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Postage and Other Economic Outrages Against Soldiers

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
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Don McNay

America ships soldiers off to Afghanistan and Iraq for free. If you come back in a body bag, they ship that back for free, too. However, we make families who send soldiers socks, food and underwear pay shipping costs.

McChrystal's "Confidence Job" on Carl Levin and Al Franken

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Senator Carl Levin, just back from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, sees significant gains in America's position in Afghanistan. But how can that be?

The Constructive Effects of Public Exposure

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

After the practice was publicly identified in recent debates, the Congressional Armed Services Committees seem to have reduced one of their own more obnoxious, anti-defense, pro-pork activities.

A Roadmap For 2010 DADT Repeal

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

President Obama has said he would sign legislation overturning the ban on gays in the military. Here's a roadmap to make sure that happens in 2010.

Mr. President, Lead the Way to End Discrimination in the Military

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

This is the moment for the President to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." If Obama fails to seize it, many young LGBT service members will surely be fired, careers ruined.

The Right Time to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell Is Now

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

I've secured the commitment from Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Armed Services Committee, to hold the first hearing on Don't Ask Don't Tell since it began 16 years ago.

Who's Leading the DADT Debate?

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

it is one thing to give the Pentagon considerable weight and another thing altogether to let it dictate the timing and terms of the debate, and the final decision.

Time for Mullen and Gates to Take a Clear Stand on DADT

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

If Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates are asked towards the end of the year whether they are prepared to sign off on repeal language of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, what will their answers be?

Mike Mullen: More Troops Needed For Afghan War

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's top military adviser endorsed an increase in U.S. forces for the worsening war in Afghanistan on Tuesday, ...

Slogging Towards Repeal

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The nation's armed forces are stretched thin, very thin. Repeal of DADT is a national security issue, first and last.

Predictable Chaos as Guantanamo Trials Resume

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

With no visible progress this was another dismal outing for the Commissions, and another warning for the Obama administration that any kind of revival of the wretched trial system will remain fraught with insoluble problems.

Detainees in Wonderland

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

If the government intends to incarcerate suspected criminals regardless of the verdict, then the trial is just a show. As the Queen of Hearts said in Alice in Wonderland: "Sentence first -- verdict afterwards."

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Military Commissions: Government Flounders, As Admiral Hutson Nails Problems

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

A legal quagmire that lacks legitimacy and maintains key policies of the Bush administration's "War on Terror" is almost too awful to contemplate.

Jason Linkins

Is The Recession Over Now That Gonzo Has A Job (No.) (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What a frabjous day for former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who have finally surmounted what seemed to be his most insurmountable object --...

Congress, the F-22 and the Monkey on Our Back

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Anybody who has lived with an addict knows about denial. So it goes with Congress and defense spending. Case in point this week is the F-22, a gold-plated Cold War barnacle.

Even For Cheney, The Al Qaeda-Iraq Torture Story Is A New Low

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Coercive and illegal techniques were used widely at Gitmo in an attempt to secure information linking al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.

New Report: Bush Officials Tried to Shift Blame for Detainee Abuse to Low-Ranking Soldiers

Sen. Carl Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Carl Levin

If we are to retain our status as a leader in the world, we must acknowledge and confront the abuse of detainees in our custody. A new declassified report makes significant progress toward that goal.

Senate Report: Harsh Tactics Used In Attempt to Establish Non-Existent Iraq-al Qaida Link

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A report released Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee presented new details regarding Bush administration officials' approval of the milita...

Ryan Grim

As Report Shows Bybee's Torture Culpability, Conyers Says: 'We're Coming After These Guys' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bush administration attorney Jay Bybee, now a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals serving a lifetime appointment, crafted legal justifications...

Please, Mr. President, No More Studies

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Obama is telling gay rights activists that he "will have to study the implications for national security and enlist more Congressional support" before trying to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Gates: Afghan War Is America's "Greatest Military Challenge"

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday "we are lost" unless the United States can find a way not to kill so many civilians in ...

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part One)

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Cheney's version of the truth on interrogations does not stand up to scrutiny, and features ten lies that should not be allowed to pass without further comment and analysis.