It's rare that you walk into a garage and see the next great work of art. That is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Jim Leonard's new masterpiece, Bad Apples being performed into Atwarter Village Theater.
The Attorney General closed his statement last week by arguing that the investigation "was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety of examined conduct." When will the propriety of that conduct be examined? And who will be held responsible for these acts?
It's not clear what national security interest is served at this point by continuing to hide what U.S. officials did to people detained after the September 11 attacks, other than to avoid U.S. embarrassment.
If the U.S. government recruits soldiers and sends them around the world often in harm's way, it is incumbent upon our nation and its people to be there for them when the return. Stand for the Troops helps us do just that.
We live in what I call, "The house that Bush built." Both at home and abroad, the impact of the sometimes neglectful and other times reckless policies of the last administration are everywhere in evidence.
We fail to recognize the damage that has been done to "brand America." While many Americans still want to see ourselves as "the shining city on the hill," we simply do not understand that is not how most Arabs see us.
Our military is addicted to war porn, and this fact may ultimately usurp any legacy of honor or glory the military may cling to. No longer can the world be duped by the government-controlled facade of the U.S. soldier as a liberating force for good.
And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!
Since his return from combat, former Iraq Veterans Against the War board chair Garett Reppenhagen has tirelessly opposed the Iraq war as well as all recent acts of U.S. aggression -- including the violent attack of Occupation protesters.
Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.
Many religions believe in a compassionate God, and that all humans are children of God. When most of us would shudder just thinking about our child being tortured, how can we justify the brutalization of God's sons and daughters?