Saturday, September 12, 2015



COMPILED BY Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.

What’s at stake: Peace starts in our communities with our rejection of the beliefs and structures of our society that urge fear, hatred, and revenge. As we approach the 14th Commemoration of 9/11, we seek to honor all of the victims of the plane bombs, not by upping the violence ante, but by rejecting revenge and fostering peaceful communities—local, national, and global--that embrace compassionate service rather than violence. We would serve as practical ambassadors of nonviolent peace.  Building the peace and justice movement.

 PEACEFUl TOMORROWS Day/National Day of Service is part of OMNI’s National Days Project.  See Newsletters 4 and 5 for extensive explanation of Peaceful Tomorrows.

See these documents or Index entries:   Antiwar, Civil Liberties, Compassion, Dissent, Empathy, Flag Day, Independence Day, Sept. 12 Interdependence Day, Nonviolence, Patriotism Newsletter, Service, Support the Troops/Service Newsletter, UN Day, and more.

Contents 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows DAY #7 at end

Contents 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows DAY #8

9/11: What Happened?  The Bombing Controversy.  Ben Laden’s Revenge….Revenge…..Revenge

Peaceful Tomorrows Day 2015 against Revenge and for Lawfulness

Google Searches: 9/11 and Revenge, 9/11 and US War of Revenge
Glennon, National Security Obsession Produced Two US Governments: One Feebly Constitutional,
      the other Agressively Tyrannical
Imminent Threat, After 9/11 Documentary Film on War of Terror and US Civil Liberties

Where did Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Come From???
Yoder, Christian Nonviolence
Islam and Peace: 3 Books
   Islam Means Peace
   Crescent and Dove

Dick, Tolstoy and Patriotism

The 9/11 Bombing Controversy
VETERANS FOR PEACE, Friday, September 11, 2015
Remembering the Sept 11th Attacks
Submitted by VFP Board President, Gerry Condon the 14th anniversary of the notorious September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people, the mainstream media is full of the usual infotainment, with virtually every possible point of view, except for the truth.  Many people question the official story of 9/11.  There are certainly many reasons to doubt that story, and many contending theories for what actually happened on September 11, 2001.<Full Story>

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Questions regarding the post-9/11 obsession with security and revenge--the “war on terror” (become war of terror), the illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and of Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries, and regarding the devastating war on civil liberties at home by the expansion of surveillance and secrecy (Homeland Security, NSA, destruction of the 4th Amendment), I pursued by googling these two searches, with interesting results.  Many of the responses were not to the point or trivial, but some do examine deeply.  Our religious and philosophical traditions repudiate revenge.  From the perspective of Peaceful Tomorrows, US behavior post-9-11 is a paroxysm of revenge inspiring more revenge.  From that of international criminal law and law, US behavior is a convulsion of lawlessness: a few criminals blew up the Trade Towers; Interpol and national police should have been allowed to do its lawful duty.  Instead our leaders fed us immensely exaggerated fear-mongering and unchecked slaughter.  Who are we, ask the authors of The Hidden Structure of Violence?  They reply: a people of violence; especially military violence, war, in which people are displaced, tortured, shot, bombed, burned; and economic violence, in which the necessities for life are not provided or are taken from the people (10).
9/11 and Revenge, Google Search, 9-12-15
Sep 8, 2011 - I've never understood the proverbial wisdom that revenge is a dish best ... Bin Laden then reveals the extraordinary fact that the idea for 9/11 ...
9/11-related plots and attacks within the US; 5 Economic aftermath; 6 Health .... Dallas store clerk during a shooting spree taken in revenge for the 9/11 attacks.
In the news - 35 mins ago
Leo Hohmann is a news editor for WND. He has been a reporter and editor at several ...
The Huffington Post
Sep 7, 2011 - When the quest for justice becomes a manhunt, the cycle repeats. And when forgiveness comes too early or too easily, the cycle stands to ... › World › Capital punishment
The Guardian
Jul 21, 2011 - Texas executes 9/11 'revenge' killer. Mark Stroman shot dead two convenience store workers he believed to be Arab in Dallas shooting spree ...
Dec 10, 2010 - Uploaded by cleonard18062
I hate Islamic extremism. However, it's annoying to see pictures of Iraq in this video. Iraq and 9/11 are two ...
Al Jazeera
Sep 5, 2011 - Brother of Sikh man killed days after September 11 attacks dedicates life to promoting tolerance.
On September 14, 2001, a day he declares a national day of mourning and remembrance, President George W. Bush stands atop a pile of rubble at Ground ... › ... › Nuclear
Osama's Revenge: THE NEXT 9/11 : What the Media and the Government Haven't Told You [Paul L. Williams] on

9/11 and US War of Revenge, Google Search, 9-12-15
Sep 8, 2011 - What if the United States' response to the Sept. ... Bin Laden then reveals the extraordinary fact that the idea for 9/11 originated in his visual ... The last 10 years of unending war on terror has also led, at least partly, to the utter ...
The Nation
4 days ago - 14 Years After 9/11, the War on Terror Is Accomplishing Everything bin ... Al Qaeda goaded us into doing what it had neither the resources nor the ... for granted that the world's most fulfilling sense of revenge would be ours.
The accuracy of describing it as a "war" and the political motivations and consequences ... 4 9/11-related plots and attacks within the US; 5 Economic aftermath .... Dallas store clerk during a shooting spree taken in revenge for the 9/11 attacks.
Information Clearing House
The assumption that America was attacked by Muslims on 9/11 lies behind ... about9/11, which served as the pretext for the whole campaign named 'war on terror'. ..... do not make the mistake of planning & executing pathetic revenge attacks, ...
On September 11 the world came crashing down on the United States of America. ... It was merely an escalation in a war that had been raging for some time. .... In this statement written immediately after 9/11, Starhawk see opportunities as well ...
Following the execution of Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein, U.S. President George ... arevenge killing for the murders of Americans who died in the 9/11 attacks.
Sep 11, 2011 - In Central America, the wars between right-wing governments and ...... just exact revenge on the 9/11 perpetrators but to wage a “global war on ...
11, 2001, terrorist attacks — and only five days after the war in Afghanistan had begun — President Bush signaled ... But the administration had its eye on Iraq long before9/11. ... "There's no doubt his hatred is mainly directed at us," Bush said.
To conjure up the emotions we felt on 9/11, many intellectuals claim, is dangerous, because it promotes the “simplistic” desire for revenge and casts aside the ...
Seumas Milne - 2012 - ‎History
In 1992, the Pentagon described US strategy as 'benevolent domination' to ... 9 The British media battle over 9/11 and the Afghanistan war is described in 'A ...

National Security and Double Government
By Michael J. Glennon   Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, January 10, 2014.
5 Harvard National Security Journal 1 (2014) 
National security policy in the United States has remained largely constant from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration. This continuity can be explained by the “double government” theory of the 19th-century scholar of the English Constitution, Walter Bagehot. As applied to the United States, Bagehot’s theory suggests that U.S. national security policy is defined by the network of executive officials who manage the departments and agencies responsible for protecting U.S. national security and who, responding to structural incentives embedded in the U.S. political system, operate largely removed from public view and from constitutional constraints. The public believes that the constitutionally-established institutions control national security policy, but that view is mistaken. Judicial review is negligible; congressional oversight is dysfunctional; and presidential control is nominal. Absent a more informed and engaged electorate, little possibility exists for restoring accountability in the formulation and execution of national security policy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 114
Keywords: national security, double government,terrorism, Obama, Bush, military tribunal, Guantanamo, habeas, ABM, drone, CIA, NSA, torture, covert operations, cyberwar, state secrets, national security letters, surveillance, whistleblowers, espionage, metadata, Bagehot, civic virtue, Truman, Madison, Mills
Date posted: January 11, 2014  
Suggested Citation
Glennon, Michael J., National Security and Double Government (January 10, 2014). 5 Harvard National Security Journal 1 (2014). Available at SSRN:
Contact Information
Michael J. Glennon (Contact Author)
Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ( email )
Medford, MA 02155
United States

Council on Foreign Relations
Sep 11, 2012 - Post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism and surrounding civil liberties issues are unlikely to ... evolve as the country gets further away from the 9/11 attacks. ... Also, while the fiercest debates about privacy and security after 9/11 have ...
The New York Times
Sep 7, 2011 - Criminal law changed surprisingly little after the attacks. ... N. Herman, the president of the American Civil Liberties Union and the author of ...
American Civil Liberties Union
Ten years after 9/11, the ACLU joins all Americans in remembering the ... In the early days after the attacks, we were reminded that America is not only the land ...
Pew Research Center
Jun 7, 2013 - Since shortly after 9/11, Pew Research has asked whether people's greater concern is ... civil liberties to combat terrorism than did so shortly after the9/11 attacks. ... In the 9/11 anniversary survey, just 29% favored “the U.S. ...

Imminent Threat
Imminent Threat is a feature documentary about the War on Terror's impact on civil liberties executive produced by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell.

The documentary examines legislation passed in the days after 9/11, foreign entanglements abroad, the war on journalism and the NSA.  With interviews from prominent liberals (ACLU, CodePink) and conservatives (Cato Institute, Republican Congressmen), the film shows the unusual coalition being formed to challenge the two-party system and strike a better balance between security and liberty.

Trailer for the film:

Mar 1, 2010 – John Howard Yoder's newest posthumously published book, ... from there to ground nonviolence resistance in the Judeo-Christian heritage.
Oct 18, 2011 – John Howard Yoder's Political Jesus ... I urge everyone interested inChristian nonviolence to read this book and study Yoder's wisdom. We're ...
by IY Lee - 2012 - Related articles
One of the focuses of 
John Howard Yoder's theology is Christian nonviolence. From the teaching and example of Jesus, who dealt with the evil in the world ...

ISLAM and Peace
Books in Reverse Chronological Order
Amitabh Pal, “Islam” Means Peace
Jamar-ul Huda, Crescent and Dove
Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islam

"Islam" Means Peace
Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today
Amitabh Pal.  March 2011, Praeger .
•           Author Info
•           Reviews/Endorsements
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This decisive account of the role of nonviolence in Islam and Muslim societies, both historically and in current times, chronicles an often-obscured but longstanding pacifist tradition.

From the Crusades to September 11th, the prevalent notion among non-Muslims is that Islam was largely spread by the sword and continues to be defined by violence. In fact, that belief is a distortion of the religion's tradition, of its history, and of the actions and beliefs of countless Muslims around the globe today.

CRESCENT AND DOVE: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam.
Edited by Qamar-ul Huda.   Preface by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal
October 2010.
Crescent and Dove looks at the relationship between contemporary Islam and peacemaking by tackling the diverse interpretations, concepts, and problems in the field of Islamic peacemaking. It addresses both theory and practice by delving into the intellectual heritage of Islam to discuss historical examples of addressing conflict in Islam and exploring the practical challenges of contemporary peacemaking in Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and Indonesia.

Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice
Mohammed Abu-Nimer.   2003.

" Abu-Nimer has given us a wide-ranging and thoroughly researched study that will be of interest to scholars and of use to peace builders."--Michael Nagler, University of California, Berkeley
Written by a Muslim scholar, lecturer, and trainer in conflict resolution, this book examines the largely unexplored theme of nonviolence and peace building in Islamic religion, tradition, and culture. After comprehensively reviewing the existing studies on this topic, Abu-Nimer presents solid evidence for the existence of principles and values in the Qur'an, Hadith, and Islamic tradition that support the application of nonviolence and peace building strategies in resolving disputes.
Mohammed Abu-Nimer is associate professor in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University, Washington, D.C., where he is also director of the Conflict Resolution Skills Institute.

Patriotism, the preference for one’s own country, typically expresses one or both of these two feelings:  the superiority of your country and the desire for your country to flourish. These are separate issues.  Ask these questions:  Does either attitude mean you would have your country flourish and be superior to another country?  I suspect most citizens would answer yes, though their reasons might vary considerably.   But if the question was:  Would you have your country flourish and be superior at the expense of another country, of another people, then many would hesitate and even say no.  One might wish well for your country, for the people, for enough food, shelter, and health for all in your country, without wishing less for another, and sincerely, without cant. 
     But is that actually possible?  Tolstoy believed not.  You may intend to be sincerely loving of all, but patriotism inevitably becomes exclusive for the well-being of one’s own nation.  It is this that makes one a patriot, argues Tolstoy in his essays “On Patriotism” and “Patriotism, or Peace?”  Comparatively, patriots have no effective concern for other countries, and in practice prefer their countries to those of others exclusively.
     But is Tolstoy being himself too severe, too narrow in defining patriotism, by assuming inevitable national indifference to and desire for dominance over others?   The question carries great importance because Tolstoy believed that war is the inevitable consequence of patriotism.  
     Might we find a solution by defining three types of patriotism?   A special, a higher concern for one’s country?  An exclusive concern that adds indifference or hostility to others?  And an aggressive concern, requiring benefits to one’s country as part of dominance?  
     Not to Tolstoy.  All three patriotisms violate the fundamental moral law of the Golden Rule, which asserts the equality and fraternity of all men.  All three justify better treatment for “our” people than for others.  The Golden Rule does not say “do unto your countrymen” but “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  It’s a universal rule, just as are the Ten Commandments, applying equally to all nationalities.
     And to Tolstoy patriotism is inescapably hierarchical, even in its milder manifestations promoting one country over another, that is, valuing egoism, inequality, and dominance, and sometimes war, appropriation, destruction, slaughter over brotherhood and peace.  There is no way a person can simultaneously claim adherence to patriotism and to concern for the people of the world because national egoism and universal altruism are incompatible. 
     So what are conscientious, thoughtful people to do—and not only Christians, since the Golden Rule exists in all religions?   

Nathanson, Stephen.   Patriotism, Morality, and Peace.  Rowman and Littlefield, 1993.
Tolstoy’s Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence.  New American Library, 1968.


Contents 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Day, National Day of Service Newsletter #7

9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Day: They Said No to
     the Afghan Invasion and Permanent War
Instead of 9-11 for Permanent War, Choose a National Day of
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Humanitarian Service
United Nations Service
United Nations World Humanitarian Day, August 19,

Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich, From Terror to Peace,
     Redefining National Security

Martin Espada, “Alabanza”
“America the Beautiful”?  Americas the Beautiful?
Review of Chomsky’s book 9-11.

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