If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.
In 1924, German anarchist, Ernst Friedrich, published the most powerful anti-war book of the 20th Century, WAR against WAR. At a time when the media are showering us with a barrage of pro-war propaganda on the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Friedrich’s anti-war propaganda is more vital than ever.
The front page of The New York Times on June 26 featured a photo of women mourning a murdered Iraqi. He is one of the innumerable victims of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) campaign in which the Iraqi army, armed and trained by the U.S. for many years, quickly melted away, abandoning much of Iraq to a few thousand militants, hardly a new experience in imperial history.
For the past few years the U.S. military have been training in tactical urban assault. A few stories have surfaced describe the training as preparing for new, unfamiliar, and not yet thought up scenarios focusing on suburban and urban terrain. As the state is preparing for "asymmetric warfare" the society is further enslaved by media delusions. The U.S. military clearly thinks that impending economic collapse will cause further social unrest leading to full blown class warfare. If this happens know that urban environments will militarized over night (see: boston bombing aftermath). Here is a few news articles documenting the rise of urban assault training.
The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
Weapons of occupation are coming to cities and towns across the United States after the Department of Defense handed 165 military fighting vehicles formerly used in Iraq to local law enforcement as part of a military surplus program. This transfer of military weaponry, reported in an Associated Press exclusive on Monday, will send massive mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAPS—which weigh 18 tons each and include gun turrets and bulletproof glass—to urban and rural areas, some of which don't even have the physical infrastructure to support such heavy and large vehicles.
During 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war. Newly declassified documents from the CIA, NSA, KGB, and senior officials in both countries reveal just how close we came to mutually assured destruction — over a military exercise.
February 15, 1898 was a muggy Tuesday night in Havana Harbor. Some 350 crew and officers settled in on board the 24-gun battleship USS Maine.
“At 9:40 p.m., the ship's forward end abruptly lifted itself from the water,” writes author Tom Miller. “Along the pier, passersby could hear a rumbling explosion. Within seconds, another eruption—this one deafening and massive—splintered the bow, sending anything that wasn't battened down, and most that was, flying more than 200 feet into the air.”
Any American woman who cherishes the freedom (sic) to fight alongside her male military counterparts is -- both directly and indirectly -- signing up for and endorsing Daisy Cutters, cluster bombs, and predator drones; depleted uranium, napalm, and white phosphorus; launching cruise missiles into crowded cities, blowing up dams to deliberately flood rice paddies and starve civilians, shooting enemy soldiers after they’ve surrendered, destroying villages in order to save them, etc. etc. etc.
On November 5th, a lawsuit filed in 2009 by antiwar activists against Army spy John Towery will go before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, WA. Towery was outed as an informant after public records requests revealed he had infiltrated antiwar groups and spied on activists and anarchists. Panagacos v Towery is a landmark civil liberties case that comes at a time of increased political repression of Pacific Northwest anarchists. The lawsuit is against the Army, Navy, Air Force and countless law enforcement agencies.
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