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Pentagon Declined To Investigate Hundreds Of Purchases Of Child Pornography

The Upshot | John Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A 2006 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation into the purchase of child pornography online turned up more than 250 civilian and military e...

$547 Million Can't Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.

Rape Investigation of Wikileaks Founder Assange Reopened

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

Sweden's on-again, off-again investigation of an alleged rape by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange apparently is on again.

The Pentagon Owes the United States $1 Trillion

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

For a trillion dollars of wasted defense spending over ten years we got a smaller Navy and Air Force and a tiny increase in the size of the Army.

U.S. Military Loses Control Of Subcontractor Spending, Warlords Benefit

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert This piece is a collaboration between the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and the Center for Public Integr...

Gates and Pentagon

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


WikiLeaks Plans To Release CIA Paper

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WikiLeaks on Wednesday released a CIA memo analyzing the risks of terrorists operating from the United States, but the document offered no dramatic re...

Wikileaks Swedish Case Handling Raises More Questions

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

The swift withdrawal of rape charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange raises more questions than it answers.

How Much Is Enough? America's Runaway Military Spending

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

With more than half of U.S. government discretionary spending going to feed the Pentagon, it is no longer considered feasible to use public resources to feed the hungry, heal the sick, or house the homeless.

A Misguided Deficit Commission

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Obama Administration's Deficit Commission is at best errant in its mission and at worst a bait-and-switch ploy being run on the American people.

Wikileaks Lawyer Says Pentagon Given Access To Unpublished Secret Documents

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A U.S. lawyer representing the whistleblowing web site Wikileaks says U.S. government officials have been given codes and passwords granting them onli...

The War in Iraq Has Entered a New Stage of Public Relations

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq, now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops.

Question for Robert Gibbs: Where's Our Money?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

The money we need to create jobs at home is going to fund a war in Afghanistan where just as many U.S. soldiers have now died under Obama as under Bush.

Secrets Exposion

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

As the Internet revolution has come to embrace the world of classified data, the Government needs a revolutionary approach to the management of its classified data and realistic controls on those who access it as well.

Pentagon Spending -- Music Goes Round, and Round...

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There is no Team B in the ring for the defense spending debate. There is no strategic analysis; it is simply studied justification for projecting the status quo into the far future.

Friday Talking Points [134] -- Some Reality For Gibbs

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, everyone. It's actually a fitting day for this column, which I'll explain in a bit. Because before we get to that, we si...

Pentagon: Wikileaks Has 'Potentially More Explosive' Undisclosed Documents

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Pentagon officials say they are sifting through 15,000 classified Afghanistan war documents for sensitive material that could harm troops or civilians...

War Propaganda: Soldiers Become Pawns For The Powerful

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

As a Patriotic American and a former Marine, I urge all of us to get realistic about this war. At the rate of 8 billion dollars a month, do Americans want to be in Afghanistan for the next 15 years?

Friday Talking Points [133] -- The Silly Season Begins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

August in Washington means the beginning of the official "silly season" of politics. This is because Congress takes the whole month off, and politica...

Jason Linkins

Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Must Not Have Heard About Muslims At The Pentagon | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the best ways of demonstrating that the frantic slavering over "Ground Zero mosques" is nothing but a ridiculous display of pearl-clutchery is ...

U.S. Military BANNED From Viewing WikiLeaks

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Pentagon has banned the U.S. military from viewing anything related to WikiLeaks, the website for whistleblowers which controversially released th...

More Swill From the Pentagon Budget Busters

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Having participated avidly in driving our military forces into the ground, the members of a recently released defense review report have proposed that more of the same is inadequate; they want much more of the same.

What it Says About Us When a 17-Month-Old Boy Is Beaten to Death for "Acting Like a Girl"

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

The beating death of 17-month-old Roy Jones was no less a hate crime because the victim was a baby; whether would have grown up to be transgender is irrelevant.

Time Pictures Afghan Women, Obscures Realities of Endless War

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Ask whose interests are served by the rationalization of war through perverse appeals to gendered, racialized pity. A moving image can muddle more than it clarifies when the background is underexposed.

Pentagon in Asia: Use It or Lose It

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
John Feffer

When we conduct military exercises on China's doorstep, and within range of a clearly unhappy North Korea, we might be unwittingly starting something that we neither want to nor are able to finish.