Tag: Vietnam War

Jul 16

Being Under Government Covert Surveillance

In Brief — The author’s experiences with government surveillance while he was involved with draft and military counseling during the Vietnam War. [Written in mid-April 2017.] Peek-a-boo, We’re Spying on You — Spying. It’s as old as when our human ancestors came down out of the trees. Humans and governments have always sought to protect …

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Jul 02

How I Became a Lawyer

  In Brief — The author retraces his path to becoming a lawyer. [Written in March 2017.] Making Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons— It’s said that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. While a few lemons have come my way, I’ve made my fair share of lemonade. How I became a lawyer is …

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Apr 16

America: Torture “R” U.S.

In Brief — With Mike Pompeo — who believes in torture and “black sites”— as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it’s time to look at America’s use of torture since the earliest days when colonists arrived on the country’s shores and stole the land from the natives. This piece examines the American use …

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Aug 07

Cannon Fodder: Draftee or Volunteer

In Brief—A discussion of the author’s experiences and views on whether a mandatory draft of men and women is preferable over an all-volunteer military. Frying Pan or Fire— I sat there in my suit and tie talking to a young man who had just received his draft notice. I might as well have been speaking …

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Oct 12

The Mirror Doesn’t Lie

In Brief—A reminiscence on the years too rapidly gone and the reality of looking in the mirror and seeing an old person looking back. Maturity sneaks up on all of us. ——————————————————————————– Memory and Maturity— Narcissus, a handsome and overly proud youth, offended the Olympian god Nemesis because of his excessive pride in his looks, …

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Feb 18

“Hell No, We Won’t Go!”

In Brief— A review of the history and the author’s experiences as a draft lawyer during the Vietnam War. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- It is said that old men make the wars, but young men fight them. While that is generally true, it doesn’t always hold. The Vietnam War, or what is known in Vietnam as “The American …

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