regarding staff sgt. ryan d. maseth — a fascinating dialogue. . .

earlier this week, i posted on
rep. henry waxman’s letter seeking
answers from the department of de-
fense related to the accidental elec-
trocution, in iraq, of the above special
forces hero.

i know most people don’t bother to
read the comments posted here, but i
thought this discussion — because of
its widely-diverging views — deserved
to be highlighted, in a post of its own.

you will see that here, the
very same text set below
appears, as originally typed. . .

but do read this over — i will not edit
for any grammatical or spelling errors:


Anonymous said…

Thank you so much for writing this.. Ryan Maseth was a wonderful person and gave a life full of sacrifices to keep America Free and Safe. Its ashame to see rich Capitalistic War Profiteers such as KBR cheat our country, our tax dollar, our economy, and ultimately my best friends life. Please support your soldiers and freedom protectors and not such COs like KBR who give America a bad image and rob the American Economy…..PEOPLE BECOME AWARE OF SITUATIONS AND LEARN ABOUT KBR AND THEIR CORUPTION”

March 19, 2008 9:21 PM

nolo said…

i am honored to have anyone
who knew this fine young man
visit this humble blog.

thank you for commenting, anon.

may his passing not be in vain.

we should all remember him in our
own ways — and may anyone res-
ponsible for any negligent-wiring
in the servicemens’ showers be
brought to justice — to answer
for it. our men and women deserve
the best we can get them, not this.

p e a c e

March 19, 2008 10:21 PM

nolo said…

UPDATE on Ryan’s case:

. . .Yesterday, in a quest for someone to be held accountable, Sgt. Maseth’s parents sued KBR Inc., the multibillion-dollar contractor hired to maintain and repair the electrical infrastructure at the Radwaniyah Palace complex in Baghdad, a former estate of Saddam Hussein, where Sgt. Maseth was killed.

Attorney Patrick K. Cavanaugh said the military and the contractor had known about the electrical problem since February 2007, yet it went uncorrected.

“The Defense Contract Management Agency, we believe, authorized [the contractor] to the tune of millions of dollars to make the repairs. And they never made the repairs,” Mr. Cavanaugh said. “And we don’t know why. A simple repair — just ground the building — and Ryan would be alive today. . .”

March 20, 2008 8:28 AM

Anonymous said…

I knew Ryan, I went through MOS-Q and I graduated with him, why are you using his tragic death to protest the war that he fought? He was a great SF operator and loved his country; I don’t think he would appreciate being used as a tool pawn of protest. it is unfortunate that he met such an unfortunate end but a large number of people die every day from accidents, a large number of people in Iraq die from accidents as my uncle did, but it does not honor the fallen to use there death to protest the war that they fought.

The community has lost a great asset and we will greave him as we greave all of our own

March 21, 2008 11:08 AM

nolo said…

hey, anon. no. 2 — (yes, you,
anonymous commenter no. 4 —
the person who posted from
Kellog Brown & Root, yep,
in Arlington, Virginia!). . .

did you read what anon. no. 1,
the first commenter above, wrote?

it seems he also was a friend of
ryan’s. so, it seems there is a
divergence of opinion, here.

and i think that is healthy.

it is healthy for our demo-
cratic republic.

i have been very careful — in
my post, to simply report what
the family has shared with rep.
waxman’s office — and, in my
UPDATE (comment 3, above) — not
to go beyond what the family’s
attorney had to say, to the media,
in public remarks. i take it you
would agree that ryan’s family
should be able to speak about
their views, on their son’s death.

i do not mean to disrepsect
you — but i do mean to suggest
that you may not hold a mono-
on what ryan would
have wanted. . .

and, i will admit that the more-
suspicious part of my nature finds
it an entirely fascinating co-
that you posted from
a computer at KBR, and that KBR
is the one ryan’s family is now
suing — in connection with his
accidental electrocution, in iraq.

but as i say — i think dissenting
views, from whatever source, add to
the richness of our understanding
of complex events, like this one.

feel free to offer your counter-
points, here. . . i will honor
your, and your father’s, service
to our republic — that counts,
in my book.

i will listen. i promise.

p e a c e

— nolo


9 responses to “regarding staff sgt. ryan d. maseth — a fascinating dialogue. . .

  1. This guy was not a wonderfull person, He was a fucking dickhead. I was in the Army with him, in his platoon. He was a drug user, who f*cked guys wives. This is karma, if you want proof of karma coming back to get its revenge, there is no better example. I feel sorry for his family and maybe he would grow to be a good person, but he was ahole and there are a few other guys who have it coming. He also was a war monger, he loved fighting, jumping off bars and beating the shit out of anyone who fucked with him. He was a little dude, short and skinny. I’m anti bullshit wars, he was not, he wanted to kill people no question.

  2. That post about maseth was a little over the top, I didn’t like the dude, but I do feel bad for his family. He wouldn’t want to be on a site like this he loved what he was doing. I’m sorry for posting a stupid comment and hope the admins can remove it. Again if anyone reads this please disreguard that post. He deserves our complete respect for serving his country

  3. ur an idiot man.. wonder why guys bang your wife… just look at yourself you moron

  4. Wow, i’m not sure who would say things like that about Ryan, but they are a fucking asshole. Very low class indeed. I knew him in the scout platoon. He was good friend of mine. I went with him to buy a car,to the beach stuff like that. He was a very stand up person. Who ever posted things that he was a wife fucker is wrong. Not Ryan he was very Army hardcore. Always would do what was right for the platoon. The Army was a very interesting place that had a lot of interesting people. Ryan was one of the best soldiers I knew. A good friend and should be missed. d is right, go take a look at your self in the mirror, in fact, fucking put you face in the toilet and take a deep breath. I now know of 3 guys killed in Iraq. Brown, Bret, and Ryan. All Good guys. All will be missed.

  5. He’s a victim of friendly wire.

  6. odd. i haven’t been in here for a bit,
    but i’ll let all the comments stand.

    this is a first amendment zone.

    talking ill of the dead — good or bad,
    though one may believe them to be, is
    in fact — very low class. very.

    and he was serving his country. he
    is no longer here to defend himself.

    keep that in mind, and please be civil.

    these are just my opinions.

    but they should be yours, as well.

    – nolo, site admin.

  7. wow mr. wasin509th, that is a pretty graphic description. Truthfully i am not only shocked one would speak of the deceased like that, especially serving his country, but i have never felt the urge to be locked in a room with someone like yourself and see who walks out with a heartbeat. What a coward you are to find this site and post that when you dare never say that to Ryan’s face knowing what he would do to you. No doubt, Ryan didn’t take shit from anyone, but he helped those who needed it and who he saw potential in. I’m sure you were a worthless coward of a soldier that fell victim to someone with a future like Ryans. I bet he made you cry like a little bitch and this is how you get back at him…posting those comments where his family can read them. This country wasn’t built on the shoulders of pussies and nay sayers, but fighters and believers. I feel sorry Ryan had to even serve with you. O well, oh and i wouldn’t be one to talk about karma, if thats what you believe in.

  8. Tonight, the New York Times is reporting this — in sworn statements, a Pentagon official has already laid much of the blame for the death of Sgt. Maseth at the feet of KBR:

    . . .“KBR has been at R.P.C. for over four years and was fully aware of the safety hazards, violations and concerns regarding the soldiers’ housing,” she said in the statement. She added that the contractor “chose to ignore the known unsafe conditions”. . .

    KBR was, of course, until recently, under common control of Halliburton, the company Dick Cheney ran before he became the Vice President.

  9. Wow,

    I agree with everyone. The person who made the remarks did not deserve to be a soldier. I myself wish i could take the place of un worthy people such as Wasin. Unfortunatlly I can not do so, and I depend on Heroe’s such as Ryan Maseth. He was an inspiration to so many, including myself! I cant believe this person even had the nerve to say he was sorry for the family. I really hope that this Ass feels every last bit of pain that Ryan, Adam, Brandon, Doug, and Cheryl has and is feeling! God Bless the Maseth’s, and ALL of our soldiers dead or alive. We will never forget. Good hearts such as Ryan will forever be in heaven!

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