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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘military’

 Drafted by the National Security State

 Drafted by the National Security State

  Posted by William Astore at 8:03am, June 12, 2014. Click on picture for more images of Willie and Joe On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Brian Williams led off NBC Nightly News this way: “On our broadcast tonight, the salute to the warriors who stormed the beaches here in Normandy...”  It’s such a commonplace of our American world, that word “warriors” for those in the U.S. military or, as is said time and again, our “wounded warriors” for ... Full Story

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the

Here’s What 60 Minutes Didn’t Tell You About the F-35

The millions of viewers who tuned into 60 Minutes Sunday may have gotten the impression that, despite being billions over budget and almost a decade behind schedule, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ultimately necessary to maintain U.S. air superiority. That’s an unsurprising conclusion, given that all of the individuals interviewed in the story work either for the federal government or for Lockheed Martin, the primary contractor for the F-35. 60 Minutes’ producers broke a basic ... Full Story

Drone pilot speaks out

Drone pilot speaks out

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't) By Heather Linebaugh Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire ... Full Story

The Trial of Bradley Manning: July 29, 2013

The Trial of Bradley Manning: July 29, 2013

  The Trial Of Bradley Manning as Seen by A Career Soldier By Timothy Gatto Bradley Manning March by Susan Melkisethian After the details of My Lai, a Vietnamese village that was destroyed and men, women and children killed by U.S. Soldiers came out, and the military had selected their fall guy for the massacre, Lt. Calley, we in the Army were subjected to constant classes on when to follow or when not to follow orders. We were told that there are legal orders and ... Full Story

Nazi Like Manning Trial

Nazi Like Manning Trial

Memory from Nazi Germany and Images of the Trial of Bradley Manning By Kevin Anthony Stod, Historian & Human Rights Activist  I am   listening to news right now about the military trial of Bradley Manning, which is taking place in my homeland, the USA.  Bradley Manning   is on trial for "aiding the enemy"--an incredibly broad statute that can be abused--and has been misused historically by horrible regimes to put people--including soldiers--in prison. At times the charge of ... Full Story

Climate Change as a Security Threat

  Top Military Officer: Climate Change Biggest Threat to Security Admiral Samuel Locklear told the Boston Globe that global warming could 'cripple the security environment.' By Alex Kane his article was published in partnership with  GlobalPossibilities.org. The nuclear-war themed back and forth between North and South Korea is not the biggest threat to the Asia-Pacific region. Instead, it’s climate change, according to a top military officer. Admiral ... Full Story

Fascism in America

Fascism in America

  Dear Whole Foods CEO, This Is What a Fascist Looks Like By Thom Hartman, Sam Sacs  John Mackey of Whole Foods had a major media gaffe, but it’s about time someone injected the word fascism back into our political debate. Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, doesn’t know what a fascist is. Speaking with NPR this week, multimillionaire Mackey tried to express how much he hates Obamacare. Back in 2009, he hated Obamacare so much that he called it “socialism.” But ... Full Story

Bradley Manning: an American hero?

Bradley Manning: an American hero?

          Bradley Manning deserves Americans' support for military whistleblowing Thanks to WikiLeaks, US citizens are better informed about wars prosecuted in their name. We owe Manning honour, not jail time Last week, PFC Bradley Manning offered to accept responsibility for releasing classified documents as an act of conscience – not as charged by the US military. As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization ... Full Story

Overwrought Empire

Overwrought Empire

        The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power By Tom Engelhardt Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism -- think of it as the real “American Century” -- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off. When the Soviet Union ... Full Story

Billions for defense but not one red cent for peace

Billions for defense but not one red cent for peace

Fiscal cliff and the peace parachute By Tom H. Hastings As we all know, the inability of Congress to act decisively and with consensus about much of anything--if the Democrats issued a statement noting that the sun rises in the east there would be an instant outraged Republican rebuttal blaming Obama and explaining the Republicans' refusal to acknowledge the power of the sun, since that is an attack on JC (Job Creators, and probably the other JC too)--that inability has now been harnessed ... Full Story

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