David Swanson

David Swanson is the author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union and blogs at his website, War Is a Crime (formerly After Downing Street). 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail
First they tell you what to think the wars are for. They’re for protection from evil enemies, for spreading democracy and human rights. Then you discover that wasn’t so. The evil enemies were actually human beings and no threat. The wars on terrorism have created many more enemies and spread...
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Sunday, August 06, 2017
You Cannot Begin a Crime in Good Faith
This morning we handed out flyers on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul. We encountered very few who knew why it is called that. Frank Kellogg was a hero in the sense that a whistleblower is a hero. He was a Secretary of State who had nothing but contempt for peace activism, until peace activism became...
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Killed by Congressional Cowardice
We tend to think of war as resulting from an excess of aggression or disorderliness or rebellion. Western academics hunt in the genes of foreigners and study chimpanzees to find the root of the nastiness. But one would be hard press to count the number of people who have lost their lives to an...
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
So That's Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret
Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo , it's hard to miss why it was kept secret until now. Liberal professors and human rights groups and the United Nations were claiming an inability to know whether drone murders were legal or not because they...
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There is no possible legal justification of these extrajudicial killings. (Credit: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Why I Don't Want to See the Drone Memo
And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us a secret memo that gets us out of the bit about Thou-shalt-not-kill. And, lo, as I was driving home from the committee hearing I was pulled...
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Monday, March 10, 2014
Fasting for Fukushima on Third Anniversary
Fasting can be a way of mourning, of cleansing, of meditation, of focus.
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Afghanistan: War Without End?
Afghanistan was supposed to be the campaign promise that President Barack Obama actually kept. He said he would escalate that war , and sure enough he did. Is he now going back on promises he's made as president, by proposing to withdraw 2.5% of US forces in July?
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Monday, April 18, 2011
If Cairo Came to Kabul
Before Tahrir Square happened almost nobody predicted that President Hosni Mubarak would be forced out of office by a movement that didn't pick up a gun. Had President Barack Obama expected that outcome, he might have publicly backed Mubarak's departure before, rather than after, Mubarak stepped down.
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