In Whose Machine Will YOU Be a Cog?

by Joe Scarry

When I was a college freshman, I rowed on the crew team for a brief time.

Before long, I realized that I couldn’t memorize thousands of Chinese characters and plumb the depths of the writing of Flannery O’Connor and also exhaust myself every day out on the Charles, and the rowing went away. But before that happened, I developed a memory in my body of being in a boat with seven others rowers, doing everything I could to keep my oar moving in unison with theirs and also pulling for dear life against the water that felt thick and immovable as concrete.

Rowers in a shell move forward and backward with the movement of the boat on sliding seats; they wield long oars that have to move in unison in order to avoid colliding with each other. You don’t just pull with your arms; it’s a coordinated thrust of your entire body. The shell doesn’t just move forward; if surges up out onto the surface of the water with every stroke, gliding at top speed. Continue reading

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What We Should Really Remember On Memorial Day

by  Braden Avant

smedley On Memorial Day, we hear countless repetitions of something like “Let’s remember what this day is about.  God bless the troops.  Thank you for giving us our freedoms.” As many people repeat these knee-jerk reactions on government holidays like this one, let’s consider some other points.

First, Memorial Day technically is about remembering fallen troops.  I point that out because these days, most government holidays have devolved into the same thing – some vague government glorifying holiday where we all get together, eat hot dogs, wave flags, and praise all things military.

On this day, we really should remember fallen troops.  It should be about remembering and paying respect to the men and women who have lost their lives while in the military.  These are people’s loved ones, friends, parents, and children.  I think military men for the most part are well-intentioned.  They’re doing what they think is best.  They’ve found a way to start a life and gain skills.  They love their families, their hometowns, and are doing what they’ve been told is the best thing to preserve and honor these things they love.  Individual servicemen don’t make the big decisions, don’t decide to start a bombing campaign, or to overthrow a government.  They are just following orders and “serving their country”.  And I get that. But should we respect it? No. Continue reading

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Memorial Day! Americans Honor Military that Slaughters Children

[This isn’t meant to be a feel good piece. It’s controversial. If you have a different anti-war opinion you would like to be published, contact me at akeaton@antiwar.com.]

by jay janson

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in his book The Fire This Time – US War Crimes in the Gulf wrote, and has since kept repeating, “the greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy.” America’s most famous defector from the war establishment would of course would be gratified to hear this spoken of by activists who present themselves as anti-imperialists and protest their government’s ordered deadly use of the America’s Armed Forces on innocent populations overseas.

Crimes are meant to be prosecuted, and criminals made to pay for what they have done! Otherwise, how on earth will the US-led Western speculative investors in profitable genocidal crimes against humanity ever stop their investing in the massive murdering of millions of children in their own beloved countries, often as not, in their own homes in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Congo, Guatemala, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, just to name some of the nations in which lives have been taken to a total of tens of millions in order to maintain, as Martin Luther King cried out, “unjust predatory investments.” Continue reading

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Straight From Uncle Sam’s Mouth: ISIS To Be Used As U.S. Strategic Asset

Every so often, a snippet of what the enlightened lords and ladies who comprise our ruling elite discuss amongst themselves in plain, unambiguous terms slips out into full view of us peasants and peons. Unfortunately, not enough of us notice.

In case you missed it, Judicial Watch recently obtained more than 100 previously classified documents from the U.S. departments of State and Defense as a result of a FOIA lawsuit they filed back in May of 2014. Most of the media coverage of these documents has been devoted to details related to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Brad Hoff, however, has recently written at Levant Report that one 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document that made the rounds with various U.S. intelligence and other government agencies made a rather prescient prediction coupled with an astonishingly straightforward admission:

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MEMORIAL DAY 2015: Can We Write Our Own Story?

By Joe Scarry

In past years, I’ve reminded people that Memorial Day is a day, most of all, to renew our commitment to NOT waging war.

In 2012, in particular, I was thinking about this in the wake of the NATO Summit in Chicago:“THIS Memorial Day, Honor the Fallen: STOP Drone Killing!”

Instead of waiting for Memorial Day to come, and silently lamenting the useless loss of life and the fact that the world isn’t turning toward peace, shouldn’t we be publicly putting forward the headline we want to see on Memorial Day?

Here’s mine:

The Memorial Day 2015 we want:
Obama, Putin in Direct Talks to End Nukes; “A Share Obligation to Prevent Disaster”
OBAMA: “We’ve heard the rest of the world loud and clear. It’s time for us to disarm.”
PUTIN: “We’ve heard the rest of the world loud and clear. It’s time for us to disarm.”


What headline would YOU like to see on Memorial Day 2015? (Add comments below!)

More . . . 

Key 2015 Events for Nuclear Disarmament Movement Organizers

5 Ways YOU Can Make a Difference on #NoNukesTuesday

360 Degree Feedback in New York (2014 NPT Prepcom and How the World Views the United States)

Reviews of “Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom” by Elaine Scarry

Obama Nobel Peace Prize – REVOKED!

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Hersh’s Bin Laden Story Revisited

Veteran journalist and historian Gareth Porter recently published an article at Truth-Out.org disputing one key element in Seymour Hersh’s recent bombshell story on the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

According to Porter, bin Laden was not sequestered in Abottabad by the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI, for some five years, as claimed by Hersh’s sources, but was instead exiled there by al-Qaeda. Porter’s source is a retired Pakistani brigadier general who had done his own research into the circumstances surrounding the bin Laden raid using contacts he had known in South Waziristan from his military service there some years earlier. They had put the retired general, Shaukat Qadir, in touch with tribal couriers who had served a leading militant allied with al-Qaeda. And though Qadir had never had any involvement in the ISI himself, one of the ISI officers involved in an investigation of the bin Laden killing had once been under his command and assisted him in his own investigation. The information borne out of Qadir’s research was the basis of Porter’s own 2012 article on the bin Laden raid. That piece goes into some detail of how al-Qaeda began to perceive bin Laden as something of a crazy old nuisance, obsessing over such delusional goals as a takeover of Pakistan’s heavily guarded Kahuta nuclear reactor. Furthermore, Qadir confirmed from discussions with various residents in the neighborhood of the Abottabad compound that there was never any evidence of ISI guards, contrary to the claims of Hersh’s sources.

Interestingly enough, Porter points out that the claim, relayed by Hersh, that a retired ISI intelligence officer revealed bin Laden’s location to the CIA in exchange for a $25 million reward actually serves the interests of certain CIA muckety-mucks, including those of CIA Director Leon Panetta. They had begun to disdain the ISI for having the gall to demand curtailment of CIA espionage in Pakistan and a reduction of U.S. drone strikes. Claims of ISI complicity in hiding bin Laden first began to surface in the summer of 2011 as U.S.-Pakistani tensions over those issues increased.

In Porter’s account, the fix on bin Laden’s location was made after the ISI asked the CIA to place the Abottabad house under satellite surveillance following their investigation of the suspicious activities of a man named Arshad Khan. His cell phone number, which the ISI provided to the CIA, was the same as that of the owner of the house.

But regardless of how the CIA came to locate bin Laden–whether it was a tip-off from a former Pakistani insider seeking reward money, as reported by Hersh, or if it instead happened as described by Porter (who doesn’t raise any other disputes with Hersh’s story)–a tangled web of U.S. government lies is revealed in either account. For it was not torture–of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed or anyone else–that located bin Laden, as was initially suggested by U.S. government officials and the mainstream media, nor was it the U.S. government’s massive and indiscriminate electronic surveillance programs.

Nor was there a dramatic exchange of gunfire between bin Laden and the SEALs, as claimed in the official story. According to Porter’s reporting, bin Laden was most likely so ill that he could barely walk.

And the question remains–why was it so important to kill bin Laden rather than take him  alive? An unnamed U.S. “senior intelligence official” claimed soon after the raid that the bin Laden compound was “an active command and control center” for international terrorism at the time of the raid. But according to Porter’s reporting, bin Laden had become something of an annoyance to al-Qaeda at worst, and a joke at best. They had convinced him to relocate to Abottabad with the pretense that he could command them from there, after which they proceeded to simply ignore his impractical, half-baked proposals for more 9/11 type anti-American attacks. (A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that any claims of an unnamed source that are reported by independent journalists, and which contradict the official versions of certain events, will almost always be reflexively dismissed by the mainstream media. Official U.S. government claims that are supported by unnamed sources from within their own ranks, however, will almost always be accepted at face value.)

The CIA’s own post-raid analysis of a cache of documents seized at the Abottabad house revealed bin Laden’s self-delusion and impotence, but if they were previously so convinced that he was still a major terrorist operator, why wouldn’t they have valued him more highly alive, as a major intelligence asset?

Just what kind of objectives were met by killing him?

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Re: Hersh’s Story on Killing Bin Laden: The Painfully Obvious

To pick up on Robert Kaercher post, a friend just recently sent me this piece by Trevor Trimm.  I cannot figure out why a website like the DrudgeReport (which will link to anyone with a hot enough story – even infowars.com) will not mention this story.

Is this the case of the mainstream media being lazy?  Are they circling the wagons?  Are they being leaned on by the State Department?  Perhaps they are legitimately concerned about how this might damage the US and its foreign policy (as if it needed anything more to help out in this area).

Are the Saudi’s paying off the press?

Are the Pakistani’s being threatened to keep mum?

Where is the fourth estate?  This story should have enough legs to at least raise some serious questions.  I understand that when an official government story line is usually questioned it automatically gets ‘conspiracy’ treatment, but this is different.

When the Lewrockwell.com site and the Young Turks are on the same side of the fence, then this is a big story.

Maybe this is just an organic start of something big that is about to explode.

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