VIDEO: Militarizing Police and a Policelike Military

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Jamani Montague

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Jamani Montague is a student activist at Emory University, studying International Studies and Environmental Science. Her research interests include race theory, prison ecology, comparative politics and eco-colonialism. Jamani is the Prison Advocacy Coordinator for, where she works closely with prisoners, the media, and legal activists to bring civil and environmental justice to those behind bars. She plans to pursue a PhD in Environmental Health Studies and eventually teach in universities and prisons.

David Swanson

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

Leah Muskin-Pierret

Leah is an activist working on challenging U.S. militarism in the Middle East. She focuses on ending U.S. complicity in Israeli apartheid to make way for Palestinian liberation. She hopes to chip away steadily at the military industrial complex until that day when activists have all the resources they need and the military needs to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.

Miriam Pemberton
Miriam Pemberton

Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She directs its Peace Economy Transitions Project which focuses on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels. She co-chairs the Budget Priorities Working Group, the principal information-sharing collaboration of U.S. NGOs working on reducing Pentagon spending.

In addition to articles and opeds, her publications include two report series. “Military vs. Climate Security” compares federal spending on the two security domains, and argues for a shift of security resources toward mitigating climate change. “A Unified Security Budget for the United States” examined the balance of spending on military forces, homeland security and non-military foreign engagement and argues for a rebalanced security budget.

With William Hartung of the New America Foundation, she is co-editor of the book Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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  • Lynn Walker

    Why this site has no credibility. Because it serves the interests of paid shills like David Swanson, who is tasked with neutralizing the rebellion for the benefit of the banksters.

    War is a natural part of human society and God loves war waged for good cause. Good cause at this time would be to overthrow the rule of the Banking Family Criminal Cartel, demons who are leading the masses into hell. But Mr. Swanson runs cover for the Banksters, insisting that war is the evil, not those who wage it for their own purposes.

    Mr. Swanson and his group of supporters are unfortunately short in the knowledge department, operating out of ignorance and becoming agents of the harm they allegedly seek to end. Knowledge is the king, but this article and the site that publishes it are devoid of anything resembling absolute or real knowledge. Just a bunch of children babbling among themselves.

    • jo6pac

      I hope the checke cleared

    • quantumcipher

      > Just a bunch of children babbling among themselves.

      Projecting much?


    Thank you, Dane, for your hard work organizing these conferences that provide a forum for experts and insiders to speak out on vital topics that all Americans need to hear.

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