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The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE


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Truthdiggers of the Week: Those Who Uncovered Navy SEAL Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan

A handful of U.S. personnel made reports on the lethal brutality after it occurred in 2012, and their accounts were brought to public attention by three New York Times writers last week. This combined effort has informed the American citizenry, once again, about atrocities committed in its name.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Instead of thanking present and past military members for their service, we need to confront the horrors of war and focus on ending violence between nations and peoples.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


Militia









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We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Pentagon Working on Plan to Allow Transgender People to Serve Openly in Military

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday paved the way for transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. military. Some estimates put the number of transgender people in the military at 15,000.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Opens Russian ‘Military Disneyland’

The Russian president used the opening of Patriot Park to announce a dramatic expansion of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE


Memorial Day









Posted on May 22, 2015 ENLARGE



The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



The Bush Administration Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced to his parliament Sunday that inspectors had uncovered 50,000 nonexistent soldiers in four divisions of the Iraqi army.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



Garry Wilmore (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE


Mega Memorial Day Sale









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Memorial Day









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Cyber Soldier









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Bloody Military Medals









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Drone Technology Now Available for Military Trucks (Video)

U.S. Army convoys will soon be able to move through combat zones without endangering soldiers’ lives once new autonomous-vehicle technology tested last month is put into place.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 10, 2013 ENLARGE



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Why Washington Can’t Stop

In terms of advanced and unchallenged military power, there has been nothing like the U.S. armed forces since the Mongols swept across Eurasia. No wonder American presidents now regularly use phrases like “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” to describe it.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Real ‘Iron Man’ Body Armor?

The U.S. Army is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build an exoskeleton that would give its troops “superhuman strength.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

The Forgotten War

Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now? If history is any guide, the answer is yes—and most Americans will have only the haziest idea why.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


Fort Hood









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AP/Patrick Semansky, File

Bradley Manning Trial Verdict Reportedly Reached

Presiding judge Army Col. Denise Lind is scheduled to announce her decision Tuesday, NBC News is reporting. 

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE


Sexual Assault Reform









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Military Harassment









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Military Assault









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Chain of Command









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VA Lines









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AP/Carolyn Kaster

Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a panel of judge advocate generals that their supposed efforts to resolve the military’s sexual abuse crisis were not enough.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE


Women in Combat









Posted on Jan 27, 2013 ENLARGE


Free Syrian Army









Posted on Jan 2, 2013 ENLARGE



Thomas Hedges

The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Lewis Levine

U.S. Soldiers Allegedly Plotted to Kill Obama, Overthrow the Government

Four members of the Army killed a former comrade and his teenaged girlfriend to keep secret the plans of the anarchist group they had formed, prosecutors in Georgia say.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE


Pedoegophilia









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Fear, Outrage and Explanation After 6 Killed at Sikh Temple

Authorities have identified a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist as the gunman in Sunday’s Sikh temple shooting, the latest in a string of post-9/11 attacks that has shaken Sikh Americans’ sense of security.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



Archie Army: Comics Used to Recruit Soldiers Are Laughable

The U.S. government-funded “America’s Army” is a digital comic being used as a recruitment tool and it, well, sucks; free online courses may be changing the face of college education as we know it; meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh has been fabricating callers and outsourcing Facebook fans. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Green Berets on the Hunt for Kony

It seems the viral horde that spread the message of African warlord Joseph Kony got what it wanted, or maybe just had it all along. For about six months, U.S. Green Berets have been training and supporting soldiers in four nations on the hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army leader.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Bales Charged With 17 Counts of Murder

On Friday, the U.S. military took a significant step in the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan on March 11, by formally charging him with 17 counts of murder, along with other alleged crimes.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



mobyhill (CC-BY)

Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose

Since May 2007, 76 NATO soldiers have been killed and an undisclosed number wounded in 46 recorded “deliberate attacks” by members of the Afghan National Security Force. These figures suggest more than a recent “trend of Afghan treachery.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis

It may seem quaint that a high-ranking Army officer with a career spanning some 27 years would look to Jimmy Stewart’s everyman hero in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” for inspiration in his own life, but it’s a darned good thing that Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis holds such old-fashioned ideals as truth-telling in high regard.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army

Eight U.S. Soldiers Charged in Comrade’s Death

On Oct. 3, 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Chen died of a gunshot wound to the head in southern Afghanistan. The Army initially called his death a suicide. The back story now involves eight of his fellow soldiers who allegedly subjected Chen to race-based hazing.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE


Red Menace









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A Peek at the Military’s Budget for Eternal Salvation

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is running an investigation into how much money the U.S. Department of Defense spends pressuring military staff and families to embrace Christianity, and it is finding violations of the Constitution and rules governing federal contractors. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE


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