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I killed people in Afghanistan. Was I right or wrong? -A Soldiers Perspective on War

One reason we do our Vets Speak Out sessions. To educate the public and to give our volunteer army a chance to speak about thier experiences on thier own terms. When I tell people I’m a Marine, the next question … Continue reading

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How Torture Misled the US into an Illegal War: What Zero Dark Thirty Really Leaves Out

My long held view that torture under the Bush Administration was largely used to produce propaganda so they could go to war for other reasons (greed, power and personal vanity are what I see as the reasons for invading Iraq) … Continue reading

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Paying For Torture – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast

Paying For Torture – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast. We will all be paying the costs directly and indirectly for a long time but Andrew is right – our government needs to acknowledge that wrong … Continue reading

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Why are Bob Woodward’s WH sources – or Woodward himself – not on trial next to Bradley Manning? | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The fact that Woodward’s far more sensitive leaks have never been the subject of any investigation underscores the clear and obvious point: protection of government secrets is the pretext for these prosecutions. The actual purpose is to intimidate everyone from … Continue reading

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Vasili The Russian Vice-Admiral who Saved the World

Vasili – YouTube. Wrtten and performed by John Rovics Thanks to John Fullerton for posting this eloquent musical reprise of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  I was in college in Central Florida and several of my friends were Cuban refugees. Where … Continue reading

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Want to cut the deficit? How about the giant Sacred Bull in the room?

All this clamor over raising taxes on the wealthy, and cutting spending for social security, medicare and medicaid.Yet not a word is spoken against the huge, wooley mammoth (more like a Bull here but WTF) standing in the center of … Continue reading

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Pain Continues after War for American Drone Pilot – SPIEGEL ONLINE

A soldier sets out to graduate at the top of his class. He succeeds, and he becomes a drone pilot working with a special unit of the United States Air Force in New Mexico. He kills dozens of people. But … Continue reading

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Let’s also Remember the 176 children Killed by US Drones | Informed Comment

Let’s also Remember the 176 children Killed by US Drones | Informed Comment. As we mourn the tragic deaths of American children murdered in Connecticut, let us also remember that an even larger tragedy is unfolding as our secret foreign … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Stop Killing in Secret-The Drone Wars

The idea that the president can authorize the killing of a human being far from any traditional battlefield without any publicly accessible set of constraints, conditions, or requirements is unacceptable in a country committed to the rule of law. In … Continue reading

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The ‘Red Dawn’ Case for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending – Businessweek

Despite its less-than-blockbuster performance, Red Dawn turns out to be surprisingly trenchant —though probably not in the way the film’s creators intended. In particular, the movie makes a powerful case for why the U.S. should take a sledgehammer to its … Continue reading

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