David Swanson's Blog – July 2011 Archive (5)

If Bush or Giuliani Had Been Stoltenberg

The murder spree in Norway was apparently the work of a Norwegian, not a group of foreigners, and for various other reasons the comparison is not exact.  Nonetheless, it's tempting to wonder how many people would still be alive today if George W. Bush or Rudy Giuliani had spoken after the 9-11 attacks as Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg just did. 

 

You'll recall that Bush immediately spoke of a "war against terrorism," claimed to have been attacked for being a beacon…

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Added by David Swanson on July 25, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Afghan Judges Accuse U.S. of War Crimes

I recently sat down for 90 minutes to speak with six Afghan judges, all of them women, and an English-Dari interpreter, a man.  They spoke to me as individuals.  They aren't preparing any investigations or indictments.  The relevance of their being judges is that they know the law.  They've studied international law, and they were visiting the United States to learn about our legal and political systems.  They believe the United States is guilty of war crimes.

 

I was the one…

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Added by David Swanson on July 22, 2011 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Prisoners Have Nothing to Gain by Eating

Prisoners risking death by refusing food in the Pelican Bay supermax, and those hunger striking in solidarity in prisons around California are a judgment of our sickness. "The degree of civilization in a society," said Dostoyevsky, "can be judged by entering its prisons."

Civilization is something we no longer seem to aspire to. The United States locks up more people and a greater percentage of its people than anyone else. We lock them in training centers for anger and violence. We…

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Added by David Swanson on July 18, 2011 at 9:52am — 1 Comment

Murdoch Has Blood Up to His Shoulders

Nailing Rupert Murdoch for his employees' phone tapping or bribery would be a little like bringing down Al Capone for tax fraud, or George W. Bush for torture. I'd be glad to see it happen but there'd still be something perverse about it.

I remember how outraged Americans were in 2005 learning about our government's warrantless spying, or for that matter how furious some of my compatriots become when a census form expects them to reveal how many bathrooms are in their home.

I'm…

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Added by David Swanson on July 14, 2011 at 9:35am — No Comments

We Just Stopped Congress From Giving the Power of War to Presidents

"What's the point?"  "We never win!"  "Why bother trying?"

 

This time we won.

This is the point.  Congressman Buck McKeon and Senator John McCain proposed to give Obama and all future presidents dramatically expanded powers to launch wars.  They wanted to do so as part of the same "Defense Authorization Act" in which the House was restricting Obama's warmaking in Libya. 

Activist…

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Added by David Swanson on July 6, 2011 at 6:01pm — No Comments

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