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Clearing Out Guantanamo: Two More Algerians Transferred

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

As part of its alleged "desire not to hold detainees any longer than necessary," the Pentagon announced on Tuesday that two Guantánamo prisoners had ...

Boeing Threatens To Quit $40B Marathon Military Bid Process For Tanker

Wall Street Journal | August Cole and J. Lynn Lunsford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Boeing Co. said it is inclined to bail out of its effort to win a $40 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force unless...

The Media's Response to the Hamdan Trial: Due Process or Dictatorial Sideshow?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andy Worthington

As the Olympics and the war in Georgia threaten to sweep all before them, the significance of the lenient sentence handed down by a military jury to G...

Time to Honor Our Fallen Heroes

Sen. Frank Lautenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sen. Frank Lautenberg

We have had a long tradition of coming together as a nation to memorialize our fallen heroes--the men and women whose lives were lost on the battlefie...

The Pentagon and the Banality of Evil

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Ayers

Not only did the Pentagon co-opt the press with "imbedded" journalists, but they censored and controlled the stories, making sure we did not see real images of the war and its cost.

McCain's Double Standard on Campaign Visits to Military Bases

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brandon Friedman

McCain is demonstrably criticizing Obama for following a Pentagon rule to which the McCain campaign itself has been subjected recently. That's a fact.

American Hero: Mother of Electrocuted U.S. Soldier Inspires National Probes

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Cheryl Harris has been instrumental in getting Congress, and the Pentagon, to probe the issue of noncombat deaths -- and she finally testified before Congress two weeks ago.

Taiwan Declares Peace on China

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

To the Chinese, irrespective of past allegiances, the prospect of war has come to be viewed as counterproductive, and they now have the confidence to show it.

Webb's VP "No Thanks" a Big Blow to Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Webb seemed to slam the door for good on any run at the vice presidency with his seemingly unequivocal "no thanks" to Obama. But politics being politics, a no never completely means no.

Military Has Program To Shape Iraq War Films

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There's a war going on, and Army Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale has a mission. But it's far removed from the captured Iraqi palace where he was once sta...

From Staffer to Contractor: Stopping the Pentagon's Revolving Door

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The need for more aggressive scrutiny is abundantly clear. GAO has identified $295 billion in cost overruns -- the Pentagon can't balance its books or keep track of its vast inventory.

Pentagon: Over 1000 Nuclear Weapon Parts Missing?

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

What's the difference between "missing" nuclear weapons and "not having a full and complete auditable trail"? That appears to be the hair the Pentagon chooses to split.

Trouble at the Pentagon

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Keeping track of the Pentagon's more than half trillion dollar budget is not easy. There is bound to be some slippage -- but being unable to account for $15 billion?

What Makes McCain Tick?

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Will the real John McCain stand up? Actually, I don't expect him to, now that he is the Republican presidential candidate, he is pandering to the irrationalities that drive his party.

Nickels and Dimes: Why the White House Opposes the GI Bill

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

The administration's argument is that if a GI Bill benefit is too good, it'll reward veterans too richly for their service and draw them away from re-enlisting.

Pentagon To Shift Budget To Pay For Iraq War

Reuters | Kristin Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon plans to shift $9.7 billion of its overall budget to pay for war operations but warned on Wednesday it will run out of money if the U.S. ...

Petraeus On Pentagon's Propaganda Program: "Happy To" Participate

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As General David Petraeus testifies before the Senate today to be confirmed as the senior commander of US troops in the Middle East, the Senators shou...

Jason Linkins

'Message Force Multiplier' Scandal: Networks Assailed For 'Deafening Silence'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Calderone and Avi Zenilman run down the ongoing effort to get network and cable news outlets to come clean on their use of "message force mult...

Abuse Claims Mount Against Pentagon, Security Contractors

Antiwar.com | William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As human rights groups demanded the release of a report on a long-running investigation of the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in th...

US Weighing Thousands Of More Troops For Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon is considering sending up to 7,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year to make up for a shortfall in contributions from NATO allies...

Why Big Media is Mum about Its Propaganda Habit

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The Bush administration's propaganda wouldn't have spread far if it weren't for its cozy relationship with media outlets like Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

Shameful Days: Why Won't The Media Pursue the Pentagon Propaganda Scandal?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

The near-complete blackout on the Pentagon propaganda story, self-imposed by the culpable news organizations, is a despicable abdication of their role as a constitutionally protected check on our government. Read More Probing a Political Paradox: Why the Discredited Right Still Sets the Agenda and Dominates the Debate How is it that the 28 percent of the population that continues to support George W. Bush no matter how many bodies pile up in Iraq, how many jobs disappear overseas, or how high gas prices get, continues to dominate our politics? Read More Watch Arianna On: Good Morning America, 20/20, Charlie Rose, Real Time, The Situation Room, AC 360, CNN's Election Center, and MobLogic TV

Military Propaganda Pushed Me Off TV

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

The major TV networks were not hoodwinked by a Pentagon propaganda scheme. No government agency forced MSNBC to repeatedly feature the hawkish generals unopposed.

Jason Linkins

Times Let 'Pentagon Pipeline' Story Die On Its Front Page

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The aftermath of the story, for the Times, has been one of scant follow-up, lost scoops, and poor comparison when set alongside similar journalistic efforts.

Pentagon Suspends Military Media Analysts Program

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

AFP reports: The Pentagon has suspended a public affairs program that has come under fire for using retired military "media analysts" as surrogates t...