Jeremy Kuzmarov: As the Sanders campaign surges forward, we should remember the many Americans persecuted for promoting the ideals that Sanders is helping to legitimize and which may be slowly losing their stigma, especially among younger generations.
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.