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The New Sub-Prime Threat?

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Russ Baker

I continue to be fascinated by the leaks that are coming out of the Pentagon during the Obama administration.

Congress Orders Private Jets For Lawmakers' Travel

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal officials at a time when lawmakers have cri...

Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years

Daniel Ellsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Ellsberg

I was one of many in the late '50s misled and recruited into the nuclear arms race by exaggerated and deliberately manipulated, fears of Soviet intentions and crash efforts.

Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Prisoners who do not face ill-treatment on return to their homelands are still held, no matter how many times their release is approved by various representatives of the U.S. government.

If It Squeals Like Pork...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can always use an extra transport plane -- that's the way I figured it. I knew just where to find one, too. I called Congress.

The F22: Toe of the Dragon

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

President Obama has started his fight with America's great dragon, the military-industrial complex. The toe, in this case, is the F-22, a stealth fighter jet.

Navy Commander Accuses Miami Herald Reporter Of Sexual Harassment

Washington Post | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tensions between journalists and military officials are nothing new. But a bitter series of clashes between a top Navy spokesman and a Miami Herald mi...

Pentagon Seeks To Overhaul Afghan Prison Where Detainee Abuse Occurred

New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A sweeping United States military review calls for overhauling the troubled American-run prison here as well as the entire Afghan jail and judicial sy...

Lawmakers Blast Obama For "No-Visit" Gitmo Policy

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Pentagon official Thursday largely refused to answer lawmakers' questions about why members of Congress are prohibited from meeting with Guantanamo ...

Probing the Pentagon: Are Gays Really More Dangerous than Neo-Nazis?

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

A neo-Nazi skinhead who wants to obtain weapons and combat training to use in a future, domestic "race war" can most likely continue serving in the US army with impunity.

How Much Does the U.S. Empire Cost?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Obama's product -- America -- has taken a beating in the marketplace over the last eight years or so. The president has to do some serious rebranding.

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now. That's how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually.

Harold P. Ford on Robert McNamara in Retrospect

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

Ford took McNamara to task on several points, but on none more severely than McNamara's complaint that "there were no Vietnam experts" to whom top policymakers could turn for advice.

Transformative: Le Cinema de Michael Bay

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The fact that it is considered preposterous for a writer to not dismiss Bay's work in the most vehement of terms points up a dramatic disconnect between the critical community and the movie-going audience.

Why It's Time for LGBT Democrats to Get Over Their Battered Wife Syndrome

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

What if, instead of giving out a million dollar booty-call, the LGBT donors had suddenly crossed their collective political and economic legs, and told the DNC "No more freebies. Not without that ring."

Got a Minute? Congressman McGovern and 80% of Afghans Need You

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The question is why the leadership on both sides of the political aisle are so set against an amendment that does what the president himself has said is required in this war torn country.

Its Official! Pentagon Cyber Command Gets Ready to "Stand Up"

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

It seems to me that the Pentagon, the administration and the military industrial complex are all treating cyberspace like any other battle domain.

Congress Needs to Hear From Us Today on Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

This week Congress is set to authorize $550 billion in defense spending and, with it, an additional $130 billion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghani...

Will Congress Put Useless Fighter Jets Above America?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Congress is about to throw $369 million (on a down-payment of $2 billion) for a dozen F-22 fighter jets that even the Pentagon doesn't want.

The Curious Incident of a US Extradition in the Night-Time

Denis Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Denis Campbell

In many ways Gary's disease reveals an intellectually and emotionally na�ve child locked in a man's body. There his mind is both his biggest friend and greatest enemy.

McChrystal Really Gets It... Now Has to Deliver

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

The incoming US and Allied Forces Commander in Afghanistan has rightly put the "Afghan people" front and center.

Afghan Civilian Casualties Threaten Airstrike Support For Troops: Pentagon

US News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Rising anger over Afghan civilians accidentally killed in U.S. military bombing campaigns has prompted some U.S. officers to issue a stark warning to ...

Pentagon Wavers On Release Of Report On Afghan Attack

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials are debating whether to ignore an earlier promise and squelch the release of an investigation into a U.S. a...

Foreign Governments, Contractors Have Paid For Thousands Of Pentagon Trips Worth $26 Million

Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Department of Defense personnel travel, it's not always the federal government that picks up the bill. Over a 10-year period, defense employees h...

Jeff Muskus

Lieberman, Graham Threaten To Shut Down Senate Over Detainee Photos

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lambasted transparency advocates at a press conference Tuesday, when they renewed their p...