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As NATO Meets OCCUPY in Chicago… [Scroll down for updates on related stories. ]
Bruce Gagnon, Founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, talks about the ‘permanent war economy,’ ‘full spectrum dominance,’ and the peace agenda, April 10, 2012 at the Berkeley Unitarian Church. For more info: Space4Peace.org Space4Peace.blogspot.com

Full spectrum dominance requires full spectrum resistance!
Introductory Notes from Mary Beth Brangan

This important talk connects a lot of dots in our current political/economic situation.
Bruce Gagnon looks at what’s happening globally from the huge perspective of his international network that monitors & opposes the ‘war in space.’  Bruce shows what the current power elites want in terms of total control or ‘full spectrum dominance’ (makes you wonder about the global roll out of ‘smart meter technology and the continuing push for nuclear reactors) and how that necessitates endless war and weapons in space.

He talks about how they want each country to have an assigned purpose.
They want the USA’s role in the new world corporate system to provide ‘security’ for them.   Our military will be sent to other countries to suppress opposition to corporate globalization. Hence, the forced  shrinking of our  educational system making the military the only option for our youth.

The U.S. addiction to war and violence is linked to our communities being so dependent on military spending for jobs since the weapons industry is already the US’s largest industry and product.

Bruce believes the antidote is to work to convert the military industrial complex to sustainable technologies like wind power, solar, and mass transit.
Full spectrum dominance requires full spectrum resistance!

Beyond the Empire of Denial
Introductory Notes from James Heddle

Presidents and pundits will never admit it to you, but corporate control of global resources through overwhelming military force is the core motivation of U.S. economic and foreign policy. That’s why there are over 700 American military bases worldwide. That’s why Pentagon war planners divide the planet into six regional military commands and four functional commands, with a four-star general or admiral heading each. But the war planers don’t limit their their attentions to just the planet. That’s why ‘Vision for 2020,’ a rarely mentioned 1996 report of the U.S. Space Command, calls for a Space Command uniform patch and motto that says ‘MASTER OF SPACE.’

That’s why lifelong peace campaigner Bruce Gagnon tirelessly travels the country and the world blowing the whistle on the sociopathic, ecocidal project that is America’s ‘permanent war economy,’ a term first coined in a book of the same name by economist Seymour Melman. It’s why he and his partner Mary Beth Sullivan – author of ‘Moving from a War Economy to a Peace Economy’ – chose to live and base their organizing in Bath, Maine, near the General Dynamics-owned Bath Iron Works, where naval destroyers, fitted with Aegis weapons systems, the spearhead of Obama’s ominous ‘strategic pivot’ toward the Asia-Pacific, are built.

In his eloquent presentation Gagnon gives a sweeping look at the connections between perpetual war and economic crisis, drilling down to the plan’s basic strategy: fund U.S. world domination from space by (you guessed it) cutting social security and Medicare. He lays out the role of grassroots social movement in rolling back this mad scheme of a desperate, declining empire of denial and showing that ‘a better world is possible.’ Check it out.

For more on this issue, see an example of what Bruce is speaking about in the articles below. Bruce is currently in Chicago at the NATO protests. (May 20, 2012)

United States to Unveil Plans to Bolster NATO Alliance
By THOM SHANKER
Published: May 19, 2012

NATO decides to activate missile shield despite Russian threats

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, May 20, 2012 19:25 EDT

That’s why these guys are smiling…

Published on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Common Dreams
Drones of Its Own: NATO Signs Deal with Northrup Grumman for ‘Global Surveillance Capabilities’
Part of its ‘Allied Ground Surveillance’ system, the five Global Hawk UAVs will cost $1.7 Billion
– Common Dreams staff

As part of NATO’s planned multi-year and multi-billion dollar investment in an increased global surveillance capability, building what it calls an ‘Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS)’ system, the 28-nation military alliance penned a deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman on Sunday for a fleet of unmanned aerial drones along with the requisite command and control base stations needed to operate them. Read more.

Published on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Real News Network
NATO Summit Kicked Off with Massive Demonstrations
Thousands of police flood downtown Chicago

Published on Sunday, May 20, 2012 by Common Dreams
Shut Down the War Marchine!: Thousands in Anti-NATO Rally
Protesters head towards site of NATO negotiations in Chicago, veterans to return medals
– Common Dreams staff

[See Twitter stream and livestream on this story for live updates.]
Thousands of protesters marched in a sweltering Chicago today from downtown Chicago to near the site of the NATO summit at McCormick Place to call for an end to the NATO war machine. More

Democracy Now report:
“No NATO, No War”: U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit

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