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US drones kill 49 ordinary citizens for every terrorist

Daily Mail, UK - Just one in 50 victims of America’s deadly drone strikes in Pakistan are terrorists – while the rest are innocent civilians, a new report claimed today.

The authoritative joint study, by Stanford and New York Universities, concludes that men, women and children are being terrorized by the operations ’24 hours-a-day’.

And the authors lay much of the blame on the use of the ‘double-tap’ strike where a drone fires one missile – and then a second as rescuers try to drag victims from the rubble. One aid agency said they had a six-hour delay before going to the scene.

The tactic has cast such a shadow of fear over strike zones that people often wait for hours before daring to visit the scene of an attack. Investigators also discovered that communities living in fear of the drones were suffering severe stress and related illnesses. Many parents had taken their children out of school because they were so afraid of a missile-strike.

One reason some people may be mad at us

Alternet - Since 9/11, the United States has launched more than 94,000 air strikes, mostly on Afghanistan and Iraq, but also on Libya, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Rumsfeld's plan has undoubtedly achieved his goal of changing the way people live in those countries, killing a million of them and reducing tens of millions more to lives of disability, disfigurement, dislocation, grief and poverty.

A sophisticated propaganda campaign has politically justified 13 years of systematic U.S. war crimes, exploiting the only too human failing that George Orwell examined in his 1945 essay, " Notes on Nationalism." As Orwell wrote, "The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." Orwell listed " torture, the use of hostages, forced labor, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians." The U.S. has committed all these atrocities in the past 13 years, and Americans have responded exactly as the "nationalists" Orwell described.

Air Force requires oath with "so help me God," a violation of Constitution

AFP - The US Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath with the phrase "so help me God," officials said Tuesday.

In the latest religious controversy to roil the air force, the atheist airman last month was denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God -- and he is now poised to take the military to court, his lawyer said.

"We have not received word from the Air Force regarding our letter. It has not indicated a willingness to settle out of court," said Monica Miller, an attorney for the American Humanist Association, which has taken up the service member's case.

With the deadline for re-enlisting expiring in November, the technical sergeant at Creech Air Force base in Nevada -- whose name has not been released -- will be forced to sue the government in a federal court, Miller told AFP.

In the past, an airman could opt for an alternative phrase and omit the words "so help me God," but the US Air Force changed its policy in October 2013.

The other branches of the American military do not require the reference to God and make the phrase optional.

"This is the only branch to my knowledge that's actually requiring everyone in all instances to use the religious language," Miller said.

The requirement violates the US Constitution, which bars religious tests to hold office or other positions, Miller said of the case, which was first reported by the Air Force Times.

Pentagon and Homeland Security behind growing police brutality

Popular Resistance - Local police departments are now directly funded by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. From September 4th-8th, one such DHS-backed program, Urban Shield, will be hosted by Oakland’s Marriott Hotel. This weekend – including SWAT training, national and transnational police networking, and weaponry sales – is coordinated by the Urban Areas Security Intiative). UASI is an imitative in which the St. Louis area police actively participate. The military tanks, tear-gas, rubber bullets and SWAT armor attacking the people of Ferguson are there because of these programs.

Alleged terrorist watchlist has soared under Obama

Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, intercept - Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept.

Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments—more than 40 percent are described by the government as having “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” That category—280,000 people—dwarfs the number of watchlisted people suspected of ties to al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah combined.

The documents, obtained from a source in the intelligence community, also reveal that the Obama Administration has presided over an unprecedented expansion of the terrorist screening system. Since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no fly list more than ten-fold, to an all-time high of 47,000—surpassing the number of people barred from flying under George W. Bush.

“If everything is terrorism, then nothing is terrorism,” says David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent. The watchlisting system, he adds, is “revving out of control.”

• The government adds names to its databases, or adds information on existing subjects, at a rate of 900 records each day.

What's better? Housing all the homeless or another Pentagon scam?

State Department doc cites death threat by Blackwater official

Obama uses Israeli Supreme Court decision to justify killing al-Awlaki

The myth that we don't negotiate with terrorists

The extraordinary cost of war

The prisoner of war story nobody's talking about

Troubling directive outlines Obama's plan to use the military against citizens

Obama's aides claim dictator's powers over military actions


VIA ANTHONY CAHILL

Even a small nuclear war would ruin the world

Wikileaks tells of US plans for war against Russia

America's hidden African wars

America moves into Africa big time

America's scary military involvement in northwest Africa

Pentagon wants to keep huge war budget, despite lack of wars

US psychologists' association rejects ban on aiding military interrogations

For 25 years, US special forces carried minature nukes on their back

US sailors, sick from Fukushima, file law suit

Word: Moving away from war

Obama moves on to smaller wars you won't notice for a while
The U.S. drone program under President Barack Obama reached its fifth anniversary having tallied up an estimated death toll of at least 2,400 people.
 
2013

America's last successful invasion

Obama making it easier for more wars

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina

Navy Yard assassin's boss waits 24 hours before suggesting a new Pentagon contract

The good thing about war

US military has plans to seize American radio airwaves


IMGUR

Why America can't live without wars

Who loses in limited U.S. attacks? Us

Obama and Biden on war powers before something happened to them

Worst sentence of the day “Military action” doesn’t mean war, of course. - Ezra Klein, Washington Post

Pentagon prepares doctrine on using force on American soil

U.S. military thinks being an atheist is a warning sign for suicide

When in history has a country as powerful as America been as afraid of a force as small as Al Qaeda?

Name one significant thing the American government has done since 9/11 to make it less likely that some in the MId East would want to attack it.

Even who we're at war against is a top secret

Stupid Chuck Hagel tricks

Interview with author of Dirty Wars

Military claims power to police streets
without out local or state approval


PEOPLE'S BOYCOTT

Pentagon sequester plan: slash combat force, boost Lockheed Martin

David Keen has taken a great step toward revising our thinking about war in his book Useful Enemies:When Waging Wars Is More Important Than Winning Them. George Kenney interviews him

@GeorgeCarlinSez - Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.

STATS
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2014

Anti- Empire Report - Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:

- Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
- Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
- Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
- Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
- Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
- Led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance by American teachers, especially in Latin America.

Global military spending

US 37%
China 11%
Russia 5%
S Arabia 4%
UK 3%
Japan 3%
India 3%
Brazil 2%
Turkey 1%
Vox

Global Reasearch - The June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health notes: “The proportion of civilian deaths and the methods for classifying deaths as civilian are debated, but civilian war deaths constitute 85% to 90% of casualties caused by war, with about 10 civilians dying for every combatant killed in battle.”

The U.S. launched 201 out of the 248 armed conflicts since the end of WWII: “Since the end of World War II, there have been 248 armed conflicts in 153 locations around the world. The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq ….”

“The United States is responsible for 41% of the world’s total military spending. The next largest in spending are China, accounting for 8.2%; Russia, 4.1%; and the United Kingdom and France, both 3.6%. . . . If all military . . . costs are included, annual [US] spending amounts to $1 trillion . . . . According to the DOD fiscal year 2012 base structure report, ‘The DOD manages global property of more than 555,000 facilities at more than 5,000 sites, covering more than 28 million acres.’ The United States maintains 700 to 1000 military bases or sites in more than 100 countries. . .

More than 253,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries....1.3 million veterans received mental health treatment in 2012 and there were 17 million outpatient mental health visits in that same year

The U.S. spends more on its military than the next ten countries combined

2013

@Harpers - Average annual cost of detaining an inmate at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay: $900,000 ....At a supermax prison in the United States: $65,000.

A list of hundreds of American wars

US now fighting at least 74 wars

26,000 alleged military rapes and sexual assaults in one year

9% of 2.3 million workers who served in military since Sept. 2001 were unemployed in 2013
 
 
Location of American special forces
 

 

2012

LENGTH OF AMERICAN WARS
(IN MONTHS )
         50        

100
        150

VIETNAM WAR=156 MONTHS

                             

AFGHAN WAR AS OF 12/12 = 134 MONTHS

                           

IRAQ WAR 96 MONTHS

                             

CIVIL WAR

                     

WORLD WAR II

                     

KOREAN WAR

                       

WAR OF 1812

                       

MEXICAN WAR

                         

WORLD WAR I

                         

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

                           

2011

JUST THE NUMBERS: COSTS OF THE WAR ON TERROR

U.S SPENDS MORE ON MILITARY THAN REST OF THE WORLD PUT TOGETHER

U.S. military spending almost doubles in ten years

List of countries bombed by the United States

BUSINESS INSIDER

2008

Just the facts

Complete guide to use of US armed forces abroad, 1798-2013

War on Terror

Only 10 Americans were killed by terrorism in 2012. None of them in the U.S.

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif declares end to secret approval of U.S. drone strikes

Angus King challenges Obama's endless war

Obama regime considers war on terror endless

Why America's anti-terrorism efforts have been a huge bust

54 countries offered aid in illegal renditions

New Yorker - The United States spends more on defense than all the other nations of the world combined. Between 1998 and 2011, military spending doubled, reaching more than seven hundred billion dollars a year—more, in adjusted dollars, than at any time since the Allies were fighting the Axis.

Beginning our 12th year in Afghanistan

Obamadmin upping covert war in Africa

9/11

The biggest threat to America: ourselves

September 12, 2001

Final thoughts

Towards a more perfect union

Follow the limousines

An alternative 9/11 report

Ann

Drones
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Pakistani high court rules drone attacks to be war crimes

Why drones are so deadly to America

Air Force hides drone data

Another illegal war: Obama creating drone base in Niger

What the bombing of Cambodia can teach us about drones

Pakistani journalist Mohammed Hanif recently argued that the strikes are not only radicalizing the population but are "creating a whole new generation of people who will grow up thinking that this is what happened to us and now, now we want revenge."

Rare photos of drone damage & victims

DARPA designing underwater drone

Weapons of crass destruction

Another false Obama legal ruling: It's okay to kill Americans if we think they are involved with Al Qaida


Norman Soloman on two men's approach to war

2012

Getting harder for drones to find senior Al Qaeda officials among all those innocent civilians they kill

Stats: Death by drone

Where the military wants drones in your state (see page 12)

Flag officers

2012

Why Does the Media Make Our Generals Into Heroes When the Wars They Commanded Are Failures?

Word: The real General Petraeus

"Having sex with your biographer is more fun than having sex with your autobiographer" - General Petraeus (via Jim Fenner)

The life style of a modern general

Veterans
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2014

How did your senator vote on veterans benefits?

Massive retaliation reported in Veterans Administration

The bipartisan neglect of veterans

Word: Move veterans to Medicare

Returning vets committing suicide at three times the rate of active duty troops

Veterans have to fill out as many as 617 forms across 18 agencies to get services

How veterans are being mistreated. . .by the VA

Veterans' claims pile up, wait an average of 273 days

Celebrating veterans while leaving them sick

About 25 vets kill themselves for each soldier killed in battle

One thousand vets attempt suicide every month

Cost of caring for Iraqafpak veterans will rival Social Security & Medicare

Contractors

2012

DoD Contractors Cost Nearly 3 Times More than DoD Civilians

Military industry even making money off of hurricanes

2011

Government agency hides contracting fraud from public view for 20 years

MILITARY HAS 190,000 CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS IN IRAQ,

At least $31 billion in wartime contracts went to waste, fraud and abuse

2008

BUSH USING PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO INVESTIGATE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

HUGE BLACKWATER GETS $110 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTS

86,000 PENTAGON STAFFERS WENT TO WORK FOR WAR CONTRACTORS

SAUDI FINANCIER WANTED BY FBI GIVEN $80 MILLION U.S. WAR CONTRACT

70% OF CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE BUDGET GOES TO CORPORATE CONTRACTS

2012

Benghazi flap means big bucks for Blackwater type operations

Senior Army officer says troops targeting children

How the Pentagon wastes its money

Pentagon using new technique to suppress dissent
Report: 70% of Retired US Generals Take Jobs With Defense Corporations

Word: What the military really costs

George Orwell on long wars

Marines move into Guatemala

Top defense industry CEOs ripping off taxpayers

Why are civilian federal agencies buying so much ammunition?

Government still has a school for assassins

3,000 U.S. soldiers to serve in Africa next year

Panetta: U.S. running out of patience with Pakistan on militant havens - CNN

A military drugged by prescription

What Rachel Maddow doesn't talk about in her book about war

Word: The post Cold War is over: David Stockman - We are now at a historical inflection point at which the time has arrived for a classic post-war demobilization of the entire military establishment. The Cold War is long over. The wars of occupation are almost over and were complete failures — Afghanistan and Iraq. The American empire is done. There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security

It's not just the right that ignores science: the war is human nature myth

Obama considers cutting number of nuclear bombs

Pentagon misdiagnosed thousands of troops to save medical costs

Pentagon privatizing its international war on drugs

Pentagon sees nothing wrong with rigging TV news

What the government is really afraid of: us

2011

Secret files reveal dirty games of Blackwater and other mercenaries

FBI expands definition of terrorist to include someone fighting against invasion of his country by U.S.

Inside Romania's secret CIA prison

The biggest threat to America: ourselves

The military is a lousy way to create jobs

At least our military is winning the star wars

Banks may have illegally foreclosed on 5,000 members of the military

For profit colleges ripping off military students

The military jobs myth

 


BRUCE EGGUM

How the war on terror did us in (with lots of help from Republicans)

How to tell you're no longer an empire

John Mueller, Foreign Affairs: An al Qaeda computer seized in Afghanistan in 2001 indicated that the group’s budget for research and weapons of mass destruction, almost all of it focused on primitive chemical weapons work, was some $2,000 to $4,000.”

Pentagon working on war with China

Virginia as heart of military complex

At war in 120 countries

Nuke for Jesus Air Force course shut down

Pentagon wants to use social media for propaganda

Left-right coalitions against the wars...

Grand jury looking into Abu Ghraib

Boeing ripping off government for spare parts

Real costs of our wars: $3.7 trillion

Smart drones, dumb policy

Pentagon wants to change military pensions

How the Pentagon classifies whatever it wants
 
Terrorism math: US spending $5 billion to catch each terrorist
 
$6.6 billion in Pentagon cash headed for Iraq missing; could be largest US theft in history
 
Things they don't tell you about the military

A complete guide to the West's foreign policy

The sick way we count war deaths

War as office politics

The record: regime change efforts are a bust

Retired generals & admirals double dipping big time

Army testing soldiers for 'spiritual fitness'

U.S. and Canada agree to share military against civil unrest

Obama's use of mercenaries would make Bush blush

2010

Businessman claims Blackwater paid him to buy steroids and weapons on black market

IF YOU WANT TO HELP TO MAKE TERRORISTS MORE PEACEFUL, IT'S A CRIME

MILITARY TO SPY ON WHAT ITS TROOPS ARE THINKING

ARMY DENIES PURPLE HEARTS TO SOLDIERS WITH BRAIN INJURIES

HIGH SCHOOL DRAFTS STUDENTS INTO JROTC

TROOPS PUT ON LOCKDOWN FOR REFUSING TO ATTEND CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL CONCERT

BLACKWATER CHIEF FLEES TO UAE

MILITARY SPENDING: THE BIGGEST YET MOST UNDISCUSSED CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR DEFICITS

PENTAGON CENSORS AFGHAN COVERAGE BIG TIME

OUTSOURCING WAR: THE HIDDEN MERCENARY FACTOR

ARMY TO BRAINWASH TROOPS

PENTAGON CAN'T ACCOUNT FOR $8.7 BILLION IN IRAQ FUNDS

ONE THOUSAND AMERICAN TROOPS FOR EACH MEMBER OF AL QAEDA

MCCRYSTAL'S DIRTY PAST

PETREAUS GEARS UP FOR ANOTHER WAR

A GENERAL GIVES WESLEY CLARK'S EGO A RUN FOR THE MONEY

THE PENTAGON EXPLAINS HOW TO MAKE BROWNIES

OBAMA'S ENDLESS WAR

SECRET TAPE OF BLACKWATER OWNER REVEALED

THE THREE WARS WE'LL NEVER WIN

SECRET PRISON DISCOVERED IN BAGHDAD

MILITARY SUICIDES OUTPACE BATTLE DEATHS

AMERICA'S WAR CRIMES KILL CHILDREN, TOO

MAINE'S LARGEST CITY VOTES TO END WAR FUNDING

AMERICA NOW HAS TO RENT ITS ALLIES

WHEN DID IEDS BECOME WMD?

WIKILEAKS VIDEO SHOWS U.S. COPTERS KILLING IRAQI CIVILIANS

PETREUS, OTHERS PLANNING 80 YEAR WAR

WIMPY COMMANDANT APPARENTLY AFRAID GAY MARINES MIGHT RAPE HIS STRAIGHT TROOPS

TERRORISM IS MORE DANGEROUS TO AMERICANS THAN SHARKS - BUT NOT MUCH ELSE

OBAMA'S SECRET PRISONS

THE UNDECLARED NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES YOU DON'T HEAR ABOUT

PENTAGON HIRED ANALYST WHO THOUGHT HUSSEIN WAS TO BLAME FOR 9/11 TO WRITE MAJOR REPORT ON AL QAEDA

MILITARY RIFLE-SIGHT MAKER INCLUDES BIBLE REFERENCES ON PRODUCTS

ARMY SUICIDES HIT A RECORD

OBAMA APPOINTS MASTER OF COVERUP TO INVESTIGATE XMAS DAY BOMBING

A FEW QUESTIONS FOR BARACK OBAMA

 

MILITARY RIFLE-SIGHT MAKER INCLUDES BIBLE REFERENCES ON PRODUCTS

MORE MATH OF TERRORISM

WHY MORE SECURITY DOESN'T WORK

WHAT THE PENTAGON COSTS YOU

A GUIDE TO COUNTRIES WHERE OUR MILITARY IS OPERATING

ARMY ARRESTS GI MOTHER ASSIGNED TO AFGHANISTAN WHO CAN'T FIND CARE FOR HER 11-MONTH OLD SON

COULD HASAN HAVE DONE IT BY HIMSELF?

HOW STUDENTS ARE ABUSED BY MILITARY RECRUITING

FBI WHISTLEBLOWER POINTS FINGER AT BUSH OFFICIALS

2009

CHOMSKY BOOK BANNED AT GITMO

MILITARY BENEFITING FROM PAUPER DRAFT

LESS THAN HALF OF ELIGIBLE VETS HAVE GOTTEN MONEY FOR TUITION AND EXPENSES

BLACKWATER OFFERS TO TRAIN FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS

DEFENSE SECRETARY TELLS MEDIA NOT TO SHOW PHOTOS OF DYING SOLDIER

WILD WACKENHUT ALSO GUARDING NUCLEAR SITES

US MILITARY LARGEST SINGLE CONSUMER OF OIL IN THE WORLD

MILITARY BACKS DOWN ON RATING REPORTERS

OBAMA ADMIN ENGAGED IN MAJOR WAR NEWS CENSORSHIP

MILITARY CAUGHT SPYING ON WEST COAST PEACE ACTIVISTS

WAR KILLS TROOPS AND OUR ECONOMY

SUICIDE PREVENTION MANUAL PUSHES CHRISTIANITY

HONDURAS COUP LEADER TRAINED AT NOTORIOUS AMERICAN SCHOOL

FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS MILITARY CAN PRESSURE MINORS

WHOM DID WE KILL TODAY? TRACKING US. BOMBS

WHY DRONES DON'T WORK

THE NEW MILITARY PERVERSION: REMOTE WARFARE

THE DISEASE OF PERMANENT WAR

HUMAN RIGHTS SUPPORTERS ATTACK MILITARY COMMISSIONS

THE REAL DEFENSE BUDGET

EVANGELICALS SUBVERTING MILITARY

U.S. TROOPS PUSHED CHRISTIANITY IN AGHANISTAN

TAPED EVIDENCE THAT ARMY IS CONCEALNG POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AMONG VETS

PENTAGON WANTS PACKS OF ROBOTS TO HUNT DOWN 'NON-COOPERATIVE' HUMANS LIKE DOGS

SUBS THAT COLLIDED CARRIED MISSILES EQUAL IN POWER TO 1,248 HIROSHIMA BOMBINGS

AMERICA'S LAST FLAG OFFICER TO ACTUALLY WIN A WAR

BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY CHALLENGES WAR ON TERROR

IS THE MILITARY SUPPRESSING FRIENDLY FIRE DEATHS?

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DESIGNS NEW TORTURE WEAPON

PENTAGON SEEKS TO OVERTURN INITIATIVES AGAINST RECRUITING EXCESSES

CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN INTELLIGENCE

U.S. INVADES AFRICA, TOO

2008

AMERICA SPECIAL FORCES INVADING COUNTRIES ILLEGALLY

ARMY'S NEW PLAN FOR TROOP MIND CONTROL

THE COLLAPSE OF NATO

INTERNAL BRITISH SPY AGENCY REPORT CHALLENGES TERROR MYTHS

MILITARY RECRUITING VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL CHILD LAW

FORTY PERCENT OF MILITARY WOMEN AT HOSPITAL
REPORT BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTE
D

JROTC TEACHING SCHOOL CHILDREN HOW TO KILL EACH OTHER

MILITARY HEAVILY CENSORING PHOTOS OF THE WAR

FORMER GITMO PROSECUTOR SAYS TRIALS ARE RIGGED

HOW TO TELL THE RANK OF SOMEONE IN THE AIR FORCE'S BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM

THE AMERICAN WAR MOVES TO PAKISTAN

BUSH SHIFTS BLAME FOR 9/11

MILITARY SUICIDES SOAR

SEARS TO START SELLING LINE OF OFFICIAL U.S. MILITARY GARB

THE COLLAPSE OF NATO

INTERNAL BRITISH SPY AGENCY REPORT CHALLENGES TERROR MYTHS

FORTY PERCENT OF MILITARY WOMEN AT HOSPITAL REPORT BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

HOW TO TELL THE RANK OF SOMEONE
IN THE AIR FORCE'S BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM

We recently ran pictures of flight accomodations (top) for high Air Force brass provided by the Project on Government Oversight. POGO has now come up with the enlisted equivalent. Troops have sat for hours on long flights in mangled seats and on netting inside cargo aircraft. This photo (bottom) was taken at Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar. Al Udeid is a major logistics hub for U.S. operations in Afghanistan, and is a command center for operations in Iraq. It is home to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the U.S. Air Force.

TERRORISM: WRONG PICTURES

AMERICA PRIVATIZES ITS WARFARE

PENTAGON RESISTED IRAN AIR ATTACKS

PIMP MY RIDE -- AIR FORCE EDITION

 

US MILITARY PLANNED TO TEST DEADLY NERVE GAS ON AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS

AMERICA PRIVATIZES ITS WARFARE

NAVAL BLOCKADE OF IRAN WOULD BE AN ACT OF WAR

VETERANS' PSYCHOLOGIST TELLS STAFF TO STOP STRESS SYNDROME DIAGNOSES: "REALLY DON'T HAVE TIME"

MORE THAN 43,000 MEDICALLY UNFIT TROOPS SENT TO WAR

REVIVING THE GI BILL OF RIGHTS

SUICIDES & MENTAL RELATED DEATHS MAY TOP IRAQ BATTLE FATALITIES

THE PETRAEUS MYTH

THE COST OF PREJUDICE: 2-3 BATTLE BRIGADES

MAKING A KILLING ON THE WAR ON TERROR

FREE THINKING SOLDIER SUES ARMY OVER THREATS

SOLDIER'S FATHER EXPOSES CONDITIONS AT FT BRAGG

VA CONCEALED VET SUICIDE DATA

PENTAGON HEAVILY MANIPULATED TELEVISION MILITARY COVERAGE

THE BACKDOOR DRAFT

US AIR FORCE ADOPTS NAZI MOTTO

US AIR FORCE - The Air Force has a new advertising campaign to recruit the next generation of Airmen as well as better inform people about the Air Force mission: "Above All."

Although the phrase 'uber alles' describing Germany well precedes the rise of Hitler, any one who lived through World War II would easily associate it with its Nazi use. The adoption by the Air Force is either stupid or scary.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123087033

HEARING LOSS A MASSIVE PROBLEM AMONG TROOPS

WHAT IF THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY CAME?

SOLDIER CLAIMS PROMOTION DENIED BECAUSE OF HIS ATHEISM

ARMY UPGRADES 'NATION BUILDING' TO LEVEL OF COMBAT IN ITS LATEST MANUAL

PENTAGON LAWYER WHO TRIED TO RIG GITMO CASES RESIGNS

AIR FORCE BANS ALL SITES WITH WORD 'BLOG' IN THEM

PENTAGON: TREAT INTERNET LIKE AN ENEMY WEAPONS SYSTEM

SHORT-CHANGING MASSACHUSETTS FOR BAGHDAD

LIMITED HUGS CROP UP IN ARMY

BLACKWATER LEAVES MERCENARY TRADE ASSOCIATION BECAUSE ETHICS STANDARDS ARE TOO TOUGH

2007

'HIDDEN COSTS' DOUBLE PRICE OF TWO WARS

COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNCLE SAM'S RECRUITING INCENTIVES

GOP SENATOR CALLS FOR MILITARY DRAFT

BLACK RECRUITMENT TO ARMY PLUMMETS


LEARN HOW TO KILL PEOPLE BETTER AT THE BLACKWATER TRAINING CENTER

LOST IN IRAQ SINCE WORLD WAR II

ONE MAN'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE ILLEGAL MERCENARIES IN IRAQ

WASHINGTON POST

Detailed Video Report

WHISTLEBLOWER REVEALS PROBLEMS AT MOST WALTER REED BUILDINGS

EXPERTS OVERWHELMINGLY THINK U.S. IS LOSING WAR ON TERROR

9/11 STATS

[From the Independent, UK]

2,973 Total number of people killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the September 11, 2001 attacks

2,932 Total number of US servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since September 2001

72,000 Estimated number of civilians killed worldwide since September 11, 2001 as a result of the war on terror

2 Number of years since US intelligence had any credible lead to Osama bin Laden's whereabouts

1,248 Number of published books relating to the September 11 attacks

$40bn Airline industry losses since September 2001

91 per cent Terror cases from FBI and others that US Justice Dept declined to prosecute in first eight months of 2006

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article1466758.ece

 

THIS CHART, compiled by Ryan Singel at Wired, shows come of the the relative risks in contemporary life over the past five years. Other useful comparisons include those in a recent article in Foreign Affairs that estimates the probability of an American being killed in an terrorist incident is about 1 in 80,000. And as we have reported previously, you are also more likely to die of a workplace accident, be murdered, commit suicide, be killed by the side effects of a prescription drug, or die of cancer or heart disease.

2006

NEW TOY OF BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES

NEW GENERAL FOLLOWS ONGOING STRATEGIC VISION OF JESUS

ANNALS OF IMPROBABLE RESEARCH - After anxious months of waiting, Gregg F. Martin's superiors have again validated his strategic leadership principles. Martin wrote the classic military guide "Jesus the Strategic Leader." On February 17, G.W. Bush's nomination of Gregg F. Martin was confirmed by the Senate. After writing his famous study, then-Lieutenant Colonel Martin was promoted to command the 130th Engineer Brigade of the Army's 5th Corps. The 51-page-long "Jesus the Strategic Leader" [in the Army War College Journal] includes a drawing of Martin's "pyramid model" of Jesus the strategic leader. According to this model, Jesus is a pyramid, resting atop and partially intersecting God. God is a pyramid, too, but with a broader base. A third, inverted pyramid is supported atop Jesus' pyramid. This third pyramid begins with what Martin calls the "Top Three" disciples (Peter, James and John) and broadens to include the other apostles, then the disciples and, topping everything, the masses. Admirers are eager to see how high up the military pyramid the new general will rise.

GEORGE ORWELL ON THE LONG WAR

GEORGE ORWELL, 1984 - In past ages, a war, almost by definition, was something that sooner or later came to an end, usually in unmistakable victory or defeat. In the past, also, war was one of the main instruments by which human societies were kept in touch with physical reality. . . Physical facts could not be ignored. In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an airplane they had to make four.

Inefficient nations were always conquered sooner or later, and the struggle for efficiency was inimical to illusions. Moreover, to be efficient it was necessary to be able to learn from the past, which meant having a fairly accurate idea of what had happened in the past. Newspapers and history books were, of course, always colored and biased, but falsification of the kind that is practiced today would have been impossible. War was a sure safeguard of sanity, and so far as the ruling classes were concerned it was probably the most important of all safeguards. While wars could be won or lost, no ruling class could be completely irresponsible.

But when war becomes literally continuous, it also ceases to be dangerous. When war is continuous there is no such thing as military necessity. Technical progress can cease and the most palpable facts can be denied or disregarded. As we have seen, researches that could be called scientific are still carried out for the purposes of war, but they are essentially a kind of daydreaming, and their failure to show results is not important. Efficiency, even military efficiency, is no longer needed. Nothing is efficient in Oceania except the Thought Police. . .

War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist.

http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/17/

PENTAGON PLANS FOR PERPETUAL WAR AGAINST SOMEONE

PENTAGON'S PSYOPS FOR ITS OWN EMPLOYEES

2005.

IRAQ WAR MOST EXPENSIVE SINCE WORLD WAR II

GIs TOLD TO BUY THEIR OWN FLAK JACKETS

HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIR CHEERS PANIC PUSHERS

STATE DEPARTMENT HIDES STATS SHOWING TERROR WAR A FLOP

CIA REFUSES TO REVEAL TIES WITH NAZI WAR CRIMINALS

PENTAGON USING AGITPROP

BUSH PUTS AMERICAN BUSINESS AT RISK ABROAD

BIN LADEN DISTINGUISHES BETWEEN RED AND BLUE STATES

NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS UNDER LOCKDOWN BY ARMY TRAINERS

2004

CIA AT WAR WITH BUSH REGIME

GIs CLAIM THEY WERE TOLD: REENLIST OR GO TO IRAQ

57 YEAR OLD VET CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF KILLING

SELECTIVE SERVICE HEAD WANTS WOMEN TO REGISTER FOR DRAFT, RAISE MAX AGE TO 35

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF KILLING

BUSH UNDERESTIMATED WAR COSTS

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION AGAINST THE RECRUITMENT,
USE, FINANCING AND TRAINING OF MERCENARIES

US CONTRACTOR RECRUITS GUARDS FOR IRAQ IN CHILE

HOLD THAT NEXT WAR - U.S. NAVY NOT READY UNTIL DECEMBER

BUSH YOUTH ORGANIZE FOR NEXT WAR

THE PENTAGON'S MISSING $1 TRILLION

THE MAN BEHIND BUSH'S TOTAL WAR STRATEGY

US PRIVATE ARMY GROWS IN COLOMBIA AND ELSEWHERE

DARPA'S MONSTERS

 

 

 
 

ESSAYS

Essays on war

Mission creep: the militarizing of America

The biggest threat to America: ourselves

HOW TO TELL IF YOU'VE WON: A guide for would-be empires

TIME FOR A WAR ABOLITION MOVEMENT

WHY AFGHANISTAN IS SO IMPORTANT

WHY IS THE MILITARY SACRED?

MARTIAL LAW: Excerpts from an an article in a defense journal

THE THREE WARS WE'LL NEVER WIN

THE MATH OF TERRORISM

FROM INVASION TO OCCUPTION: SOME STATS

WHY MORE SECURITY DOESN'T WORK

WHY WE LOST THE WAR ON TERROR

THE REAL WAR: BETWEEN MYTH & REALITY

ALL WAR ALL THE TIME: THE PENTAGON'S PLAN

THE MURDER CAPITAL OF AMERICA

BRING THE GUARD HOMETHE U.S. ARMY IN AFGHANISTAN

A VETERAN SPEAKS: "I killed innocent people for my government"

THE U.S. AND TORTURE DEPLETED URANIUM: RECYCLING DEATH  

FILMS

The Tillman Story: Tillman, as he is being fired on by fellow American soldiers, says "I'm Pat fuckiing Tillman."

The Wars You Don't See

Every War Has Two Losers

BOOKS

Myths about the anti-Vietnam war movement

Drift by Rachel Maddow: Where's war going?

The End of War

When the World Outlawed War

When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home by Paula J. Caplan.. When veterans who make it home from Afghanistan or Iraq have psychological issues, the assumption often is that they need therapy and psychiatric drugs. A Harvard-based psychologist argues that in many cases what they are experiencing is a healthy reaction to an inhumane experience, and that therapy and drugs isolate them at a time when they most need honest communication with loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers. She gives detailed, practical advice for non-veterans about how to ask the right questions and how to listen, both so veterans will be able to share what they’ve been through and so the society that sent them will have a better understanding of the wars’ realities.Work Site

Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War by Richard E. Rubenstein: From the American Revolution to the end of World War II, the United States spent nineteen years at war against other nations. But since 1950, the total is twenty-two years and counting. On four occasions, U.S. presidents elected as "peace candidates" have gone on to lead the nation into armed conflicts. Repeatedly. In Reasons to Kill noted scholar Richard E. Rubenstein explores both the rhetoric that sells war to the public and the underlying cultural and social factors that make it so effective.

War is a Lie by David Swanson

ComeHomeAmerica.US

In 2010 a cross-ideological group got together for a day to discuss an antiwar coalition. Out of that session has come this book edited by Paul Buhle, Bill Kauffman, George O’Neill Jr. and Kevin Zeese. Among the contributors: Jesse Walker, Doug Bandow, Bill Kauffman, Cindy Sheehan, Ralph Nader and Sam Smith. As the book describes itself, "Throughout American history there have been times when movements developed that were outside the limited political dialogue of the two major parties, such as the abolitionists, the Anti-Imperialist League, the Non-Partisan League, and aspects of the Old Right and the New Left. Sometimes those movements have broken through and created paradigm shifting moments." ORDER

 

POCKET PARADIGMS
SAM SMITH

War is the joint exercise of things we were trained not to do as children.

War is doing things overseas that we would go to prison for at home.

Anyone can start a war. Starting a peace is really hard. Therefore it is much harder to be a peace expert than a war expert.

The media treats war as just another professional sport.

War has rules, which means that we can change the rules.

Murder, rape and slavery still exist. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't have banned them. The same is true of war.

Telling a country we won't negotiate with it until it does what you want is like saying you won't play a game unless you are allowed to win.

There is no evidence that supporting war, or telling presidents to do so, improves your testosterone level, so Ivy League professors are better advised to stick to tennis.

There is one way to deal with guerilla warfare and that is to resolve the problems that allow it to thrive. The trick is to undermine the violence of the most bitter by dealing honestly with the problems and complaints of the most rational.

Of course, there can be peace with so-called terrorist organizations; it's just a matter of whether one waits the better part of a century, as the British did in Northern Ireland, or whether you start talking and negotiating now.

Three thousand people is, of course, far too many to die for any reason. But it is also far too weak an argument for the end of democracy.

Peace is a state of reciprocity, of trust, of empirically based confidence that no one is about to do you in. It exists not because of intrinsic goodness or rampant naivete but because of a common, implicit understanding that that it works for everyone.

Implicit in the "what about their violence?" argument is the idea that what we do wrong is excusable because it has been matched by the other side. Of course, the other side sees it the same way so you end up with a perfect stalemate of violence. When I raised a similar argument as a kid, my mother's response was, "If Johnny were to jump off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff, too?" I never could come up with good answer to that and so eventually had to concede that somebody else's stupidity was not a good excuse for my own.

From the moment we commence a moral intervention we become a part of the story, and part of the good and evil. We are no longer the innocent bystander but a full participant whose acts will either help or make things worse. Our intentions become irrelevant; they are overwhelmed by the character of our response to them. The morality of the disease is supplanted by the morality of the cure. In fact, every moral act in the face of mental or physical injury carries twin responsibilities: to mend the injury and to avoid replacing it with another

One of the reasons America is in so much trouble is because it happily makes all sorts of compromises in order to get along with large dictatorships such as Russia and China, but thinks it can handle smaller operations like Hamas, North Korea, and Iran by simple obstinacy and belligerence. In other words, it is happy to talk with big terrorists, but not little ones. In fact, most of these small entities - and those who lead them - suffer from extreme inferiority complexes. By threatening war, imposing massive embargos and so forth, America merely feeds the sense of persecution and encourages the least rational reaction. A more sensible approach would be to constantly negotiate with these leaders and edge them towards reasonable participation in world affairs.

Imagine if we had told Israel and Palestine a few years ago that if they would just make nice we would give them enough money to equal Israel's GDP for one year and Palestine's for three. Take the time off, go to the Riviera or the Catskills, forget about productivity, and just party on thanks to the American taxpayer. Or if Israel and Palestine wanted to be really sensible, they could have invested in their countries' future instead. Think how much safer we would be today. . . But where would such a large sum of money come from? Well, all we would have had to have done was to cancel the invasion of Iraq and used the money as a carrot rather than as a bludgeon. For that is just what it has cost us so far. (2007)

The people who built castles and walled cities and moats are all dead now and their efforts at security seem puny and ultimately futile as we visit their unintended monuments to the vanity of human presumption. Like the castle-dwellers behind the moat, we are now spending huge sums to put ourselves inside a prison of our own making. It is unlikely to provide either security for our bodies nor solace for our souls, for we are simply attacking ourselves before others get a chance.

Empires and cultures are not permanent and while thinking about the possibility that ours is collapsing may seem a dismal exercise it is far less so than enduring the dangerous frustrations and failures involved in having one's contrary myth constantly butt up against reality - like a boozer who insists he is not drunk attempting to drive home. Instead of defending the non-existent, we could turn our energies instead towards devising a new and saner reality.

Places like Harvard and Oxford - and their after-school programs such as the Washington think tanks - teach the few how to control the many and it is impossible to do this without various forms of abuse ranging from sophism to corporate control systems to napalm. It is no accident that a large number of advocates of war - in government and the media - are the products of elite educations where they were taught both the inevitability of their hegemony and the tools with which to enforce it. It will, therefore, be some time before places such as Harvard and the Council on Foreign Relations are seen for what they are: the White Citizens Councils of state violence.

Castro, in his early days, spoke at the UN. But the hotels of New York refused him space. The result: Malcolm X found him a hotel in Harlem and a key early step was taken in the alienation of a man who, with just a little respect and effort, might not have tormented every American president since by refusing to die or fade away. Respect is important because it is a door wide enough for peace to enter. We need to try it more often.