War on Terror

Marjorie Cohn: Obama's Af-Pak War is not just deadly and counterproductive: it's illegal

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Attorney and law professor Marjorie Cohn is at the forefront of legal argument that current US wars are unlawful. Below is her latest article as another voice to mine explaining how these wars are not even close to the legal qualification of self-defense.

Two analogies:

Obama bombs Yemen: no report of attempt for peaceful resolution; US needs Department of Peace

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Orwellian Peace-prize winner President Obama approved US cruise missile use in Yemen with no report he attempted peaceful resolution against alleged “terrorists.” The attacks killed 63, including 28 children. Below is a 2-minute news video.

Despite the obvious need, the US has no “Department of Peace.”

US policy does include obvious torture and Supreme Court refusal for prosecution against the US for torture. Despite the declassified evidence showing the US government lied to wage unlawful Wars of Aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, American government-sponsored mass-murder continues.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:

Iraq Veterans Against War: the real enemy is US government for lying, waging unlawful war

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Please watch the following 4-minute video of Mike Prysner, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War in his accurate and moving testimony that current US wars are unlawful, evil, and must be stopped if we value virtue over American fascism.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:
1.Understand the laws of war. These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. This investment of your time takes less than an hour and empowers you to legally stand for ending these Wars of Aggression.

Real conservatives honor US war laws; fakes and fascists lie to break them

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Let’s define “political conservative,” view current US wars through that lens, and determine appropriate war policy if conservatism is to be honored.

Conservatism defined: There is variance in understanding, but let’s work with these
Respecting law and order, the US Constitution, and inalienable rights for equal opportunity.
Self-reliance and personal responsibility.
Minimal government intervention for maximum freedom and minimal tax cost.

Law and order is the foundation of society; not much can be accomplished or enjoyed without it. Being American is a political distinction; it literally means citizenry under US and Constitutional law. Conservatives look to teamwork in complex projects and are adamant about personal responsibility for individual performance and cooperation within the law. Government provides law and order, but in a minimal way to maximize our freedom and personal income.

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: explaining their war opposition in two brief videos

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The “leadership” of the Democrats and Republicans collude for unlawful Wars of Aggression, torture, rhetoric for more unlawful war with Iran, the destruction of our treaty obligations, and the transfer of trillions of our tax dollars to banksters. By political definition in any textbook, the US is now fascist and not a constitutional republic.

Where is the opposition within these parties? On the Democratic side, Dennis Kucinich is most-often acknowledged as in opposition to his party's "leadership." Among Republicans, it’s Ron Paul. Thanks to the hundreds of writers who work for more than the propaganda of our corporate media, I came across this 3-minute video on the site What Really Happened of a speech Dr. Paul made in the House in February, 2009 that hits the main points of his political philosophy. For Dr. Paul's statement to the Foreign Affairs Committee on rapid and immediate withdraw of US troops from Afghanistan, click here.

Following is a 5-minute speech of Kucinich. Enjoy.

US expands unlawful drone war in Pakistan; violates letter, spirit of all US, UN war laws

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The US is at unlawful war with Pakistan, having bombed over 50 sites and killing over 400. the Pakistan government rejects this violation of their nation, but just as the US has no respect for the laws limiting war to a narrow definition of self-defense in Afghanistan, Iraq, rhetoric for more war with Iran, and torture, they have no respect for peace in Pakistan.

Americans receive propaganda in support of US government murder and Crimes Against Peace, such as in this piece from the NY Times that say whatever BS seems most palatable without mentioning US and international law. Other propaganda encourage escalation of this unlawful war. President Obama’s escalation of the unlawful war in Afghanistan will concentrate troops on Pakistan’s border.

Adviser: Obama plans to launch Bin Laden hunt anew

Adviser: Obama plans to launch Bin Laden hunt anew

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 -- 6:18 pm

The United States will launch a new effort to track down Osama bin Laden who is believed to be hiding in the mountains along the Afghan-Pakistan border, a senior US official said on Sunday.

Intelligence reports suggest the Al-Qaeda chief "is somewhere inside north Waziristan, sometimes on the Pakistani side of the border, sometimes on the Afghan side of the border," said national security adviser James Jones.

Asked if President Barack Obama's administration planned a fresh attempt to go after Al-Qaeda's leader, Jones said: "I think so."

Bin Laden was a "very important symbol of what Al-Qaeda stands for" and it was crucial to make sure he was on the run or captured, Jones, a retired Marine general, told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

His comment that Bin Laden sometimes crossed to the Afghan side of the mountainous border contrasted with previous accounts from US officials that suggested the Al-Qaeda chief was hiding in Pakistan.

Afghanistan war surge: Non-defensive wars are unlawful orders US military must refuse and stop

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"I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.... Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings." - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775. “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.

"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." - Thomas Jefferson, August 1774. Rights of British America

abomination obama nation

abomination obama nation declares war
using false pretense too horrific to ignore
while tens of thousands (no longer people),
but troops, ordered to preserve poppy
plants, dark economies, energy resources,
while law takes order a foot, or two..

soldiers crawl under site - killing being killed,
and told that to justify such a decision
to invade and occupy 9/11 is implicated
into mind altering imagery,
denial is its deadly sound,
as people are told to trust untruth,
or we will and can kill you..
or better yet, don't think of it..
live day to day..

i remember buildings falling
like no other time..
i remember resistance to investigations
and overt cover-up..
i remember non-existence of science
in its manipulation,
government reports miss
smoking gun evidence..
i remember anthrax sent to media
and Democrats..
i remember seeing explosions,
plumes over Baghdad,
heated depleted uranium pressing
on populations infiltrating generations
destroying innocence.forever?

the fool's errand is to rescue the queen,
while we know nine eleven scorches truth
within usa sponsored terrorism,
home grown, Able Danger,
or patsies as the mission goes

US government wouldn't lie to start a war with Iran, would they? A look at the conservative history

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“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?” - Mohandas Gandhi, “Non-violence in Peace and War”

Obama aggresses, media echoes lie Iran threatens to "wipe Israel off the map." Citizen action?

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“Crimes against Peace” is the planning of a War of Aggression. It is illegal under several areas of law wherein all nations bound themselves to prevent the carnage of war: the UN Charter (treaty status), Nuremberg Principles (or London Charter, treaty status), and US military law. US political and media leaders continue war rhetoric to attack Iran, in direct violation of the most important law a nation should uphold (here for encyclopedic background).

This article will provide:

1. The transcript of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s October 2005 speech that Obama, McCain, Sarah Palin, Vice President Joe Biden, and corporate media contrive as Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map.”
2. Video and interview evidence of the extent of criminal political and media propaganda conspiring for mass murder of Iranians.
3. An analogy if these circumstances applied to China and the US.

Ask a veteran: If Afghan war is illegal, US troops and public must refuse deployment

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“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.” - Mohandas Gandhi, Young India 1924-1926 (1927), p. 1285

CBS news reports that sources confirm the deployment of ~40,000 additional US troops in Afghanistan (two-minute video below). The most important context for troops, officers, and the US public to consider is that if the US war is illegal, we must all refuse deployment and any further engagement. All those with an oath to defend and protect the US Constitution are sworn to refuse such an illegal act (along with being viciously immoral).

Here is my best attempt to outline the legal argument that responsible US citizens must refuse this war and further deployment. Here is my archive of all articles concerning US invasion of Afghanistan.

David Swanson: End US Wars of Aggression by defunding them

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Our US Congressional committees’ disclosure of evidence to justify invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan show all of the evidence was known to be false at the time it was spun to the American public. Even a cursory reading of the evidence reveals this fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Our duopoly Democratic and Republican political “leaders” lied to the world to engage in illegal Wars of Aggression. Again, this is fact undisputed from our own government’s documentation.

If you haven’t mastered this lesson on responsible citizenry, to tell the difference between fact and spin leading to war, millions of deaths and conservatively ten times the dead in such suffering they wish for death, and trillions of our dollars for long-term costs, please, again, read my best explanation here.

The Real Intelligence Failure By Philip Giraldi

The Real Intelligence Failure
By Philip Giraldi
Published 11/04/09

Most Americans believe that we are in a terrible dilemma. An increasing number are uncomfortable with the continuing carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan and fearful of the consequences of yet another Middle East war, this time against Iran, but most also believe that our country is threatened by dark forces that seek to destroy us and that extreme measures are justified. Few realize that fear alone is bringing about our transformation into a country driven by constant warfare to the detriment of our constitutional liberties.

OUR TERRORISTS by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Ahmed has significantly updated this article and added endnotes - loose nuke

October 2009 • Issue 426

OUR TERRORISTS: Islamic fundamentalist militants are the enemies of Israel and Western governments, right? Think again. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed reports.

Once upon a time, the CIA trained, financed and supported Osama bin Laden and his mujahidin networks in Afghanistan to repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. After the end of the Cold War, bin Laden turned against the West and we no longer had any use for him. His persistent terrorist attacks against us for more than a decade, culminating in 9/11, provoked our own response, in the form of the ‘War on Terror’. This is the official narrative. And it’s false. Not only did Western intelligence services continue to foster Islamist extremist and terrorist groups connected to al-Qaeda after the Cold War; they continued to do so even after 9/11.

The CIA’s jihad