Saturday, May 23, 2009

● Military Thugs

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Little Known Military Thug Squad
Little Known Military Thug Squad
“A little known Military Thug Squad is still brutalizing prisoners at Gitmo under Obama” -Jeremy Scahill

Jeremy Scahill reports the Obama administration is continuing to use a notorious military police unit at Guantanamo that regularly brutalizes unarmed prisoners, including gang-beating them, breaking their bones, gouging their eyes and dousing them with chemicals. This force, officially known as the Immediate Reaction Force, has been labeled the “Extreme Repression Force” by Guantanamo prisoners and human rights lawyers.

Little Known Military Thug Squad . . . .

The American people have to wake up to the reality of the corruption that pervades our government. U.S. citizens will eventually realize that being American doesn't mean having blind faith in anything, be it religion, unregulated markets, or an increasing militaristic authoritarian corporate rule. It is our responsibility to ensure that our institutions, our government and businesses, do not violate the civil liberties of anyone anywhere. Every country that has tortured outside their boarders, eventually tortures within their boarders. Businesses that abuse workers outside their country's boarders, always lead the way to further abuse and lowering working conditions within their own country's boarders. "What goes around, comes around," is not just a saying but, in this case, a lesson from history. If we don't want to do what's right simply because it's right, we should at least do it because it's smart.

We must push to prosecute war crimes.


.........YOUR ......RESISTANCE!.........

Memorial Day...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

● Memorial Day

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Memorial Day Special - Democracy Now! -
Winter Soldier on the Hill:
War Veterans Testify Before Congress
War veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan went to Capitol Hill last year to testify before Congress to give an eyewitness account of the horrors of war. “Winter Soldier on the Hill” was similar to the Winter Soldier hearings in March of 2008, when more than 200 service members gathered for four days in Silver Spring, Maryland to give their eyewitness accounts of the injustices occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Detroit 1971 VVAW's testimonies of the atrocities of Vietnam War) was designed to drive home the human cost of war and occupation. “Winter Soldier on the Hill” in 2008 testified to the very people in charge of doing something about it.

Winter Soldier on the Hill
With a new administration in power, after we voted for change, concerning war policies, the question is... Did we get what we voted for? Of course, Barack Obama is different from Bush, but is the difference enough concerning the wars in Irag and Afghanistan. Is simply moving the war from one to the other what we voted for? When 25% of the homeless are war veterans, and still with 18 U.S. veterans a day committing suicide, along with the continuation of war crimes, we can't just look away and simply fall inline with our government's war policies.

We must always question and reject destructive policies, and we must recognize the most effect propaganda slogan of all time, "SUPPORT THE TROOPS" because it is used for any war, at anytime, for any reason. It is effective because it turns our attention away from the real questions of whether or not we support our government's policy of war. To say that someone doesn't care about the soldiers because they want to end a war is completely absurd. And, to think that our government only goes to war for just reasons is naive and stems from a selfish perception and desire to want to believe that our own country could never get that bad. But of course, the peace movement is not that naive, but we must engage ourselves in conversation with those who are, without being condescending. They will eventually realize that being American doesn't mean having blind faith in anything, be it religion, unregulated markets, or the increasing militaristic authoritarian corporate rule.


.........YOUR ......RESISTANCE!.........
Military Thugs . . .

Sunday, May 10, 2009

● Happy Mother's Day !!!

Mother's Day was originally an anti-war day.

Mother's Day Proclamation
by Julia Ward Howe (anti-war activist),
a call for peace and disarmament. 1870.

"Arise then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears!

"Say firmly: 'We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience. We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own, it says "Disarm! Disarm!" The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.'

"As men have forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his time the sacred impress not of Caesar, but of God.

"In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace."

Mother’s Day for Peace:
A Dramatic Reading of Julia Ward Howe’s
Mother’s Day Proclamation