David Swanson's Blog – May 2012 Archive (8)

The Special Loophole in Hell for War Lawyers

The strict rule of law is an ideal and a fantasy.  Conflicting and archaic words must be interpreted, and doing so is an art, not a science.



But there is an enormous chasm between honest attempts to approach the ideal of compliance with written law, and open disregard for it.



It is becoming standard practice for our government to enforce laws selectively or not at all, to openly defy laws, to enact laws in violation of the higher law called the Constitution or in violation…

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Added by David Swanson on May 25, 2012 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Why Even Failed Activism Succeeds

I enjoy reading histories of past activism, including memoirs by long-time activists, such as Lawrence Wittner's new book, Working for Peace and Justice.

Almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which a government has been spying on and infiltrating activist groups.

And almost every such account includes belated discoveries of the extent to which…

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Added by David Swanson on May 22, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Ending the Minset That Gets Us Into War

MAY 20, 2012, MILITARIZED CHICAGO -- Next month in Baltimore they're going to celebrate the War of 1812.  That's what we do with wars.  We say they're the last resort.  We say they're hell.  We say they're for the purpose of eliminating themselves: we fight wars for peace.  Although we never keep peace for wars.  We claim to wage only wars we have been forced into despite all possible effort to find a better way.  And then we celebrate the wars.  We keep the wars going for their own sake…

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Added by David Swanson on May 20, 2012 at 8:26am — No Comments

Even Star Spangled War Is Hell

Originally published in the Indypendent Reader



In this bicentennial year of the War of 1812, the StarSpangledBaltimore.com website tells us:…

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Added by David Swanson on May 12, 2012 at 7:53pm — No Comments

In Four Minutes Thom Hartmann Explains What's Wrong With War and Violence

Listen to this four-minute clip from the Thom Hartmann Show:

http://warisacrime.org/downloads/thomhartmannviolence.mp3

Thom tells his caller to read War Is A Lie:

http://warisalie.org

But Thom uses brilliant arguments and facts that are not even in the book, which is really the best result an author…

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Added by David Swanson on May 9, 2012 at 9:46am — No Comments

Drones in U.S. Flight Paths: What Could Go Wrong?

On March 9th the Federal Aviation Administration requested comments from the public on drone test sites.  On May 8th, lengthy comments were submitted by Not 1 More Acre! and Purgatoire, Apishapa & Comanche Grassland Trust.  The FAA asked all the wrong questions, but still got a lot of the right answers.  When the drone accidents start, and you're told "Nobody could have known," refer them here:…

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Added by David Swanson on May 8, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments

"We Did Not Choose This War" and Other Hypocrisies

By Leah Bolger and David Swanson

"We did not choose this war.  This war came to us on 9/11.  We don't go looking for a fight.  But when we see our homeland violated, when we see our fellow citizens killed, then we understand what we have to do." 

These are the words that President Obama used on Tuesday to describe the Afghanistan war, but they would have been more appropriately said by any Afghan citizen.

Coming out of the mouth of the President of the United…

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Added by David Swanson on May 2, 2012 at 1:38pm — 1 Comment

The Libyan Model and the Oxymoron

There's a new Atrocity Prevention Board in town, and its chief tool for preventing atrocities will be . . . wait for it . . . atrocities! 

What a breakthrough! And this clown is forming a tentative life partnership with an unbelievably beautiful model from Libya.  The key word is "unbelievably." 

The Atrocity Prevention Board is rumored to…

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Added by David Swanson on May 1, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

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