This artist is at the drone conference in Washington DC and his sign is sitting on the stage, leaned up against a mock up of a weaponized drone.....
Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....
Yes, that's true. BUT...
Many of the deadly drone attacks are controlled from the US base in Stuttgart, the German secret service BND provides information about (human) targets, and US spies can operate freely in and from Germany. So Germany is actually involved in drone warfare even thought not buying armed drones.
The daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung launched an article series today, and hurray, you can find some of it in English at http://international.sueddeutsche.de/post/67044574634/germany-ally-and-accomplice-in-u-s-war-on-terror.
You can also find an interactive map about US spy posts in Germany at http://www.geheimerkrieg.de/ (secret war) - and that can't be all, the Darmstadt "Dagger Complex" e.g. is missing in the map.
|Vietnam-vet Bob Anderson standing outside Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The base is a major space technology development center|
"Thank you for your service." For more than the three decades that I have publicly acknowledged being a veteran, I continue to hear over and over this professed appreciation. Recently I was admitted to the Portland, Oregon Veterans Administration hospital and once completing her medical intake interview the attending physician made sure she thanked me for my service. I cringed. My service? She had left my room before I could compose an honest response. Nothing I did while in my 3 years, 11 months and 17 days of military functioning could be even closely defined as service - not to the US people, not to the people of the world, and certainly not to myself. And the implicit, if not explicit message is a thank you to veterans for preserving "our freedom."
In 2012 the Pentagon (Department of War) launched a thirteen-year national Vietnam War Commemoration public relations project (until 2025) explicitly designed to justify, glorify and honor the Vietnam War, including its soldiers. In fact, it is a poorly masked effort to obliterate from our memory the egregiously criminal US war, and the popular GI and citizen opposition to it. This effort has likely made such thank yous a more pronounced ubiquitous policy. Eradicating memory is a long historical pattern of imperial powers.
It is a shame that the public seems unwilling to grasp that virtually all our military adventures are lawless, imperial barbarisms, violently robbing others of their freedom and autonomy enabling the US people to continue living in fantastic opulence justified by a sense of exceptionalism while we callously outsource the consequential pain and suffering inflicted on innocent others and the sacred earth. Our veteran "service" does not protect our "freedoms", though it does preserve freedom to rob, pillage, and rape, destroying and repressing others devoid of genuine diplomacy or "democracy".