During the height of the Iraq War, more than 200 soldiers and marines deserted and fled to Canada, a war-resister haven during the Vietnam War. These aren’t draft dodgers, though; many are veterans of combat who could no longer serve in a conflict they couldn’t believe in.
Our prison system is based on the idea that there’s value in rehabilitating inmates so they don’t fall back into lives of crime. So why are we turning prisons over to private companies? For them, more inmates means more money.
Amid all the furor about documents that were made public by Edward Snowden, there’s been virtually no discussion about whether or not all the secrets he revealed were true. Let’s see if we can rectify that mistake.