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[liberationtech] Bogus mail, allegedly from Tom Hayden

Uncle Zzzen unclezzzen at
Wed Sep 28 11:52:21 PDT 2011

Got a message (see below), with links to a bogus links to
Don't see how this could be legit.
Does anybody know more about this domain or got mail containing links
going there?


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Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:56:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: Tom Hayden <contacthayden at>
Subject: No U.S. Escalation in Pakistan: A Petition for Diplomacy Now!

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September 28, 2011

Issue 62

Published  by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a
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Tom Hayden

No U.S. Escalation in Pakistan
A Petition for Diplomacy Now!

An unmanned US Predator drone. (AFP, Bonny Schoonakker)

We, the undersigned, urge President Obama to keep his June 20, 2009
promise that "we have no intention of sending United States troops
into  Pakistan."

We oppose the looming threat of US cross-border raids into Pakistan,
as  well as the continued escalation of drone strikes. Peace cannot be
won  by lopsided Western military intervention, but only by negotiated
compromise and regional diplomacy. As Pakistani journalist Zahid
Hussain  concludes, "a political settlement is the only endgame."

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan gradually wind down, now is the
time  to de-escalate the US war in Pakistan and adopt a diplomatic
exit  strategy.

Instead, the US is on the verge of sending ground troops into Pakistan
as well as escalating its aerial drone attacks.

We call for bipartisan Congressional hearings to recommend a Pakistan
peace strategy to the administration.
Continue reading and sign the petition...

An Expanding War in Pakistan
270 Drone Strikes and Counting

U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan, 2004-2011. (New America Foundation)

Slowly but surely, the United States is creeping deeper and deeper
into a disastrous war in Pakistan. The peace movement and its
political  and media allies need to be ready. There is a growing
community of  activists and journalists already protesting and
documenting the aerial  drone wars over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq,
Yemen, Somalia, and  Libya. But the debate about drones cannot be
isolated from the  context of their use in the Long War as a substitute
for American ground  troops and in response to peace pressure from the
American public.

The peace movement could lose  the debate if drones are seen in purely
moral or economic terms, or as a  loss of democratic transparency,
important though these perspectives may be. The fact is, however, that
the use of  drones will endanger American lives and security as they
inevitably  provoke violent counter-attacks, such as those of December
25, 2009  (Detroit Metro Airport), February 2010 (guilty pleas in New
York subway  bombing plot), and May 1, 2010 (Times Square). The US
already has a  secret contingency plan to strike at 150 sites, nearly
all in Pakistan, if another incident occurs that is traceable to any
Pakistani source. Continue reading...

In This Issue

Petition: No U.S. Escalation in Pakistan
An Expanding War in Pakistan
Getting Afghanistan Straight
Debating J Street
War and Financial Crisis
Going Through Withdrawals
Obama: End the Wars, Tax the Rich
Direct Action Campaign


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The United States and Torture
By Marjorie Cohn

A  detailed overview from NYU Press,The United States and Torture
by Marjorie Cohn is one of the few works linking  torture abroad with
the  techniques exposed in American prisons  and police departments.
"With hopes we can bring the  torture team to justice," says Cohn, now
a professor at Thomas Jefferson  School of Law, in San Diego.

Getting Afghanistan Straight
US is Intervening in Civil War

Map of Afghan Ethnicities

Map of Afghan Ethnicities (Congressional Research Service)

The mainstream media has defaulted by its failure to report
Afghanistan as basically a civil war in which the US and NATO are
intervening powers, cloaking their operations under the cover of the
United Nations Assistance Program.

The danger of escalating civil war - perhaps prompting calls for
further Western intervention - is the crucial context for
understanding  the latest crisis, the September 20 assassination of
Afghanistan's  former president and chief diplomat in charge of stalled
peace talks,  Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Continue reading...

Debating J Street
The Palestinian UN Bid

"There is a reason the Palestinians are pursuing their interests  at
the United Nations. They recognize that there is an impatience with
the peace process, or the absence of one, not just in the Arab world,
in  Latin America, in Asia and in Europe."

- President Barack Obama, speech to the American Israel Public Affairs
  Committee (AIPAC), May 22, 2011

In lobbying to block the Obama administration from supporting UN
recognition of a Palestinian state, AIPAC and the so-called Israel
Lobby  may have sidelined the US as the world moves forward anyway. It
is too  early to predict, but the Arab bloc, Turkey, most Latin
American  governments and several major European states are poised to
endorse the  Palestinian bid.

Continue reading...

War and Financial Crisis
Linda Bilmes & Joseph Stiglitz in the LA Times

Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz have added a key link to the current
debt crisis in their continuing criticism
of the costs of war. See their analysis in the Los Angeles Times on
September 18.

Continue reading...

Going Through Withdrawals
Jonesing in Afghanistan and Iraq

A US soldier observes a bombing strike during a firefight in Kunar
Province. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

American combat in Iraq and Afghanistan is ending. Not that  flare-ups,
implosions and dramas aren't ahead. Not that blood won't be  spilled.
Not that drones won't attack from the skies of Pakistan, Yemen,
Somalia and beyond. Not that secret ops won't happen, or American
advisers won't be embedded in obscure places.

But the will, the force, and the momentum sustaining American combat
troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are in definite decline as President
Obama orders the pullout of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan and ponders
whether to leave a minimal force of 3-4,000 in Iraq.

Continue reading...

End the Wars, Tax the Rich

President Obama is framing the deficit debate around two core
initiatives, winding down the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and allowing
the  Bush tax cuts to expire.

Both approaches are within Obama's executive power to carry out,
independent of the Tea Party, corporate Democrats or Congress factions.

Continue reading...

Direct Action Campaign
Beginning October 6

New  York police already are harassing, arresting, and pepper-spraying
non-violent peace  and justice protesters as they begin to occupy
public squares in  Washington and around the country. Thousands are
expected to be  arrested. For information on the campaign, please visit
October 2011

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