1. While many people voiced revulsion at the mass killing in Gaza, the U.S. Congress cheered it on — with unanimous votes.Click here to tell your senators and representative that Israel’s hugely disproportionate killing in Gaza deserves condemnation, not praise. On July 11, the House passed — by voice vote with no objections — H Res 657, expressing “United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks.” On July 17, also by voice vote without objection, the Senate passed the nearly identical S Res 498. The sad truth is that your senators and representative went along with those disgraceful votes. You can respond now by clicking here. By the time the Senate voted, the violence had killed one Israeli and more than 200 Palestinians. Congress condemned the inexcusable Hamas rocket attacks but refused to voice the slightest criticism of the Israeli government for dropping thousands of tons of bombs on people in Gaza.Tell members of Congress that you want a single standard of response when civilians are slaughtered. Israel — armed at U.S. expense and emboldened by U.S. support — has been attacking people trapped in Gaza, a densely populated strip of land between Israel and the sea. In Gaza, the Israeli military has killed hundreds, wounded thousands, and bombed hospitals, schools, media outlets, children, the injured and the elderly. Yesterday, the New York Times put the death count at 550 Palestinians (most of them civilians), 25 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians. Each of those deaths is a senseless tragedy. They will continue to mount unless Israel’s enablers take a different course.Click here to tell Congress and the President to cease supplying weapons to Israel and to stop providing the Israeli government with immunity from legal consequences for its actions.Please share this urgent email message with your friends. —- The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:AFP: Gaza’s Shejaiya: A Moonscape Strewn with BodiesHaaretz: Reaping What We Have Sown in GazaCommon Dreams: “Silence Is Consent”; Thousands Worldwide March for GazaInformed Comment: Gaza By the Numbers – Who the People AreTruthout: Israel’s Grinding Ground War in GazaThe Nation: Netanyahu’s Bankrupt Strategy  
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    While many people voiced revulsion at the mass killing in Gaza, the U.S. Congress cheered it on — with unanimous votes.

    Click here to tell your senators and representative that Israel’s hugely disproportionate killing in Gaza deserves condemnation, not praise.


    On July 11, the House passed — by voice vote with no objections — H Res 657, expressing “United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks.”

    On July 17, also by voice vote without objection, the Senate passed the nearly identical S Res 498.

    The sad truth is that your senators and representative went along with those disgraceful votes. You can respond now by clicking here.

    By the time the Senate voted, the violence had killed one Israeli and more than 200 Palestinians.

    Congress condemned the inexcusable Hamas rocket attacks but refused to voice the slightest criticism of the Israeli government for dropping thousands of tons of bombs on people in Gaza.

    Tell members of Congress that you want a single standard of response when civilians are slaughtered.


    Israel — armed at U.S. expense and emboldened by U.S. support — has been attacking people trapped in Gaza, a densely populated strip of land between Israel and the sea.

    In Gaza, the Israeli military has killed hundreds, wounded thousands, and bombed hospitals, schools, media outlets, children, the injured and the elderly.

    Yesterday, the New York Times put the death count at 550 Palestinians (most of them civilians), 25 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians. Each of those deaths is a senseless tragedy. They will continue to mount unless Israel’s enablers take a different course.

    Click here to tell Congress and the President to cease supplying weapons to Israel and to stop providing the Israeli government with immunity from legal consequences for its actions.

    Please share this urgent email message with your friends.

    —- The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    AFP: Gaza’s Shejaiya: A Moonscape Strewn with Bodies
    Haaretz: Reaping What We Have Sown in Gaza
    Common Dreams: “Silence Is Consent”; Thousands Worldwide March for Gaza
    Informed Comment: Gaza By the Numbers – Who the People Are
    Truthout: Israel’s Grinding Ground War in Gaza
    The Nation: Netanyahu’s Bankrupt Strategy

     

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  2. Thirteen of the billboards are now on display near Capitol Hill, the Justice Department, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, Dupont Circle and other prominent locations. The six-foot billboards at bus shelters are displaying a clear and urgent message from Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: “Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait until a new war has started, don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes or internal projections of costs and dangers. You might save a war’s worth of lives.” Now, if you’re in DC, you can help spread the message of these billboards by visiting one or more of them — and then taking photos, hopefully with you in the frame sometimes, to share online via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. For the billboard locations, click here. http://exposefacts.org/124-2/

    Thirteen of the billboards are now on display near Capitol Hill, the Justice Department, the White House, the Government Accountability Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the State Department, Dupont Circle and other prominent locations.

    The six-foot billboards at bus shelters are displaying a clear and urgent message from Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: “Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait until a new war has started, don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth with documents that reveal lies or crimes or internal projections of costs and dangers. You might save a war’s worth of lives.”

    Now, if you’re in DC, you can help spread the message of these billboards by visiting one or more of them — and then taking photos, hopefully with you in the frame sometimes, to share online via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

    For the billboard locations, click here. http://exposefacts.org/124-2/

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  3. President Obama has requested another half a billion dollars to arm and train “appropriately vetted” fighters in Syria to help them kill better. Tell him — and your senators and representative in Congress — No! The violent rebellion in Syria, supported by the U.S. government and others, has spilled over into Iraq — itself still reeling from U.S. destruction and the illegitimacy of a government imposed by foreign occupation.When will we ever learn? From Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq and many other countries, U.S. intervention has led to enormous suffering and death on a huge scale. Click here to say No: No training for Syrian soldiers. And No U.S. soldier “advisers” in Iraq. What we need is a commitment to genuine diplomacy, dedicated to settling differences nonviolently. Instead of devoting still more vast quantities of dollars to do more damage, the United States should do what it can to repair the damage already done. Tell the President and Congress. And please share this email with people you know who are fed up with paying for war. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:New York Times: Obama Requests Money to Train “Appropriately Vetted” Syrian Rebels   
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    President Obama has requested another half a billion dollars to arm and train “appropriately vetted” fighters in Syria to help them kill better.

    Tell him — and your senators and representative in Congress — No!

    The violent rebellion in Syria, supported by the U.S. government and others, has spilled over into Iraq — itself still reeling from U.S. destruction and the illegitimacy of a government imposed by foreign occupation.

    When will we ever learn? From Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq and many other countries, U.S. intervention has led to enormous suffering and death on a huge scale.

    Click here to say No: No training for Syrian soldiers. And No U.S. soldier “advisers” in Iraq.

    What we need is a commitment to genuine diplomacy, dedicated to settling differences nonviolently.

    Instead of devoting still more vast quantities of dollars to do more damage, the United States should do what it can to repair the damage already done.

    Tell the President and Congress.

    And please share this email with people you know who are fed up with paying for war.

    You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

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    Background:
    New York Times: Obama Requests Money to Train “Appropriately Vetted” Syrian Rebels

     

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  4. The massive influx of money into our political system, made possible by rulings like the one in Citizens United v. FEC, has created an unprecedented crisis. We have seen an explosion of outside spending, as well as a glut of spending by tax-exempt “dark money” organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors.A Constitutional Amendment to fix the problem is gaining support in the U.S. Senate. Click here to join RootsAction and The Other 98% in urging passage. The conflation of money with free speech has created a political environment wherein money routinely drowns out other voices. In the 2012 election cycle, just 132 donors giving at least $1 million each were responsible for 60.4% of all the money Super PACs raised.  Today, three-quarters of Americans agree that money has become a corrupting influence over our political process.   Please sign this petition:Money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our political system will not work if we don’t overturn Citizens United. We demand that the U.S. Senate pass this Constitutional Amendment (S.J.Res. 19) on behalf of democracy. After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:Open Secrets: Citizens United v. Federal Election CommissionDemos: Election Spending 2012Reuters Poll: Most Americans Think Too Much Money in PoliticsSenator Udall’s resolution, S.J.Res. 19 with cosponsors list.

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    The massive influx of money into our political system, made possible by rulings like the one in Citizens United v. FEC, has created an unprecedented crisis. We have seen an explosion of outside spending, as well as a glut of spending by tax-exempt “dark money” organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors.

    A Constitutional Amendment to fix the problem is gaining support in the U.S. Senate. Click here to join RootsAction and The Other 98% in urging passage.

    The conflation of money with free speech has created a political environment wherein money routinely drowns out other voices. In the 2012 election cycle, just 132 donors giving at least $1 million each were responsible for 60.4% of all the money Super PACs raised.

    Today, three-quarters of Americans agree that money has become a corrupting influence over our political process.   Please sign this petition:


    Money is not speech, corporations are not people, and our political system will not work if we don’t overturn Citizens United. We demand that the U.S. Senate pass this Constitutional Amendment (S.J.Res. 19) on behalf of democracy.

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.


    Background:
    Open Secrets: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
    Demos: Election Spending 2012
    Reuters Poll: Most Americans Think Too Much Money in Politics
    Senator Udall’s resolution, S.J.Res. 19 with cosponsors list.

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  5. Former Congressman Mel Watt is the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which underwrite mortgages for houses and apartment buildings. Bankers and their flunkies in Congress are still trying to blame affordable housing for Wall Street’s self-induced collapse of six years ago. We need to let Mel Watt know how many of us support expanding affordable housing.  Click here to send him an email. We’ve drafted a message that urges Watt to * Ask Congress to allow Fannie and Freddie to reduce loan balances for underwater homeowners (who owe more than their homes are worth) — a step that would benefit Fannie and Freddie as well as home owners. * Stop reducing and begin increasing the number of multifamily apartment buildings financed by Fannie and Freddie. * Develop rules, mandated over five years ago, to ensure that Fannie and Freddie fairly serve all credit-worthy borrowers. * Make sure Fannie and Freddie provide funding, as required by law, for the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Management Fund. This could be the moment in which we begin solving the housing crisis in the U.S. Please click here to add your name. After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:Bloomberg Business Week: New Boss Could Reshape Mortgage Finance Andrew Jakabovics and John Griffith: Mel Watt’s First DayPolitico: Mel Watt Faces Tough Affordable Housing Question  
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    Former Congressman Mel Watt is the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which underwrite mortgages for houses and apartment buildings.

    Bankers and their flunkies in Congress are still trying to blame affordable housing for Wall Street’s self-induced collapse of six years ago. We need to let Mel Watt know how many of us support expanding affordable housing.

    Click here to send him an email.


    We’ve drafted a message that urges Watt to

    * Ask Congress to allow Fannie and Freddie to reduce loan balances for underwater homeowners (who owe more than their homes are worth) — a step that would benefit Fannie and Freddie as well as home owners.

    * Stop reducing and begin increasing the number of multifamily apartment buildings financed by Fannie and Freddie.

    * Develop rules, mandated over five years ago, to ensure that Fannie and Freddie fairly serve all credit-worthy borrowers.

    * Make sure Fannie and Freddie provide funding, as required by law, for the National Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Management Fund.

    This could be the moment in which we begin solving the housing crisis in the U.S.

    Please click here to add your name.

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    Bloomberg Business Week: New Boss Could Reshape Mortgage Finance
    Andrew Jakabovics and John Griffith: Mel Watt’s First Day
    Politico: Mel Watt Faces Tough Affordable Housing Question

     

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  6. In at least 78 locations around the United States, the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, local police departments, private contractors, and commercial business interests have set up joint operations centers that routinely violate our rights by spying on nonviolent activists. RootsAction and Defending Dissent Foundation believe it’s time to close the fusion centers. Click here. Fusion centers facilitated a nationally coordinated effort, involving the Pentagon, to surveil and curtail the Occupy movement. While spying on Occupy participants in Houston, the FBI learned of an assassination plot against them, but did not take action to prevent it, alert those in danger, or seek criminal prosecutions.Protecting people doesn’t seem to be the point; in fact fusion centers have proven to be a distraction from that task. While failing to protect people at the Boston marathon, the local “fusion center” spent countless hours spying on the personal communications of nonviolent activists. While failing to notice the online postings of a soon-to-be shooter in Santa Barbara, fusion centers on the West Coast have worked to prevent rallies and demonstrations.Enough is enough. We need to end our foreign wars, and end the surveillance-industrial complex that’s come with them at home. Click here to help us flood the government with emails we actually want it to read. Fusion centers don’t need to do a better job. They need to be disbanded. They waste huge amounts of money violating our rights, involving the military in law-enforcement, involving private companies in surveillance, and spreading war-like secrecy and unaccountability into state and local policy decisions.Restore our rights to speech, assembly, and protest. Close the police-spy fusion centers now! After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team Partner:  P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background: > New York Times: Officials Cast Wide Net in Monitoring Occupy Protests > Partnership for Civil Justice Fund: Out from the Shadows > Defending Dissent: U.S. Army Illegally Infiltrated Anti-War Movement > Democracy Now: Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, Then Hide Sniper Plot? > DHS: Fusion Center Locations       
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    In at least 78 locations around the United States, the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, local police departments, private contractors, and commercial business interests have set up joint operations centers that routinely violate our rights by spying on nonviolent activists.

    RootsAction and Defending Dissent Foundation believe it’s time to close the fusion centers. Click here.

    Fusion centers facilitated a nationally coordinated effort, involving the Pentagon, to surveil and curtail the Occupy movement.

    While spying on Occupy participants in Houston, the FBI learned of an assassination plot against them, but did not take action to prevent it, alert those in danger, or seek criminal prosecutions.

    Protecting people doesn’t seem to be the point; in fact fusion centers have proven to be a distraction from that task.

    While failing to protect people at the Boston marathon, the local “fusion center” spent countless hours spying on the personal communications of nonviolent activists.

    While failing to notice the online postings of a soon-to-be shooter in Santa Barbara, fusion centers on the West Coast have worked to prevent rallies and demonstrations.

    Enough is enough. We need to end our foreign wars, and end the surveillance-industrial complex that’s come with them at home. Click here to help us flood the government with emails we actually want it to read.

    Fusion centers don’t need to do a better job. They need to be disbanded. They waste huge amounts of money violating our rights, involving the military in law-enforcement, involving private companies in surveillance, and spreading war-like secrecy and unaccountability into state and local policy decisions.

    Restore our rights to speech, assembly, and protest. Close the police-spy fusion centers now!

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    Partner:


    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

    P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate.

    Background:
    > New York Times: Officials Cast Wide Net in Monitoring Occupy Protests
    > Partnership for Civil Justice Fund: Out from the Shadows
    > Defending Dissent: U.S. Army Illegally Infiltrated Anti-War Movement
    > Democracy Now: Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, Then Hide Sniper Plot?
    > DHS: Fusion Center Locations
      
     

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  7. President Obama included some nice rhetoric in his speech today at West Point, along with some very frightening ideas.President Obama wants two more years of war in Afghanistan (using 9,800 U.S. troops, plus NATO allies, plus thousands of contractors, and labeling them “non-combat” although they’re trained only for combat and will remain only if a new Afghan president provides immunity for crimes).Tell Congress to stand up and stop this, and tell the President we won’t put up with it. Click here.Obama also wants $5 billion, he said today, for warmaking in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali, and especially Syria.  While continuing the war in Afghanistan, he wants to train and arm a war in Syria more or less on the model of what got the disaster started in Afghanistan over 30 years ago.Tell the White House and Congress we meant it when we said no more wars in Syria or anywhere else! Tell them we don’t believe the only two choices are war or nothing. Obama yet again said he wants to close Guantanamo. Well, why doesn’t he free the prisoners already cleared for release? He said he supports international law. Well, why not join the International Criminal Court and stop killing people through the counterproductive drone wars?"The United States will use military force," Obama said in blatant violation of international law, "unilaterally if necessary … when our livelihood is at stake or when the security of our allies is in danger."  Obama maintained that his policy involves both killing with drones and capturing, but the example he gave of capturing someone was from 1998. Obama swore his allegiance to “American Exceptionalism” as the “one indespensible nation.” (Are all the others dispensible?) The U.S. has rarely been stronger compared to the world, he claimed — apparently viewing the world as a competitor. The odds of the U.S. being attacked are low, the President said. But surely they’re not lower than the odds of Canada being attacked, as Canada is not antagonizing as many people in as many places.  The U.S. economy is the most “dynamic,” Obama said. But which direction is it moving in? The U.S. is more energy independent, he said. But not compared to nations like Germany that are actually making renewable energy a priority. “Energy independent” in the U.S. apparently means intensified fracking. The world looks to the U.S. military for help, Obama claimed. Yet a poll early this year (see article below) found the world viewing the U.S. as the greatest threat to peace.Let our government know we reject its exceptionalism and want to cooperate nonviolently with the other 95% of humanity. Obama claimed that threats are now not so much to the U.S. as to its troops abroad. So why not bring them home? When the President thanked 2.5 million Americans who have “served” in Iraq and Afghanistan there was hesitant applause among the West Point graduates today. But when he said his listeners might be the first graduates not to go to Iraq or Afghanistan there was spontaneous cheering. Let’s all have something to cheer about. Click here to demand an end to the wars. After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself. — The RootsAction.org Team P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others. P.P.S. This work is only possible with your financial support. Please donate. Background:  New York Times: U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016Text of Obama’s Speech Today at West PointTim Shorrock: New Document Details Secret Mass of Contractors in Afghanistan Huffington Post: Womp! This Country Was Named Greatest Threat To World Peace  
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    President Obama included some nice rhetoric in his speech today at West Point, along with some very frightening ideas.

    President Obama wants two more years of war in Afghanistan (using 9,800 U.S. troops, plus NATO allies, plus thousands of contractors, and labeling them “non-combat” although they’re trained only for combat and will remain only if a new Afghan president provides immunity for crimes).

    Tell Congress to stand up and stop this, and tell the President we won’t put up with it. Click here.

    Obama also wants $5 billion, he said today, for warmaking in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali, and especially Syria.  While continuing the war in Afghanistan, he wants to train and arm a war in Syria more or less on the model of what got the disaster started in Afghanistan over 30 years ago.

    Tell the White House and Congress we meant it when we said no more wars in Syria or anywhere else! Tell them we don’t believe the only two choices are war or nothing.

    Obama yet again said he wants to close Guantanamo. Well, why doesn’t he free the prisoners already cleared for release? He said he supports international law. Well, why not join the International Criminal Court and stop killing people through the counterproductive drone wars?

    "The United States will use military force," Obama said in blatant violation of international law, "unilaterally if necessary … when our livelihood is at stake or when the security of our allies is in danger."

    Obama maintained that his policy involves both killing with drones and capturing, but the example he gave of capturing someone was from 1998.

    Obama swore his allegiance to “American Exceptionalism” as the “one indespensible nation.” (Are all the others dispensible?) The U.S. has rarely been stronger compared to the world, he claimed — apparently viewing the world as a competitor.

    The odds of the U.S. being attacked are low, the President said. But surely they’re not lower than the odds of Canada being attacked, as Canada is not antagonizing as many people in as many places.

    The U.S. economy is the most “dynamic,” Obama said. But which direction is it moving in?

    The U.S. is more energy independent, he said. But not compared to nations like Germany that are actually making renewable energy a priority. “Energy independent” in the U.S. apparently means intensified fracking.

    The world looks to the U.S. military for help, Obama claimed. Yet a poll early this year (see article below) found the world viewing the U.S. as the greatest threat to peace.

    Let our government know we reject its exceptionalism and want to cooperate nonviolently with the other 95% of humanity.

    Obama claimed that threats are now not so much to the U.S. as to its troops abroad. So why not bring them home? When the President thanked 2.5 million Americans who have “served” in Iraq and Afghanistan there was hesitant applause among the West Point graduates today. But when he said his listeners might be the first graduates not to go to Iraq or Afghanistan there was spontaneous cheering.

    Let’s all have something to cheer about. Click here to demand an end to the wars.

    After signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends. You can also share it from the webpage after taking the action yourself.

    — The RootsAction.org Team

    P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

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    Background:
    New York Times:
    U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016

    Text of Obama’s Speech Today at West Point
    Tim Shorrock: New Document Details Secret Mass of Contractors in Afghanistan
    Huffington Post: Womp! This Country Was Named Greatest Threat To World Peace

     

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  8. A lawyer who wrote a memo “legalizing” drone killings may soon be confirmed as a federal judge, and the memo may be (partly) made public.
A memo, whether secret or public, cannot legalize killing people! That’s not the rule of law. It’s the rule of White House lawyers!
Sign the petition: 
http://BanWeaponizedDrones.org

    A lawyer who wrote a memo “legalizing” drone killings may soon be confirmed as a federal judge, and the memo may be (partly) made public.

    A memo, whether secret or public, cannot legalize killing people! That’s not the rule of law. It’s the rule of White House lawyers!

    Sign the petition:

    http://BanWeaponizedDrones.org

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