"The Truth About Diego Garcia"

My new article at TomDispatch.com begins: "First, they tried to shoot the dogs. Next, they tried to poison them with strychnine. When both failed as efficient killing methods, British government agents and U.S. Navy personnel used raw meat to lure the pets into a sealed shed. Locking them inside, they gassed..."

My new book will be released in hardcover and e-book August 25. You can buy it here at amazon.com or at independent bookstore Powell's, among lots of other places. Early media coverage is here.
From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, a far-reaching examination of the perils of American military bases overseas.

All proceeds from royalties will be donated to nonprofit organizations serving military veterans, their families, and other victims of war and violence. 


Chagossian Compensation Estimate: $5.4-$13.2 billion

"Human Rights Standards Damages Model":
What's a people owed if they have their homeland stolen from them?    

"The Italian Job"

How the Pentagon Is Using Your Tax Dollars to Turn Italy Into a Launching Pad for the Wars of Today and Tomorrow

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

TomDispatch.com: Where Has All the Money Gone?

How Contractors Raked in $385 Billion to Build and Support Bases Abroad Since 2001

TomDispatch.com: Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab


The True Costs of U.S. Military Bases and Military Presence Overseas

Click here for a full research paper providing a detailed discussion of the calculations in this article (and below). 


Table: Calculating the Costs of U.S. Military Bases and U.S. Military Presence Abroad

All data FY2012 unless indicated by * where some data from 2004, 2008, 2011.


OMITTED SPENDING CATEGORY
TOTAL
Pentagon “Overseas Cost Summary” Total
$22,148,900,000
Missing Countries
435,404,000
Territories,* Possessions, and Pacific Island Nations
3,621,220,000
Naval Vessels and Personnel outside U.S. Waters; Prepositioned Ships and Stocks; Other Sealift, Airlift, and Mobilization
5,244,562,000
Health Care, Military and Family Housing Construction, Exchange* and Postal Service Subsidies
12,526,099,520
Net “Rent” Payments and NATO Contributions (Funds from Other Nations Subtracted*)
6,850,087,520
Counternarcotics, Humanitarian, and Environmental Programs
681,420,000
Classified Programs, Military Intelligence, and CIA Paramilitary Activities
13,558,891,583
War Costs (Personnel, Operations & Maintenance, Military Construction, Health Care, 18% of State Department Aid as “Rent,” Other)
104,896,568,660
GRAND TOTAL
$169,963,153,283
 

TomDispatch.com: The Lily-Pad Strategy

ISLAND OF SHAME: NEW IN PAPERBACK

With a new afterword updating the story of Diego Garcia and the Chagossians

Al Jazeera Discusses Island of Shame: "Chagos: Heart of the American Empire"

Wikileaks reveals racism, faux environmentalism behind US/UK Diego Garcia policy

Olivier Bancoult and David Vine on Democracy Now!

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