Jeremy Kuzmarov: One hopes that Sanders, the political insurgent and conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, will challenge the 1% in foreign policy and prevailing paradigms more.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Scott is convinced that 9/11 fits into the wider pattern of “deep events” partially orchestrated or allowed to proceed by elements within the government as a means of justifying the growth of the War on Terror and implementation of a far-right wing domestic agenda.
Jeremy Kuzmanov: The FBI was highly effective at using saboteurs to infiltrate and foment dissension within the New Left and encouraged counterproductive forms of protest, contributing to its eventual implosion.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: For more than a decade the CIA has provided wads of dollars to the office of Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president largely as a means of buying political influence.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: While railing against social welfare programs and excessive government spending, law-and-order hawks have presided over an unprecedented prison boom funded by taxpayer dollars, and allowed prison conditions to deteriorate significantly in many states.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: While staffed with people from working-class backgrounds, the police in American society have long served as “protectors of privilege,” upholding the power of the wealthy 1% by frequently crushing protest.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: It might not be Reefer Madness redux, but the blame being put on drugs for civilian deaths in Afghanistan today has that same air of hysteria about it.
K. Barton Osborne, a military intelligence specialist told Congress that he witnessed acts of torture including the prodding of a person’s brain with a six inch dowel through his ear, and that in his year and a half with Phoenix, “not a single suspect survived interrogation.”
In a recent interview, Richard Holbrooke, White House Special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan and a key architect of President Obama’s “surge” strategy, declared the War on Drugs in Afghanistan to be a failure.