Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Thursday, July 22, 2010


  • I sent around a copy of a new article by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman this morning called Deficit Doves. It's all about the federal budget crisis and the need to cut military spending. In the article she mentions our Bring Our War $$ Home campaign. It got picked up by Common Dreams web site and they put a link to our campaign web site and within a very short time I got an email from a Catholic nun out in the Midwest who said our site had been shut down. I called our web master Dan Ellis and he got on the case and found out someone had accused us of "spamming" and the web site company shut us down. Dan got them to put it back up but we likely lost hundreds of hits in the meantime. My guess is that someone who opposes our work called the server company and accused us of spamming. A version of cyber warfare.

  • At 7:30 am this morning I was on the phone doing a half-hour radio interview with a station in Kingston, Jamaica about U.S. policy toward North Korea. Also on the interview was Dr. Han Park from the University of Georgia who over and over again said he agreed with my analysis on U.S. aggressive military expansion to control Russia and China - using North Korea as the excuse; the unlikelihood that North Korea sunk the South Korean ship Cheonan; and that Obama's foreign policy was turning out to be generally the same as that of George W. Bush.

I also got in at the end the fact that Obama is calling for the spending of $175 billion over the next two decades to build new nuclear weapons factories, testing and simulation facilities, and modernizing and extending the life of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. In addition there will be more than $100 billion for the Pentagon during that same period to build the platforms needed to deliver the nuclear warheads. This includes a new class of ballistic missile submarines, a new long-range bomber, and a new tactical fighter-bomber. I made the point about total U.S. hypocrisy as Bush-Obama lecture North Korea and Iran about the "evils" of nukes while we keep setting the pace with new generations of such weapons. Add in our space technology developments and it is double hypocrisy.

  • I finally got around to reading the final article in the Washington Post three-part series called Top Secret America. I made a few more additions to my previous blog post about it. See it here The 3rd article focuses on the massive expansion in the greater Washington DC area of the NSA and NRO and there is much more to come. It's your $$$ being flushed down the rat hole of surveillance and endless war.


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