How the US Turned Three Pacifists into Violent Terrorists

Three photos set side by side of (left to right) Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli.

COMMON DREAMS In just ten months, the United States managed to transform an 82 year-old Catholic nun and two pacifists from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestors accused of misdemeanor trespassing into federal felons convicted of violent crimes of terrorism.  Now in jail awaiting sentencing for their acts at an Oak Ridge, TN nuclear weapons production facility, …

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Drones, Sanctions and the Prison Industrial Complex

A picture of a US Spy Drone

WAR IS A CRIME .ORG In the final weeks of a six month prison sentence for protesting remote control murder by drones, specifically from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, I can only reflect on my time of captivity in light of the crimes that brought me here.  In these ominous times, it is America’s …

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Senate Immigration Bill: More Militarization of the Border, No Real Path to Citizenship

Close-up of Isabel Garcia

THE REAL NEWS   New legislation will increase deportations, beef up police while worker status will help provide cheap labor for businesses but make citizenship almost impossible to attain. GARCIA: “We’re also going to set up E-Verify, a mandatory national identification system. Talk about Big Brother. I mean, we are absolutely extending this across the …

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Resolution 22006: Martial law over Tucson, or a bit of legislative fluff?

Image of text from Tucson City Council Resolution 22006: "NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUCSON, ARIZONA, AS FOLLOVVS: SECTION 1. That the City of Tucson Mayor and Council hereby recognizes and supports the missions and long term viability of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the leadership of Davis-Monthan to make the appropriate decisions when balancing National Security and community needs when it comes to their existing and future military mission and assignments. SECTION 2. The various City officers and employees are authorized and directed to perform ali acts necessary or desirable to give effect to this Resolution. SECTION 3. WHEREAS, it is necessary for the preservation of the peace, health and safety of the City of Tucson that this Resolution become immediately effective, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Resolution shall be effective immediately upon its passage and adoption. PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUCSON, ARIZONA, February 20, 2013"

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On February 20, the Tucson City Council and Mayor triggered a storm of controversy when they unanimously approved Resolution 22006, whose wording [see graphic] strongly suggests that the city is ceding authority to the Air Force in regard to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s future missions and deployments. In addition, it is …

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Occupy the Inner Self

Comic panel: Woman entering room sees two dead bodies full of bullet holes. Her Speech bubble reads, "Oh no! The 'No Guns' Sign Must Have Fallen Off!". At the bottom it is signed, "Drawn by JKARTAN 2013 for the Gloo Factory inc."

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Disclaimer: The initial text contains what some readers might perceive as racially insensitive statements. Regrettably, that is what apartheid was all about – this writer still feels the hurt. He apologizes to any reader who might be offended by issues presented– such was life under apartheid. Why have gun sales suddenly soared? …

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