Tag Archives: 9/11

A Veterans’ Anti-War Movement Takes Root at Peacestock, by Danny Sjursen

Social media activism has got to be replaced with holding signs, and standing in the rain [in Minnesota in the snow and cold, and both have been done by these vets]; joining Facebook groups replaced by joining Veterans for Peace and About Face (both).

Stop Killing and Dying in Afghanistan: Now More Than Ever, by David Swanson

“There are still about 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.” That says it all, in shorthand.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Twenty-First-Century History of Greed

The history of greed in our time has yet to be written, but what a story it will someday make.

A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an “Act of War” on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response be Similar? by Glenn Greenwald

Demanding that everyone agree that “punishment” toward Russia is warranted (upon pain of being found guilty of bad citizenship), while failing to specify what punishment would be just, warranted and rational. To do that is to deliberately beat the drums of war, cultivate an atmosphere of belligerence and aggression, without any limits or notions of proportionality.

Robert Koehler | Dancing with Fear

Maybe it’s time to stop regarding every challenge, danger, obstacle, mystery and fear we encounter as a military operation…

Empire of Destruction:  Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh 

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble   

Coleen Rowley | Russia-gate’s Mythical ‘Heroes’

Bush and Cheney used that post 9/11 period of obfuscation to “roll out” their misbegotten “war on terror,” which only served to exponentially increase worldwide terrorism.

Chris Hedges | Unspeakable

Chris Hedges on the most taboo topics in America, with David Talbot.

Evergreene Digest | Tom Engelhardt | Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! 
Their Precision Weaponry and Ours Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War. Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we […]

America’s Legacy Will Be Its Downfall: Empire Always Comes Home

Amidst the screaming of women and children, the silence of the dead, and the blaring sirens trying to respond to the fires and carry away the injured, viewers can hear the shouts of men, some in anger and some in frenzied attempts to rescue those buried under rubble or critically injured by the bombs.

Former FBI Agent, Coleen Rowley Talks About 9/11 Intelligence Failures and GWOT

Former FBI Special Agent and whistleblower, Coleen Rowley, joins us to discuss the greatest intelligence failure in American History.

Chris Hedges: States of Terror

Hedges: All the major candidates for president, including Bernie Sanders, along with a media that is a shameless echo chamber for the elites, embrace endless war. Lost are the art of diplomacy, the ability to read the cultural, political, linguistic and religious landscape of those we dominate by force,

Wars Of Vengeance Will Not Work For France, Just As They Failed The US

Bennis: Wars of vengeance won’t work for France anymore than they worked for the US.

9/11| Breaking the Cycle: How to Build Sustainable Peace Using the Contact Theory

Article: Contact Theory works best when it is applied to youth and children’s peace building programs. The change in attitudes and beliefs, which happens in the formative stage of a young person’s life, creates the conditions necessary for youth to form lasting relationships built on mutual trust and respect. Sustainable peace is rooted in relationships that maintain a sense of connectedness, trust, and the ability to communicate in a nonviolent manner.

Sonali Kolhatkar: We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

Kolhatkar: In the 14 years it has occupied Afghanistan, America’s longest war has achieved mostly bloodshed. Despite spending billions of dollars—the U.S. offered its largest share of foreign aid to Afghans last year—there is little to show for it. Nearly $10 billion was spent on arming and training Afghan forces. But as the dismal state of the Afghan National Army shows, that money may as well have been poured down the drain.

▶ Andrew Bacevich on American “Exceptionalism” • Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

Is it time to rethink our view that America is an “exceptional” country that needs to save the world?

William Boardman: USA Police State Celebrated as Defense of Freedom

Boardman: The mindless rush to reinstate government police powers undreamed of in the Constitution was a bitterly comic charade of American democracy. Some now celebrate the USA Freedom Act as “a cultural turning point for the nation.” Others condemn the USA Freedom Act as “a significant weakening of the tools” to protect the country. People on all sides claim to “welcome the debate” on national security.

Sonali Kolhatkar | Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

Kolhatkar: Part of the reason for this confusion is slick propaganda employed by proponents of mass surveillance.

Glenn Greenwald |”On Patriot Act Renewal” and “Anonymous Fearmongering”

“This is Glenn Greenwald with the Intercept, and my guest today is Jameel Jaffer, the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, and we are here to discuss the still intensifying drama in the Senate and the House over the debate concerning reauthorization of the Patriot Act, key provisions of which are scheduled to expire on June 1st.”

Karen J. Greenburg | Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

From the article: “Unless you have been strapped down to the board, have endured the agonizing feeling of the water overpowering your gag reflex, and then feel your throat open and allow pint after pint of water to involuntarily fill your lungs, you will not know the meaning of the word.