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Military Minces Words in Tillman Report

The military has concluded that the fratricide of Pat Tillman was not criminal and there was no broad cover-up, despite recommending action against officers who, as the AP reports, “passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief that Tillman was killed by his fellow soldiers.”

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Brzezinski:  ‘War on Terror’ Slogan Created Culture of Fear

Former national security adviser and historian Zbigniew Brzezinski thinks this three-word mantra has done grave damage to the American psyche and to our international standing.

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Iran May Prosecute Sailors

The Iranian foreign minister has said 15 Royal Navy sailors and marines detained on Friday could be charged with violating Iran’s territory, although Britain insists the personnel were in Iraqi waters. Iran has also accused the sailors of spying. News of their capture came as the U.N. Security Council toughened sanctions against Iran.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Republicans Waver on Gonzales

Three prominent Republican senators expressed their lack of confidence in Alberto Gonzales on Sunday. GOP support has dropped off since Justice Department documents released on Friday caught the attorney general misrepresenting when he first knew about a plan to fire eight U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bloc Party in the EU

The party is apparently still going on in Berlin, where this weekend’s meeting of European Union leaders culminated in their acceptance of the “Berlin Declaration.”  The new agreements laid out in the declaration, released on the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, hail the success of the EU thus far and call for reforms.

Posted on Mar 25, 2007 READ MORE


UK Journal:  Alcohol Worse Than Pot

Cigarettes and alcohol may cause more harm on the societal level than the seemingly harder drugs marijuana and ecstasy, according to a report released by British journal The Lancet.  The study suggests that, despite appearances, the two commonly used and legal substances could be more dangerous than their outlawed counterparts. 

Posted on Mar 24, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqi Official on the Mend After Sneak Attack

An Iraqi deputy prime minister is recovering after a dual explosion Friday that left six people dead. The assault, believed to have indirect ties to al-Qaida, took place as a prayer group was gathering at the home of the wounded official, Salam Z. al-Zobaee.  A cook reportedly helped a suicide bomber sneak onto the property.

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Nine Officers Blamed in Tillman Cover-Up

The findings of an investigation into the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death won’t be officially released until Monday, but details are leaking out. According to Defense Department officials, the report will recommend holding nine officers, including up to four generals, accountable.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


House Approves Iraq Timetable

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the hotly debated timeline for getting American troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008. Bush has indicated he will veto the bill. In a statement to the press,  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “The American people see the reality of war. The president does not.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


Defense Secretary Wanted Gitmo Closed

When the phrase “speaking on ground rules of anonymity” appears in The New York Times, we tend to get nervous, but a set of anonymous reports just caught our eye. According to those reports, our new defense secretary, right out of the gate (forgive the pun), argued for closing Guantanamo because its reputation had hurt the war effort. Robert M. Gates also reportedly argued that the detainees there should be brought to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


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