Congresswoman Lee Introduces Bill to Repeal the Authorization to Use Military Force

By David Swanson Congresswoman Barbara Lee, like Jeanette Rankin before her, bravely stood alone in Congress against a vote for war, the vote in 2001 for the so-called Authorization to Use Military Force, a Constitutionally dubious passing of the war … Continue reading

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I Just Found 29 Million Jobs

By David Swanson No, not 29 million job offers. I’m no better at applying for jobs than you are, and my town offers nothing but dead-end McJobs or positions in the military industrial complex, just like yours. I mean I … Continue reading

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Insider Tells Why Obama Chose Not to Prosecute Torture

By David Swanson If you can think back all the way to January 2009, back when wars were ending, Guantanamo was closing, the Pentagon was getting oversight, employees were going to have free choice, the rich would start paying taxes, … Continue reading

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Knock Knock Knocking on the Devil’s Door

By David Swanson   Last year I reviewed a book called “Apocalypse Never” that made a powerful case for our options being limited to two: either we get rid of nuclear weapons or humanity will be destroyed. I noted then a … Continue reading

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Can Coffee Prevent Military Suicides?

By David Swanson It is difficult to watch this video without both crying and being inspired.  Ashley Joppa-Hagemann recounts her husband’s struggles before he killed himself to avoid an eighth or ninth tour in the Iraq-Afghanistan Wars. Ashley confronted Donald Rumsfeld last … Continue reading

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Will Obama Denounce MLK as Memorial Dedicated?

By David Swanson That sounds like a crazy question, doesn’t it?  Why would President Obama denounce Martin Luther King, Jr.? Well, the reason I ask is that he’s done it before. Really?  But surely he wouldn’t do it on such … Continue reading

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Richard Clarke Is Being Too Nice to George Tenet

By David Swanson Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-Terrorism Richard Clarke suggests that former CIA Director George Tenet blocked the sharing of information within the government on two members of al Qaeda in the United States, information that Clarke … Continue reading

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The Military: Closer to You Than Your Family

By David Swanson   Two blocks from my house in a nondescript little building on the edge of our residential neighborhood is an office with a small sign reading “DVBIC of Charlottesville” which turns out to mean “Defense and Veterans … Continue reading

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The Divided Left

  By David Swanson The Satan Sandwich budget deal seems to have been left lying on the table in some television green rooms. Dylan Ratigan has begun cursing both political parties, even while still fantasizing about the President saving us. … Continue reading

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Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died

By David Swanson On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced: “Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T.  It had more … Continue reading

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To Whom Do We Now Turn?

By David Swanson “The Democratic Party is running away from its traditional role of protecting the poor, the elderly, and the working class,” writes Congressman Dennis Kucinich.  “To whom do these groups now turn?”

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Even Birds Have Withdrawn From Afghanistan

By David Swanson Comparing the brain sizes of migratory birds and U.S. presidents may not help explain this one.  Birds have been avoiding Afghanistan for some years now.  Afghans with higher educations have been leaving for decades.  War profiteers, and … Continue reading

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Afghan Judges Accuse U.S. of War Crimes

By David Swanson I recently sat down for 90 minutes to speak with six Afghan judges, all of them women, and an English-Dari interpreter, a man.  They spoke to me as individuals.  They aren’t preparing any investigations or indictments.  The relevance of their … Continue reading

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Balance the Budget on the Backs of Billionaires

By David Swanson The wealthiest nation on earth is not actually obliged to starve our senior citizens.  We don’t need a military 670% more expensive than the next largest one on earth.  We don’t need to fund health insurance corporations … Continue reading

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Move the Budget Debate to One of Those Democracies We’re Bombing into Place

By David Swanson Imagine how radically different the current debate over the Giant Debt Ceiling Monster would look if we moved it to one of those nations we’re bombing into a democracy. Imagine us all still U.S. residents with the … Continue reading

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Prisoners Have Nothing to Gain By Eating

By David Swanson Prisoners risking death by refusing food in the Pelican Bay supermax, and those hunger striking in solidarity in prisons around California are a judgment of our sickness. “The degree of civilization in a society,” said Dostoyevsky, “can … Continue reading

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Murdoch Has Blood on His Hands

By David Swanson Nailing Rupert Murdoch for his employees’ phone tapping or bribery would be a little like bringing down Al Capone for tax fraud, or George W. Bush for torture. I’d be glad to see it happen but there’d … Continue reading

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Going Neutral on Obama? Not on a Moving Train!

By David Swanson How often have we been told that we can’t have a serious nonviolent movement resisting our government’s destructive path as long as the Democrats are better than the Republicans? How often have we been told that we … Continue reading

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Congresspeak: The Language of Impotence

By David Swanson The House of Representatives would be better off speaking Arabic. See if you can make heads or tails of this. The House voted down a bill to end the Libya War. At the same time, it passed … Continue reading

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Imagine a MoveOn That Doesn’t Answer to Democrats

By David Swanson On Friday I read in the New York Times that President Obama would be happy to cut $200 billion out of Medicare in order to inflict pain on his Democratic base, part of an imagined tradeoff in … Continue reading

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