Should military contractors who engage in torture abroad be immune from prosecution? Should they receive the same protections as the government and therefore, have their wartime activities be beyond review of the courts? Well that's what two corporate defendants have been arguing, but a federal appeals court has decided that lawsuits against them can be revived, and not dismissed on those grounds. Derrick Crowe, Political Director at Brave New Foundation discusses.
With May Day around the corner and a renewed focus on the ever-widening gulf between corporate profits and middle class incomes, the announcements of Lockhead Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman deserve additional scrutiny. Why’s that? Because those companies are quite literally war profiteers.
The amount of money disclosed is nothing short of staggering. Lockeed Martin made $668 million in profit last quarter, Northrop Grumman made $506 million and Boeing raked in $923 million.
As Robert Greenwald points out, even asking the simple question of whether people and companies should be allowed to make huge profits from war in today’s political climate is brushed off. But it didn’t always used to be that way. Both Republicans and Democrats alike used to warn of the dangers of corporations influencing war policy because of a profit motive. I think it’s fair to say we failed to heed those warnings.
A New York Times/CBS poll shows that 69% of respondents thought that the US should not be at war in Afghanistan. Four months ago, the number was at 53%. So, have we finally said, enough is enough? Robert Greenwald, President of Brave New Foundation discusses.
Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films & Eli Clifton, Think Progress.org join Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture. An American soldier kills 16 unarmed Afghan civilians. How will this rampage affect US-Afghan relations – and is it time we withdraw from the country altogether? Plus – a twist to this story that should leave us all concerned about the mental health of our soldiers
This past Monday saw the deadliest “intentional” attack on Afghan civilians by the US since the start of the ten year long war in Afghanistan. An unnamed US Army staff sergeant walked a mile in the middle of the night to two different villages near his base in southern Afghanistan and murdered 16 civilians, including 9 children and 3 women.
The new military film “Act of Valor” used real life Navy Seals to give Americans a “realistic” view of what these secretive forces do. But is it reality, or just what the U.S. government wants you to see?
The mainstream media has mostly ignored how the Pentagon doctors Hollywood scripts in order to shift public opinion. This cozy and powerful relationship, has been winning hearts and minds for decades.