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Tillman and Lynch

Congress Will Investigate Misinformation on Tillman, Lynch

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will investigate the Pentagon’s handling of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch to determine “why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate administration officials have been held accountable.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Gitmo Flag
AP Photo / Brennan Linsley

Leave Your Morals at the Border

The Supreme Court may not be interested in applying American values to Guantanamo Bay, but at least one soldier has taken a principled stand against the prison’s tortured justice system.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Pentagon Cowers Behind Wordplay

The military covered its ass on Monday, with a report on the investigation into the exploitation of Pat Tillman that stank of non-denial denials. After three years of lies and obfuscation, the Tillman family deserves better.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


CIA: North Korea Blew Nuke Test

A South Korean newspaper has quoted CIA Director Michael Hayden as saying “the United States does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. ...  It’s because the nuclear test last year was a failure.” Hayden reportedly made the comment while speaking with a South Korean defense official. The administration has said in the past it was uncertain of the test’s success.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


night vision
inhs.info

Defense Contractor Jeopardized U.S. Soldiers

ITT, the premier night vision equipment supplier to the U.S. military, will pay $100 million in fines for violating the Arms Exports Control Act by sending sensitive information to China, Singapore and Britain without permission. The U.S. attorney in charge of the case said American soldiers were the “principal victims of ITT’s crimes.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Report on Tillman Fratricide Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

The Tillman family and members of Congress expressed disappointment at the story presented by the Pentagon on Monday during a briefing regarding the investigations into the death of Pat Tillman and the subsequent military cover-up. Read details of the report here.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Weapon of Peace

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TIMZ

Iraqi-American Rap on the War

Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ responds to the war with this video, titled simply “Iraq.” The first verse is meant to be from the perspective of an Iraqi, the second from an American. Both have the intensity that has made the genre such an effective avenue for political and social commentary.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Tillman Briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Tillman Family: Briefing Was ‘Unsatisfactory’

The Pentagon briefed the Tillman family Monday following dual investigations into the alleged criminality and cover-up in the aftermath of the fratricide of Pat Tillman. Here is the family’s response, in its entirety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


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.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


In Defense of Pat Tillman

Last week’s leak that nine officers will be implicated in the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death unleashed yet another wave of commentary and speculation about the nature of his patriotism and service. Stan Goff takes on one particularly ferocious vulture in order to defend Tillman’s memory.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


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


Tillman
news.bbc.co.uk

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


Lessons From Walter Reed

Linda Bilmes, the Harvard finance expert who helped establish the true cost of the war, including veteran healthcare, turns her attention to the Walter Reed scandal, and the bureaucratic quagmire that keeps our soldiers from getting help. Bilmes offers four lessons to avoid future problems. We can only hope someone takes her advice.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE



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Keeping Our Demons at Bay

The Special Forces veteran and author of “Full Spectrum Disorder” explains why the media celebrate true believers such as Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich who continue to fight a war that is already lost.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Releases 9/11 Mastermind’s Confession

The military has released a confession attributed to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of 9/11. According to the partially redacted transcript of his secret hearing, Mohammed claimed responsibility for 28 attacks, including 9/11, the Bali bombing, a number of operations that were never carried out and some that were not thought to be closely related to al-Qaida.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Fabricated Evidence, Round Two?

The writers explain why a pre-emptive attack on Iran would backfire, and they challenge the Bush administration’s claims that Iran is supplying explosives to Iraqi insurgent groups.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Exploding Into Action

When Carlos Arredondo learned on his 44th birthday that his son Alex had been killed in Najaf, he lost his mind and nearly his life. But Carlos found a way forward, touring the country with a flag-draped coffin standing in for those “the government doesn’t want you to see.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Revisiting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network put together this collection of testimonials about the impact of “don’t ask, don’t tell” on the military and the prevalence of discrimination against gay and lesbian soldiers.

Posted on Mar 12, 2007 READ MORE


More Fallout From Walter Reed Scandal

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley has resigned, the third military official to lose his job in the Walter Reed scandal. An anonymous defense official says Kiley was asked to step down by the acting Army secretary, who got his job only two weeks ago after another abrupt dismissal.

Posted on Mar 12, 2007 READ MORE


troops
latimes.com

Pentagon Looks Beyond the Surge

Military commanders have begun to develop a contingency plan for Iraq that envisions a drawdown of troops. The strategy is based in large part on past American machinations in El Salvador, and will focus on training locals rather than providing the main force.

Posted on Mar 12, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Playing Walter Reed

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Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Generals
vanityfair.com

Revisiting the ‘Insurgent’ Generals

Vanity Fair has an interesting profile of six retired generals—all of whom voted for George W. Bush—who famously and courageously condemned the administration’s conduct of the Iraq war. Find out why they went against years of military tradition to speak out, and how they feel about the current state of affairs.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


The War at Home

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Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


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news.aol.com

Wounded Marine Calls for Military Gay Rights

Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first Marine to receive a critical injury in Iraq, has become a crusader for gay rights in the military, and he knows exactly how to handle critics: “OK buddy ... you pick up a gun and you go fight in Iraq or Afghanistan for a while, then you could come back and we can have a talk because I’ve actually sacrificed, I’ve actually done duty and served in this country for your rights and freedom.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Honor Redefined

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news.bbc.co.uk

Cheney Dodges Bomb Attack

A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in a failed attempt to blow up Vice President Dick Cheney. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed between nine and 14 people.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Will ‘Welcome’ Cuban Migrants to Gitmo

The Department of Defense plans to build an $18-million facility at Guantanamo Bay in anticipation of mass migration following the eventual death of Fidel Castro. Administration officials say the housing center will be needed for interdicted Cuban migrants now that space normally used in such an event is taken up by the detention and interrogation facility that holds suspected terrorists.
(h/t: Boing Boing)

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Dennis Cook

Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War

In light of her hawkish posturing and consistent support of the war for all the wrong reasons, the best advice on Hillary’s campaign comes from the candidate herself: If you’re against the war, vote for someone else.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


B2 Bomber
starbulletin.com

A Horrific Plan for Attacking Iran

U.S. Central Command has developed a plan for airstrikes against Iran that includes hitting not just nuclear facilities but most military targets throughout the country. According to the BBC, either confirmation that Iran is building a nuclear weapon or evidence linking Tehran to a high-casualty attack inside Iraq could set the plan in motion.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


soldier
playboy.com

Casualties From the Battle Over PTSD

Pvt. Jacob Burgoyne was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered to a psychiatric facility, but the Army sent him home instead. Shortly thereafter, Burgoyne stabbed a fellow soldier 32 times and set his body aflame because, he said, “that’s how we disposed of bodies in Iraq.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Prewar Slide Show Exposes Iraq Fantasy

Before the invasion of Iraq, Gen. Tommy Franks gathered with his top advisers to review their plans. The recently released slides from that meeting offer an insight into the startling optimism of the men who designed the war.  Four years post-invasion, the commanders expected Iraq to have a fully representative government, a functioning army and as few as 5,000 U.S. troops. Whoops!

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq Crackdown Empowers PM

Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s point man for military operations in Baghdad, announced sweeping new military powers on Tuesday as part of a large-scale crackdown on sectarian violence. Qanbar said he is in absolute control of the effort and answers only to Maliki, signaling an expansion of the prime minister’s authority.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


dolphin
wikipedia.org

A Novel Approach to Homeland Security

The Navy is hoping to deploy a group of dolphins and sea lions to protect a base on the Puget Sound from the risk of scuba-diving terrorists. Seriously. Not surprisingly, PETA thinks it’s a bad plan.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


Oversight Hearing Reveals Contractor Abuses

Last year, the Army vehemently denied allegations that Halliburton had hired Blackwater, another private contractor, to provide security in Iraq, but in a hearing before the House Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday, the military reversed itself. The committee also made public an e-mail from a Blackwater employee who frantically demanded that the firm properly equip its guards, four of whom were killed hours after the message was written.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Watada
news.yahoo.com

Watada Court-Martial Declared a Mistrial

The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada has been ruled a mistrial because of a dispute over a pretrial agreement. Watada’s attorney, Eric Seitz, called the ruling a “significantly positive event,” and said he hoped it would put an end to the case.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Gates
asashop.org

Defense Secretary: Surge Not Our ‘Last Chance’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that if the surge goes badly, the military will probably move troops “out of harm’s way.” Why wait? He also said the surge is not the “last chance” to get it right in Iraq. Let’s hope Congress stops quibbling and makes him wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


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