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Love it or leave it; don't forget those who fought for your freedom; and If you don't support bombing [insert Middle Eastern terrorist regime, country, or CIA created organization de jour], you must hate it. My takeaways from the "freedom" conference sponsored by Halliburton, Cheney, and Faux News chickenhawk brigade.
Why should the state be able to control what consenting adults put in their bodies, or how people acquire those substances? I find it ironic the state says you can extract a fetus from your body but you can't put a substance into your body if you so choose. These guys may have even been helping slow the inevitable collapse of the state's mail system.
Regarding Time article, my point about the alcoholic and self-serving spy must have been missed. I think if the spies had found real harm they would have leaked that all over "Meet the Press" through unnamed senior administration officials. Here is the complete takedown of that meme:
I have read the same book and have many similar views to you. Regarding Snowden, there is no proof whatsoever he has committed treason, or that anyone other than the journalists (and maybe his lawyers) have any of the documents.
I'd submit an even better example of non-interventionism helping lead to peace is Sweden. It was very active in attacking and being attacked until the end of the Napoleonic era. It avoided the deadly and costly wars of the rest of the 19th and full 20th centuries. It began dipping its toes back into warfare by being in Afghanistan and even Libya recently. Guess what, it has now been the target of a terrorist attack (Thank God unsuccessful), and Russia has been playing bear cub fights with it also. I'd submit the last sentence of consequences is related to its recent actions in Afghanistan and Libya.
Regarding how to defend: the Swiss were surrounded by two World Wars and were never attacked. Who attacks Costa Rica?
Peter, I am not an ingrate but regarding thanking people for service I do not like the knee-jerk reaction that people give when hearing I was a member of the military. I wish people would think deeply about what the military does. I have found that instead of defending our freedoms it helps erode them, that opposite of the Navy's tag line it is not a global force for good, and it offensive rather than defensive. It antagonizes and creates enemies then fails in its most basic function against those same enemies, such as allowing its own HQ to be attacked on 9/11. It does nothing to defend our own border.
Please name a war or police action that was necessary to defending you and making your life better. I'd even argue that WWII should have been a limited defensive one in the Pacific to prevent another Pearl Harbor; the USG did much to provoke that attack with sanctions. We merely traded Hitler for Stalin in Europe. Both were mass murderers.
I joined for the same reasons most people join: sense of duty, patriotism, and money. In the end, I learned the only good of my "service" to others was nothing and to me was the money. The USG protect the Sauds, who beheaded 19 the same or a few days after James Foley. I recommend "Legacy of Ashes" as a good book to demonstrate that CIA meddling is really bungling and causes much more harm to everyone than good. The military just surfs in the wake of that meddling.
Peter, please don't thank me for being a servant to a global empire, and a mercenary to boot. See page 10 here how Kuwait jails twitter critics and page 13 how I was a mercenary supporting the Emir because the USG is paid $200 million per year to house US troops.
Even the new head of NSA says Snowden did no harm. Like an alcoholic only claiming two drinks, a self-serving spy saying little harm means no harm.
Finally, voting does no good as Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama all bomb Iraq and support NSA, TSA, CIA, and all the others who spy on and harass you.
Peter, I was in the military. Being in Kuwait and Iraq opened my eyes to the fact that "Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies." There have been no proven instances where NSA spying "saved" us and there have been no proven instances where Snowden's disclosures harmed anyone except the lying NSA leaders. I happen to hate a lying government violating its own supposed controlling document, the constitution. I don't hate America; it is a beautiful geographic place with many good, productive people.
No, of course not. Tyrants and corporatists of the same ilk.
Freedom conference with one tyrant and one squish on greatest patriot of our lifetimes. Edward Snowden=Freedom Fighter. Anyone that criticizes him or dissembles about him should be 1000 miles from anything associated with freedom. Good thing, because it looks like from the photo Gillmore never left the friendly confines of the imperial city.
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