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U.S. Soldier Behind Afghan Massacre Apologizes For 'Act Of Cowardice'

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

By Jonathan Kaminsky TACOMA, Washington, Aug 22 (Reuters) - A decorated U.S. soldier who gunned down 16 unarmed Afghan civilians in a ...

A Tale of Two Trials: Bradley Manning and Robert Bales

Scott Thill | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Scott Thill

One is the constitutional trial of the century so far, which started Monday but may forever reshape how we police freedom of speech. The other is a bloodthirsty reminder of our failure to police our post-millennial resource wars.

Mass Murderers on Trial Are Sane

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

While there are some mass murderers who are mentally ill, the vast majority are simply angry, frustrated, violent, young men. They have been with us since the beginning of time, and until we implement stronger nationwide gun-control laws they are likely to commit more atrocities in the future.

Can Neuroscience Predict Human Behavior?

Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D. | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D.

In the years to come, neuroscience may evolve to yield solid predictions about how genetics and brain conditions can influence a specific individual's particular choices at particular times. But for now, the tools of neuroscience should not be accorded the deference of mathematical certainty.

U.S. Soldier Accused Of Afghan Rampage To Face Hearing

Reuters | Bill Rigby | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

SEATTLE, Nov 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a ...

Afghanistan Massacre Defendant's Wife Says Husband Is Innocent

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | World

NEW YORK, July 2 (Reuters) - Kari Bales, the wife of a U.S. Army staff sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan in March, said on M...

Afghan Massacre Survivors Recall Horrific Night

McClatchy | Posted 05.16.2012 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- It was early in the morning, perhaps 2 a.m., when gunfire awoke 14-year-old Rafiullah....

Family Of Soldier Accused Of Murdering Afghan Civilians Gets Help

Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a congressionally chartered veterans group, is providing help for the family of Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier charged...

For Army Troops, Prescription Drugs May Add To Fog Of War

Los Angeles Times | Posted 04.08.2012 | World

While there was some early, ad hoc use of psychotropic drugs in the Vietnam War, the modern Army psychiatrist's deployment kit is likely to include ni...

Veteran Says He'll Struggle To Pay For Daughter's Wedding Thanks To BofA

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business

One Afghanistan War veteran is claiming that he might have trouble paying for his daughter's wedding thanks to Bank of America -- and he's not taking ...

Afghanistan: Enough Is Enough

Steve Simmons | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Steve Simmons

In one more Afghanistan tragedy, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is accused of the heinous crime of murdering 17 Afghan civilians. It offers a moment to pause and reexamine what our continuing purpose is in this longest war in U.S. history.

A War's Premise Must Justify the Troops' Suffering

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Clearly, the counter to "too many wars with too few soldiers" is fewer wars. And how do we reduce the number of wars America has been lurching into? By requiring far more stringent and sturdier premises for going to war.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: The Mind Of A Mass Murderer | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.28.2012 | Science

2012-03-28-Screenshot20120328at10.35.41AM.jpgOn August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman murdered his mother and his wife before traveling to the campus of the University of Texas, climbing inside the tower, and killing fourteen others.

In Defense of the United States Military

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.27.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In the days since we first heard the news I've lost track of how many times I've read or heard the sentiment that somehow the culture or conditions within our U.S. military made him do it. Or that the military "taught him to kill."

Who's on Trial with Sergeant Bales?

John Graham | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
John Graham

Sgt. Bales should not go into the dock alone. Many of us should be there too, charged with willful ignorance, with acting as if war was not what it is -- a series of relentlessly horrific acts destroying bodies, psyches and souls.

Afghanistan Shooting Suspect's Wife Speaks Out

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2012 | World

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - The wife of a U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians this month sa...

Mark Benjamin

Military Ordered Emergency Drug Review After Afghan Massacre | Mark Benjamin | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is in the midst of a widespread review of the military’s use of a notorious anti-malaria drug after finding out that the ...

VIDEO: Andrew Bacevich on Sgt. Robert Bales

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

2012-03-23-Capture.JPG Does Robert Bales symbolize a larger problem in our military ranks?

War Atrocities in Afghanistan: Who Is Blameworthy?

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Institutional military medicine is deserving of at least some liability for the steady drum beat of war stress injuries and misconduct stress behaviors.

The Afghanistan Killings: Time for Self-Reflection

Rajan Menon | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

It's easy to express outrage and sadness over the Panjwai killings and to debate their cause. What's harder to do, but what we should do, is to reflect on ourselves in the light of what occurred.

The Bad Apple

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The time has come to challenge the military at the level of its reason for being. The time has come to add up its suicides, its war crimes and the rest of its horrific legacy. How long can it survive an honest accounting?

Report: US Military Tried To Delete Accused Shooter From Internet

Posted 03.22.2012 | World

A report released Wednesday by McClatchy Newspapers claims that the United States military tried to remove references to Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the ...

Why the Massacre in Afghanistan Should Cause Us to Leave

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Remember the uproar over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero? People were opposed to it for a variety of reasons: its proximity to the World Trade Ce...

Wife Of Suspected Shooter Speaks Out

Posted 03.22.2012 | World

The wife of the U.S. soldier who is suspected of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan offered her condolences to the families of the victims. In a s...

When Broken Down, Build a Connection to Restore Yourself

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Davis' story teaches the real life lesson: When you're left feeling broken, restore yourself by building a connection to others in the outside world.