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Fred Branfman

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Julian Assange Hears "The Sound Of Suffering": Do We?

0 Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 12:58 PM

WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Endangers National Security By Lying to Us

By Fred Branfman / AlterNet, January 4, 2011

Wikileaks has shown that our government and military form a 'vast lying machine' that perpetrates mass murder in our name.

Wikileaks has proven U.S. Executive...

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Hillary Clinton's Promoting Kissinger: An Insult to History

0 Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 3:44 PM

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating so many of them today.

"I saw my cousin die in the field of death. My heart was most disturbed and my voice called out loudly...

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Petraeus Must Go: Mass Assassination of Muslims Threatens Us All

0 Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 9:10 AM

This post originally appeared at Alternet.

"[General McChrystal says that] for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies." ~ "The Runaway General," Rolling Stone, 6/22/10

The truth that many Americans find hard to take is that that mass U.S....

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Petraeus Is the Problem

0 Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 12:55 PM

When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It's Time to Negotiate

It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone? The very fact that it took a magazine article for...

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Should Christopher Hitchens Apologize to Iraqis (And U.S. Peace Marchers?)

0 Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 1:37 PM

In 1970 a Lao villager who had survived five years of U.S. bombing wrote: "In reality, whatever happens, it is only the innocent who suffer. And as for the others, do they know all the unimaginable things happening in this war? Do they?"

Do we? And if we did...

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"Robber Barons" Built, "Robber Bankers" Destroy

0 Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 7:04 PM

"Robber Barons" Built, "Robber Bankers" Destroy
Posted on Truthdig, May 6, 2010
By Fred Branfman
"For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households. But since 2000, the story is starkly...

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0 Comments | Posted May 23, 2008 | 12:05 AM


Note: As John McCain's makes his Vietnam war experience central to his campaign, the true facts about the war are more relevant than ever. This is the original version of a review of Tom Brokaw's shameful book Boom!...

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Old War Videos, New War Dangers

0 Comments | Posted November 9, 2006 | 12:14 PM

Below please find links to some 22 minutes of personal videos about Nixon and Kissinger's war-making from 1969-72, a period that holds important lessons for the growing dangers in Iraq and the Mideast today. Understanding the historic shift in the balance of power toward the jihadists resulting from Bush's...

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Is President Bush Betraying Young Americans Dying In Iraq? Do John Kerry's 1971 Words Apply Today? What Do You Think?

0 Comments | Posted October 22, 2006 | 4:18 PM

Should war-critics go on the offensive and stress the obvious but largely unmentionable truth of the Iraqi war: that our leaders are callously betraying U.S. soldiers dying in a war that cannot be won? Does John Kerry's 1971 Senate testimony, excerpted below, apply today to leaders of both parties...

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Finally, Some GENUINELY Good News!: Dr. Muhammad Yunus

0 Comments | Posted October 13, 2006 | 1:59 PM

The wonderful news that Dr. Muhammad Yunus has won the Nobel Peace Prize sent me back to reread a still-relevant article I wrote after interviewing him ten years ago (please see below). Dr. Yunus is not only a real hero, but a wonderful human being - kind, modest, friendly, good-humored,...

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When "Staying the Course" Means Defeat: 2. Indochina

0 Comments | Posted October 13, 2006 | 10:45 AM

Note: Fred Branfman spent over 4 years on the ground in Indochina as a volunteer and journalist between 1967 and 1973, and was co-director of the Indochina Resource Center in Washington, D.C., which U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin blamed for the loss of Indochina.

This is the second of a...

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When 'Staying The Course' Means Defeat: I. Iraq

0 Comments | Posted October 12, 2006 | 5:04 PM


Note: Fred Branfman spent over 4 years on the ground in Indochina as a volunteer and journalist between 1967 and 1973, and was co-director of the Indochina Resource Center in Washington, D.C., which U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin blamed for the loss of...

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On Torture and Being "Good Americans"

0 Comments | Posted March 2, 2006 | 6:12 PM

"Gestapo interrogation methods included: repeated near drownings of a prisoner in a bathtub."
The History Place

"The CIA officers say 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lasted the longest under waterboarding, two and a half minutes, before beginning to talk, with debatable results."
 -- Brian Ross, ABC World News...

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What Must Mr. Cheney Do for Mr. Bush to Disown Him -- Shoot Somebody?

0 Comments | Posted February 20, 2006 | 3:50 PM

Now that the hoopla on the Cheney shooting has begun to die down it is time to focus on the most serious issue it symbolizes: Mr. Cheney's weakening the U.S. and strengthening our enemies over the past 5 years. Just as he bungled his hunting, he has bungled every major...

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President Bush Is Endangering Our Lives - 14: Losing The War On Terror By Misusing Executive Power

0 Comments | Posted February 5, 2006 | 4:12 PM


"We are losing."
-- The Next Attack, by former NSC officials Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

"Over the years there had been an erosion of presidential power and authority. I believe that...

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President Bush is Endangering our Lives - 13. Actively Dividing Us at Home

0 Comments | Posted February 3, 2006 | 11:50 AM

"In a time of crisis, it is important to remember the President who, while waging our bloodiest, most divisive war, was able to do what recent Presidents have failed to do: he inspired `the better angels of our nature'." (Emphasis added)
-- "Lincoln", by Gary Wills, Life Magazine, Feb....

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President Bush Is Endangering Our Lives - 12. Risking Far Bloodier Future Mideast War

0 Comments | Posted February 1, 2006 | 4:39 PM

"Saeed Semnanian, the chancellor of one of Tehran's most conservative universities (said) the achievement that matters is that Iran is independent. As far as he is concerned, it might be yesterday, and not in 1953, that Kermit Roosevelt and the C.I.A. organized the coup that overthrew Mohammed Mossadegh, the prime...

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President Bush is Endangering Our Lives: 11. Weakening us throughout the Muslim World

0 Comments | Posted January 30, 2006 | 6:12 PM

"(Captured reporter Jill) Carroll actually spoke Arabic and still was unable to avoid the wash of fury and hatred that now confronts Westerners. We are not wanted." (Emphasis added)
-- Alissa Rubin, L.A. Times, 1/26/05

"But while I am certain bin Laden is losing, I still don't feel that...

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Russert: At the Feet of the Powerful and Throat of the Weak

0 Comments | Posted January 28, 2006 | 3:21 PM

"The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet."

-- Winston Churchill

Congratulations to Arianna for daring to expose Tim Russert, whose Meet the Press has for so long dishonored American journalism. Russert is guilty of all the sins she has exposed: slimy cronyism, back-stabbing, nepotism, favor-trading...

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President Bush is Endangering Our Lives 10: Turning the World Against Us

0 Comments | Posted January 27, 2006 | 6:13 PM

"The U.S. will, if necessary, act preemptively, and will require bases within and beyond Western Europe and Northeast Asia, the ability to ensure U.S. access to distant theaters, and critical U.S. infrastructure and assets in outer space. Our forces will dissuade potential adversaries from pursuing a military build-up in hopes...
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