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How the Military Destroys the Lives of Soldiers Who Try to Tell the Truth

  • Bradley Manning is not the first military whistleblower to have his life ruined. The military is infamous for trying to silence soldiers who speak out against the war.
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Justine Sharrock, AlterNet

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

Last week (Aug 1-7), Representative Mike Rogers called for the execution of military whistleblower, Private Bradley Manning. His crime? Sharing the “Collateral Murder” video and the classified Afghanistan “war logs” with Wikileaks, which exposed the truth behind the failing war in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s cooperation with the Taliban, and potential war crimes. The 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst said he felt it was "important that it gets out...I feel, for some bizarre reason...it might actually change something.” He is currently in jail at Quantico, on suicide watch, and is facing up to 50 years in prison for exposing information the American public has the right to know.

“The government is engaging in selective prosecution to ensure that employees keep their mouths shut,” says Stephen Khon, a lawyer specializing in whistleblowing cases. “All of a sudden the whistleblower becomes public enemy number one. There is no proportionality.”

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The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting...

"Out of the mirror they stare, 
Imperialism's face And the international wrong." (W.H. Auden, 1907-1973, writing in 1939.)

Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research

Twenty years ago this August, with a green light from America, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. He had walked in to possibly the biggest trap in modern history, unleashing Iraq's two decade decimation, untold suffering, illegal bombings, return of diseases previously eradicated and what can also only be described as UN-sponsored infanticide.

The reason for the Kuwait invasion has been air brushed out of the fact books by Britain and America, and been presented as the irrational and dangerous act of a belligerent tyrant who was a threat to his neighbours. He had, they pointed out piously, attacked, then fought an eight year war with Iran, and exactly two years to the month, after the 20th August 1988 ceasefire, invaded Kuwait, on 2nd August 1990. 

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A gathering storm for hope

  • Bishop Zavala's presence felt like a breath of fresh air to those of us in New Mexico who've been speaking out for disarmament for years. Not every day does one hear a Catholic bishop speaking clearly and eloquently about this crucial matter -- especially here, where nuclear weapons were first built and a new generation of them is in the works, thanks to Obama. Bishop Zavala's presence heightened our hope.
  • Living by the Sword, Dying by the Sword

John Dear SJ, National Catholic Reporter

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Steve Clemens

"Tonight's theme is the momentum from a gathering storm for hope which I believe will one day bear fruit in abolishing all nuclear weapons." That's how Bishop Gabino Zavala, President of Pax Christi USA, launched our two-day observance last weekend (July 31-Aug 1) of the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He went on and offered us his clear-eyed view. "April of 2009 represented a sea change from the former administration," he said, referring to Obama's speech in Prague. "It clearly laid out our president's vision and commitment to nuclear disarmament," toward "a nuclear free world."

But then Obama's glaring contradiction. The bishop took him to task for allocating more national treasure for nukes than his predecessor. In many documents over the past decades, the bishop reminded us, nuclear weapons have inspired official condemnation from the Catholic Church. And he urged us to take it seriously, to keep building our grassroots movement. Make your hopes for peace come true, he concluded.

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Living by the Sword, Dying by the Sword, Gary G. Kohls, MD, Evergreene Digest

  • For the past 17 centuries most Christians, contrary to the way of Jesus, have been disobediently and faithlessly trying to live by the sword, and it hasn’t worked out so well. Jesus showed us the way to live. Let us follow that way. Amen.
  • Repenting of the Annihilation of Nagasaki Christianity by American Christians on August 9th, 1945

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Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War ~ Andrew Bacevich

  • Groupthink is alive and thriving in Washington, D.C., argues Bacevich, who's convinced that America's mightily militaristic and endlessly idealistic approach to the rest of the world is costing the country dearly. Boiling down his argument to the simplest terms: the world would get along just fine without this overarmed global policeman, and more important, the United States would fare far better at home if it weren't squandering so many of its gifts abroad.
  • The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's
  • The Trouble With Unconstitutional Wars

Reviewed by Andrew Bast, Newsweek

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

What’s the Big Deal?

The Pentagon, a nearly three-quarter-trillion-dollar agency, is the largest industrial organization on the planet. And it's armed to the gills. Washington's best and brightest minds--in Bacevich's estimate, the "elected and appointed officials, corporate executives and corporate lobbyists, admirals and generals, functionaries staffing the national security apparatus, media personalities, and policy intellectuals," who are all deriving "profit, power, and privilege" from the status quo--have not only failed you and me, they are steadily running the country into ruin. Though at times he makes his argument with the wrong tools, Bacevich's chief concern--that we're misusing our military--couldn't be more important.

Kool-Aid, Kool-Aid, everywhere. The problem, according to Bacevich, stems from the insular, self-reinforcing, warped thinking that goes on inside the beltway of Washington. He harps on it so much, you'd almost think he was a provincial politician running for the White House. But his point is well taken: the core principles that have positioned the U.S. as a stalwart against the global scourge of communism, a global policeman, and the tip of the spear in today's global war on terrorism go very much unquestioned. What's debated are the tactics, not the underlying assumptions. After all, so few figures of consequence raise questions like "Why must we fight a global war on terror?" that they're readily sidelined, written off quickly as forgettable members of the fringe.

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The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's ~ Tom Englehardt, Described in TomDispatch<>

  • In The American Way of War, Engelhardt documents Washington's ongoing commitment to military bases to preserve and extend its empire; reveals damning information about the American reliance on air power, at great cost to civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.
  • Wars Don't Make Heroes
  • Advice for General Petraeus on the Rules of Engagement

The Trouble With Unconstitutional Wars, Ron Paul, R-TX

  • We should follow constitutional protocol when going to war. It is there for a reason. The founders knew that heads of state are far too eager to engage in military conflicts. That is why they entrusted the power to go to war with the deliberative body closest to the people – the Congress.
  • Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

 

 

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