For the past 20 years, the US lied to us about the war in Afghanistan. After more than 240,000 people killed and trillions of our tax dollars spent to enrich the US arms industry and US supported Afghan war lords, the war ended in utter defeat for the US and its NATO allies. Black sites used for torture such as that at the Bagram Air Base were created, production of opium skyrocketed under the US occupation and more than 90% of the population lived on less than $2 per day. Massive bombings and drone strikes were carried out, which we know today mainly struck civilians, but we were not told this at the time. The US government kept us all in the dark but two brave people discovered some of the truth and let the world know.
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks leaked thousands of documents that described US war crimes in Afghanistan. These have been called the Afghan War Logs and were eventually published including in the Washington Post. For this, the US wants to have Julian Assange extradited from the UK so he can be prosecuted by the US, where he faces up to 175 years in prison. On weekend of October 23 – 24, right before the US case for extradition is to be heard in a UK court, protests have been called to oppose extradition and support Julian Assange. Start organizing a protest in your community. Information on the Assange defense and soon on the protests will be on the website http://assangedefense.org
Daniel Hale was in the military and part of the drone program that operated militarized drones in the Afghanistan war. Hale understood that most of those killed by the drone strikes were civilians. When he divulged this to the media, he was charged with violations of the Espionage Act and has been given nearly 4 years in prison. For more information on this case and how you can help, please go here: https://standwithdanielhale.org/.