David Swanson

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  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Skipping the Speech for All the Wrong Reasons

    2015-02-27 07:38:27View | Delete

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to hear that Congress members will skip Netanyahu’s speech no matter what reason they offer. Here are some of them: It’s too close to Netanyahu’s election. (That doesn’t persuade me. If we had fair, open, publicly funded, un-gerrymandered, verifiably counted elections, then “politics” wouldn’t be a dirty word and we would want [...]

  • Cities and states across the United States have been taking various actions against drones, while the federal government rolls ahead with project fill the skies. Robert L. Meola has been working for years now to get Berkeley to catch up with other localities and claim its usual spot at the forefront of movements to pass [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars by David Swanson.

    2015-02-25 12:44:16View | Delete

    We need to be connected with each other. We do not need the military which endangers us rather than “defends” us.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Not a Bug Splat, Not Chattel

    2015-02-25 12:39:02View | Delete

    ThumbnailU.S. drone “pilots” refer to people they burn to death in places like Pakistan as “bug splat” because they look like bugs being squished to death on the pilots’ video monitors and because it’s easier to murder bugs than humans. Hence the need for the brilliant artwork made visible to a drone ( http://notabugsplat.com): The human brain [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: No Weapons to Ukraine

    2015-02-23 18:31:14View | Delete
    No Weapons to Ukraine

    An Open Letter to the U.S. Senate

    Reject S. 452, “A bill to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine.” Sign here: http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/no-weapons-to-ukraine

    Why is this important?

    The United States is the leading provider of weapons to the world, and the practice of providing weapons to countries in crisis has proven disastrous, including Afghanistan, [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars

    2015-02-23 08:36:54View | Delete

    Thumbnail“Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying culture that has internalized and normalized lying to the point of unrecognizability. [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: The Key That Is the Saudi Kingdom

    2015-02-05 21:56:11View | Delete


    Was the United States compelled to attack Afghanistan and Iraq by the events of September 11, 2001? A key to answering that rather enormous question may lie in the secrets that the U.S. government is keeping about Saudi Arabia. Some have long claimed that what looked like a crime on 9/11 was actually an act [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Addiction Is Not Addictive

    2015-02-04 09:31:34View | Delete

    Whether someone becomes addicted to drugs has much more to do with their childhood and their quality of life than with the drug they use or with anything in their genes. This is one of the more startling of the many revelations in the best book I’ve read yet this year: Chasing the Scream: The First [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: It’s the Blind Partisanship

    2015-02-03 08:53:35View | Delete

    Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the high point and the low point of peace activism. Was pulling troops out of Iraq and sending [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Born at War

    2015-02-02 15:54:27View | Delete

    Foreword to America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying ( available in Kindle version free this week .) One of the ways in which we commonly handicap our own struggles to reform the bad practices of the U.S. government is by imagining those practices to be degenerative developments taking us away from a purer and nobler past. As Gary [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: When Veterans Try to End Wars

    2015-02-02 08:20:26View | Delete


    Nan Levinson’s new book is called War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built , but it left me wishing there were a “Where Are They Now” chapter, because it ends around 2008. The book is focused on Iraq Veterans Against the War, but includes Veterans For Peace, Military Families Speak [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Exporting Sherman’s March

    2015-02-01 06:15:46View | Delete

    ThumbnailSherman statue anchors one southern corner of Central Park (with Columbus on a stick anchoring the other): Matthew Carr’s new book, Sherman’s Ghosts: Soldiers, Civilians, and the American Way of War , is presented as “an antimilitarist military history” — that is, half of it is a history of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s conduct during the U.S. Civil [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Pentagon Silent on Current Use of DU in Iraq

    2015-01-30 10:07:30View | Delete

    Back in October, I reported that, “A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). . . . Pentagon spokesman Mark [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran

    2015-01-30 08:52:41View | Delete


    If you’ve followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen’s book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb. The CIA then proposed to do exactly the same for Iraq, using the same [...]
  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Students Save Palestine

    2015-01-29 13:24:00View | Delete

    In proposing that Congress Members boycott or walk out on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress, expected to push for sanctions if not war on Iran, activists are drawing on actions engaged in by college students in recent years, as they have boycotted or walked out on or disrupted speeches by Israeli soldiers and [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post When Shock and Awe Turns 12 by David Swanson.

    2015-01-29 05:45:10View | Delete

    The size of the empire is a serious problem and holding events in every town is always a good solution. But when the president was a Republican we could put many hundreds of thousands in the streets of DC or NY. Without organizations we couldn’t do anything. So even though most of them now don’t [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: When Shock and Awe Turns 12

    2015-01-28 22:31:08View | Delete

    ThumbnailShock and Awe is having a troubled adolescence. The U.S. government is killing children with flying robot death planes, keeping troops in 175 countries, actively using “special” forces in 150 countries, asking us to ignore what it’s done to Libya so that we’ll support more wars, going silent on Yemen as the supposed model of a country that U.S. warmaking improved [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: “We murdered some folks” in Guantanamo

    2015-01-25 08:20:27View | Delete

    ThumbnailMurder at Camp Delta is a new book by Joseph Hickman, a former guard at Guantanamo. It’s neither fiction nor speculation. When President Obama says “We tortured some folks,” Hickman provides at least three cases — in addition to many others we know about from secret sites around the world — in which the statement needs [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Distrust But Verify by David Swanson.

    2015-01-25 06:25:50View | Delete

    Sorry. I thought it was Twain.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Distrust But Verify

    2015-01-23 10:35:47View | Delete

    ThumbnailWhat the U.S. government does openly is many times worse than anything it can be doing secretly, and yet the secrets fascinate us. If you compare polling on majority views on most political topics with actual U.S. policy, there’s little overlap. Scholars now produce reports finding that the United States is an oligarchy. Most people don’t vote. [...]

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