Asymmetric ethics and warfare

The Empire does no harm. If you died in a drone attack it follows from the Principle of Asymmetric Ethics that you were a terrorist.

The Empire does no harm: If you died in a drone attack the Principle of Asymmetric Ethics implies that you were a terrorist.

Glenn Greenwald’s dispatch on the Empire of Asymmetric Ethics:

In general, countries become indignant when other nations kill their own citizens. But all of the normal rules are inapplicable when the countries in question are the U.S. and Israel. Thus, when a Palestinian runs his car into an American child, this is instantly declared a “despicable act” of “terrorism” which is condemned in “the strongest possible terms”: no investigation needed. But when an Israeli occupying soldier shoots and kills an American child, the most tepid, nonjudgmental and careful language is used to politely call for an “investigation” by the very occupying military responsible for the killing.

GA minutes, September 13, 2014

  • The New York climate march on Sunday the 21st: somebody please bring the Occupy banner
  • Police brutality: for lack of time and this important topic will be revisited
  • FERC hearing about the natural gas pipeline expansion: please attend the hearing to testify.  There is no specific OP position, other than the consensus that this is a terrible idea.  Put an announcement with specifics on the various listservs and Facebook

Post GA follow up:
On September 14, Peter sent out this message containing possible inspiration for testimonials:

What: FERC public hearing on the AIM pipeline expansion project
Crystal Lake Golf Club
100 Bronco Highway
Mapleville, RI 02839
When: September 16 @ 6:30pm
Facebook event:

This Tuesday there will be a hearing on the proposed pipeline expansion to bring more fracked natural gas to Rhode Island.  This is a terrible idea!
Instead of growing sustainable, distributed energy, as Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, formulated it, our policy is ” let’s just keep being predators and watch the planet cast us off, because the planet is going to cast a soft, or at least a sizable majority of us.”

As Rhode Island imports natural gas, it will export death and destruction to the people near the drilling sites.  Most of these are now located in Pennsylvania, but extreme-extraction wells are short-lived and they are spreading like wildfire across the US.

Maps of the RI Department of Health of asthma show a higher prevalence of asthma insurance claims in the section of Burrillville near the gas compressor station.  Is it causing this?  That is not clear, but is ignorance a solid basis for the planned expansion?

Our governors and congressional delegations, in their unwavering support of the 1%, have lined up behind this proposed “‘Green’ Bridge to Hell.”   They have also tried to make these vital decisions behind closed doors.  They claim that pipeline expansion will lower the price of fuel, but the gas may end up going to world market where its price is much higher than in the US.

Please come and testify.  We have to stop this crime against the People and Life on Earth!

1. “Green” Bridge to Hell:,_a_%22green%22_bridge_to_hell/
2. The myth that gas is clean energy:
3. Larry Wilkerson on Predators ‘R US:
4. Health effects of fracking:
5. Wall Street’s role in blowing the subprime gas bubble:
6. RI politicians in bed with corporate America:6.

GA minutes, July 5, 2014

  • Next GA  at Rochambeau Library at 1pm with the Coalition at 2pm.
  • Riseup has ironed out problems with Yahoo so we’ll be moving the listserve to Riseup.
  • The “Restore the 4th action on the 3rd went well with about 8 people with much honking of support with pictures posted to Facebook.  Good banners by Chris L.
  • The peace vigils in Fall River and Warren are said to have gone well also. Occupy Fall River had info on how much war cost Fall River and Mass.
  • Mayra’s proposal to do tabling in Kennedy Plaza is endorsed with the days of events TBA. Hope St. at Blackstone to be considered for thoughts, given the Farmer’s Market Saturday afternoon. Mayra suggests: “There’s a beer garden from 4:30 – 7:30pm with music from 5:30PM – 7pm. on Thursdays @ the People’s Park and the farmer’s market is from 3-6 on Tuesdays. We could speak with the folks in the Plaza and all the folks attending these other events in downtown.”Are people available, which possible days/times and other suggestions?

GA minutes, June 21, 2014

6 OP members in attendance.  2 members of Occupy Boston and 1 of Occupy Atlanta (3 more OP members came late)

  • Robert Malin is planning a video chronicling OP’s history especially as he saw it through his eyes.  Lia will help him gather photos and videos and interviews. Robert is interested in getting in touch with Dave who took a lot of video. We discussed Taveras’ role and the upcoming gubernatorial election.
  • We were unanimous about a feeling of wanting to be for causes rather than against. We are planning peace actions during the summer and fall. We discussed various focuses and goals including advocating peaceful solutions in the middle east, demanding peace education, and legislation.
  • Various locations and dates for the summer action were proposed.  We settled on early August but no exact date yet.  There are a couple of parks in Providence that would be suitable.  Children and different health and healing ideas will be a part of the action.
  • The fall action will be in South County on September 21st.  A coalition of groups will be involved. (Comment added by Peter: also mark September 20th and 21st on your calendar to Demand Action on Climate Change in NYC.)
  • Inventory is finished.
  • We discussed having at least one of us but maybe more at every possible candidate’s forum or similar event during the upcoming election season. Peter will be on the lookout for these opportunities and keep us informed. (and added: “He’ll need all the help he can get.”)
Notes by Amber — forgotten items can always be added.


  • Next meeting at the People’s Park next Saturday?  The UUs will be in town full force, their big yearly gathering in in Providence this year.
  • Thursday at 11:30 AM is the rally for fair wages at the Renaissance Hotel