Category Archives: MIC-Military Industrial Complex

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Shut Down the School of the Assassins 1

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These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Dandelion Salad

with Ray McGovern, Nafeez Ahmed, Russ Baker, John Stockwell, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Ratner, Bill Christison, Daniel Ellsberg, Abby Martin, Peter Dale Scott, Michael Parenti, John Perkins, James Bamford, John Pilger, William Blum and Peter Phillips

Part 1: The Company

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Jill Stein: US Pursuing Regime Change in Iraq, Syria, Aiming For Iran

Jill Stein Addressing the March

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Dandelion Salad

RT America on Dec 28, 2015

The US presidential elections are just around the corner, the great fight for the seat of power. However, while Democrats and Republicans are all over the mainstream media, there are still those candidates who are forced out of the debate. The so-called “third parties” – what do they have to propose for the American people? Why is their agenda so scary for the Dems and GOPs that they try hard not to let their voice be heard? Today, we ask the US presidential candidate from the Green Party. Jill Stein is on Sophie&Co.

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Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad: The Militarism of US Diplomacy

Smash US Empire

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Dec 15, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They also discuss the nature of U.S. domination over global affairs, and the resulting consequences for not only the world, but also the U.S. itself.

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Abby Martin and Lawrence Wilkerson: The US Empire Is Ready To Collapse

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Dec 11, 2015

Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.

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Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)

The USA military-industrial complex profit machine, international version

The USA military-industrial complex profit machine, international version by Dominique Ford

by Susan Cain and Mark Mason
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from The Real News Network, Nov. 13, 2015
November 24, 2015

Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex. ~ Frank Zappa

Introduction

If paying attention to the mass media, one would think that politicians have power, that the President of the USA has power, or even that AIPAC has power — They don’t. He doesn’t. AIPAC doesn’t. Few people understand American imperial power because it’s difficult to comprehend the unprecedented concentration of vast wealth in the hands of a few dozen individuals, and the ramifications for the rest of the world. Never before have so few people possessed so much wealth, and thus so much power over everything, including the US government, Israel, AIPAC, and — everything within the imperial American sphere of corporate influence. The Earth is under the control of a few hundred corporations, and a few thousand capitalists. The apparent power of AIPAC to influence US policy is based upon the intense media presence AIPAC does have while real power remains present but pushed into the media background. In this paper, we examine the power relationship between the USA and Israel. We present evidence supporting the claim that state power is subordinate to corporate power, and corporate power is driven by the rewards of expanding profits through manipulating state policies. US transnational corporations, particularly those assigned to the military-industrial complex (MIC: arms manufacturers and others engaged in military and police-state support) join banks and other corporations at the top of USA political power. We remind ourselves that in the USA and Israel, money is political power, not religion or the people.

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Bernie Sanders Mentioned the Military Budget by David Swanson + Democratic Party Debate 11.14.15

Top Three 2016 Democratic Candidates - Caricatures

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
November 16, 2015

If U.S. President were not a mythical position but a serious job, the job interview would include asking the candidates their basic plans of action. This would start with, “What will you encourage Congress to spend a couple of trillion dollars on each year?”

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Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade by David Swanson + Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress + Transcript

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 24, 2015

I lack patience. I admit it.

There’s my confession.

I couldn’t sit through the Pope’s slow and plodding and polite speech to Congress, waiting for him to say something against the primary thing that body does and spends our money on. But finally he got there:
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Abby Martin: The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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Dandelion Salad

Empire Files on Sep 5, 2015

Abby Martin debuts teleSUR’s The Empire Files exploring the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.

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Chris Hedges: Bernie Sanders Has Made No Mention of the Military, Part 3 + Our Night with Bernie by Bruce Gagnon

Bernie Sanders - Caricature (Painting)

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the role of violence in revolution and the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 6

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 18, 2015

Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. American culture.

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Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen by David Swanson + Bernie Sanders Says No to Bloated Defense Budget

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Dec. 11, 2014

Why people want to become fans of a senator rather than pushing senators to serve the public is beyond me.

Why people want to distract and drain away two years of activism, with the planet in such peril, fantasizing about electing a messiah is beyond me. Continue reading

#NDAA 2015 Passes In House of Representatives + It Allows Obama To Expand War Against ISIS

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Witness Against Torture: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Cements Indefinite Detention

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Act of Faith? Congressmen admit to not reading NDAA before voting

RT on Dec 6, 2014

US House members admitted they had not read the entire $585 billion, 1,648-page National Defense Authorization Act, which predominantly specifies budgeting for the Defense Department, before it was voted on Thursday in Congress.

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How Is a Prison Like a War? by David Swanson + Chris Hedges: Poverty, Racism & Policing, Mass Incarceration, Resistance and Social Transformation

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Nov. 13, 2014

America - We're Number One!

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The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. This is one of three books everyone should read right away. The others are The New Jim Crow and Burning Down the House, the former with a focus on racism in incarceration, the latter with a focus on the incarceration of youth. Schenwar’s is an overview of incarceration in all its absurd and unfathomable evil — as well as being a spotlight leading away from this brutal institution. Continue reading

Sucking Up to the Intel Agencies by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 10, 2014

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance 38

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UT’s Big Conference of the year just ended. Title of it was “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?”. UT drug in very high level outside talent—DNI Clapper made one of his rare flyover state appearances; same for the other DC attendees, most all of whom were #2’s at various 3-initial agencies in the intel world. Of late, UT is getting in bed with the intel folks in DC in a big way; exactly why this is happening is something that I’m too far down on the food chain to know, no need to know I guess for any ordinary citizen like me as to why the flagship university of the nation’s second most populous state wants to buddy up with the US intel empire. Nobody in the newsmedia in these parts is observant enough to see this happening or smart enough about the military-industrial complex to be concerned by this happening. Ultimately the reasons behind it have to revolve around money, money and access to power in the real center of power in Washington, DC, which is the Pentagon. That topic is of course one of those not officially discussed you know, so I will. Continue reading

Thermonuclear Monarchy and Revolution by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
March 6, 2014

So now we (or at least the 0.03% of us who care to hunt for it) discover that U.S. military spending is not actually being cut at all, but increasing. Also going up: U.S. nuclear weapons spending. Some of the new nukes will violate treaties, but the entire program violates the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which requires disarmament, not increased armament. The U.S. policy of first-strike and the U.S. practice of informing other nations that “all options are on the table” also violate the U.N. Charter’s ban on threatening force.

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