April 16, 2014
Doctors of the Dark Side exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal — how psychologists and physicians implemented and covered up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons.
The stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse show how essential doctors have been to the torture program.
April 14, 2014
I’d like to inform James Simpson (letter, April 6) that anti-war protests have been occurring for years. Demonstrations and marches have taken place in all major cities. Thousands have been arrested; large numbers have gone to trial; and many have been jailed for civil disobedience. At several events, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have symbolically thrown away their medals.
Simpson isn’t aware because the media downplay or ignore the movement. I’ve been arrested three times in Washington, D.C., at anti-war demonstrations — once at the White House with Daniel Ellsberg and 135 others, mostly veterans. The Washington Post had no story, just a photo. The caption simply said Ellsberg and “several” others were arrested.
Veterans For Peace, which has been at the forefront of this movement, is organizing a chapter in Greensboro. We encourage interested parties to learn more at veteransforpeace.org.
April 10, 2014
written by Iraq vet and VFP member, Jon Turner. For more information about Jon's work and poetry visit his website, www.sevenstarart.com
First and foremost I offer my greatest condolences to the family members of those who were apart of the tragedy at Fort Hood this past week, including Ivan Lopez. As a two time veteran of the Iraq war in 2005 and 2006, as an infantryman with the marines, and as well as being a purple heart recipient for a minor shrapnel wound, and having been diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress and two Traumatic Brain Injuries, I must depict my own unhealthy emotions that have risen from the response of this past week’s shooting by the officials who have publicly made claims that PTSD is not an issue.
In 2007, as an alcoholic who underwent two rehab treatments before the age of 22 because the only way I could deal with my deployments was by staying drunk, I was discharged from Camp Lejeune and into the civilian populous who had an even lesser understanding of war, the effects of war, or the impact of Post Traumatic Stress. We as veterans of all generations, are trained to go to war and undergo extreme conditions that have a lasting effect on the psyche, and yet it is only now that the VA is beginning to publically recognize that there are severe issues with returned soldiers. I find it interesting that the officials and supporters of war, who have full understanding of this “minor” detail, still have not employed proper tactics for re-integrating back into a non-combatant mentality.
April 08, 2014
Talks, tears highlight rally vs. drones at Whiteman AFB April 7
Bearing witness against remote control of reaper drones from U.S. military bases, about 20 protesters rallied Sunday, April 6, at the Spirit Gate entry to Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo.
Noting the name Whiteman Air Force Base, former CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern in his talk said, "When B2 bombers flew out of here to Afghanistan and Iraq, they weren't killing people who looked like us (white), but who were what the airmen were taught to call 'sand niggers' or 'towel-heads.' White-man is killing brown, black, and other men, women, and children who don't look like us. White-man Air Force Base is a reflection of the American original sin, racism."
April 07, 2014
Three VFP veterans were arrested this weekend after taking part in a protest that activists said was part of an attempted revival of the Occupy movement. VFP members were John Spitzberg, Walter Gafforio and Bill Perry.
April 07, 2014
The 3rd Annual VFP Delegation to Viet Nam left on Fri, Mar 28 from San Francisco CA. Ten (10) VFP members are part of the 17 member delegation. VFP members are - Ann Wright, Bill Creighton, Wes Brickner, David Hartsough, Kent Howland, Ron and Paula Staff, David Waters, Floyd Henderson and Taylor Searcy.
In photo from Left to right at San Francisco airport). George Johnson (Farewell committee), Ken Howland, Ann Wright, Mike Dempsey, Ron Staff, David Waters, Paula Staff, Floyd Henderson, Nadya Williams (Farewell committee).
VFP members living in Vietnam who have organized the trip are Chuck Palazzo, Chuck Searcy, Suel Jones, Don Blackburn, and Mike Cull.
April 07, 2014
88 year old WW II Marine Corps combat vet will lead his 3rd annual Ride for Peace, bicycling from Raleigh, NC to Washington DC April 27--May 3rd, with a Rally for Peace at 2:00pm Saturday, May 3rd at Lafayette Park.
Sam has made a lot of friends since he launched his first ride in 2012, and was invited to address the Rotary International Peace Forum in Hiroshima last May. This year his message to Congress, President Obama, and the world will be: NO to war and militarism, YES to peace and diplomacy!
April 01, 2014
I'd like to report that our" Fly Kites not Drones" protest at Beale AFB this month was a stupendous success. While we were bannering and protesting at the gates to Beale AFB the Sacramento Bee sent out two reporters and a photographer, (at 6:00 AM) and their story made the headline, front page of the Sunday Bee, (March 30). You may also be interested in the pictures of kites strung along the road entering the base on our Facebook page: "Occupy Beale Air Force Base".
Article in Sacremento Bee, Drone Strickers Say the Government is Unfairly Denying them Jury Trials
March 31, 2014
On behalf of Rogue Valley Chapter 156, we would like to share our "Close Guantanamo Now!" January 11, 2014 protest with any other VFP chapters who might be interested. We put together a "street theater" event to dramatize the suffering that has taken place at Guantanamo Prison.
Our "package" includes everything we have on this event: photographs, videos, newspaper op-ed's and news stories, the scripts used in the event, etc.
We added the information to our chapter website. Our chapter website address is: www.rv-vfp156.org - so to find our protest package, go to this site:
March 24, 2014
Veterans For Peace needs your help to restore the Golden Rule, the world's first anti-nuclear peace boat. In 1958, her brave crew of Quakers and pacifists risked their lives and freedom to nonviolently confront nuclear testing on the high seas. With your help, we'll be able to honor their legacy and continue their mission.
Help finish the restoration of the original peace boat, the Golden Rule, now being worked on by Veterans For Peace in Eureka, California
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