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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, and Keagan, three 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

    • Politics
    • 4.8, 56 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, and Keagan, three leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

    Waking Up On The Appalachian Trail w/ N.B. Hankes – Ep 73

    Waking Up On The Appalachian Trail w/ N.B. Hankes – Ep 73

    N.B. Hankes stops by the podcast to discuss his new book, "Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail: A Story of War, Brotherhood, and the Pursuit of Truth."  We discuss Nate's time as a drone operator in Iraq, his long trek on the Appalachian Trail with his brother, and ridding one's self of the American military hero mythos.  If you want to buy a copy of his book, go to his site (linked above) and use the code FORTRESS to get free shipping.  Enjoy!



    N. B. Hankes (pronounced hang-kiss) is author of the recent adventure travel bestseller, Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail: A Story of War, Brotherhood, and the Pursuit of Truth. He is a veteran of the Iraq War, where he operated drones with 4th Brigade 1st Infantry Division between February 2007 and April 2008. He is also the founder of the Veteran Artist Residencies non-profit, which provides artistic residencies for OEF and OIF combat veterans seeking self-expression and healing through the arts.







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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.



    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Clifton's Bandcamp page; Clifton's Patreon page



    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL



    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 21 min
    Stone & Sjursen Part 2 – Ep 72

    Stone & Sjursen Part 2 – Ep 72

    Part 2 of Danny's discussion with Oliver Stone is here!!!  Danny and Oliver discuss differences between their combat experiences, the unabashed hero worship of modern military movies, the productions of Platoon and Salvador, the all volunteer force, and much, much more.  A great discussion and it's only part 2 of 4.  Enjoy!!!



    Order Oliver's new book, "Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game"



    Pre-order Danny's new book "Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War."







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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.



    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Clifton's Bandcamp page; Clifton's Patreon page



    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL



    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 16 min
    Stone & Sjursen Part 1: The Unbearable Violence of Being American – Ep 71

    Stone & Sjursen Part 1: The Unbearable Violence of Being American – Ep 71

    (click here to see the video version of this episode.)

    America's military industrial complex and multiple presidential administrations have funnelled several generations of soldiers through unwinnable wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq seemingly without qualms. What has emerged from these tragedies are thousands of traumatized young Americans bringing home wars and leaving behind millions of innocent civilians killed, wounded and forced to become refugees. But some of these former soldiers also came home with an urgent new perspective to share with their compatriots. That is the case of the two veterans on this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” episode: Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone and journalist Maj. Danny Sjursen.

    Although they served in the U.S. military with very different ranks and decades apart, the two share one important commonality: dissent. Before pursuing a career in film, that ultimately would win him many awards and accolades, despite often tackling controversial topics, Stone worked first on a U.S. Merchant Marine ship in 1966, and later joined the U.S. Army and requested to be sent into combat. Sjursen took another route, becoming  a military officer at the prestigious West Point Academy before being sent overseas for several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and recently retiring after nearly two decades of service.

    Stone’s new book, “Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game” coming out soon, and Sjursen’s new book, “Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War,” to be published in September, the two dissenters sat down with host Robert Scheer to discuss the concepts of patriotism and American exceptionalism in the context of their own life experiences as well as the film director’s career. 

    “When we talk about exceptionalism,” says the retired Army major, “through these terrible movies that are made post-9/11 about combat, it strikes me that perhaps your dedication to showing reality, to showing the brutality, is often misunderstood [by critics] as liking the violence or fetishization of violence when the reality is you hate violence so much. Perhaps you’re trying to demonstrate that through a refusal to whitewash it. Has that been an aspect for you throughout [your career]?”

    “As I said in the book, it’s in me too,” responds Stone, reflecting on the violence he internalized while fighting in Vietnam. “There is an aspect of that ugliness in me. Charlie Sheen comes out of that war [in my film “Platoon” and] he says, ‘I’m the stepchild, the child of both [sergeants] Barnes and Elias.’ You take in the poison. You have to, to survive, I suppose. You can’t be an idealist in a war. You’re on site. It’s a very dirty situation. 

    “So I came home a darker strain of myself,” he concludes. “And I saw it in myself. So when I did these movies, I said, ‘Let it out, show it, man. Show it in all its ferocity, and let them f*****g realize.’ That was what was misunderstood, and thank you for saying that. That’s been constant in my f*****g life, just constant.”

    Sjursen pins the conversation back to Stone’s book, which details the first four decades of the film director and screenwriter’s life, throughout the discussion,

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's) - Ep 70

    Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's) - Ep 70

    Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's) stops by the podcast to discuss his many philanthropic efforts, his long standing friendship with Bernie Sanders, his new project with Danny called the Eisenhower Media Network, his thoughts on police violence and Black Lives Matter, and even a spoonful or two about ice cream.  Enjoy!!!



    (Editing note: apologies for the wind on this episode.  Ben called in from Lake Champlain.)







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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.



    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Clifton's Bandcamp page; Clifton's Patreon page



    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL



    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 13 min
    Memorial Day live stream (audio only) – Ep 69

    Memorial Day live stream (audio only) – Ep 69

    Memorial Day has become a holiday that is farcical and cheap; while it may honor deceased veterans in a NFL playoff game sort of way, what does all the fanfare and bright lights mean?  How do discounts at Home Depot or free meals at Applebee’s honor veterans?  If our nation is destined to continue regime change at its current pace, does the president leaving a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, among the graves of thousands of fallen troops, really dignify the sacrifices present there?  



    For Memorial Day this year, we decided to do something different.  On Memorial Day, we held a panel as a live episode of the podcast.  We invited some of the loudest voices among the anti-war movement to share with you our thoughts on service and sacrifice, here in 2020.  If you’re looking to hear a particular participant, click the time link next to their name and it’ll take you right there in the episode.



    1:06 - Danny Sjursen



    10:43 - Keagan Miller



    21:22 - Ryan Keen



    40:47 - Jovanni Reyes



    58:56 - Erik Edstrom



    1:19:12 - Matthew Hoh



    1:42:38 - Clifton Hicks



    1:55:22 - Chris Henrikson







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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, and Keagan Miller.



    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Clifton's Bandcamp page; Clifton's Patreon page



    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL



    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.

    • 2 hr 16 min
    In memory of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – Ep 68

    In memory of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – Ep 68

    This week, we are reflecting on the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, along with the shooting murder of Breanna Taylor during a no-knock raid in Louisville; two deaths that shine a horrific, but common light on the reality of police brutality among black Americans as well as other people of color in the United States and the apathy of the American public towards these slayings.  We take the episode to discuss our observations from the past few weeks, discussing police militarization through their violent response to protests, the presence of National Guard troops among the police forces, and how fellow anti-war veterans have responded in support to victims of police brutality. 



    (Editing note: this episode was mixed incorrectly, with the beginning at the end and vice versa.  It's now fixed.)



    Below is a list of resources and organizations that support Black Lives Matter.  Please learn all you can and donate to help end police brutality.



    Police violence video spreadsheet (This spreadsheet is cataloging recent police violence videos from the protests, broken down by location.)



    NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund



    Signal: Encrypt Your Face (donates masks that scramble face recognition technology.)



    National Bail Fund Network



    Mutual Aid Network (find justice projects in your area)



    Integrate NYC



    Black Lives Matter Global Network



    American Civil Liberties Union



    Equality for Flatbush (Brooklyn, NY based org)



    Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting



    The Marshall Project



    National map showing tear gas manufacturers







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    • 1 hr 35 min

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