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Oct
03

Most Outrageous Statement Ever By a US Department of Justice

Tag: About David Swanson

From Jeremy Scahill:

In defending the government's position, West cited case law stating that "genocide, torture, forced relocation, and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment by individual defendants employed by Department of Defense and State Department were within scope of employment" and similar cases justifying CIA torture as part of official duty.

Oct
03

Support Pacifica Radio KPFK and Look What You'll Get

Tag: Media

From Lila Garrett:

Monday morning at 7 I'll be back on CONNECT THE DOTS offering the following premiums:

Daybreak By David Swanson 342 pp. Book $100 True Compass Ted Kennedy memoir 532 pp... Book $180 Lila’s interview with Ted Kennedy CD $35 Lila’s Pack All of it $275

Oct
03

Who SHOULD Decide About War?

Tag: Peace and War

Remarks at http://whodecidesaboutwar.org conference.

Who actually does: the media, weapons companies, the permanent government, presidents (including simply by decreeing a "war on terror", through misspending, lying, simply acting, signing treaties), political parties, culture (the one Biden lives in, in which Israel's sovereign right to attack Iran is uncontroversial), soldiers who obey illegal orders and the culture that leads kids to that place.

Who should decide: we the people of the world, through democratically created and enforced international and national and state laws.

Oct
03

Dori Smith and David Swanson: great interview! 4 pm ET Today

Tag: About David Swanson

Listen here: http://www.whus.org

Watch for podcast to be posted later today if you miss the original.

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Oct
03

New Review of Daybreak by David Swanson

Tag: About David Swanson

By Ron Stouffer and Rosie Skomitz, CommonSense2

We first encountered David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, when he broke the news of the ‘Downing Street Memo’, a document that many considered a smoking gun proving that George W. Bush lied to make a case for invading Iraq. The memo, from a 2002 British intelligence briefing, indicated that Bush was intent on invading Iraq despite his claims to the contrary. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair lied in order to promote the invasion, ostensibly to remove Saddam Hussein based on alleged links to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Swanson told us that “the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy.” We did not doubt Swanson’s claim then, and the accuracy of his assertion is even more evident in hindsight.

In his latest book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, Swanson revisits the crimes and abuses of the Bush-Cheney administration, focuses on the spectrum of shared responsibility, offers suggestions and solutions for a more democratic future, and challenges us to become active citizens and agents of change for the better.

Though the sins of Bush-Cheney were not unique to their administration, they took abuse of power to a new level of brazenness and arrogance and in the process made a mockery of the Constitution. Either we are a nation of laws or we are not. Either we enforce the Constitution or we do not. Failure to hold leaders accountable makes it more likely that future presidents will continue illegal behavior. (Note that Pres. Obama continues the practice of missile strikes in foreign countries, detaining people without charge, renditions, signing statements.)

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Oct
03

Audio: Steve Norris and David Swanson on Surreal News

Tag: About David Swanson
Daybreak w/David Swanson Surreal News

Our Oct 2 show on WSLR 96.5 LP FM Sarasota’s Community Radio Station News and Public Affairs welcomes David Swanson, author “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.” “Daybreak offers a powerful and compelling picture of what real change in America could look like. The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!” -Thom Hartmann (Syndicated Radio Show host)

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Oct
02

McChrystal Must Testify

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

On Thursday, 22 Democratic congress members introduced a bill to deny funding to any escalation of war in Afghanistan, and 60 Democratic senators voted that Congress should not even speak to a general about that war until after the president has decided whether to escalate it. These two actions come out of very different understandings of war powers.

Oct
02

State Single-Payer: Kucinich Amendment Still in House Bill

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

The latest I'm told is that the Kucinich amendment to allow states to do single-payer healthcare is still in the House bill.

The Wyden amendment is not a substitute for it. That one is worded in a way that could allow states that have been bad on healthcare, such as Tennessee, to opt out of national reform in favor of a right wing free market approach. The Wyden amendment is regressive for those states without the apparatus to pass single payer, which is the vast majority of them right now.

The proposal from my congressman, Tom Perriello, and other right-leaning Democrats for a "congressional option" is not a detailed proposal, and is vague enough to be for the public option what Wyden is for state single-payer, a means of creating a corporate alternative.

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