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The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that.



Join Danny, Henri, Keagan, and Jovanni, four leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast Chris Henrikson / Danny Sjursen / Keagan Miller / Jovanni Reyes

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    • 4.8 • 91 Ratings

The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that.



Join Danny, Henri, Keagan, and Jovanni, four leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

    Ukraine (mid May 2022 update) – Ep 118

    Ukraine (mid May 2022 update) – Ep 118

    We give our most recent Ukraine update, including Finland / Sweden joining NATO, the entire lack of tracking or accountability for the huge deluge of weapons entering Ukraine, Poland providing T-72 tanks to Ukraine (replaced by M1 Abrams tanks from the U.S.), and acknowledging that not every country in the world has jumped on the Ukraine good, Russia bad bandwagon.
    Retired Swiss Military-Intelligence Officer: 'Is it Possible to Actually Know What Has Been And is Going on in Ukraine?'
    Ray McGovern on Germany: Bad News Far Outweighs the Good
    Intel Vets: Nuclear Weapons Cannot Be Un-Invented

    Putin’s recent comments can be read as deterrence
    It’s possible he could use them in the extremis, viewing what’s happened in Ukraine since 2014 as an existential threat.
    A quote from the first letter to the President, a message to George W. Bush as the war in Iraq began, and a message they repeat in their most recent letter to President Biden "You would be well served if you widened the discussion beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic."

    Why I Won’t Fight - Brandon P. Buck
    Why Can’t We Be Friends? The History of and Prospects for Left and Right Antiwar Collaboration - Brandon P. Buck
    America defeats Germany for the third time in a century | MR Online
    Greenwald: Biden Wanted $33B More For Ukraine. Congress Quickly Raised it to $40B. Who Benefits? – scheerpost.com
    Washington Needs To Play Better With Others: Relearning the Art of Diplomacy - Antiwar.com Original
    US pours billions into Ukraine proxy war while keeping public in the dark
    Finland and Sweden will join NATO at the expense of everything - Responsible Statecraft
     
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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, Keagan Miller, and Jovanni Reyes. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    PFAS contamination and the U.S. Military w/ Pat Elder – Ep 117

    PFAS contamination and the U.S. Military w/ Pat Elder – Ep 117

    Investigative journalist Pat Elder from www.militarypoisons.org joins Henri and guest co-host Eric Morris for a discussion on all things PFAS contamination (including what it is, if you're unfamiliar.)

    Pat Elder is an investigative journalist tracking how the military contaminates people and the planet. Pat’s focus is on documenting the harm caused by the U.S. military’s use of PFAS in routine fire-fighting drills.

    Military Poisons is a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) Earth Democracy Committee.  Pat is a WILPF US member and creator of our Military Poisons website.

    Besides www.militarypoisons.org, Pat’s articles appear on: www.woldbeyondwar.org, www.laprogressive.org and www.truthout.org



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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Torture victims and U.S. mail censorship w/ Dr. Jeffrey Kaye – Ep 116

    Torture victims and U.S. mail censorship w/ Dr. Jeffrey Kaye – Ep 116

    Dr. Jeffrey Kaye returns to the podcast to discuss both the censorship of U.S. mail initiated during the Korean War to prevent materials from Communist-believed sources from reaching Americans, along with Dr. Kaye's work evaluating torture victims applying for asylum.



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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Matthew Hoh For Senate – Ep 115

    Matthew Hoh For Senate – Ep 115

    Matthew Hoh, frequent guest of FOH and anti-war scholar / activist, joins us to discuss his running for U.S. Senate in the Green Party of North Carolina.  We then give you a preview of Matt's Episode Zero discussion, where we discuss early experiences in Matt's life that led him to becoming anti-war.

    Tomorrow night, March 24th, at 8pm EST (5pm PST), Matt will be hosting a webinar with Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin, discussing "the decades-long escalation of the U.S. war machine and the destruction it has wrought globally."  It requires advanced registration through Zoom in the link below:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t7372GrhR-KAAEnx8JtKBg

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Matt's blog: https://matthewhoh.com/

    Campaign website: https://www.matthewhohforsenate.org/

    Matthew has been a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy since 2010. In 2009, Matthew resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the State Department over the American escalation of the war. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew took part in the American occupation of Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then in 2006-7 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, Matthew worked on Afghanistan and Iraq war policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department from 2002-8.

    Matthew’s writings have appeared in online and print periodicals such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, CounterPunch, CNN, Defense News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Mother Jones, the Raleigh News & Observer, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He has been a guest on hundreds of news programs on radio and television networks including the BBC, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, Pacifica and PBS. The Council on Foreign Relations has cited Matthew’s resignation letter from his post in Afghanistan as an Essential Document.

    In 2010, Matthew was named the Ridenhour Prize Recipient for Truth Telling and, in 2021, he was awarded as a Defender of Liberty by the Committee for the Republic. Matthew is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Public Accuracy, an Advisory Board Member for the Committee to Defend Julian Assange and Civil Liberties, Expose Facts, North Carolina Committee to Investigate Torture, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Veterans For Peace, and World Beyond War, and he is an Associate Member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). He is a 100% disabled veteran and was certified by North Carolina as a Peer Support Specialist for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder.



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    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, Adam Bellows, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Why I am Antiwar Podcast, Korgoth, Rick Coffey and the Statist Quo Podcast.  You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!


    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Ukraine conflict and NATO expansion w/ Jovanni Reyes – Ep 114

    The Ukraine conflict and NATO expansion w/ Jovanni Reyes – Ep 114

    Jovanni Reyes, About Face member and anti-war activist, joins us to discuss the situation in Ukraine.  We discuss Ukrainian history from 2014 through now and how the West is using it as an attempt to give Russia its own “Afghanistan”, the media comparing the invasion to uniquely different than American interventions of the Middle East while maligning ME citizens because of their religion and ethnicity, and analyze the mentality by some leftists / anti-imperialists to root for Russia’s own brand of imperialism.



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    Not a contributor on Patreon? You're missing out on amazing bonus content! Sign up to be one of our patrons today! - https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, Adam Bellows, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Why I am Antiwar Podcast, Korgoth, Rick Coffey and the Statist Quo Podcast.  You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!


    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Media representations of Ukraine vs Middle East conflicts w/ Eric Morris

    Media representations of Ukraine vs Middle East conflicts w/ Eric Morris

    Eric Morris from Catholics Against Militarism joins Henri to discuss the ongoing deluge of media coverage of the situation in Ukraine, far surpassing anything the mainstream media says about much more severe, western-driven conflicts, such as Yemen, Syria, or Afghanistan.

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    Not a contributor on Patreon? You're missing out on amazing bonus content! Sign up to be one of our patrons today! - https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, Adam Bellows, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Why I am Antiwar Podcast, Korgoth, Rick Coffey and the Statist Quo Podcast  You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!


    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 57 min

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