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Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

November 24th, 2010

The True Afghanistan Withdrawal Date

The seemingly endless war in Afghanistan is now admittedly endless, as Obama has officially announced at the NATO summit in Lisbon that the U.S. military will remain heavily engaged, with “eye-watering levels of violence,” beyond 2014. (Sacramento Bee, Nov. 18)When the Bush administration launched a full-scale invasion of Afghanistan in ... continue reading

May 26th, 2010

US to launch covert strikes on terror targets

The US has authorised a sweeping expansion of covert military operations in the Middle East and Africa, aimed at destroying terrorist networks in the region, and preparing the ground ahead of any presidential decision to attack Iran.According yesterday's The New York Times, a directive, called the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task ... continue reading

December 23rd, 2009

Guantanamo 'hell on Earth', says Somali detainee

HARGEISA, Somalia — A Somali just home from eight years in the US jail at Guantanamo Bay told AFP the prison was "hell on Earth", and alleged torture there had scarred some of his fellow inmates.Mohamed Saleban Bare, who arrived in his hometown of Hargeisa on Saturday, said he was ... continue reading

December 21st, 2009

Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists

On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson. One of the targeted sites was a suspected al Qaeda training camp north ... continue reading

November 27th, 2009

President vs. party on troop increase

President Obama will reveal his new Afghanistan war strategy in a speech Tuesday evening to cadets at West Point, but his most skeptical audience is likely to be the powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill who oppose a troop buildup. Top Democrats have made it clear to Obama that he will ... continue reading

November 25th, 2009

US skeptics fear Afghan mission turning into a quagmire

WASHINGTON — Skeptics reject President Barack Obama's expected decision to ramp up the Afghanistan war as a misguided bid to fix a muddled mission, arguing it will draw America deeper into a quagmire.Ahead of Obama's momentous address to the nation on Tuesday, even fellow Democrats in Congress are voicing growing ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2009

Don't Turn the Page on History: Facing the World We Created Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatchWe've just passed through the CIA assassination flap, already fading from the news after less than two weeks of media attention. Broken in several major newspapers, here's how the story goes: the Agency, evidently under Vice President Dick Cheney's orders, didn't inform Congress that, to assassinate al-Qaeda leaders, it was ... continue reading

July 19th, 2009

Sons of Seffner man killed in Afghanistan have lost two father figures to war

By Steven Overly / St. Petersburg TimesTAMPA — It's the visit every military family fears. Casualty assistance officers knock on the door, a letter bearing solemn news in hand: The war claimed a loved one. Most families never experience such grief. At the ages of 6 and 9, Tyler and ... continue reading

June 15th, 2009

Israeli Police and Military Brutalize Peaceful Protesters at Netanyahu's Speech Ann Wright

CommondreamsWhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was making a major foreign policy speech at Tel Aviv university on June 14, 2009, Israeli police outside the university attacked international protesters of Israel's invasion of Gaza, illegal settlements and the apartheid wall.Heavy handed police treatment of the CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation ... continue reading

June 14th, 2009

The Secret History

Can Leon Panetta move the C.I.A. forward without confronting its past By Jane Mayer / New Yorker The Central Intelligence Agency typically fights distant enemies, but on May 21st its leaders were preoccupied with a local opponent. A few miles from the agency's headquarters, which are in Langley, Virginia, former ... continue reading

June 9th, 2009

West's made-up terror links to blame for killing Jeremy Keenan

IndependentThe killing of Edwin Dyer marks a big – and disturbing – change in the Sahara. This is the first time a hostage has been executed in the region. The two women kidnapped with Mr Dyer were released, as were the two Canadian diplomats abducted a couple of months previously. ... continue reading

May 20th, 2009

Freshman Democrat Alan Grayson Attacks Obama's War Policy

Vanity FairIn 2007, Vanity Fair's David Rose wrote about an ambitious lawyer and entrepreneur named Alan Grayson, who at the time was suing KBR and other defense contractors in Iraq for alleged fraud on behalf of whistleblowers and American taxpayers. Grayson, who ran for Congress unsuccessfully in 2006, ran again ... continue reading

February 25th, 2009

Strikes Worsen Qaeda Threat, Pakistan Says

By Eric Schmitt and Jane Perlez / New York Times ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — American missile strikes have reduced Al Qaeda's global reach but heightened the threat to Pakistan as the group disperses its cells here and fights to maintain its sanctuaries, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials acknowledge that the ... continue reading

February 20th, 2009

Mesquite soldier killed in Afghanistan only ever wanted to serve

By Michael E. Young / Dallas Morning News Raymond Munden never talked about being a doctor or a lawyer. All he ever wanted to do was join the Army. Over 17 years, he completed five tours of duty overseas, including two in Iraq. On Monday, three weeks shy of completing ... continue reading

November 13th, 2008

Bin Laden is isolated, Qaeda resilient: CIA chief

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Osama bin Laden, deeply isolated and likely near the rugged Afghanistan-Pakistan border, has been forced to devote much of his energy to his own security while his Al-Qaeda terror network remains resilient, CIA Director Michael Hayden said Thursday."He is putting a lot of energy into his own ... continue reading

November 10th, 2008

Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda in Many Countries

By Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti / New York Times WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials. These military ... continue reading

October 2nd, 2008

Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty By Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2008

McCain gaffes pile up; critics pile on

By Mike Allen & Jim Vandehei / The Politico Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said “Iraq” on Monday when he apparently meant “Afghanistan”, adding to a string of mixed-up word choices that is giving ammunition to the opposition. Just in the past three weeks, McCain has also mistaken "Somalia" for "Sudan," ... continue reading

June 11th, 2008

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH Washington, Jun 10 - Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio In the United States House of Representatives Monday, June 9th, 2008 A Resolution INDEX Article I Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq. Article II Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the ... continue reading

January 5th, 2008

Admissions of Iraqi Refugees Lagging

By Matthew Lee / Associated Press WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press. For the third straight month since the United States ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2007

From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld . . .

In Sometimes-Brusque 'Snowflakes,' He Shared Worldview, Shaped Policy By Robin Wright / Washington Post In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" ... continue reading

September 20th, 2007

Fight the U.S., al Qaeda's Zawahri says in new video

By Lin Noueihed / Reuters DUBAI - Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman Zawahri called on Muslims to fight the United States and its allies around the world in a new video aired on Thursday to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. "Stand oh nation of Islam under the ... continue reading

September 20th, 2007

Bin Laden urges Pakistanis to revolt

By Lee Keath / Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to wage a holy war against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in a new recording released Thursday, saying his military's siege of a militant mosque stronghold makes him an infidel. The storming of the ... continue reading

April 8th, 2007

Pope Laments ‘Slaughter’ in Iraq

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- On Christianity's most joyous day, Pope Benedict XVI lamented the ''continual slaughter'' in Iraq and unrest in Afghanistan as he denounced violence in the name of religion. In his message for Easter, Benedict said suffering worldwide puts faith to the test. ''How many wounds, how much ... continue reading

March 6th, 2007

Medic on trial for refusing Iraq mission

By Catherine Hornby / Reuters WUERZBURG, Germany - A U.S. Army medic and self-described conscientious objector goes before a court-martial in Germany on Tuesday for refusing to return to Iraq with his unit. Mexican-born combat medic Agustin Aguayo, 35, could face up to seven years in prison, a dishonorable discharge ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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