Never ending war

I’m tired of war. I’m tired of secret prisons. I’m tired of renditions. I’m tired of my government acting like the bad guys and not the good guys. From the Nation: The CIA presence in Mogadishu is part of Washington’s intensifying counterterrorism focus on Somalia, which includes targeted strikes by US Special Operations forces, drone attacks and expanded surveillance operations. The US agents “are here full time,” a senior Somali intelligence official told me. At times, he said, there are as many as thirty of them in Mogadishu, but he stressed that those working with the Somali NSA do not conduct

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Thoughts On Libya

How is it that we have the money to attack Libya? Each Tomahawk missile we have launched on Libya cost $569,000 in 1999 dollars. Then there are all the costs of fuel and manpower and whatever else involved. As of 3:37 PM EST, Sunday, March 20 , the U.S and Britain had launched a total of 124 Tomahawks in Libya. Britain has a big austerity program going on.—Still, the U.K. also found the resources for war. How much will this all cost American taxpayers? I don’t know. But given that the President has said we must cut even programs that help the poor,

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Our Constitution and some basic guarantees

It seems to me that our Constitution guarantees some basic rights for all Americans. (Now we can, of course, argue about whether Faisal Shahzad should have been allowed to become an American citizen.) These rights are not open for negotiations. Yet, we have some who have argued that alleged failed Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, shouldn’t have been afforded these rights. Why not? Doesn’t our Constitution work in good times and bad? If there is some reason that the Constitution doesn’t work, then we need to amend it. I think that this is really pretty simple, but it seems that folks

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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