David Swanson

Virginia, USA

Areas of Expertise:

– War and peace
– Politics
– Activism

Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009)War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012)



12 Questions for General Petraeus on His Support for Al Qaeda

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David Swanson
“We are constantly assured that if we listen to the generals and the US intelligence officials, we will be well advised because they know so much more than we do. So how many failures of the generals and the intelligence officials do the American people endure before they turn to others—perhaps even those who study peace and nonviolent power—for a stronger and more helpful analysis? Advisers and colleagues of retired General David Petraeus say that he is approaching political and military leaders, advocating arming al Qaeda in Syria.”

Author: David Swanson
Published in: Let’s try democracy http://davidswanson.org/node/4894
The Real News http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/72-more-blog-posts-from-david-swanson/2501-12-questions-for-general-petraeus-on-his-support-for-al-qaeda
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/12_questions_for_general_petraeus_on_his_support_for_al_qaeda/
The Smirking Chimp http://www.therussophile.org/12-questions-for-general-petraeus-on-his-support-for-al-qaeda.html/
Date: September 1,7,2015

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Which U.S. Senators Want War on Iran

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David Swanson
“Let’s do the count:
Senators rallying and whipping their colleagues to support the Iran agreement: 0.
Senators admitting that Iran has had no nuclear weapons program and has never threatened or been a threat to the United States: 0.
Senators pushing the false idea that Iran is a nuclear threat but indicating they will vote to support the agreement precisely in order to counter that threat: 16
(Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Martin Heinrich, Tim Kaine, Angus King, Patrick Leahy, Chris Murphy, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, Bernie Sanders, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall, Elizabeth Warren)
Republican (and “Libertarian”) senators indicating they will try to kill the agreement, thereby moving the United States toward a war on Iran: 54
(All of them.)
Democratic senators inspired during the ghastly Republican debate Thursday night to announce that they will try to kill the deal (and would rather have a war): 1
(Charles Schumer)
Democratic senators who haven’t clearly stated a position: 29”

Author: David Swanson
Published in: The People’s Voice http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2015/08/10/which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran
Global Research http://www.globalresearch.ca/which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran/5467885
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/which-us-senators-want-war-iran
World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran/
Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice https://sites.google.com/site/charlottesvillepeacecenter/home/whichussenatorswantwaroniran
The Smirking Chimp http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/david-swanson/63346/which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran
Washington’s Blog http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/08/which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran.html
Veteran’s Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/08/07/senators-iran-war/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/which_u.s._senators_want_war_on_iran/
The Cap Times http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/david-swanson-which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran/article_f15bc030-c68c-56a7-b4f0-e425854c2e92.html
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/08/10/ike-warned-us-81215/
Z Net https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/which-u-s-senators-want-war-on-iran/
Date: August 7,8,10,11,16,2015

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NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease

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David Swanson
“Climate change is apparently encouraging the spread of Lyme disease, and a report by NBC News dares to say so. This may seem like a fresh breath of honest sanity in a media context in which even the weather reports usually avoid the topic of human global destruction.”

Author: David Swanson
Published in: Let’s try democracy http://davidswanson.org/node/4832
OpEd News http://www.opednews.com/articles/NBC-Dares-Mention-Climate-by-David-Swanson-Climate-Change_Climate-Change_Climate-Change-Deniers_Disease-Epidemics-150716-527.html
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/07/29/lyme-and-baby-chicks-72915/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/nbc_dares_mention_climate_in_spread_of_lyme_disease_but_not_who_created_lym/
World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/nbc-dares-mention-climate-in-spread-of-lyme-disease-but-not-who-created-lyme-disease/
Date: July 16,19,29,2015

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Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq

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David Swanson
“The National Security Archive has posted several newly available documents, one of them an account by Charles Duelfer of the search he led in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, with a staff of 1,700 and the resources of the U.S. military.

Duelfer was appointed by CIA Director George Tenet to lead a massive search after an earlier massive search led by David Kay had determined that there were no WMD stockpiles in Iraq. Duelfer went to work in January 2004, to find nothing for a second time, on behalf of people who had launched a war knowing full well that their own statements about WMDs were not true.”

Author: David Swanson
Published in: Tele Sur http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Secret-Document-Shows-CIA-Reaction-to-Finding-No-WMD-in-Iraq-20150708-0032.html
News for the Revolution http://newsfortherevolution.com/?p=4875
Washington’s Blog http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/07/document-shows-cia-reaction-to-finding-no-wmd-in-iraq.html
News Media News http://www.newsmedianews.com/headlines.php?id=1332
OpEd News http://www.opednews.com/articles/Document-Shows-CIA-Reactio-by-David-Swanson-Iraq-150710-620.html
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/document-shows-cia-reaction-finding-no-wmd-iraq
Global Research http://linkis.com/8UZNQ
Blacklisted News http://www.blacklistednews.com/Document_Shows_CIA_Reaction_to_Finding_No_WMD_in_Iraq/44985/0/38/38/Y/M.html
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/07/15/believing-the-opposite-71515/
Information Clearing House http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42377.htm
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/document_shows_cia_reaction_to_finding_no_wmd_in_iraq/
Date: July 8,10,2015

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War Speaks Every Language But Never Knows What to Say to Frogs

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David Swanson
“War speaks every language she says, because every nation has war. But of course this isn’t true. Many nations that make war on others do not have war at home, not in remotely the way the nations have it where wars are fought. Anyone in the United States knows that a global war aggressor suffers, but also knows that the wars are not here, and that the difference is one of night and day. Many nations also do not make war, nearby or far off. Some nations, Costa Rica, Iceland, and lots of little nations, have no military, no war plans, no investment in future wars, and no wars. And this is why it matters that War Is Never a Good Idea, because good ideas exist as available alternatives.”

Author: David Swanson
Published in: OpEd News http://www.opednews.com/articles/War-Speaks-Every-Language-by-David-Swanson-War_War_War_Wars-150521-779.html
Let’s try democracy http://davidswanson.org/node/4763
Washington’s Blog http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/war-speaks-every-language-but-never-knows-what-to-say-to-frogs.html
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/07/04/war-never-good-idea-war-speaks-every-language-never-knows-say-frogs/
Date: May 21, July 1,2,4,2015

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Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly Letter Reinforces Call Made in National TV Ad Campaign

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David Swanson
“An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions – the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to “refuse to fly.”

In a letter released recently by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.””

Author: David Swanson
Published in: World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Global Research http://www.globalresearch.ca/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly-surveillance-and-attack-missions/5456274
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/06/26/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/06/16/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Prison Planet http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=269476.0
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/veterans-urge-drone-operators-refuse-orders-fly
Polish Gazette http://polishgazette.com/?p=1454994
Pagosa Daily Post http://pagosadailypost.com/2015/06/26/opinion-veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders/
The Cap Times http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/david-swanson-veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to/article_93c08ce6-0990-5b96-a8c0-1cbf0db96cda.html
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/30/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/veterans_urge_drone_operators_to_refuse_orders_to_fly_letter_reinforces_cal/
Date: June 16,17,26,30,July 3,4,2015

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