In what the White House called a “coincidence,” President Obama will be making Charlie Brown teacher noises about NSA “reforms,” except there won’t be any reforms to speak of, unless you call further crackdowns on leakers reforms, on the 54th anniversary of Eisenhower’s famous “Military Industrial Complex” speech. They should have waited a few days.
|By: DSWright Thursday December 19, 2013 6:40 am|
The Ryan-Murray budget deal is heading to President Obama’s desk after having passed the Senate. It is nothing to be proud of. A point that Senator Patty Murray herself has made repeatedly. Murray claimed during the legislative process that the bill – despite being flawed – needed to pass in order to prevent another shutdown and the continuance of intolerable sequestration. Murray said “both sides had to give a bit.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday December 18, 2013 8:10 am|
One provision of the bill that seemed to be so atrocious even the compromise at any price Democrats would fold on was the attack on military pensions. But no, while the budget is an incredible reckless give away to campaign contributors the defense industry when it comes to the lowly soldiers themselves that’s where the Democratic Party drew the line.
|By: lakota Saturday September 14, 2013 8:00 pm|
There are currently 88,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. That’s down from the peak troop level of about 100,000 who were stationed there in March of 2011. Troop strength is expected to shrink to 68,000 by the end of September and by the end of 2014, most U.S. troops are expect to be out of the country.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 9, 2013 4:59 pm|
Filmmaker Jon Reiss is a champion of street art and graffiti, and his new film, Bomb It 2, is the follow-up to his earlier global graffiti documentary, Bomb It. In Bomb It 2, Reiss–using a ultra compact camera and sound package–traveled by himself to film artists and writers representing the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin, and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.
He explored urban landscapes and a wide range of graffiti cultures, styles and beliefs.
|By: David Swanson Tuesday September 3, 2013 7:15 pm|
Sending a bunch of $3 million missiles into Syria to blow stuff up will kill a great many men, women, and children directly. It will also kill a great many people indirectly, as violence escalates in response — an established pattern recognized even by the war-promoting Washington Post.
|By: DSWright Tuesday April 23, 2013 2:25 pm|
According to officials investigating the Boston Marathon Bombing the evidence so far points to the suspected bombers – Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev – being “self-radicalized” and not part of any larger group. The brothers were apparently radicalized by America’s war of aggression on Iraq and continued dirty war in Afghanistan.
|By: Martin Berg Sunday November 4, 2012 5:00 pm|
If Mitt Romney’s high-finance cronies had more money invested in horses and bayonets, would the Republican presidential candidate be insisting that our national security depended on them?
As it is, Romney is championing a vast and costly expansion in the number of the Navy’s big battleships, from which one of his top foreign policy advisers could make a healthy profit.
|By: TarheelDem Sunday April 1, 2012 6:00 pm|
The legislative authority for the national security state has been created by panicked Congresses in response to executive branch appointees seeking authority and avoiding accountability. The judicial precedents have been enshrined by the accident of lazy thinking of a judge or justice in responding to what seemed to be an insignificant case.
The result has grown the size of the national security functions through trying to solve turf battles through centralization, which in turn spawns the next turf battles. This process costs the American taxpayers somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 trillion a year, has created 16 known intelligence agencies in the newly centralized “intelligence community,” duplication in purchases of hardware, gold-plating in contracts even as the use of contractors expands to hide total government activity head counts.
|By: Scott Horton Saturday March 24, 2012 1:59 pm|
Is war determined by our genetic makeup? Is war an innate part of humans and subsequently of the human condition? Well respected science writer John Horgan says no, and in turning the matter into one of science rather than morality demonstrates that war is more often avoided than engaged in.