Veterans On the March: Memorial Day in D.C.

Veterans On the March!
Stop Endless War • Build for Peace!

“War is a racket: A few profit, the many pay!”
~ Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

May 29 and 30, 2017 in Washington DC

May 29, 2017: Letters to the Vietnam Memorial Wall • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

May 30, 2017: Lincoln Memorial • White House
Hundreds of Veterans and allies gather at the White House December, 2010 to demand Peace Hundreds of Veterans and allies gather at the White House December, 2010 to demand Peace

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NSA Spying On Americans ‘Widespread’ – Let Sec. 702 Expire!

In October, 2016, the NSA was forced to admit that it had misused Sec. 702 of the FISA Amendments to spy on far more Americans than it should have. Even the normally very compliant FISA Court condemned the ramped up spying on Americans as raising serious Fourth Amendment issues. The NSA last month told us it would cease using Sec. 702 – which is supposed to be for foreigners – to spy in Americans. Should we trust the NSA to police itself? Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report urges that Section 702 of the FISA Act be allowed to sunset at the end of the year. If the government wants to spy on us, let them get a warrant!

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Hiroshima and the Scar of Moral Injury

For military historians, walking a battlefield is a special experience. That’s where things previously locked away in books happened, the hill that blocked an advance, the river that defended an important city and altered the course of human history. Historians visit Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Normandy all the time.

Things work differently for those interested in the final days of World War II. Absent the bloody struggle for Okinawa, the real end days of the war were conducted from the air. The firebombing of Tokyo in March 1945, the greatest civilian loss of life in a conventional air raid, left no signs some 70 years later in the modern city. There is nothing to indicate a million people were left homeless because one-fourth of the urban area was destroyed. And that is exactly as the Japanese want it. It was all cleaned up, buried, as if it never had happened.

The only indication in Tokyo that any war at all took place is tucked away in the Yushukan War Memorial Museum. Attached to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of Japan’s war dead reside (including some who committed war crimes), Yushukan is in its own way a marker of things cleaned up and things buried. The building houses carefully curated artifacts from the war. The choices speak of things almost no Japanese person, and few Japanese textbooks, will otherwise talk about.

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Congressmembers Speak Out for Getting the US Out of Afghanistan

Today a news conference was held by co-sponsors of HR1666, to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the importance of debating the 16-year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history.

Attending were
Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC)
Representative John Garamendi (D-CA)
Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
Representative John Duncan (R-TN)
Representative Don Young (R-AK)
Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Will Fischer, VoteVets

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or Dante Atkins in Congressman John Garamendi’s office at (202) 225-1880.