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What Was it All For? Veterans Have Finally Turned On America’s Endless Wars

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“So consider this a plea to Congress, to the corporate media establishment, and to all of youwhen even traditionally more conservative and martial military veterans raise the antiwar alarm – listen! And next time the American war drums beat, and they undoubtedly will, consider this article encouragement to do what Keith and I promised way back when.”

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(Antiwar) It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it.

I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind back in 2007 when Keith – a close buddy and fellow officer – and I crafted our own plan of objection. The setting was Baghdad, Iraq, at the start of the “surge” and the climax of the bloody civil war the U.S. invasion had unleashed. Just twenty three years old and only eighteen months out of the academy, my clique of officers had already decided the war was a mess, shouldn’t have been fought, and couldn’t be won.

Me and Keith, though, were undoubtedly the most radical. We both just hated how our squadron’s colonel would hijack the memorial ceremonies held for dead troopers – including three of my own – and use the occasion of his inescapable speech to encourage we mourners to use the latest death as a reason to “rededicate ourselves to the mission and the people of Iraq.” The whole thing was as repulsive as it was repetitive. More

Obama’s Farewell Tears Are an Insult, His Record is Soaked in Blood

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And we stand here calling ourselves Christians, waiving the bible while this goes on. How many have to die before this god is satisfied?

UPROOTED PALESTINIANS: SALAM ALQUDS ALAYKUM

Obama’s Farewell Tears Are an Insult, His Record is Soaked in Blood By John Wight

Do not be fooled by the tears and gushing words of Obama and his supporters as he counts down to his departure from the White House. They are an insult when measured against the tears of the countless Libyans, Syrians, Afghans and others who have suffered as a result of a foreign policy that brought his administration into disrepute.

Barack Obama goes down in history as a president who more than any other in living memory entered the White House on a wave of hope and expectation, only to depart eight years and two terms later under a cloud of crushing disappointment and bitterness.
In speech after speech, America’s first black president outlined a vision of his country’s place in the world that would embrace multilateralism, place a premium on diplomacy, and embrace a foreign…

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The So-Called Hearing/Investigation into Extortion 17

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by Miss American

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“After 2+1/2 long years, the families of 22 SEAL TEAM members, 8 Army Special Ops and National Guard soldiers and 1 loyal dog, finally got the congressional hearing they had been pleading for. 

 Their son’s Chinook helicopter was shot down in the Tangi Valley in Afghanistan under very suspicious circumstances in Aug 2011. It was the biggest one time loss ever in the history of SEAL Special Operations, and during the entire Middle East war on terror.

OF COURSE, this critical hearing wasn’t allowed to appear on the normal C-span channels on their sacred cow, the TELEVISION set. That tells you right there, they do NOT want the general public to know about this. It shows desperation to hide severe incompetence, wanton negligence, or more likely a crime.”

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They will never let just ANY question be asked. They must be able to control the answer. This “hearing” was wrapped tighter than a drum and scripted down to the last crocodile tear. In fact, at the last minute they changed the description of the hearing to “Honoring the Heroes of Extortion 17”, as if no one had done that since they had died. Surely you are not shocked that family members were not allowed to speak 1441183_401318466665654_1752838926_nor ask questions, as was originally promised!

THEY chose the questions to be asked based on THEIR judgment of what might be ‘too sensitive’ for the families THEY said ‘didn’t want a hearing’. So, ‘sensitive’ issues were not discussed.

I’d love to know how many didn’t want a hearing, or was it just that they had no money to go to DC for the hearing because of the purposeful destruction of our economy? Anyway, THEY claimed this lame excuse as a reason to avoid all kinds of uncomfortable facts. One of the ‘representatives’ even implied that perhaps the families had not handled their grief properly, and this is why they still had questions!!  And, it was carefully planned they would not get any answers on this day either.  More

“The Toronto Hearings on 9/11: Uncovering Ten Years of Deception”

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Ten years have passed since the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, and there are still many unanswered questions surrounding that fateful day. In 2011, experts and scientists from around the world gathered in Toronto, Canada to present new and established evidence that questions the official story of 9/11. This evidence was presented to a distinguished panel of experts over a 4 day period. Through their analysis and scientific investigations, they hope to spark a new investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001. (Information on the DVD follows below the videos)
Press For Truth and The International Center for 9/11 Studies Present:

The Toronto Hearings on 9/11 (Full DVD) – Day 1

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War Profiteering = Big Business

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On a Board I frequent, someone brought up the subject of War Profiteers. Curious as to the situation now, I wondered how these folks are fairing in these difficult global economic times. Seems like they might be doing alright and maybe I should just keep “quiet”. Not questioning Profiteering Policy tends to get one promoted these days or at least the option to live a bit longer (See related Gunwalker Reporter death in Mexico).

Today the Washington Post tells us about the gracious monetary sharing of NATO to our little subjugated relative in the east – Afghanistan.

Apparently NATO has such an extended amount of resources, it was decided to send an “Iron Mountain” of supplies to Afghanistan. More

The “Liberated” Women of Afghanistan

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By Barbara H. Peterson

If the medieval situation of Afghan women, along with other women under fundamentalist Islam, which rules by Sharia law, is tolerated then what is to stop it spreading to our shores? We sit in our air-conditioned homes, thinking we are free, yet turn a blind eye to what is happening right under our noses. We believe the hype that the mainstream media, controlled by the White House, spews about Afghan women being liberated due to U.S. intervention, yet the reality is, THERE HAS BEEN NO LIBERATION! All the puppets in the White House care about is creating an excuse for their masters’ war machine, women’s rights be damned. Well, take a good hard look through the RAWA website at http://www.RAWA.org and see if you come away with the same perceptions you had before you went there. Here’s a bit about the organization:

RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, was established in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1977 as an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human rights and for social justice in Afghanistan.

This is not a distant organization calling the plays from a comfortable home in a western country. These women live in Afghanistan. They know what they are talking about. It is high time we listened and heeded their warning cry. This must not happen here. Think it can’t? If our puppet government can turn a blind eye to women’s suffering in other countries, what is to stop them from doing the same thing there if/when the time is ripe? Just how do you think the NWO scenario might play out? Think you are immune? Only the mega-rich masters calling the shots are. Keep this in mind as you read the following:  More

Afghanistan – State Department Spin Exposed

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By Barbara H. Peterson

As usual, the U.S. government’s official position on the living conditions of women in Afghanistan is rosy. Things are improving, and we are proud of our country’s role in their liberation.

Kenyan-born Barack Hussein Obama has recently sent even more troops into Afghanistan, so things should be getting better, eh?

Here is the State Department’s official position on the plight of women in Afghanistan:

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Legalized Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

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Obama, speaking to reporters today after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said “President Karzai as well as the other candidates, I think, have shown that they have the interests of the Afghan people at heart.” (TPM Livewire)

Evidently, the Afghan people he is speaking about do not include women.

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Top Ten Reasons for a New 9/11 Investigation

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Original article from:  Strike the Root

The Paradise Perspective:

Commentary from a Free and Compassionate Alternate Reality

Volume 1, Number 33

 

by Glen Allport

Exclusive to STR

Preface for 2009  

It has been two years since this column was first published, and despite a new Democratic administration and further scientific evidence debunking the Official Conspiracy Theory, the situation is largely unchanged. The United States is still occupying the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan, causing an appalling number of civilian deaths, creating resentment and hatred of the U.S. among the local populations, making the world a more dangerous place (according to three former CIA agents) and further bankrupting Americans in the process. Domestically, assaults continue on the rights and freedoms that America was once famous for. The mainstream media (and many on the Internet) continue to characterize those who sensibly disbelieve the Official Conspiracy Theory as “conspiracy theorists” and “nutjobs”; the ever-growing body of evidence against that official version of events continues to be ignored, downplayed, and misrepresented. The “Big Lie” theory espoused by Hitler has thus once again been proven correct. Few Americans are willing to put up with the discomfort of seeing things as they really are in this situation.  

Of the “further scientific evidence” mentioned above, I will highlight only one item: the finding, by an international team of scientists, that a huge amount of high-tech nano-thermite was used in the demolition of the World Trade Center buildings. The PDF of the study published in The Open Chemical Physics Journal  may be read here (25 pages) and is highly recommended.  

Beyond the higher numbers of casualties for both U.S. troops and locals in the occupied areas, little in the column below would merit change. If you have not yet been willing to face the unpleasant truth of this situation, I encourage you to to do so.

September 11, 2007

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Introduction

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Epic Disaster and Failure All Around  

Six years ago, on September 11, 2001 , America ‘s staggeringly expensive defense system failed catastrophically. Four airliners were hijacked and then used as weapons; three were flown into buildings and the fourth crashed on the way to an unknown target. Three skyscrapers in New York were completely destroyed (although one had not been hit by a plane) and the Pentagon suffered serious damage. Almost three thousand lives were lost, and people are still suffering and dying from the aftereffects. Last Friday, Discover Magazine reported that “Up to 70 percent of first responders are ill as a result of 9/11 contamination. If a similar rate of illness holds true for those who lived and worked near the Twin Towers , the number of seriously ill New Yorkers could climb to 300,000 in the near future.”  

This disaster should have been prevented, but was not. The people and organizations charged with detecting and thwarting such an attack failed. Warnings were in fact given, but as is typical of government action, even the sincere efforts of dedicated individuals were not enough to prevent the organization as a whole from failing, in this case with horrific consequences.  

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Accountability  

Imagine that a group of private firms had been in charge of defending America from attack on 9/11, and imagine these firms had failed as completely as did our own defense establishment on that day. What would have happened to those firms and to their executives in the wake of the attacks?  

Businesswoman Martha Stewart went to prison for five months merely for lying to investigators about a stock trade. Any corporation, small business, or other non-government organization responsible for the death of even a single person through negligence or failure of their product or service might well be taken to court, and those at the top charged with negligent homicide or other serious crime in regards the death. What on Earth would we have done to people responsible for the incredible failures of September 11 – if those people had not been highly placed in our own government?  

Not only have those responsible for this massive and deadly failure not been held accountable, they have been allowed to use their own failure as a blank check for staggering new police-state powers and for waging aggressive war against Afghanistan and Iraq – two nations which had neither attacked us nor even threatened to attack us, and which were in fact incapable of realistically threatening the most powerful nation on Earth.  

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Using Grenades to Kill a Fly at a Dinner Party  

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Wrapping our minds around the lack of math skills in D.C.

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How Much Is Too Much To Spend On a Preemptive War?

 

 As of this third week in March 2008, the wars in the Mideast (Afghanistan and Iraq) have cost us $538.6 Billion.  That is $5,686 per U.S. family. Let’s see if we can wrap our minds around the numbers. 

·         $538.6 Billion dollars would buy ALL the fuel for ALL the commuters in Minnesota for 116 years and four months.  (At 12,000 miles per year, 20 mpg, $3.10 per gallon) 

·         $538.6 Billion dollars would pay a year of premiums on a $955 per month health insurance policy for EVERY uninsured person in the United States.  (46,995,000 as of August, 2007) 

·         At $250 Million per bridge, $538.6 Billion dollars would replace 2,154 bridges 

·         $538.6 Billion dollars is a LOT of money. My $5,686 could have been spent in many better ways. At the risk of sounding naïve, why don’t we just buy the oil, instead of trying to control it? 

Dan Martin

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