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Politicizing the "Managers of Violence"

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

An underground current in the U.S. military's officer corps believes that their legally elected civilian leaders can be disobeyed if an officer believes their orders to be "immoral." This, ladies and gentlemen, is a real problem.

US Bases Abroad Trigger Suicide Terrorism: Are There Other Options?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Can it be that American military bases abroad, usually thought of as "stabilizers" in tough neighborhoods, are really the primary cause of radical terrorism against the US and its allies?

The US Defense Establishment Is Tied Inextricably to China

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

The ability of the United States to defend itself through all three legs -- land, air and sea -- is contingent upon its continued cooperation with its largest economic rival, China.

"Obama's Wars": The Real Story Bob Woodward Won't Tell

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

For almost four decades, under cover of his supposedly "objective" reporting, Woodward has represented the viewpoints of the military and intelligence establishments. Often he has done so in the context of complex inside maneuvering.

The Obama Administration's Desire to Keep Citizens in the Dark is Inexcusable

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Kane

While many outlets are reporting that the Pentagon burned the books, begging for comparisons to Nazi Germany, official reports say that the books were "destroyed."

Gorbachev of the Pentagon?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

When he took over the top job in the Soviet Union in 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev wasn't tasked with -- nor did he envision -- dismantling the Soviet syste...

Pentagon Can't Account For $8.78 BILLION In Iraqi Reconstruction Money

AP | TAREK EL-TABLAWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting...

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

Mysterious Investigation Of Wikileaks Founder Stalled

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Weller

A month after a mysterious investigation of Wikileakers founder Julian Assange was launched in Sweden no charges have been filed.

Pentagon Psych Trauma Chief Reassigned After Sexual Harassment Allegations

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY and RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Army officer in charge of overseeing treatment for troops suffering from brain injuries and psychological trauma has been reass...

Outrage Is Overdue

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Let's call Tuesday's pitifully embarrassing Senate performance on the defense authorization bill exactly what it was: shameful. They blocked debate b...

Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Deaths In Iraq, Afghan Wars

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have ...

An executive order would repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This week Lady Gaga joined Maine's rally to send a message to the state's two moderate Republican senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, asking th...

Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book’s Reprint

nytimes.com | SCOTT SHANE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government's eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., fo...

Dana Priest's Expose On 'Top Secret America'

washingtonpost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive ...

Secrecy and Censorship: Book Burning in the Era of E-Books

Frederick Reuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frederick Reuss

It's an odd form of censorship being practiced by the Pentagon these days. That 10,000 copies of Anthony Schaffer's book are sitting in a warehouse in Virginia awaiting incineration seems almost quaint.

For Gay Servicemembers, Liberty Trumped Institution in Both DADT and Prop 8 Rulings

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

All's fair in love and war... unless you're gay. This summer's culture wars have touched on two ends of our social fabric: marriage equality, and equality in military service.

US to Muslims: Please Sit at the Back of the Bus

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Islamophobia is growing in the United States. Hate graffiti is now discoloring my own building here in New York City -- calling for the Holy Quran to ...

Counterterrorism Memoir Blocked by Pentagon Available on EBay

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Keith Thomson

In an effort to contain classified information brought to light by the book, the Department of Defense sought to purchase the entire print run and destroy it. This plan may have backfired.

9/11/10 -- Unfinished Business Take #9

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's 9/11 again... do you know where Osama Bin Laden is? Nine years later Al Qaeda is still plotting attacks in the name of a global jihad. The mission against Al Qaeda is being drowned out, and that strengthens our enemies. Americans deserve better.

Pentagon Mission

Washington Post | Peter Finn and Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Defense Department is attempting to buy the entire first printing - 10,000 copies - of a memoir by a controversial former Defense Intelligence Age...

Left Unsaid: Obama, the Bushes, the CIA, and the Media

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Presumably, Obama called Bush -- because in a tough midterm election year he would like to emphasize the bipartisan nature of his foreign policy. But it would be nice to know more about how and why these tidbits emerge.

Secrets Are Secrets

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoav Sivan

The latest Pentagon scandal has to do with children. John Cook reports: DCIS investigators identified 264 Defense employees or contractors who had...

Alleged Rapist Assange on the Loose in Sweden

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

Stieg Larsson would turn over in his grave. The late author of the Millenium Trilogy, who fought for women's rights throughout his life, would have m...

The Killer Inside Me As a Metaphor for America

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

We need to take out the killer in us and transform that negative energy bringing down the US into something creative and positive that binds us together and builds us back into a strong healthy country.