FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Swanson, The Military Industrial Complex at 50

By: Sunday May 27, 2012 1:59 pm

In 1961, President Eisenhower delivered his now famous farewell address, in which he warned the American people of the dangerous rise of a powerful “military industrial complex” in this country.

Last year, for the 50th anniversary of this prophetic speech, many of the leading thinkers and activists on U.S. militarism and war-making came together for a conference to take stock of how this complex has evolved and what can be done to reign it in. For those who weren’t able to attend, author and activist David Swanson has just published The Military Industrial Complex at 50, an edited collection of the insightful and inspiring remarks that were delivered at this timely event, in addition to several other complimentary essays.

DoD Cover-Up: Gitmo Detainee Found Hanged With Hands Tied Behind Back

By: Saturday March 10, 2012 5:50 pm

The government has withheld for years the actual facts surrounding the deaths of two of the six completed Guantanamo “suicides” to date. For instance, they hid the fact that one of the detainees was supposedly found hanged with his hands tied behind his back. Another detainee supposedly used an underwear elastic band (or “ligature”) to strangle himself — except the type of underwear described was not used by the detainees, and the ligature itself has gone missing. It was not provided to the autopsy examiners.

CCR Files Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld Appeal on Behalf of Detainees’ Families

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 6:24 pm

The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed an appeal for the families of two of the three men who died in mysterious circumstances in June 2006. The U.S. government called it “asymmetrical warfare” by the detainees, who are said to have killed themselves in some belief that would hurt the U.S. government. As bizarre as that theory is, Defense Department investigations found the men committed suicide in a multiple, timed series of three planned suicides.

Adweek Article Misrepresents Autopsy Results on Guantanamo “Suicide”

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 2:28 pm

A lot of people were apparently very upset when Scott Horton won the National Magazine Award for Reporting this year. None less so than Adweek’s Alex Koppelman, who wrote a hit piece on Horton’s work that made its way around the Net. But Koppelman’s analysis is wrong in many aspects, and not least in his misrepresentation of an independent autopsy of one of the deceased detainees, which said concluded something very different than what he reported.

Hopelessness, Despair, Suicide – Signs of the Times

By: Friday April 15, 2011 2:00 pm

Whether it is due to economic hopelessness and despair or post traumatic stress disorder hopelessness and despair from serving in war, we are seeing too many suicides from people who seem to feel the world has left them with no other option.

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