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How America the world's most violent country slaughters children at home and abroad 17 December 2012 Jerry Kroth USA and

How America the world's most violent country slaughters children at home and abroad
17 December 2012     Jerry Kroth     USA and the War on Terror

America is the only country in the world perpetually at war: in 2011-2012 alone, the United States was killing people in nine different countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen.

By Jerry Kroth
Counterpunch
17 December 2012

EACH TIME there is an outbreak of homicidal mania, whether Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Adam Lanza’s slaughter of twenty eight innocents in Connecticut, the media directs us to stories about gun control and the need for better policing of individuals with mental illnesses.

The larger context—that America is a society brimming over with violence—is entirely lost in the discussion.

There are 192 million firearms owned by Americans, more than any other society in the world.Our rate of death from firearms is three times that of France and Canada, fourteen times greater than Ireland, and two hundred and fifty times greater than Japan, where firearms are aggressively controlled.

The U.S. has more prisoners, per capita, than any country on earth—three times more than Cuba, seven times more than Germany—and, indeed, we house twenty-five percent of all the prisoners in the world.

As for media violence, by the time the average American child leaves elementary school, they will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence, and, to rub more salt into these open wounds, the U.S. also leads the world in the sale and rental of violent video games.

That litany of statistics comes to us compliments of our gratuitous interpretations of the First and Second Amendments.

But the forest we are talking grows ever larger.

Hollywood in bed with the CIA and glorifying torture on way to winning 2013 best film Oscar 16 December 2012 Glenn Greenwald

Hollywood in bed with the CIA and glorifying torture on way to winning 2013 best film Oscar
16 December 2012     Glenn Greenwald     USA and the War on Terror

It is a sign of the times that Liberal Hollywood has produced the ultimate hagiography of the most secretive arm of America's National Security State and bestowed it with every accolade.

By Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian
15 December 2012

Glenn Greenwald explains in this article extract, and in the video, why he believes Zero Dark Thirty -- the film which purports to show how the CIA discovered Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan -- is politically and morally reprehensible, and a glorification of torture. The film is already being touted as a front-runner for the 2013 Oscars. If you do not want to see "spoliers", do not read the article.

Glenn Greenwald on the morally and politically reprehensible pro-torture propaganda of Zero Dark Thirty.

THE MOST PERNICIOUS propagandistic aspect of Zero Dark Thirty is not its pro-torture message.

It is its overarching, suffocating jingoism. This film has only one perspective of the world - the CIA's - and it uncritically presents it for its entire 2 1/2 hour duration.

All agents of the US government - especially in its intelligence and military agencies - are heroic, noble, self-sacrificing crusaders devoted to stopping The Terrorists; their only sin is all-consuming, sometimes excessive devotion to this task.

Almost every Muslim and Arab in the film is a villainous, one-dimensional cartoon figure: dark, seedy, violent, shadowy, menacing, and part of a Terrorist network (the sole exception being a high-level Muslim CIA official, who takes a break from praying to authorize the use of funds to bribe a Kuwaiti official for information; the only good Muslim is found at the CIA).

Sandy Hook and Obama's tears: how to stop the mass murder of children 15 December 2012 David Swanson USA and the War on

Sandy Hook and Obama's tears: how to stop the mass murder of children
15 December 2012     David Swanson     USA and the War on Terror

Most victims of America's foreign wars are bystanders, killed in their homes, their stores, their schools, their weddings, just like those killed at home in our schools and shopping malls.

By David Swanson
War Is A Crime
15 December 2012

No Obama tears for the children killed every day by America's foreign wars.

THE TROUBLED souls (generally known in the media as "monsters" and "lunatics") who keep shooting up schools and shopping centers, believe they are solving deeper problems.

We all know, of course, that in reality they are making things dramatically worse.
This is not an easy problem for us to solve. We could make it harder to obtain guns, and especially guns designed specifically for mass killings.

We could take on the problem with our entertainment: we have movies, television shows, video games, books, and toys promoting killing as the way to fix what ails us.

We could take on the problem of our news media: we have newspapers and broadcast chatterers promoting killing as a necessary tool of public policy.

We could reverse the past 40 years of rising inequality, poverty, and plutocracy -- a trend that correlates with violence in whatever country it’s found.

What we can't do is stop arming, training, funding, and supporting the mass murderers in our towns and cities, because of course we haven't been supporting them. They aren't acting in our name as our representatives. When our children run in horror from classrooms strewn with their classmates' bloody corpses, they are running from killers never authorized by us or elected by us.

This situation changes when we look abroad.

Bradley Manning: a tale of liberty lost in America - Glenn Greenwald The Guardian, Friday 30 November

Bradley Manning: a tale of liberty lost in America
The US does nothing to punish those guilty of war crimes or Wall Street fraud, yet demonises the whistleblower
 
Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian, Friday 30 November 2012 21.15 GMT

'The repressive treatment of Bradley Manning is one of the disgraces of Obama’s first term.' Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Over the past two and a half years, all of which he has spent in a military prison, much has been said about Bradley Manning, but nothing has been heard from him. That changed on Thursday, when the 23-year-old US army private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks testified at his court martial proceeding about the conditions of his detention.

The oppressive, borderline-torturous measures to which he was subjected, including prolonged solitary confinement and forced nudity, have been known for some time. A formal UN investigation denounced those conditions as "cruel and inhuman". President Obama's state department spokesman, retired air force colonel PJ Crowley, resigned after publicly condemning Manning's treatment. A prison psychologist testified this week that Manning's conditions were more damaging than those found on death row, or at Guantánamo Bay.

Still, hearing the accused whistleblower's description of this abuse in his own words viscerally conveyed its horror. Reporting from the hearing, the Guardian's Ed Pilkington quoted Manning: "If I needed toilet paper I would stand to attention and shout: 'Detainee Manning requests toilet paper!'" And: "I was authorised to have 20 minutes sunshine, in chains, every 24 hours." Early in his detention, Manning recalled, "I had pretty much given up. I thought I was going to die in this eight by eight animal cage."

Expose the truth like Bradley Manning did and we'll lock you up for life 21 July 2012 Ed Pilkington USA and the War on Terror

Expose the truth like Bradley Manning did and we'll lock you up for life
21 July 2012 Ed Pilkington USA and the War on Terror
The aim in seeking to convict Bradley Manning of a crime that carries the death penalty is to deter any future whistlebower from revealing wrongdoing by the US government or the military.

By Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
16 July 2012

Must-watch video: Bradley Manning - Hero or traitor?

THE US GOVERNMENT claims to have proof that Bradley Manning, the WikiLeaks suspect, knowingly passed state secrets to a location where it was bound to be obtained by enemy groups, a military court in Maryland has heard.
Captain Joe Morrow, a member of the five-strong prosecution team assigned to the case, said that the government would show at court martial that Manning had knowingly "aided the enemy" – the most serious of the 22 charges facing the soldier that carries the death penalty. Morrow said the evidence would show that Manning sent the information to a "very definite place" that he knew was used by the enemy.

He did not mention al-Qaida, though the terrorist network has been explicity named by the prosecution in previous hearings.

The insistence by the US government that it can prove Manning had actual knowledge that the WikiLeaks dump would be used by enemy groups was instantly disputed by the lead defence lawyer, David Coombs. He demanded that the government produce the evidence to which it was alluding.
"We haven't seen any evidence that the government has provided by discovery that supports any knowledge that the information would be obtained by the enemy," he said.

DRONING ON: US Foreign Policy After The Election

08/11/2012 - 19:30
08/11/2012 - 21:15

Irish Anti War Movement - Public Meeting

Public meeting discussing the future direction of US foreign policy after the election.

With guest speaker Harry Browne [lecturer of media studies and journalist] plus a panel of speakers.

Thursday 8th Novemember, The Teachers Club Parnell Sq. 7.30pm

www.irishantiwar.org

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