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Video: Orca and Navy Sonar

Video: Orca and Navy Sonar

These videos show how navy sonar affects marine mammals like killer whales and dolphins…even at distances of 12-15 miles away from the ship. You can hear the hideous sounds and see the animals swimming, some erratically, to shore in an attempt to escape the painful sound. If you are thinking of enlisting in the US Navy, you may be ordered to participate in this illegal & immoral activity

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Former Bush Administration Insider Reflects on the Failure of the Iraq War

Former Bush Administration Insider Reflects on the Failure of the Iraq War

This is not a short piece, but the similarities of behind-the-scenes manipulation of facts, complete ineptitude and publicized rationale, by U.S. administration war-mongers of the then-Iraqi war and today’s dealings with Iran are downright scary. ~ Don Chapin

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Why are there a disproportionate number of southerners in the US military?

Why are there a disproportionate number of southerners in the US military?

Yes, I agree about the localized cultural aspects, but another reason for the disproportionate numbers of southern-origin military is the general lack of paying jobs in the south, just as in inner cities, whereupon the military becomes a viable option in contrast to the rest of the country. In some contrast to an allegation in this article concerning “it’s not just poverty,” military recruiting therefore has historically targeted the South and inner cities. Likewise, military chaplains are largely from southern evangelical schools, which also fits the profile as presented in this article… roughly 80% the last I saw… which creates more problems when they attempt to “convert” military members of other faiths or ‘independents.’ So, we also have DoD recruiting taking advantage of social and economic conditions to “target” the South for recruits, in addition to and supported by, the factors highlighted in this article. ~ Don Chapin

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Last Days of Tomas Young

Last Days of Tomas Young

The last days of Tomas Young, including his letter “A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran,” whose ordeal inspired the book and movie “Body of War.” Young’s final eight months, Cuellar [his wife] said, were often “hopeless and humiliating.” He died in agony, having had pain medication cut down to useless levels by the VA’s doctors. It is an old story. It is the story of war. Two days after the 9/11 attacks, Young enlisted in the Army, hoping he would be sent to fight in Afghanistan. He was seduced by jingoism and calls for a crusade against evil that he eventually came to realize were a mask for lies and deceit. He became a voice for other young people who bore the physical and emotional scars of war. He became our conscience. He spoke a truth about war, a truth many do not want to hear. And he condemned our war criminals and demanded justice. This post includes his letter “A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran,” whose ordeal inspired the book and movie “Body of War” as well as a downloadable pdf of the entire article you can read at your convenience or share.

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Generals Won’t Save Us from the Next War

Generals Won’t Save Us from the Next War

“I’m very much afraid that Danny Sjursen is correct in this article when he states, ‘The American military, especially at the senior ranks, is apt to let you down whenever courage or moral fortitude is needed most.’ I had been hoping that tRump’s fascist takeover of the U.S. government would eventually be stopped by our military as a last resort, even if not constitutionally recognized. BUT, what Danny is pointing out is the basic cowardice of our generals, which I agree is of particularly grave concern at ANY time. I retired from a different branch of the military—I refuse to call it ‘service,’ because it isn’t—and one pay grade lower than Danny. But my observations are similar… our general officers and those aspiring to that position are primarily political animals, not used to thinking outside-the-box. The ‘American War Machine’ is more interested in ‘the old order’ of perpetuating itself and comfortable retirements, rather than ideology.” ~ Don Chapin

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How the Navy Sold the Vietnam War

How the Navy Sold the Vietnam War

So history repeats itself with the passage of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Similar to the Gulf of Tonkin resolution of 1964, deception at the highest levels of the U.S. government was used to justify a war that shouldn’t have occurred and the US public had to be energized to support the war. U.S. entry into WWII was started in a similar manner when FDR followed an Army Lt Colonel’s advice about provoking Japan … while FDR wanted to help Europe fight Nazi Germany … who had allied with Japan… a means had to be found to energize a complacent US public for war.

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60 Year Old Policy Keeps Troops from Suing the US for Medical Malpractice

60 Year Old Policy Keeps Troops from Suing the US for Medical Malpractice

Under what’s called the Feres Doctrine, members of the Armed Forces and their families are prohibited from filing claims against the government for death or injury arising from military service.
But it doesn’t just apply to military settings or deaths in the field. The Feres Doctrine also shields military medical providers from malpractice suits by troops — and their dependents.

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What You Don't Know About ROTC

An ex-Army Ranger's new mission to educate students considering joining the ROTC.

Safeguard Young Adults From Military Recruitment

Public schools in the Unites States of America are a prime marketing target for military recruiters. (read more)

 

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