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Pornographic War Gazing: Why We Don't Look Away

The media do not make us; no wars are started because of what can be seen on a news broadcast. We news consumers are addicts, badnewsaholics. From video games to action films and thriller novels we not only consume wars; we get high from seeing the dark side played out.

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Daniel Martin Varisco, Religion Dispatches

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Eye of the holder. Army Photography Contest 2007. Image courtesy flickr user familymwr

When it comes to grabbing attention bad news is the best news. Whether selling war or natural disaster or a fugitive serial killer, the competitive edge goes to the media outlet that can scoop the most violence, brutality or sheer inhumanity in an event.


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The most recent news cycle of political protests started out on a hopeful note. As the spirit of frustrated youthful protest spread at tweet speed to dictatorial regimes and elitist monarchies, journalists flocked to North Africa and the modern day Holy Land. Live coverage has shifted from country to country, depending in large part on where the most violence is erupting. Yet, as much as the story may be promoted as one of hope and liberation, the hook is all about devastation.


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WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning now 'medium custody' prisoner

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  • Bradley Manning is still incarcerated for nearly a year without trial. The documents he is accused of leaking show war crimes and other crimes....None of these people are being punished in any way, while Manning who has not been convicted of anything remains in confinement.
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  • With PR Stunt on Manning, Pentagon Offers No Answers, Only Contrivance
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Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

Thanks to Evergreene Digest Reader Kevin Zeese for this contribution.

Stand with Brad by Kevin Zeese

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Suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, whose treatment in custody has spurred protests from supporters and human rights groups, is now considered a “medium custody” prisoner and is allowed three hours of recreation a day, the U.S. Army announced this afternoon (April 28).

The announcement came at the end of a morning press tour of the facility here where Manning is being held. NCR was part of the tour, which included about a dozen representatives from local, national, and international press organizations.

Manning was moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility here April 20 from the Marine brig in Quantico, Va. where he had been held since July, 2010.

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With PR Stunt on Manning, Pentagon Offers No Answers, Only Contrivance, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), OpEdNews
Today (April 28) the Army is hosting a 'Media Day' at the prison where Private First Class (Pfc.) Bradley Manning, the Army soldier accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks, is being held. Pfc. Manning was moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility, Ft. Leavenworth from the Marine Corp Brig Quantico following criticism of his treatment there which may have violated his constitution rights.

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Let the Patriot Act Die

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Invasive provisions about to expire haven’t made us safer.

Coleen Rowley and Philip Leggiere, Washington Times | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Patriot by Alexander Hunter for the Washington Times

In little more than a month, three of the 160 provisions of the notorious Patriot Act are set to expire. While federal officials have claimed that Congress must reauthorize those provisions to keep the nation safe, we should take their claims with a grain of proverbial salt. Last month, FBI Director Robert Mueller urged Congress to extend these provisions, set to expire May 27, and even to make them permanent. Section 215 authorizes secret court orders for business records. The “Lone Wolf” wiretapping provision allows the government to track non-U.S. citizens inside the country even if they have no affiliation to a foreign power or terrorist group. Finally, the “John Doe” roving wiretap provision allows open-ended wiretapping orders limited neither to a particular suspect nor particular phones or devices.

Mr. Mueller warned ominously that without these powers, law enforcement and counterterror investigations would be severely undermined, adding, predictably, that they are “critical to national security.”

But his words have an all too familiar - and hollow - ring.

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Special Project | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks: April 27

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  • Barack Obama on Bradley Manning: 'He broke the law'
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  • The "Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights" Devastates the Credibility of the Military Justice System
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  • Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Charges Should Be Dismissed
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  • Free Bradley Manning
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  • Special Report | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks II
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Barack Obama on Bradley Manning: 'He broke the law' MJ Lee and Abby Phillip, Politico

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  • The president's remarks drew immediate fire from some tracking the case.
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  • Steven Aftergood, a classified information expert at the Federation of American Scientists, told POLITICO, “The president got carried away and misspoke. No one should mistake a charge for a conviction — especially the nation’s highest official.”
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The "Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights" Devastates the Credibility of the Military Justice System, Kevin Zeese, OpEdNews.com

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  • The Bradley Manning Exception to the Bill of Rights is devastating the credibility of the military court system. President Obama has made a fair trial impossible with his announcement of Manning's guilt. It is time to end this kangaroo court prosecution.
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  • Barack Obama on Bradley Manning: 'He broke the law'
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Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Charges Should Be Dismissed After Obama Declares Accused Army Whistleblower "Broke the Law"
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
We speak to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about President Obama’s comments last week on accused U.S. Army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning. Speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Obama openly declared that Manning—who has been accused of leaking classified military documents, but has yet to stand trial—has broken the law. Obama was also asked to compare the actions of Manning to Ellsberg, who leaked the most important secret documents about the Vietnam War. Obama said the cases are not similar because “Ellsberg’s material wasn’t classified the same way.” In fact, the material disclosed in the Pentagon Papers was designated Top Secret, the highest secrecy designation under law, whereas the material allegedly leaked by Manning to WikiLeaks was marked “secret” or “classified,” among the lowest-level secrecy designations. [includes rush transcript]

Free Bradley Manning, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
I have a confession to make: I have been on the fence about Bradley Manning as the drama of his detention and the Wikileaks documents have unfolded. While I believe deeply that those who leak classified materials are acting out of conscience and for the good of the people, I also believe criminal acts - even ones of conscience - must be met with punishment as required in any society that wishes to live by the rule of law. Arrest and detention are part of any illegal act of civil disobedience, and are to be expected as the natural consequence of such an act.

Special Report | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange,  & Wikileaks II, David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Turn for the worse for Bradley Manning
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  • Top US legal scholars voice outrage at 'torture' of Bradley Manning
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The Truth About American Exceptionalism

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  • Recent research contradicts the fundamental tenet of American exceptionalism. A Brookings Institution report comparing economic mobility in the United States and other countries concludes, “…“Starting at the bottom of the earnings ladder is more of a handicap in the United States than it is in other countries.”
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  • America is exceptional but not in the way Republican Presidential candidates think
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  • Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads’ the World
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David Morris, On the Commons

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For Republican presidential candidates the phrase American Exceptionalism has taken on almost talismanic qualities. Newt Gingrich’s new book is titled, A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters. “American the Exceptional” is the title of a chapter in Sarah Palin’s book America by Heart.

And woe be to those who take issue with the phrase. 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declares, “To deny American exceptionalism is in essence to deny the heart and soul of this nation.” 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney insists, “The reorientation away from a celebration of American exceptionalism is misguided and bankrupt.”

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Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads’ the World, Richard Clark, Blue Anchor Project

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  • We have set our country back more than 100 years — to the 1800′s — when the Robber Barons ruled and our politics were corrupted to the core.
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  • Be proud, Americans.   Be very proud.
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  • We’re Number One!
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  • Is this a great country or what?
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The US Military is America's Biggest Security Threat

The US military is the number one threat to US security. It's leaders are part of the problem. Yes, we do need some form of military strength, but what we have is a cancerous monster that is totally unaccountable and out of control.

Rob Kall, OpEdNews

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America's Military has become the biggest threat to US security.

The USA's military is supposed to make the US more secure. But it has become, for many reasons and in many ways, the biggest threat to American security, the American way of life and even America's future. The leaders-- both military and civilian-- have to be considered part of the threat-- part of the problem, part of the system that is endangering America.

The US Military is a huge cancer on our budget. It weakens our economy, weakens our currency, saps our ability to maintain vital infrastructure.  The 700 plus military bases spread throughout the world are supposed to make us more secure. Our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya are supposed to make us more secure. Instead, the wars have raised the levels of hate for the US to unprecedented levels.

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The role of government

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If you have been appalled by Republican Party actions, be sure to see the first 20 minutes of Rachel Maddow's program of  Tues April 5th on MSNBC. It is the most fact-filled, effective explanation I have seen in decades talking about the role of government.

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

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Forty some years ago, Alabama Gov George Wallace, a segregationist, ran for pres. A  major talking points was,”there ain't a dimes worth of difference between the two parties.” Some of us allowed that maybe there was 15 cents worth.

If you have been appalled by Republican Party actions, be sure to see the first 20 minutes of Rachel Maddow's program of  Tues April 5th on MSNBC. It is the most fact-filled, effective explanation I have seen in decades talking about the role of government.

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Special Report | The Fight for the American Dream IV

"The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."

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  • Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically
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  • America's ruling class is letting us--and itself--down
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

http://media.caglecartoons.com/media/cartoons/21/2005/03/26/14330_600.jpg Petar Pismestrovic

*Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically, Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press/Dallas Morning News | TX<http://hosted2.ap.org>
http://evergreenedigest.org/super-rich-see-federal-taxes-drop-dramatically
There are so many breaks that 45 percent of U.S. households will pay no federal income tax for 2010, according to estimates by the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank.
This Tax Day, Make THEM Pay
Woe to You, Legislators!
Throw Out the Money Changers

Right-Wing Bullies Hold Nation Hostage, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog/Social Europe Journal<http://www.social-europe.eu>
Why the Right-Wing Bullies Will Hold the Nation Hostage Again and Again
Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression
http://evergreenedigest.org/right-wing-bullies-hold-nation-hostage

*America's ruling class is letting us--and itself--down, E.J. Dionne, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA<http://seattletimes.nwsource.com>
Resolving the deficit problem requires America's ruling class to recognize its obligation to contribute more to a government that is neither investing enough in the future nor doing a very good job of improving the lives and opportunities of the less affluent.
How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us
The Peasants Need Pitchforks
http://evergreenedigest.org/americas-ruling-class-letting-us-and-itself-...

Throw Out the Money Changers, Chris Hedges<http://www.truthdig.com/chris_hedges>, TruthDig<www.truthdig.com>
Once we defy the religion of unfettered capitalism, once we demand that a society serve the needs of citizens and the ecosystem that sustains life, rather than the needs of the marketplace, once we learn to speak with a new humility and live with a new simplicity, once we love our neighbor as ourself, we break our chains and make hope visible.
These are remarks Chris Hedges made in Union Square in New York City last Friday during a protest outside a branch office of the Bank of America.
Special Report | Protests: April 15
http://evergreenedigest.org/throw-out-money-changers

As Labor Goes, So Goes the Nation, Melvyn Dubofsky, In These Times<http://inthesetimes.com>
Unions once united workers across gender and racial boundaries. Their decline imperils modern American liberalism.
Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class"
America's ruling class is letting us--and itself--down
http://evergreenedigest.org/labor-goes-so-goes-nation

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes, David Cay Johnston, Willamette Week | OR<http://www.wweek.com>
Here is a question to ask yourself: We started down this road with Reagan’s election in 1980 and upped the ante in this century with George W. Bush. How long does it take to conclude that a policy has failed to fulfill its promises?
How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us
The Peasants Need Pitchforks
http://evergreenedigest.org/9-things-rich-dont-want-you-know-about-taxes

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