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The Fifth Amendment Protects Everyone, Not Just Citizens

bush-obamaby Jacob G. Hornberger

When defenders of civil liberties condemn President Obama’s assassination program, some of them place a greater emphasis on the constitutional right of American citizens to be protected from assassination as compared to foreigners. However, as much as they might wish that the Constitution limits its protection to citizens, such is simply not the case. In protecting people from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, our American ancestors did not distinguish between citizens and non-citizens. Under the express terms of the Fifth Amendment, whatever protections inure to Americans inure equally to non-citizens.

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Beyond Words: Poet’s Lament

Hiroshima,_AutumnPoetry at its finest stretches the expressiveness of language beyond its prior limits, not necessarily by its choice of words, but through the magical invocation of feelings embedded deeply within consciousness. Yes even poetry has its own frontiers that if crossed lead to a word-less terrain littered with corpses of atrocity, what Thomas Merton and James Douglass have soulfully identified for us as the realm of ‘the unspeakable,’ and then are brave enough to explore forbidden terrain. When we do not respect the unspeakable by our silence we domesticate the criminality of the horror that human beings are capable of inflicting on one another, and give way to the eventual emergence of normalcy as has happened with nuclear weapons detached from the happenings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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51 Years After the Chemical War in Vietnam

Agent OrangeBy Jeanne Mirer and Marjorie Cohn

There are images from the U.S. War against Vietnam that have been indelibly imprinted on the minds of Americans who lived through it. One is the naked napalm-burned girl running from her village with flesh hanging off her body. Another is a photo of the piles of bodies from the My Lai massacre, where U.S. troops executed 504 civilians in a small village. Then there is the photograph of the silent scream of a woman student leaning over the body of her dead friend at Kent State University whose only crime was protesting the bombing of Cambodia in 1970.  Finally, there is the memory of decorated members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War testifying at the Winter Soldier Hearings, often in tears, to atrocities in which they had participated during the war.

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Hiroshima: Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence

HiroshimaThe human race stands on the verge of nuclear self-extinction as a species, and with it will die most, if not all, forms of intelligent life on the planet earth. Any attempt to dispel the ideology of nuclearism and its attendant myth propounding the legality of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence must directly come to grips with the fact that the nuclear age was conceived in the original sins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945.

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US Writer Opposed Lying & War

Gore VidalGore Vidal (1925-2012)

Outstanding American writer Gore Vidal died this week. Gore Vidal was a  brilliant American writer and a resolute opponent of the interconnected evils of lying and war. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal ( October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was a writer of essays, novels, screenplays and Broadway plays. His numerous books included “Myra Breckinridge”, the  historical novels “Julian”, “Burr” and “Lincoln” and “The City and the Pillar” that was  notable for featuring explicit homosexuality. [1].

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