Sunday, March 17, 2013


OMNI PENTAGON WATCH NEWSLETTER #9, March 17, 2013.    Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.   (#1 June 21, 2011; #2 October 29, 2011; #3 March 15, 2012; #4 May 17, 2012; #5 June 23, 2012; #6 August 1, 2012; #7 Oct. 5, 2012; #8 Feb. 13, 2013).  

     With an annual budget of over $600 billion supporting one illegal, unnecessary war after another amounting to permanent war (the War Department), the expansion of empire of over a thousand bases throughout the world, secrecy, surveillance, and repression increasing at  home (Homeland Security a domestic Pentagon), our representatives, the Congress, not only giving the military all they request but more (the military-industrial complex in every congressional district), and all of this massive terrorism motivating violent opposition throughout the world, a peanuts resistance which our double-speaking warrior leaders designate as “terrorism,” we the people can be thankful for the many independent, sustained organizations resisting these violent powers.  In my Peace Movement Directory (2001), I described over a thousand peace and justice organizations in North America.  This newsletter specifying “Pentagon” and our several other closely related newsletters are meant to help sustain this movement.        Consider this Blog a collecting station to encourage the building of an even more concerted scrutiny of the Pentagon.   I have also started a Hagel Watch; send items for that too.   (Always include complete source, and I will cite you with thanks.)   Let’s see what ordinary citizens can put together.

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Wand Supports Hagel to Head Pentagon 2013
Hightower Supports Hagel
Dick : Chappelle,  Critical Thinking and Geneva Conventions at West Point?
Military Sexual Trauma the Real Sex Scandal
Lepore, How Much Enough?
Sacred Cow
Dick: The Clueless, Why US Needs are Neglected
Military Spending Creates Fewer Jobs
from HAW
Priorities Network: Cut Military Spending
POGO: Investigating Pentagon Spending
BP Pentagon Contracts
Pentagon Rx Spending Soars

Contents #9
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Mon Mar 4, 2013 1:09 pm (PST) . Posted by:
Hello all,
I recently wrote an open letter to Chuck Hagel--FYI.

An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel: A 10-Point Plan
Dear Senator Hagel,

Congratulations on your appointment as the Secretary of Defense. As you
take the reins in this new capacity, I would like to express to you some
ideas about what I would like to see from this office. I am the member of
an organization called Veterans For Peace (VFP), which has been around
since 1985. VFP was formed by a Viet Nam veteran with the intention of
creating a bridge between the peace movement and veterans. VFP members
believe that our collective experience as veterans allows us to speak about
the true costs and consequences of war and militarism with a voice of
credibility and true standing. We feel a responsibility to speak out
against war and militarism, particularly when it is manifested in illegal
and immoral wars of choice and aggression. I appreciate very much that
President Obama has chosen you--someone who has seen first-hand the horrors
of combat--to fill the position of Secretary of Defense. Like the members
of VFP, your voice will carry an extraordinary credibility, because you
understand war in a way that a civilian cannot. It will not be easy to
dismiss your words when you caution against military force, or speak in
favor of abiding by the Geneva Conventions. I hope that you will become a
force for reshaping the Department of Defense, by consideration of the

1. Refuse to put troops into harm’s way as part of an illegal, immoral war
of aggression. The 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), signed
as a knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 has been used, first by the Bush
administration, and now by the Obama administration, as a blank check for
perpetual war. As the Secretary of Defense, you should refuse to deploy any
combat troops until Congress provides a legally binding authorization to do
so. As a combat veteran, you truly understand that no one should be asked
to kill or be killed for a war of choice, particularly one that has not
even been legally authorized. Demand adherence to the War Powers Act.
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2. Take responsibility for the deaths, damage and harm done by the
U.S. The “Collateral
Murder” video leaked to Wikileaks showed the world just one instance of war
crimes conducted by U.S. forces. For the United States to have any moral
credibility whatsoever, we must take responsibility for our actions.
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3. State unequivocally that the U.S. will abide by the Geneva Conventions and
will not torture, or participate in the extraordinary rendition of

4. Stop the illegal use of combat drones that are responsible the
extrajudicial assassinations of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
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5. Call for the closure of all U.S. military bases in foreign countries. The
U.S. currently has military troops stationed in more than 150 countries around
the world. Bringing U.S. troops back to the U.S. will send a strong message
to the international community that the U.S. is not interested in hegemony,
or in being the world’s policeman.
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6. Call for the dismantlement of all nuclear weapons, and immediately take
nuclear weapons off of naval vessels. There can never be a justified use of
a nuclear weapon

and if the U.S. is going to demand that other countries refrain from
obtaining nuclear

weapons capabilities, then it needs to lead the way in disarmament.
7. Stop the use of Depleted Uranium weapons. “DU” weapons violate the

Conventions. Once exploded, DU particulates enter ground water, travel on
air currents, and are inhaled by innocent civilians. DU weapons are
responsible for a huge spike in deformities, birth defects and other
ailments in Iraq where they were widely used.

8. End foreign military sales to countries who violate international laws
and basic human rights, and who have child soldiers.

9. Push to become a signatory to the Land Mine treaty. The international
community recognizes land mines and cluster bombs as weapons that kill a
high number of civilians, often long after the “official” conflict is over.

10. Slash the Pentagon budget. The U.S. spends more on the military and war
than the rest of the world combined. Bring our war dollars home.

In summary, I hope that you will use your unique qualifications and
experience to push this administration into adherence with international
law. I urge you, as a fellow veteran, to use your voice, your influence,
and your power to guide and inform this administration towards a new type
of Department of “Defense...” one that uses military force only for its
actual defense.

Leah Bolger, CDR, USN (Ret), Past President, Veterans For Peace

Leah Bolger
Past President, Veterans For Peace

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While the recommendations of the Sustainable Defense Task would cut over one trillion dollars from the Pentagon budget over the next 10 years, this would still leave the Pentagon a ten year budget of over six trillion dollars.
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