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.Read more »
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?Read more »
Marines' 'Poster Boy' for Suicide Prevention Kills SelfRead more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.
Thank you in advance for your consideration on this show prep.Read more »
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