Category Archives: Brian’s Blog

The Gated Society

I just posted an essay “The Gated Society: The U.S. love affair with incarceration, solitary confinement and torture.” It’s filed under the date I originally authored it, May 29, 2013. You can find it by clicking on the link above.  

RE: FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force/JTTF

From the FBI’s origins it has been used primarily as an instrument to repress ideological enemies. In the late 1910s and 1920s, after collecting names of 150,000 US residents, it ravaged with jail, deportations, and killings, those labeled labor and immigrant “radicals” who were harshly condemning US entrance into World War I and intelligently critiquing [...]

Americn Exceptionalism – The Rhetoric and the Reality

“Our business is killing, and business is good.” – Slogan painted on a US 9th Infantry Division helicopter in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta, 1969   The Conditioning Virtually all of us born and raised in US America have been, or were, inculcated in the myth that the United States is the greatest country in the [...]

Grieving

Written December 17, 2012 I grieve for the 20 children, ages 6 and 7, who were murdered in Newton, CT elementary school last Friday (Dec. 14, 2012). Then I remember the hundreds of small children murdered by fellow military in numerous villages in Viet Nam 43 years ago. These are just the ones I saw. [...]

Armistice Day Has Morphed Into Veterans Day* – “Thank You For Your Service!”

“Thank you for your service.” For more than the three decades that I have publicly acknowledged being a veteran, I continue to hear over and over this professed appreciation. Recently I was admitted to the Portland, VA hospital and once completing her medical intake interview the attending physician made sure she thanked me for my [...]

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