous Ganjgal Ambush in Afghanistan's Pesh Valley on 8 Sept 2009. But what underscored his tragic death is the fact that by all accounts, it was a setup from the inside.
In summarizing this Marine's bravery on an impossible day to survive; it goes so far beyond his awards and citations and accomplishments; of which there were so many. It is not about the Marines he saved, or the Afghan soldiers he protected as though they were his own; it isn't about the love his fellow Marines held for him.
The oath that Aaron Kenefick held so seriously went far beyond the things that lead similar people to greatness.
He had to uphold his values against the malicious intentions of members of his own government who far outranked him. It would lead him to a mission that he would not survive, because the elimination of Aaron Kenefickt was the real objective of the ambush at Ganjgal in September 2009.
Aaron's story is about his struggle as a junior yet highly recognized young Marine, against people holding power who are treasonous, with the most counterproductive military missions; more terrible than most people could ever imagine.
It's about the US government and movements of huge shipments of weapons that are used to start wars that lead to grave destruction in foreign lands. It is about campaign contributions from those places where the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) strikes the deals, and it is about the United States supplying both sides the weapons to fight these deadly wars.
Most directly, it is about top U.S. officials that will kill off the very best combat forces in America to cover their dirty asses.
Aaron Kenefick's story reveals that one redeeming aspects of Americanism; that some actually do what they are supposed to do, and refuse to partake in the corruption.
These U.S. government patterns of clandestine drug and weapon transportation and supply to foreign countries dates back to the Cuban crisis of the 1950's and likely even before. In fact, former CIA agent Edwin Wilson, who died this week, was one of the largest of these weapons movers and death dealers.
Avoiding the radar (most of the time) and international law (all of the time) these clandestine operators of the United States have earned enormous money from illegal weapons trading and that certainly came to the forefront during the Iran-Contra hearings and Ollie North in the 1980's.
Shocking as it was, the real story is that the activity never stopped; and in this event I mean weapons for drug trade shipments between the CIA and Nicaragua, as we have so painfully revealed in our reports about Marine Colonel James Sabow who was 'suicided' in his back yard at the El Toro Marine Air Station in 1991.
A Marine sergeant who worked overnight shifts on the flightline revealed to Col Sabow that planes were landing in the middle of the night and offloading shipments - large quantities of drugs. The planes were coming in from Nicaragua and they were not being listed in base records. The Marine Colonel blew the whistle on this and then died unexpectedly at his own home.
A simple review of the case shows that Col Sabow received blunt trauma to the back of the head and upper shoulder. When the shotgun blast went off in his mouth, Col Sabow lost less than an ounce of blood.
This is because he was already dead, as his brother David, a medical doctor, has conclusively demonstrated.
This senior Marine whistleblower Colonel was like Aaron M Kenefick; a strikingly perfect Marine of impeccable standards by every definition or review, who had been awarded so many medals for his wartime service that they would barely fit on his uniform.
Jim Sabow helped usher the 'Harrier' jump jet program into the Marine Corps, and completed more than 224 combat flight missions in Vietnam.
Col Sabow had received 27 perfect fitness reports and was serving his 28th year in the Marines when he died because he knew too much. Jim Sabow was not going to go along with the illegal activity, so he was murdered.
Like Col. James Sabow, Aaron M Kenefick knew too much.
As a Marine staff non-commissioned officer, Aaron Kenefick had a top security clearance and he came to learn much about the illegal and thus unacceptable nature of Mark Kimmitt when he became his aid. He left information behind that was only to be used and released in the event of his death.
This story is intended to be the match that lights the fuse that will blow the protective walls back while exposing in the most sure fire and irreversible way, the utterly treasonous behaviors and actions of a pack of current and former generals and other officers who used the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for their own agendas and took many innocent lives from all sides in the process.
One of those lives was Aaron Kenefick. I can't accept that and I suspect almost all Americans feel the same way. This is the ugly and dirty side of war that the mainstream press used to pay attention to and seems to gloss over today.
Through a list of sources, none of which will be identified at this point, I have learned things about this young Marine's life and death that will absolutely make your skin crawl.
His death was called for by a system of corruption within the U.S. military and State Dept. and while we know of several people that are involved in this terrible and tragic story of government dereliction of duty and dishonor that left several men dead in addition to Gunnery Sergeant Keneflck, we know there is one name that is found consistently over and over again in this story and that names is Kimmitt.
Mark Kimmitt. He was the general during Iraq who was always on camera trying to account for the unpredictable bad behaviors of the U.S. military.
He's more than bad news, this is the man who orchestrated purely illegal actions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the brain behind the Bedouin wedding attack famously recreated in the Turkish film 'Valley of the Wolves'. He had his hands deep in the Abu Ghraib incident which left a scar and a dirty stain on the American conscience.
And so we are forced to confront the truth... that the war and the situation within that prison were all designed to terrorize the Iraqi people and as I have been told so many times, all one needed to do was approach U.S. soldiers and say some person in their area was a 'terrorist' to instantly see them arrested. Therefore the Americans were frequently used without their knowledge, to settle personal scores and debts between Iraqi people.
From the Beirut IndyMedia article: WHO IS GEN. MARK KIMMITT: PR Man for Genocide; Dad Is DC Lobbyist
According to many independent sources, Kimmitt is connected with every incident that beats on our American conscience. I have been going over this material for three years, since right after the ambush took place, and while I think many Americans know Kimmitt's name, they do not understand the full impact of what this man means to our dark legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Again, according to information gleaned from many sources, it appears that Kimmitt is behind the Ganjagal Ambush that left four Marines (One was a Navy Corpsman, as I said 'Marines') dead for no reason other than the fact that Aaron Kenefick; who had a top security clearance, was Marine Force Recon (Marine Corps's special forces like Green Berets and Navy SEAL's) and had been Kimmitt's aide and through that experience, knew too much to remain alive.
Kenefick Couldn't Stand Kimmitt
As a top army commander, Kimmitt used this Marine to conduct his dirty work and, knowing that Kenefick was a Marine's Marine with honor connected to his every move, Kimmitt knew he was a direct threat.
Kimmitt sent Aaron Kenefick to Iraq once for questioning a directive, another time Kenefick was sent to Africa because Kimmitt was frustrated with him.
A pattern developed where Aaron Kenefick began receiving packages in the middle of the night that he had to then deliver to his 'boss', Kimmitt.
Two times quite famously, Aaron Kenefick, as a Marine Staff Sergeant, absolutely berated General Kimmitt in front of a decent number of fellow Americans.
This proves that the Marine not only knew Kimmitt was dirty, very dirty; it also demonstrates that Kimmitt was scared to death of what this Marine could do to his career.
So in the end, he had Kenefick sent to a village in Afghanistan called 'Ganjgal' which is a short distance from Camp Joyce; a forward operating base in Afghanistan's Kunar Province (Pesh Valley) that I reported from in 2007.
This village was 'hot' and firmly established as a Taliban stronghold. The Russians learned about Ganjgal during their recent war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989.
Mothers of Russian soldiers sojourned here to make deals and get their prisoner of war sons back. The place is virtually impenetrable. Kimmitt knew this. It was the second event in three days Kenefick was sent on that led to a major deadly attack. Two days earlier, on 06 September 2009, an Afghan soldier right next to Aaron was killed, Aaron received a shrapnel injury. All of this contact, particularly Ganjgal, was avoidable.
Early Morning Ambush
(The following account of the battle at Ganjgal village in Afghanistan's Pesh Valley is from: Bing West's book, "The Wrong War: Grit, Stratedy, and the Way out of Afghanistan"
The different accounts outlined by Bing West in his book paints a clear picture of the army's refusal to support these men:
"The f----- won't shoot the arty."
"Clear the net," Johnson said. "I have wounded here. My pos is 793..."
West also reveals that just when things were turning really bad...
The U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division did not assist the Marines when they became pinned down. Artillery from a nearby base was not utilized, and a pair of helicopters which came to their aid, were sent back and not allowed to help.
One unidentified Marine from that day wrote:
A Marine in the news right now who was awarded the Medal of Honor, Dakota Meyers, and others did what they could but they failed to reach the four pinned-down Marines who were all killed, in a ditch, out of ammunition.
The article mentions about the fact that General David Rodriguez as well as McChrystal should be held accountable for the deaths of the Marines at Ganjgal. Now we learn that Rodriguez has been tagged for the African Mission. General Mark T Kimmitt and General David Rodriguez are friends as well as Army Associates. You can Google them to see how they are connected. Check out General Mark T Kimmitts - Wikipedia, as well as his brother Robert and deceased father Stanley and you will get a whole other picture of what is going on. They are deep inside government and Military/Political arenas and Kimmitt is involved with every major military complex in the world. It is also important to note that Mark T Kimmitt was under suspicion for war crimes related to Abu Ghraib, and he got out of the war crimes of Abu Ghraib only to be transferred to J5 Plans and Policys at US. CENTCOM TAMPA FL, where Aaron Kenefick was his enlisted aide...
Major Peter Granger of 10th Mountain Division knew Mark T Kimmitt and was in his Division artillery camp in Baumholder Germany back in the early 1990s. Peter Granger was the kiss of death to Kenefick and the others that day....and Kimmitt was the general that Kenefick told off a few years earlier.....
General David Rodriguez
Another key person in this story, General David Rodriguez, had a hand in the operation that went to badly at Ganjgal. From what we can determine, the order to clear the air field apparently came from General Rodriguez/at CENTRAL COMMAND, and the question is who gave General Rodriguez the order....Someone from the Defense Dept? Mark Kimmitt? After all he was friends with Peter Granger who denied the orders of Air and Artillery Support that day...and as luck would have it the Battalion Cpt was on Leave....and the 1st Lt under him was transferred to another unit... leaving Major Peter Granger in charge of the base. It is important to note that at this time, Granger had 27 out of 30 yrs EXPERIENCE of Artillery Expertise. The fact that shots broke out at 5:30 a.m., means that Lt O'Donnell would have still been on base at this time. Those those who have been watching this case, it also sounds like components for a set up.
Aaron Kenefick was a target on Sept 6 2009, and the original mission was supposed to be on the 7th and yet it was put off to the 8th when there were intelligence reports stating that there would be heavy Taliban activity this day...
Certainly Peter Granger and Mark O'Donnell knew this. Situational awareness for small arms fires? Wait, this was not small this was 150 Taliban against 3 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman... Peter Granger who was a major was never reprimanded and allowed to retire after 30 yrs.
As revealed by Herschel Smith, who wrote in 'Reprimands in Marine's Death at Ganjgal Engagement'
Marine Bonds- Unbreakable
Though my time as a U.S. Marine was just one enlistment during a peaceful (somewhat) time in the early 1980's, it left an indelible impression and ignited an interest that has only grown over time.
I have had a genuinely passionate desire to follow these warriors from the sunny skies of California, to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan; and to far out places full of ghosts like Belleau Wood in France where Marines earned the nickname from the Germans, 'Teufel Heinden' which translates to Devil Dog; a name that stuck glue to these sharpest of military heroes.
As I continue to discover so much more about this story every day, I realize how succinctly my own travels intersect and overlap with those of Aaron Kenefick on his final mission, and the one left by the former general officer Mark Kimmitt.
The base that the operation was launched from, Forward Operation Base Camp Joyce, is a place that I reported from in Kunar Province in early 2007. This is a hotly contested region in Pesh Valley close to Pakistan. In fact I visited several bases in this area. Ganjgal village is about four miles from Camp Joyce. I covered the heart defects of Fallujah children, which now connects directly to Kimmitt. I also know the mother of one of the murdered Blackwater contractors
Pinning the Tail on the Donkey
Mark Kimmitt is known in public and private circles for his involvement in U.S. operations that are shady at best, and in reality more like treasonous. His fingerprints are on all of the darkest moments in our recent war history.
Using donkeys to transport weapons and guns shipments in deals with the Taliban.
Serving as both the orchestrator and spokesman/defender of the notorious Bedouin Wedding attack by U.S. forces during the Iraq War in Makr al-Deeb, a desert hamlet near the town of Qaim, that left more than 40 members of a wedding party dead and riddled with bullets. Brig Gen Kimmitt suggested the site had been "somewhat of a dormitory" housing "military-aged" men. Source: The BBC 
The set-up of four U.S. Blackwater contractors who were sent to Fallujah without a map, told to turn on a particular street, where they were overwhelmed and murdered, their bodies dragged through the street and two of the four, were hung from the bridge in Fallujah. The mother of one of those men, Scott Helvenston, (who had been the youngest Navy SEAL in history prior to joining Blackwater) told me it was a setup and it sure played out like one, even replicating the feeling of the U.S. soldiers' bodies being drug through the streets of Mogadishu. This attack was used to justify sending the Marines to Fallujah for a harrowing series of battles that drew insurgent fighters from many places.
Alternet quotes Kimmitt in the wake of the attack on the Blackwater contractors:
It is Fallujah where UK Doctor Chris Busby's research now shows levels of radiation in the city's children being born with abnormalities and defects nearly unparalleled. I wrote and produced a report in Iraq in 2008 dealing with children born there with congenital heart defects. Source: Salem-News 
The four contractors are Scott Helvenston, Jerko Zovko, Wesley Batalona and Michael Teague.
Heart Defect patients in Anbar Province
My connection to this story on a personal level is small, but significant in my opinion. While covering the war in Iraq in 2008, I was only in Fallujah for a short period, however I was able to spend a few days at the al Asad air base in Anbar, located about 58 miles from Fallujah, the capitol of Anbar province. It is here I had a chance to meet a woman trying to save several Iraqi children with congenital heart defects.
I can't say for sure that the families of these kids were from Fallujah, but it is the same province and not very far away, and the kids were all very young and as I recall, they all were probably born in 2003 or later.
There are two messages in that story; one is that the U.S. led war on Iraq created an environment where more or less routine heart surgeries were a total impossibility, as the infrastructure of an otherwise modern city, Baghdad, had long been gutted by war by that point. The second major point is that an incredible Navy doctor attached to the U.S. Marine base at al Asad went through considerable effort to get these children both to Jordan for pre-surgery care, and to Israel where they would receive surgery to repair their defective hearts.
It is painfully clear that Kimmitt strenuously called the U.S. to engage militarily with the residents of Fallujah in the most violent way. Now that work from a UK scientist suggests that children suffering from birth defects were contaminated with radiation from an unknown device used by the U.S. in Fallujah, it suggests Fallujah was set up to be a testing bed for a weapon which the military has to this day, failed to disclose.
To the last Marine standing...
The saying is, 'Once a Marine Always a Marine' and that is absolutely the crucial feeling that puts all who served this Corps on a single page. Many Marines are different, but all know many of the same exact things.
In light of that, there are some Marines that stand above others; check that... they tower above others. These are the purest examples who developed their love of Corps in context with their own personal journeys toward physical, mental, and spiritual excellence. They are people who do not possess compromising values. This is the story of Aaron Kenefick, who was the best and who died under completely avoidable circumstances. Those in power know that Marines follow orders, while Dakota Meyer broke his orders in his heroic rescue attempt, there was never a doubt that SSgt Kenefick would follow his.
Unquestionably, Marines like this man take the hardest course on themselves. In discussing the life of Aaron Kenefic, you are evaluating a Marine who in his 12 years of extraordinarily honorable service, was 'Marine of the Year' not once, but twice.
How did Marine 1st Lt Michael Johnson, Marine Gunnery Sgt Edwin Johnson, Marine SSgt Aaron M Kenefick (Gunnery Sgt) and Navy/Corpsman James R Layton end up dead in a ditch when they were told they were going to a key leader engagement with the locals?
'They' want you to believe that a couple of officers who were in dereliction of their duty and negligent for abandoning these men while they were radioing for back up air and artillery support. The govt. wants the public to believe that was the extent of the problem on the command/TOC side. They tell us two were reprimanded, however as we reveal later in this article, that is not necessarily true. In reviewing the evidence it is clear that a higher echelon called the rescue off. Why?
In reading over the 500 redacted pages of this Investigation Report called the 15-6, it seems clear that those calls for support were somehow funny to the 6 Officers that were in the Air Conditioned TOC that day. They are said to have LAUGHED at the calls over the radio, asking the pinned-down Marines 20 questions, such as "is this for the Marines or the Army?" and "Who is on your ETT roster?"
Everything from the very start of the mission was messed up. It is actually strange that this mission was scheduled for Sept 7 2009, yet the day before on the 6th of Sept 2009, Aaron Kenefick had taken shrapnel in his arm as the Afghan soldier next to him was killed.
It was between 2004 thru 2007, when Aaron worked at U.S.CENTCOM as the "ENLISTED AIDE" to the General of J5 Plans and Policy's, this general was the spokesperson during the Abu Ghraib incident. Then SSgt Kenefick. Aaron ended up working for Peterus' boss in J2 until he was transferred to Okinawa- from where he ended up in Japan, and then Afghanistan a couple years later.
Aaron was RECON/Special Ops. As earlier mentioned, he was awarded "Marine of the Year" twice in his over 12 yr Career. He possessed the highest security clearance and was always chosen to be the driver for all the dignitaries when they met with the important generals.
This is the story within the story, within the story...
Captain Will Swenson, the Army Cpt who worked closely with Kenefick's ETT team and Dakota Meyer; who was also put up for the Medal of Honor (MOH). Yet like many unexplainable events that transpired during this ambush, Cpt Swenson's merits disappeared 3 times. General Allen put this matter before the President to sign and again, however the MOH citations fell into a dimension of void to where there are no answers, this entire TRAGEDY renders so many questions.
Captain Will Swenson needs to receive his Medal of Honor which has been held up repeatedly, at least three times that we know of, and that is because the government fears his words. This young captain was noted for his extremely precise skills in directing artillery fire. Meyer says the knowledge tha Capt. Swenson was there for the trip to Ganjgal village was reassuring.
The release of Dakota Meyer's book this week is key to what this story contains and while it is clear that a large amount of indisputable events tie the charges in this report together, it is Dakota, the extremely humble Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role that day; who reveals that the Americans knew Taliban were moving into the area to set up the ambush.
The Army immediately tried to turn the blame for the murder of Gy Sgt Kenefick and the others on problems that the dead themselves and their surviving teammates were responsible for, such as not having taken all the steps to advise artillery crews of their needs, which is a preposterous claim. These soldiers and Marines were the ones whose lives were at risk, not the men in the air conditioned TOC, and Marines don't forget the most important elements of mission preparation, and neither do experienced combat soldiers.
There is also a large discrepancy as to who was in charge that day, and Meyers reveals that many believed the officer commanding the mission was an Afghan major named Talib. I have never heard of Marine Special Forces ETT's (embedded training teams) tasked specifically with training Afghan soldiers, being under an ANA (Afghan National Army) officer, ever.
Thus it is all the more puzzling because it involves a group of experienced Americans and their Afghan counterparts approaching a village that has been considered impenetrable by both our current forces and also notably by the Soviet forces who fought here in the 1980's.
On page 85 of his book, Meyer explains that information arrived prior to the mission's onset stating that forces under regional Taliban commander Quri Zia Ur-Rahman, were observed moving toward Ganjgal early that morning by a U.S. drone which he refers to as 'eye in the sky' and it was clear that the group was trying to avoid detection, moving carefully from one covered area to the next.
A Taliban fighter named Khadim was part of the group guiding 15 fighters into the area, along with a Taliban called Rhaman. 20 additional fighters under a Taliban named Faqir, set up in 5 positions for the well-planned ambush.
The Ganjgal Ambush September 8, 2009 is proof that the U.S. Army has the power to force officers to the Dereliction of Duties, Abandonment, & Negligence of those they are charged to oversee, in this case the political maneuvering claimed the lives of 3 Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman. The 5th man, an army soldier who was injured died 1 month later.
This article is written in the memory of:
What is the lesson for those who possess the same skill sets as Aaron Kenefick? He was elected as USCENTCOM Senior Marine of the Year above 42 eligible Marine SNCO's. His dedication to duty has been second to none as he has worked and established himself as a top performer and fearless leader. I suggest that we pay a different type of attention to the deaths of those involved in special forces operations, and that includes others who worked with Mr. Kimmitt.
So much of the army's defence of itself is extremely predictable. In its review of the event the Army talked about the 'mistake' the men made by leaving their vehicles up the road and not having them on scene. That is interesting, since a U.S. Army MRAP truck rolled over on the very road they were criticized for not driving down, that day!
Surely even these army commanders who are almost always isolated from combat themselves, can imagine that any Marine or soldier is more secure when inside of an armored vehicle, and doesn't need that explained in a lame post mortem examination of this event. Those who have survived combat rarely need remedial lessons from brass who probably haven't even seen action in their career.
In making this point against the Marines and soldiers at Ganjgal that day, the army is completely discounting the established knowledge that it was not possible to drive the last mile or so on the road that leads up to the village. There is a great deal of additional information that substantiates the assertions made in this article.
[4} APZC-BCT-AD SUBJECT: AR 15-6 Investigation into the Combat Deaths of 1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, GySgt Edwin W. Johnson, SSgt Aaron M. Kenefick and PO3 James R. Layton
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