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The United States government tells massive lies regarding conflicts initiated in the name of a so-called war on terror, a former US Marine tells Press TV. “A lot of American forces are figuring out that our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan were based upon lies and deceptions by the American government,” Veterans Today journalist James Fetzer noted in an interview with Press TV. “When they discover their government has been lying to them on a massive scale, causing them to risk their life and limb and indeed many of them are dying, asking them to slaughter innocent women and children, that’s something that does not go down well with young idealistic Americans,” Fetzer said while explaining the rise in American suicides. The suicide rate in the US military rose again last year, exceeding the number of battle deaths in Afghanistan in 2012, with 349 personnel taking their own lives, according to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. The writer went on to criticize the US’ ongoing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding that Washington fabricated the deaths of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. “For example, this raid on the compound in Pakistan during which Osama bin Laden was allegedly killed was completely ridiculous. He actually died around the 15th of December, 2001…While what we’ve been told about Saddam Hussein is equally a fabrication - he was actually killed on the 7th of April, 2003,” Fetzer said. The retired professor criticized the passing of the Patriot Act, adding that “many of our civil rights were gutted that was further compounded by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.” “I’m afraid that this is catching up with the American military and too many of our armed forces are figuring out that these wars are based on lies, deceit and deception,” Fetzer concluded. GMA/SZH