Friday, October 08, 2004

Disappearance of a blogger

Mustang in Iraq was an american working for a big company doing so called construction work in Iraq. Shortly after he started to blog about the rampant corruption at his employer's company his blog has suddenly been taken down and his email address in bouncing.

I can only speculate about what had happened to him.

Things that make wanna go "Hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!"

Mustang in Iraq if you read this: "Don't let them drag you down."


#10/08/2004 01:55:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger neurotic_wife

Ihath, yes I was gonna tell you guys about it, but then I got wrapped up about HUBBY. I had checked his blog so many times and I get the URL cannot be found. I too smell something fishy. God I hope he is ok.....Ireally do

#10/08/2004 02:57:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Michael

Hoping for the best for Mustang, and also for Sarmad of Road of a Nation. If you haven't read his last two messages yet, you should.

#10/08/2004 05:23:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger CharlesWT

Mustang in Iraq: Saturday, September 11, 2004

#10/08/2004 09:40:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Bruno

WHAT? Somebody telling the Truth?! Get rid of him, quick!

If somebody wants to speak to Mustang, you'll find him flipping burgers in Nowheresville, Ohio.

#10/08/2004 01:11:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

from one chain to another. blurgger king, anyone?

#10/08/2004 02:03:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

thanking you charles, that is very cool.

#10/08/2004 04:14:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger MeggieMacGroovie

I am glad to see that someone other than me noticed Mustang was gone. I agree, he is in trouble for what he posted. I think most of us who read his blog, could see it coming. He was being to straight forward about what was going on where he was working, for that company to like it.

I can tell you this, a lot of Americans did not like what they were hearing in his blog. Iraqi's waiting months to be paid for work done, large amounts of money missing, wokers buying expensive cars and charging it to the company, workers being disrespectful to Iraqi's who were doing honest work...and calls were made demanding that it stop, questions were asked, letters were written wanting proper accounting for what was being spent.

We can only hope that once he gets back to the states, he is able to talk to newspapers and the public and let them know what sort of company Bush sent to "help" Iraq and the troops.

#10/09/2004 04:41:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Don't feel too sorry for him.

I read Mustang's posts and I worked with Mustang. Don't feel too sorry for him. Much of what he posted was erroneous, some of what he posted was malicious and mostly what he posted was his own dissatisfaction at not being given a more important role, which in his own mind he deserved.

Some of those that read his posts may have recognized the grumblings of a malcontent.

He was also considerably wrong on some of his facts. Remember the part aboutwondering why they don't hire Iraqi drivers? They do. Hundreds of them.

There are a ton of very patriotic individuals working for this company. Do we make good money? Sure. Work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day and you'll make good money where you are too. The fact is, some of us took paycuts to come over here.
He left out the part about all the folks working over here, for the same company, that are here not only for the money, but because we want to do something to help the troops over here.

So don't feel too sorry for Mustang. He spent plenty of time feeling sorry for himself.

He didn't actually "tell it like it is". He told it from his own self pitying perspective.

#10/09/2004 07:06:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

..interesting post Anon. There did seem to be a little much of "it's all about me" in this guys posting. There was a very strong sense of something not being quite right with his emotional well being.

Whistle-blowers serve an essential purpose..we don't need some self-serving person to give whistle-blowing a bad name....


#10/09/2004 11:03:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger ihath

In that case why sensor him? People are usually sensored because they are telling the truth. When people tell lies it is very easy to expose them by simply making the facts available.

#10/10/2004 03:25:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

...just took notice of this blog. After reading a couple of posts I'm really not sure what to think of this guy.

..I get the sense that after all his trouble and complaints, he may be very happy in Nowhereville, Ohio.

Sensored....hmmmmmm, his blog is still up. I would imagine those that did the sensoring would want the info removed along with the source. You would think that he could access from another pc...somewhere..anywhere. If he were fired and made his way to Nowhereville...well, there are puters even in Nowhereville.

....another mystery for the conspiratorial minded.

He'll be seen with Elvis at Taos Ski Resort this winter.

gotta keep the humor folks.


#10/10/2004 05:55:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

I'd like to see the facts, Ihath...but I'm really not sure how they might be presented in a case like this.

It's so much a matter of perception.....had to have been there.

One of those he said, she said situations. Would you believe him, or his two, pudgy, balding bosses. Whom he towers over...

Oddly, this guy does seem to be a little to perfect. All those around him are corrupt and dealing with the devil...other than the angelic Iraqi business men, of course.

It's a little wierd, and gives me pause... I would like to hear more though.......very strange.


#10/10/2004 06:29:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

..after reading further, I'm more convinced of this guys veractiy. Rather enjoyed and found his blog informative.

We see far worse corruption stories revealed in headlines. Odd that he would be censored, if that is the case...... Strange Days Indeed.


#10/10/2004 07:35:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

queerer still, the amount of time certain seasonal individuals now have on their hands.

blech, too much pepper, send this one back to the burger boy.

#10/19/2004 11:09:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

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#10/20/2004 01:28:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

How ironic. An anonymous commenter naming names, fostering slander and charging others with rumour posting.

Anonymous, your comment will be deleted.

#10/20/2004 03:05:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

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#10/20/2004 03:18:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Austin Word

My blog mustanginiraq is all a lie. i apologize if i hurt anyone. i must go now.

#10/21/2004 01:30:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Dear Austin

Hardly a sensational admission.


#10/21/2004 07:08:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Austin Word

It is true, i am back home in Texas now, realizing the mistakes i made overthere. While i was being terminated everything i posted on the internet was corrected, what i had posted was rumors that i though were real, and it is painfully obvious now the mistake i made by doing so. My post about 1.8 billion being lost, i cant believe i even wrote that now after researching a little bit, the total contract for my company over there is less than that, so how could one person have lost that much, when ALL the work being done over there doesnt even add up to that amount. Unfortunately hind sight is 20/20, and i wish i would have never posted what i did, but what is in the past is in the past. I will start another blog in some time talking about my true love, mustangs. Until then, i do apologize, because my blog information was wrong in part, and i should have never abused my position with the company, now i will have a hard time finding a postion back home here in texas.

#10/22/2004 04:52:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Oh whatever, sure. Right. Yep. Yup. Boy who cried wolf once to often perhaps.

#4/10/2007 04:23:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Wow, this is truly amazing. Let’s see if I can pick up the tone of yesteryear.

My name is Austin. I had a blog. "Mustanginiraq". I had a job in Iraq. Nuff said.

Someone I used to work with went online and had the gall to post the two above comments under my name. Wow! I'm impressed... not.

For anyone that is curious, I came home to the woman I love, a great career and a nice home. Life in Texas is good.

For the former coworker who decided to post my name in connection to my former job, what a coward. People want to call me a traitor for commenting on what I saw when I was in the Middle East? Well, that's fine. Posting my name on the internet? That's bad form. Going online under my name and apologizing on my behalf because I hurt your feelings and this gives you some form of closure? Get help. Really. I don't care if you were the Project Manager for my former camp, the Project Manager for my former department, or whoever. You're a coward.

I took down my blog because I left Iraq and no longer found it applicable. What, I'm going to blog about my opinions about something on the far side of the planet? Too many people doing that already.

I did write a couple things that were wrong. I made some comments that were in poor taste. I apologized for those in my blog. Not on the comments section of someone else's site. A man can admit when he's wrong. I don't know what kind of person goes around whimpering on someone else's behalf...

My job in Iraq was a joke. Really. I tried to do some good when I was there. Mostly in the form of trying to do my job well with the few Iraqis that I had interaction with. I've even considered going back. I do well in the states but the money over there is really tempting. Will I blog again? No. Would have I have done it differently if I had my first Iraq trip to do over again? Not really.

To this day I still find myself annoyed with some of the things I saw over there. I still find myself worried about some of the things I was forced to sign off on over there. And I still find myself irritated with some of the human resources practices of one of the companies over there.

My biggest grumble? My former chain of command. I came in there with 7 years experience in my field. My boss? His only work experience involved the phrase "would you like fries with that?” My boss's boss: an out of work carpenter. His boss: a used car salesman. Really! Anyone see a problem here? Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I really should be more humble. But that chain of command just didn't work well for me.

To anyone reading this I have only this to say: Take care and God bless.

To the person who came on this side and commented under my name: suck it.


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