Tell Congress: Resume Reporting on Weapons Sales by David Swanson


Resume reporting on weapons sales

Resume reporting on weapons sales

To: Congress
Instruct the Congressional Research Service to resume its reporting on the arms trade.

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Why is this important?
Since 2011, the United States has sold a great deal of weapons. But the U.S. government has stopped reporting on its own and other nations’ arms sales. CRS has its own internal government sources of information. The report it used to produce is not duplicated by any other publication.

The United States is no longer documenting one of its biggest and most deadly businesses. In 2012, Richard Grimmett retired from the Congressional Research Service. He had been the chief author of its reports on international weapons sales and transfers.

It is thanks to those reports that we know, with some reliability, that as of 2011 the United States accounted for 79% of the value of transfer agreements to ship weapons to governments in the Middle East, 79% also to poor nations around the world, and 77% of the value of total agreements to ship weapons to other countries.

We can compare these numbers with earlier years, but not with later ones.

Even if Congress doesn’t want to know, it should not get away with denying us that right.

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CRS Report for Congress, Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress, Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2004-2011

How it will be delivered
To Congress Members in districts and in Washington, D.C.

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War Is A Lie Book Tour

Please contact me to add stops to this tour. In particular it would be good to add a stop in between Virginia and upstate New York the day before or after the event in Oneonta. It would also be good to add New York or Los Angeles.

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The updated second edition of War Is A Lie will be published on April 5, 2016, by Just World Books.

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David Swanson will make a limited number of appearances around the U.S. and elsewhere to speak about the new book. If you or your organization would like to help organize such an event near you, please let us know.

The first edition of War Is A Lie had a huge impact in 2010 and was published in the United States, Europe, and China. It has been taken out of print in preparation for the new one.

The new leader of the Labour Party in the UK recommends this book.

More recommendations:

“A terrific tool for recognizing and resisting war lies before it’s too late.” — Daniel Ellsberg.

“May be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language.” — Kevin Young, journalist.

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