Truthseeker: American Spring; Who Killed MLK and Why; Peaceful Protests; Drone Operators Refuse to Kill; Military Suicides

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments


The Truthseeker covers the following topics and more: #WaveOfAction protests started on April 4 – the day Martin Luther King was killed; who killed MLK and why; peaceful protests; drone operators refuse to kill; military suicides; and more.  Details below:

  • $32 trillion dollars, double U.S. GDP, are hidden in offshore tax havens by Wall Street banks and multinationals. (Source: Tax Justice Network)
  • 55 million have been killed by Western backed coups since 1945 (Source: “On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare” by Noam Chomsky)
  • 68% of American tax dollars go to military spending
  • 50% of Americans live below or near poverty line (Source:
  • US government has become a regime and requires change. (Source: “Regime Change Begins at Home” by Professor Charles Derber – who is interviewed)
  • Activists across the US launched the American spring with hundreds of rallies (#WaveOfAction) on April 4 – the day Martin Luther King was killed by US government.
  • Why the government killed MLK – MLK, JFK, RFK, and Gandhi were all killed because of their commitment to peace according to peace activist Professor Michael Nagler, UC Berkeley.  According to Nagler, King had shifted from being against racism in the southern U.S. to being against poverty in the American system.  He was also planning to take on American militarism.
  • Stephen Lendman, author of “Banker Occupation”, talks about police brutality at peaceful protests.
  • A landmark Harvard study found that you only need the participation of 3.5% of the population taking action together to oust corrupt governments.
  • Peaceful protests force change even when governments use overwhelming violence.
  • Lawyer Kevin Zeese talks about peaceful protests
  • Military Times says that 75% of U.S. troops oppose starting another war
  • There is an epidemic of suicides in the military with more than 22 US veterans and troops committing suicide each day (on average).
  • Military recruiters use video games for recruitment Military scorns drone operators are disliked by fellow military and seen as ‘cowardly button pushers’. Drone pilots now refusing to kill, so the military is having to bring back retired personnel to man the drone joysticks.
  • Center on Conscience & War counseling coordinator Bill Galvin talks about why there is an epidemic of military suicides.

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