Who’s Excited About Another Decade in Afghanistan? by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
December 12, 2013

End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars!

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With 196 nations in the world and U.S. troops already in at least 177 of them, there aren’t all that many available to make war against. Yet it looks like both Syria and Iran will be spared any major Western assault for the moment.  Could this become a trend?  Is peace on the horizon?  Are celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s nonviolence sincere?

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10 More Years in Afghanistan by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
November 26, 2013

End the Endless Wars!

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When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama’s war than President Bush’s. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until “2024 and beyond.”

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Drone Island in the East River by David Swanson + UNMANNED: Americas Drone Wars (clip)

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
October 24, 2013

thierry Ehrmann : La guerre des drônes a commencé DDC_8819sep

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Remarks at New York University forum with http://NYACT.net.

The primary problem with weaponized drones is that the weapons murder people. And they murder people in a way that looks more like murder to a lot of observers than other forms of military murder do — such as murder by indiscriminate bombing or artillery or infantry or dropping white phosphorous on people. Continue reading

A New Kind of War Is Being Legalized by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
October 22, 2013

Drones protest at home of General Atomics CEO Neal Blue

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There’s a dark side to the flurry of reports and testimony on drones, helpful as they are in many ways. When we read that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose drone strikes that violate international law, some of us may be inclined to interpret that as a declaration that, in fact, drone strikes violate international law. On the contrary, what these human rights groups mean is that some drone strikes violate the law and some do not, and they want to oppose the ones that do.

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Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria by David Swanson + Gareth Porter: US intelligence has no hard proof Assad used chemical weapons

Syria

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
August 29, 2013

Evidence of “weapons of mass destruction” is “no slam dunk,” U.S. officials are saying this time around, reversing the claim made about Iraq by then-CIA director George Tenet.

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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

Chicago Free Bradley Manning Protest at the Bean Manning-1

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr

with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
August 21, 2013

TheRealNews on Aug 21, 2013

David Swanson: Private Manning becomes latest victim of President Obama’s war on whistleblowers and efforts should be made to remember him as a hero not a traitor. Continue reading

Spy on Me, I’m Innocent! by David Swanson

Stop and Frisk Police State

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
August 16, 2013

You’ve heard people say they want to be spied on, as long as it means that other people will be spied on too.  I know you’ve heard people say this, and which people it was, and how your face looked when you heard it, and what your next telephone call was.  Or, rather, I could know all of that if I were one of the thousands and thousands of low-level snoops it will take for our government to accomplish its surveillance goals.

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Screaming in Bradley Manning’s Trial by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
August 15, 2013

I sat in the courtroom all day on Wednesday as Bradley Manning’s trial wound its way to a tragic and demoralizing conclusion.  I wanted to hear Eugene Debs, and instead I was trapped there, watching Socrates reach for the hemlock and gulp it down.  Just a few minutes in and I wanted to scream or shout.

I don’t blame Bradley Manning for apologizing for his actions and effectively begging for the court’s mercy.  He’s on trial in a system rigged against him.  The commander in chief declared him guilty long ago.  He’s been convicted.  Continue reading

#TPP: The Terrible Plutocratic Plan by David Swanson

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://warisacrime.org
July 21, 2013

Remarks July 21, 2013 at an Occupy Harrisonburg (Va.) Event.
Make your voice heard here.

Thanks to Michael Feikema and Doug Hendren for inviting me.  Like most of you I do not spend my life studying trade agreements, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is disturbing enough to make me devote a little time to it, and I hope you will do the same and get your neighbors to do the same and get them to get their friends to do the same — as soon as possible.

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David Swanson: Obama Nominee to the UN, Samantha Power Advised Violating UN Resolution on Libya

U.S. Out of Libya

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://warisacrime.org
June 6, 2013

TheRealNews Jun 6, 2013

David Swanson: Samantha Power advocated regime change in Libya when UN resolution was specifically restricted to defense of Benghazi.

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David Swanson: Are we in favor of killer flying robots over our homes and schools, or are we not?

Drones protest by Codepink at Senator Feinstein's home

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://warisacrime.org
May 19, 2013

TheRealNews May 19, 2013

David Swanson: Activists succeeding in turning public opinion against drone strikes; other forms of actions on the rise.

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Stay Out of Syria! by Leah Bolger and David Swanson

Hands off Iran and Syria

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by Leah Bolger and David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://greenshadowcabinet.us
May 5, 2013

Statement of Leah Bolger, Secretary of Defense and David Swanson, Secretary of Peace, of the Foreign Affairs Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet:

The Obama administration has seemingly painted itself into yet another military corner by announcing that use of chemical weapons by Syria would constitute a red line that would mandate military action on the part of the United States. Now we are hearing reports that the red line may have been crossed, and some prominent officials are calling for the U.S. to step up its aid to the rebels and/or impose a no-fly zone. Continue reading

Some Don’t Pay Their War Taxes by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://warisacrime.org
May 5, 2013

War tax resisters aren't buying it

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This past Saturday morning felt like mid-winter in Asheville, North Carolina, but was actually some weeks past tax day, and dozens of people were gathered in front of a federal building to say something about what federal income taxes are used for — something much more unusual than one would expect.

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Deadly Raid: 11 Kids Killed in US Airstrike in Afghanistan

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End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars!

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RussiaToday– Apr 7, 2013

At least 11 children are reported to have been among 18 people killed today in the latest airstrike by U.S. led forces in Afghanistan. The raid was allegedly called in by troops on the ground, after bitter fighting nearby. RT’s Tariq Muhi-yuddin reports.

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Witnesses at a Drone Hearing by David Swanson

Death from Above / Drones

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://warisacrime.org
23 February 2013

This coming Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on “Drones and the War On Terror: When Can the U.S. Target Alleged American Terrorists Overseas?”

This is odd for a number of reasons.

1. Congressional committees usually don’t do anything at all on such matters.

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