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By Cynthia Tucker and Cynthia Tucker,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | December 4, 2006
ATLANTA -- All wars have a way of creating collateral damage, as the desk-bound bureaucrats euphemistically call the dead innocents, destroyed buildings and decimated towns that just happen to be in the way of bombs and bullets. Kathryn Johnston was collateral damage in America's misguided "war on drugs." On Nov. 21, the 88-year-old woman was shot dead by Atlanta undercover police officers who crashed through her door after dark to execute a "no-knock" search warrant for illegal drugs.
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September 19, 2013
Does the Howard County Public School System hate the poor? Consider the languishing schools in Columbia juxtaposed against the palatial new schools elsewhere. The latest act of animus toward the poor is robbing Wilde Lake Middle School of its long-overdue expansion/renovation. How will they accomplish this? By redistricting the wealthy into Clarksville, leaving Wilde Lake Middle School with a building that doesn't meet current standards, fewer staff and contributing families, and increasing its already high percentage of low-income families.
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NEWS
March 13, 2012
It is depressing that supporters of Second Amendment rights seldom if ever mention the frequent tragedies, such as the recent killing of the 13-year old girl in Baltimore. Because they do not mention them, one is left to assume they regard them simply as inevitable collateral damage not worthy of mention in discussions of gun control. R.L. Hall
NEWS
May 28, 2013
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to have attended Medea Benjamin's talk on drone warfare at the Pratt Library. It's time Americans began to understand and speak out against the misuse of this technology. There is no basic problem with unmanned aerial vehicles, but their deployment and purpose needs far more oversight. How fortuitous President Barack Obama has begun the conversation ("Setting limits on drones," May 24). Mercifully, the CIA "fly-boys" are to be relieved of their drone duties.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 8, 2002
Contrary to advance protests, Collateral Damage doesn't libel Colombians. Instead, it trips over its own combat boots to portray the civilian population as innocent peasants caught between murderous drug-smuggling guerrillas and cold-blooded CIA operatives. In its own inept, heavy-breathing fashion, the movie deplores the collateral damage of America's own covert military misadventures. Indeed, it goes so far in this respect that a couple of wiseacres in a theater cheered for the Colombian kamikazes.
NEWS
December 8, 2011
Thanks to Gilbert Sandler ("It still lives in Infamy," Dec. 7) for reminding us of some of the costs of war in his account of Baltimore after Pearl Harbor. What a contrast with today. Our leaders can carry on wars without affecting most of us one bit. No danger, no draft, no rationing, no tax increase, no blackouts. Only if we serve in the armed forces or have a family member there do we suffer anything. We do not even have to pay for the war - we can borrow to cover the cost. It is almost enjoyable and certainly exciting.
FEATURES
By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Art Critic | September 23, 1992
A review in Wednesday's Today section of the BAUhouse exhibit "Collateral Damage: The Unseen Cost of Gun Violence" incorrectly attributed the quote, "All guns and armies must be dismantled." The quote should have been attributed to the work of Diego Marcial Rios.+ The Sun regrets the errors.It would be easy simply to praise "Collateral Damage: The Unseen Cost of Gun Violence" for its sincerity, its admirable intentions, and its sometimes moving messages. But it's more complicated than that.
NEWS
By Clarence Page | April 20, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Wars on crime have collateral damage, too.That was not the theme of Attorney General Janet Reno's speech to the National Press Club last week, but it might as well have been.In her strongest statement yet on the subject, Ms. Reno announced new steps to restore trust between police and minority communities. Among other moves, she planned to include questions about police behavior in the Department of Justice's annual Crime Victimization Survey. It would be the federal government's first national measure of how often police abuses occur.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to have attended Medea Benjamin's talk on drone warfare at the Pratt Library. It's time Americans began to understand and speak out against the misuse of this technology. There is no basic problem with unmanned aerial vehicles, but their deployment and purpose needs far more oversight. How fortuitous President Barack Obama has begun the conversation ("Setting limits on drones," May 24). Mercifully, the CIA "fly-boys" are to be relieved of their drone duties.
NEWS
December 20, 2011
Regarding the recent fight at Chesapeake High School ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16), while it is unfortunate that some non-combatants suffered non-lethal inflammation and irritation, the fact of the matter is that they were in the vicinity, (and no doubt cheering on the fight) and suffered what is known in combat as collateral damage. Stay out of the combat zone and suffer no injuries. Regarding the altercation itself, what would you have the officer do when his lawful commands had been ignored multiple times and the combatant continued to willfully disobey to the point of escalating the conflict?
NEWS
December 27, 2012
I find John Franchy's letter on the subject of gun control astounding ("More restrictive gun laws are not the answer," Dec. 20). I put it in my category of letters to the editor which I call "We have met the enemy, and it is us. " Mr. Franchy tells us he and other Americans have the right to bear arms - of any kind, apparently - in order to protect him and us from overbearing government and by implication other Americans. He says nothing about owning firearms for hunting or target practice.
NEWS
March 13, 2012
It is depressing that supporters of Second Amendment rights seldom if ever mention the frequent tragedies, such as the recent killing of the 13-year old girl in Baltimore. Because they do not mention them, one is left to assume they regard them simply as inevitable collateral damage not worthy of mention in discussions of gun control. R.L. Hall
NEWS
By Robert C. Koehler | January 1, 2012
"The Lakotah had no language for insulting other orders of existence: pest, waste, weed ... " But what about "bugsplat"? That's the word for the cop at UC Davis, walking up and down the line of students sitting with their arms locked, zapping them in the eyes with pepper spray. It's the word for the Tunisian police and bureaucrats who humiliated Mohamed Bouazizi and destroyed his livelihood as a street vendor. It's the word for anyone whose power exceeds his humanity.
NEWS
December 20, 2011
Regarding the recent fight at Chesapeake High School ("How much force is too much?" Dec. 16), while it is unfortunate that some non-combatants suffered non-lethal inflammation and irritation, the fact of the matter is that they were in the vicinity, (and no doubt cheering on the fight) and suffered what is known in combat as collateral damage. Stay out of the combat zone and suffer no injuries. Regarding the altercation itself, what would you have the officer do when his lawful commands had been ignored multiple times and the combatant continued to willfully disobey to the point of escalating the conflict?
NEWS
December 8, 2011
Thanks to Gilbert Sandler ("It still lives in Infamy," Dec. 7) for reminding us of some of the costs of war in his account of Baltimore after Pearl Harbor. What a contrast with today. Our leaders can carry on wars without affecting most of us one bit. No danger, no draft, no rationing, no tax increase, no blackouts. Only if we serve in the armed forces or have a family member there do we suffer anything. We do not even have to pay for the war - we can borrow to cover the cost. It is almost enjoyable and certainly exciting.
NEWS
January 10, 2009
The United Nations Children's Fund estimates that 2 million children have died in wars in the past decade: Somalia, Afghanistan, Darfur, Colombia, Iraq, Congo. And today Israel and Hamas militants are battling. In southern Israel, scores of children have been terrorized by a barrage of Hamas rockets. In the Gaza Strip, children are dying. Of the nearly 700 killed there, more than 100 are children, according to published reports. Countless others have been injured. Thousands of children who have escaped injury are suffering from a lack of food, safe housing, clean water and medical care.
NEWS
December 27, 2012
I find John Franchy's letter on the subject of gun control astounding ("More restrictive gun laws are not the answer," Dec. 20). I put it in my category of letters to the editor which I call "We have met the enemy, and it is us. " Mr. Franchy tells us he and other Americans have the right to bear arms - of any kind, apparently - in order to protect him and us from overbearing government and by implication other Americans. He says nothing about owning firearms for hunting or target practice.
NEWS
By MOSHE YAALON | January 3, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Successful counterterrorism efforts must satisfy moral imperatives and strategic objectives. Prior to analyzing responses to terrorism, however, legal considerations are at the forefront. Israel considers the morality of counterterrorist measures within the framework of three tests: The "mirror test," in which the counterterrorist executor asks whether the policy meets his ethical standards. The "our own society test," in which a policymaker must consider whether the policy meets the moral standards of his broader society.
NEWS
By Cynthia Tucker and Cynthia Tucker,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | December 4, 2006
ATLANTA -- All wars have a way of creating collateral damage, as the desk-bound bureaucrats euphemistically call the dead innocents, destroyed buildings and decimated towns that just happen to be in the way of bombs and bullets. Kathryn Johnston was collateral damage in America's misguided "war on drugs." On Nov. 21, the 88-year-old woman was shot dead by Atlanta undercover police officers who crashed through her door after dark to execute a "no-knock" search warrant for illegal drugs.
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