"The first casualty when war comes is truth."
by:
Hiram W. Johnson
(1866-1945) Governor of California (1911-1917), US Senator (1917-1945)
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U.S. Senate, 1917
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That is actually Aeschylus, but it was long enough ago that someone else can take the credit.
 -- Ben, Orem, UT     
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    Truth is often erased or obscured during times of war. For example, IBM New York supplied the Nazi's with equipment to count the victims of the Holocaust. Prescott Bush laundered money for high ranking Nazi's. All of which happened while we were sending men over there to die. Then as now, the policy seems to be "Never waste a good crisis".
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    War on drugs, poverty, and terrorism proves out the quote.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Yes, also fear; fear is the harbinger of war and the rallying cry of the dogs of war; GREED, PROFIT, POWER, FUNDAMENTALISM, all are the slayers of truth. And Carlton don't forget Henry Ford and his Ivy league friends. It's amazing, when you tell the truth like Howard Zinn you are called a radical and an enemy of the State. This tell's us more about our society, about our culture, than people like Howard Zinn. Zinn was a true warrior, a true patriot, not the type that kill thousands from thirty thousand feet - it's time the people take back their country and so NO, we will not fight your wars anymore. The biggest threat to terrorism is America and CFR
     -- RBESRQ     
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    Amen, Mike,Norwalk. Nixon ramped up the War on Drugs in 1970, setting up the DEA and increasing the number of narc cops about 100 fold, or more, and It costs about 70 billion dollars a year. What do we get for our money, well, for one thing we've had to build hundreds of new jails. We have more crime in our streets, cops are corrupted, judges bought off, and drugs more available to our children. That's what we get for this so called War on drugs. Check out LEAP.cc for more information.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Mike a response to your inquiry the other day. I said that I thought Americans were derelect. You said who "the majority or the minority". You always seek to divide the country and its people, I said Americans period. There is enough derelection to go around for all of us. Does that answer your question?
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waffler, as usual, that is only a spin on what I ask but, ok, yep, good enough ;-) have a great day!
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Truth is not a casualty as much as lies are a form of weapon for making war. When we are being lied to, we are being warred upon. Thus, the government wars upon its people non-stop.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Yes, dear ones, we are at war right now (thus the lies are flying about in abundance). Our blueprint for freedom is being trampled everyday by those we have elected to be our representatives. They prefer instead to rule. It is the responsibility of every American to know who a candidate is, IF THAT CANDIDATE SUPPORTS THE US CONSTITUTION and Bill of Rights, and if THEY DO NOT, vote for who does...or RUN for office YOURSELF. That is how we will get out country back. Once we do, then we can return to the laws of the land. This is a war with in our borders and to maintain our republic (Article 4 Sec 4), we must win and not be taken in by the lies are fed by media.
     -- a adams, hb     
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    Finding out and believing in WW1 was the hard thing that we need to embrace and take as a way that we don't need war. Why cant we use peace and keep things to our selves and not solve the worlds problems and our own
     -- Philip, Dayton     
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