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An Open Letter To The Troops: You're Not Defending Our Freedoms

  • Every U.S. soldier who dies in Iraq and Afghanistan dies for nothing, which was the same thing that some 58,000 men of my generation died for in Vietnam.
  • General Smedley Butler: War Is a Racket
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

Jacob G. Hornberger, The Future of Freedom Foundation

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Young%20Woman%20Lying%20Prostate%20at%20a%20Vet%27s%20Grave.jpgMay 31, 2011 | Dear Troops:

Yesterday — Memorial Day — some people asserted, once again, that you are “defending our freedoms” overseas.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Those people are just repeating tired old mantras. The reality is that you are not defending our freedoms with your actions overseas. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Your actions overseas are placing our freedoms here at home in ever-greater jeopardy.

Jacob G. Hornberger: President, The Future of Freedom Foundation

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smedleybutlerphoto.bmp War Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler. In them, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Gen. Butler made a nationwide tour in the early 1930s giving his speech "War is a Racket". The speech was so well received that he wrote a longer version as a small book with the same title that was published in 1935 by Round Table Press, Inc., of New York. The booklet was also condensed in Reader's Digest as a book supplement which helped popularize his message. In an introduction to the Reader's Digest version, Lowell Thomas, the "as told to" author of Butler's oral autobiographical adventures, praised Butler's "moral as well as physical courage."

 

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Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare, Ann Jones, The Intercept

  • The military ambitions of the U.S. will not be restrained by the “true costs of war,” not even those exacted on the bodies of its soldiers.
  • A Trail of Tears

Memorial Day: Pick Your Perversion

 

  • VFP%20logo.jpgOn this Memorial Day, Veterans For Peace asks you to mourn not only for Americans killed in battle, but also for those killed by Americans in battle. We ask you to be willing to accept the fact that these war deaths did not have to happen—that they are actually in vain. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died in American wars of aggression. That is a tragedy and is a truth that must be accepted and for which we must take responsibility.
  • War Crimes and Forgetting
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace

emetary-IRAQ-war-images-11121612-514x268-300x156.jpgMay 25, 2012 | Memorial Day, originally known as “Decoration Day,” was created in the aftermath of the Civil War as a day to honor the memory and sacrifice of Union soldiers who had died in battle. It later broadened to include the theme of reconciliation, honoring Confederate soldiers as well; and through the years has become a day to remember all U.S. military personnel who have died in combat. Increasingly, it evolved from simply decorating the graves and solemn memorialization of those killed, to opportunities for flag-waving, nationalistic displays with parades, marching bands and political speeches. Today, it has become a perversion of its original intent in two ways.

Perversion #1—Commercialism/Consumerism/Entertainment

Perversion #2—American Exceptionalism

Leah Bolger spent 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired in 2000 at the rank of Commander. She is currently a full-time peace activist and serves as the National President of Veterans For Peace. 

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Veterans%27%20concerns%20%26%20stories.jpgWar Crimes and Forgetting, Pete Dolack, National Veterans for Peace / CounterPunch

  • The “debate” surrounding the war is a textbook example of corporate media obfuscation.
  • No Mercy in Neighboring Countries
  • The Long Reach of Vietnam War Deceptions

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Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare, Ann Jones, The Intercept

  • The military ambitions of the U.S. will not be restrained by the “true costs of war,” not even those exacted on the bodies of its soldiers.
  • A Trail of Tears

Derailing Amtrak: Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis

  • Rather than issuing money to bail out the largest multinational banks, the Federal Reserve could do a round of quantitative easing directed at developing US infrastructure, creating US jobs using US labor and materials. But Congress seems bent instead on creating an artificial debt crisis to justify the privatization of the nation’s choicest public assets, opening them to exploitation by wealthy investors.
  • America’s rotting empire

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt / LA Progressive

Pat Bagley | amtrak-choice-700.jpgPat Bagley 

May 19, 2015 | The dangerous underfunding of US infrastructure was underscored by a fatal train derailment on May 12th. The tragedy did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from voting to slash Amtrak funding the very next day. There are ways Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes. But the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.

The May 12th train derailment near Philadelphia, which killed eight people and hospitalized 200, was the deadliest Amtrak accident in recent history. The train barreled around a dangerous bend at 106 mph, more than double the 50 mph speed limit for the curve.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her websites are http://WebofDebt.com, http://PublicBankSolution.com, and http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.

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thm1024/1369694870_Comp%201_00000.jpgAmerica’s rotting empire, CJ Werleman, AlterNet 

  • Billionaires galore and a crumbling infrastructure
  • More proof we're in rapid decline: Not a single U.S. city currently ranks among the world's most livable
  • We're NOT Number 1: Guess Which Country Now Has a More Affluent Middle Class Than America?
  • 5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

 

The Truth About the TPP That (Virtually) No One Wants to Tell You

  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • Part 1: Sen. Sessions Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents
  • Part 2: Elizabeth Warren’s Trade Deal Fears Confirmed: Canada Uses NAFTA to Challenge Volcker Rule
  • sign-btn.pngPetition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP

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Part 1: Sen. Sessions Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. But he has gone a step farther than other members - he told members of Congress
  • Other Elected Officials Should Do the Same

Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

TPP-Break-the-Silence-e1431905081984.png May 17th, 2015 | Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members – he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.

Sessions’ action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.

Kevin Zeese is a participant in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. He also co-directs (with Margaret Flowers)  It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Part 2: Elizabeth Warren’s Trade Deal Fears Confirmed: Canada Uses NAFTA to Challenge Volcker Rule

The fact that Canada thinks it has a strong case for having its bonds exempted from the Volcker Rule looks to be a harbinger of the creative ways these pending, toxic trade deals could be deployed, given their far more sweeping provisions.

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

stopp-tppa.jpgMay 14, 2015 | In her attacks on Obama’s pending trade deals, Elizabeth Warren has argued that could undermine US financial regulations like Dodd Frank. The Administration has taken to trying to dismiss Warren as not knowing what she was talking about. More skillful defenders of the traitorous trade deals took the tact of saying that Warren could in theory be right, but the odds of her fears playing out were so remote as to not be worth worrying about.

In a long, careful article in the Nation yesterday, George Zornick explains even with the limited information that we have now about the contents of proposed treaties like the TPP and its ugly European step-sister, the TTIP, Warren’s worries are valid. 

Yves Smith’s blog, Naked Capitalism, is a highly-ranked and admired website focusing on the economy and finance. The author of ECONned, published in 2010, she “blows the top wide open on the role that economists and policy makers had in enabling Wall Street greed and misdeeds,” according to NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini. Yves Smith is the pen name of Susan Webber, a Principal of Aurora Advisors, Inc.

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sign-btn.pngPetition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP, The Pen 

  • Mr. President, the more you try to defend the indefensible TPP the bigger your lies seem to get, and just this last Friday you told some serious whoppers.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

 
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Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

  • The military ambitions of the U.S. will not be restrained by the “true costs of war,” not even those exacted on the bodies of its soldiers.
  • A Trail of Tears

Ann Jones, The Intercept

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Friday, May 15, 2015 | It is the business of soldiers to be killed, and the job of civilians to be grateful for their human sacrifice, because that’s the way God wants it, or so we have been told by famous generals, patriotic politicians, war profiteers and public relations firms under contract to the Pentagon.

But American­ wars have produced masses of other, far more troublesome soldiers who instead came home with crippling physical and mental wounds. They are the subject of Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran, a valuable history by John M. Kinder. His concern is not the multiple problems of individual disabled vets, but the capitalized Problem they collectively present to U.S. policymakers.

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Ann Jones is the author of “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars—the Untold Story.”

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A Trail of Tears, Ann Jones, TomDispatch.com 

  • How Veterans Return From America's Wars
  • Wounded Soldiers: They Didn't Know What They Were Getting Into

 

How America’s ‘News’ Media Killed America’s Democracy: TPP & TTIP

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  • The idea that these are ‘free market’ treaties is the biggest of all Big Lies. They’re a transfer of sovereignty from national democracies to a fascistic world government.
  • The betrayals go on in broad daylight.
  • Here’s How Your Senators Voted, in the Key Senate Vote to End American Democracy
  • Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP

Eric Zuesse, Greanville Post

TPP-Fast-Track-Protest-Capitol-1-600x339.jpgMay 15, 2015 | As I reported on Wednesday, a deal was worked out in the U.S. Senate on the early afternoon of May 13th to “Fast-Track” through to approval U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed trade deals, TPP with Asia, and TTIP with Europe. (It should have been reported on the nightly TV news programs, but most of them ignored it then, and reported the news only the next day when the Senators made it official.)

TPP and TTIP have been represented in America’s press as ‘trade’ deals, but instead they’re actually about sovereignty. They’re about America and the other participating countries handing their democratic sovereignty — on regulation of the environment, consumer protection, worker protection, and finance — over to panels, all of whose members will be selected by the large international corporations that for years have been working with U.S. President Obama’s Trade Representative to draft these “trade” treaties.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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sign-btn.pngPetition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP, The Pen

 

  • Mr. President, the more you try to defend the indefensible TPP the bigger your lies seem to get, and just this last Friday you told some serious whoppers.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

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