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Guantanamo grows, despite U.S. promises to shut it down

Posted April 5th, 2013 by Jking8767
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Despite Barack Obama’s promise in 2009 – one of his first as president – to shut down “Gitmo,” the U.S. evidently has no intention of doing so anytime soon. In fact, the only thing concerning Gitmo that the Obama administration has shut down is the office of the special envoy, Daniel Fried, who had been tasked with its closure. The U.S. State Department reassigned Fried in late January, and he will not be replaced.

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Neglected History: US Gov't Attacked Protesting Veterans

Posted April 3rd, 2013 by StrayLite
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Another event history that is ignored in government indoctrination camps (public schools). This is an egregious example of how the US government has mistreated veterans. How many people know that Gen MacArthur attacked prtoesting veterans in Washington DC in the 20th Century?

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Marines' 'Poster Boy' for Suicide Prevention Kills Self

Posted March 5th, 2013 by anon4k
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Marines' 'Poster Boy' for Suicide Prevention Kills Self

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UK stripping terrorism suspects of citizenship

From the UK, more fodder for the debate over the US drone assassination campaign and the acceptability of killing citizens: In early February, a leaked white paper from the Obama Justice Department caused a small stir, because it laid out an expansive set of circumstances under which the president could order a citizen killed abroad. In September 2011, the US killed Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, both US citizens, and a few weeks later a US drone strike in Yemen also killed Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman.

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It's not just about the numbers

I don’t personally expect the sequestration to happen. If it does, I don’t expect it to last long. It’s all speculation at this point. But I’m going to take the unpopular (in Libertarian circles) stance of saying that it shouldn’t happen.

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Memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.

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US military suicides in charts: how they overtook combat deaths

Posted February 3rd, 2013 by iamodd999
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suicides have never been so high since data was recorded: up to 349 for 2012.

It exceeded the Pentagon's own internal projection of 325. US government began closely tracking suicides in 2001 through the Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER). It exceeds the 311 Americans who died in war zones last year.

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Private navy to provide security where state navies failed.

British entrepreneur Antony Sharp is starting a company which will provide armed escorts to ships transiting through the pirate infested Gulf of Aden. He hopes his company, Typhon [sic], will fill in the large security hole left by state-run navies.

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MLK's view of US militarism

The civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I've noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are). By King's own description, his work against US violence and militarism, not only in Vietnam but generally, was central - indispensable - to his worldview and activism, yet it has been almost completely erased from how he is remembered.

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Militia Act of 2013

A very interesting and logical solution/approach to the gun "control" stalemate. read the show prep URL first, then follow with the next three related articles in succession.
http://joshuaflashman.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/outline-of-2013-militia-act/
http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/10C13.txt
http://joshuaflashman.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/the-argument-for-the-mili...

Thank you in advance for your consideration on this show prep.

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