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Army Nixes ‘Six Flags Over Fort Bragg’

The Army shot down a developer’s proposal for a military theme park, saying it preferred something “tasteful and appropriate.” (Above photo a satire.)
Of course, this is the same military whose recruitment efforts have included inserting story lines into episodes of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” according to the book “Operation Hollywood.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Recruiters Reportedly Admitting Neo-Nazis to Military

Need more evidence that our military is stretched too thin? Its ranks reportedly are now being filled with the kind of military ambassadors particularly unsuited to the task of winning foreign hearts and minds.

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


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From drooker.com

Military Checking Journos’ ‘Slant’ Before Granting Access

Newsweek’s former Baghdad bureau chief says that U.S. military personnel in Iraq have started reviewing journalists’ previous work and their “slant,” or point of view, before granting the reporters the right to embed with units. He said some reporters have been “blacklisted” for writing pieces unfriendly to the military.

Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


John Paul Stevens
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Truthdigger of the Week: John Paul Stevens

Truthdig salutes the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down the military tribunals Bush set up to try Guantanamo detainees. But more important, this decision, in the words of a Yale law professor, “effectively undermines the Administration’s strongest claims about Presidential power,” and may constitute the legal framework necessary to halt the more egregious of Bush’s civil liberties-infringing programs—like warrantless wiretapping and holding terrorism suspects without trial.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


Court Ruling: Gitmo Brass Shrugs, Bush Lawyer Shudders

The admiral in charge of the Guantanamo military detention center said he doubts Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on presidential authority will have any effect on his operations. But a Bush administration lawyer wasn’t as sanguine, saying about the decision, “It’s very broad, it’s very significant, and it’s a slam.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


Washington Post: Court Ruling a Body Blow to Bush

In an analysis, the Washington Post says, “the Supreme Court has struck at the core of his presidency and dismissed the notion that the president alone can determine how to defend the country.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon Says Homosexuality No Longer a Disorder

The U.S. military said it would revise an official medical document that classified homosexuality as a disorder alongside mental retardation, impulse control disorders and personality disorders.

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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling May Cancel Bush’s ‘Blank Check’ for Terror War

    Specifically, today’s Supreme Court ruling held that the president overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • But more important, Think Progress interprets the ruling to mean that “the Authorization for the Use of Military Force—issued by Congress in the days after 9/11—is not a blank check for the administration.”
  • Also, SCOTUSblog says the ruling means that the Geneva Convention does apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda, and consequently “this almost certainly means that the CIA’s interrogation tactics of waterboarding and hypothermia (and others) violate the War Crimes Act.”

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    The face of the occupation

    The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

    Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Desperate Military Measures

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    Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE


    John Bolton

    U.N.‘s Bolton Rattles the Macho, Cliched Saber on Iran

    U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said that military action against Iran is “on the table,” and ?This is put up or shut up time for Iran.?

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Deadly Training

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    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE    


    Norman Solomon: Hunger and the Limits of Journalism

    “Journalists routinely function as cogs in media machinery that processes tragedy [in this case world hunger] as just another news commodity.”

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush is 'The Decider'

    ‘I’m the Decider and I Decide What Is Best’

    Watch the president utter the remark that became a classic the moment it left his lips.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    The Nation: Generals Revolt

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, asks, “Is there a retired general left in the States who hasn’t called on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to fall on his sword?”

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Fool Me Once…

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Bush that the UK will not offer any support to strike Iran, regardless of whether there is a U.N. mandate to do so, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

    Posted on Apr 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: U.S. to Send One Troop to Iran

    The political satirist reports on Rumsfeld’s plan to punish the government of Iran for its nuclear ambitions by sending the one troop to Tehran.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Poll: Most Don’t Trust Bush on Iran

    Forty-eight percent support striking Iran if it continues down its nuclear course, but a majority do not trust the president to make the “right decision,” according to an L.A. Times-Bloomberg poll.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste
    From washingtonpost.com

    Fourth Top General Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

    The retired commander, who was leading key forces in Iraq just a year ago, told CNN: “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense.”

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Funeral
    From Interventionmag.com

    U.S. Death Toll Climbs Sharply in Iraq

    Just 12 days into April, 33 soldiers have been killed—a figure that surpasses American military deaths for all of March. For several months, U.S. soldiers’ deaths had been on the wane, but they now are rising quickly, especially in the heart of the Sunni Arab insurgency.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Hayden
    From newsreview.com

    Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement

    The veteran social activist writes a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military industrial complex.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Province by Province: A Picture of Worsening Conditions in Iraq

    The U.S. Embassy and military in Baghdad issued a revealing province by province report of Iraq’s political, economic and security situation. The “Provincial Stability Assessment” paints a gloomy picture of intensifying sectarian and ethnic frictions and growing instability in many of the provinces profiled.  Funny, our leaders always say how well things are going…

    Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Jill Carroll Freed
    AP / Michael Probst

    Carroll Disavows Statements Against U.S.

    The freed American journalist said her captors forced her to make the anti-U.S. propaganda tape, and told her she would be released if she cooperated.
    UPDATE: Carroll lands safely in Boston.

    Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Flag
    Karen Spector

    Nuke Expert: Some U.S. Officials Set on Hitting Iran

    A growing number of high level American officials have already decided they want to attack Iran, according to one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferations experts.

    Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House That Cried Wolf

    The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Political Pressure Ratcheting Up on U.S. Over Mosque Killings

    Shiite officials say that American-led forces killed many civilians in a raid on a mosque complex on Sunday. The U.S. has promised a full investigation.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Lara_Logan
    From crooksandliars.com

    New ‘60 Minutes’ Star Slams Iraq Press Criticism

    CBS’ Lara Logan refutes Bush & Co.‘s attempts to blame the media for the negative stories coming out of Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Envoy: Iran Supporting Iraq Insurgents

    The pretense has been shattered. The U.S. is explicitly accusing Iran of supplying money and training to anti-U.S. fighters in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Sgt. Michael Smith
    From Salon.com

    Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Gets Six Months

    The 25-year-old soldier terrified Iraqi detainees with his canine—allegedly for amusement. He will be discharged for bad conduct and get a reduction in pay.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Why_we_Fight

    Why We Fight

    If you are troubled by the symbiotic relationship between military contractors and military planners—as Eisenhower was—don’t miss the acclaimed documentary, “Why We Fight.”
    Check out:

  • the trailer
  • an interview with the film’s creator
  • a New Yorker article on the film’s screening at a military academy
  • a Walter Cronkite column on the film
  • movie reviews here, here and here
  • Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Bush’s Incorrect Forecasts Wrecking his Credibility

    Three years of falsely upbeat predictions about the Iraq war are harming the president’s ability to restore confidence in his military operation and his presidency, according to GOP pollsters and strategists, reports the Washington Post.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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    From the NY Times

    Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

    The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

    Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


    About That Huge Air Attack? Never Mind.

    The U.S. military announced Thursday that it had launched the “largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion” in 2003. As it turns out, however, it was little more than a photo op. According to Time magazine, “there were no airstrikes… no leading insurgents were nabbed… there were no shots fired at all,” and U.S. forces met no resistance.
    Can anyone say Potemkin assault?
    UPDATE: The L.A. Times is now reporting that the operation has yielded 48 arrests, including at least one major insurgent ringleader, along with seizures of weapons and training manuals.

    Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi woman wailing
    Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Bush’s Fantasy of ‘Progress’ in Iraq

    “If such constant mayhem is taken as a sign of progress, three years after the U.S. invasion, then Bush will surely be thrilled by what the future holds.”

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Doctors Attack US Over Guantanamo

    Over 250 medical experts sign a letter condemning the U.S. for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq War Costing $5.9 Billion per Month

    That’s according to the Wall Street Journal. Also, progressives in Congress want to divert $60 billion in defense spending to humanitarian assistance, social programs, energy conservation, homeland security and deficit reduction.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Blocking Progressive Websites

    A Marine in Iraq fills us in on a few of the sites that CentCom prevents its soldiers from accessing: AirAmericaradio.com, alfrankenshow.com, wonkette.com.
    The following come through fine: billoreilly.com, rushlimbaugh.com, etc.
    Sense a pattern?

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    military_campus_recruiting_protests
    From indybay.org

    Supreme Court Upholds Campus Military Recruiting

    Colleges and universities that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, even in the face of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay people. John Roberts wrote the 8-0 opinion.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    musgrave
    From Peter Heaco / The Coloradoan

    Troops Used as Props at GOP Functions

    The White House is using active-duty U.S. service personnel for partisan political purposes, a direct violation of military regulations, claims blogger Josh Marshall (here and here).
    Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) is pictured here introducing a soldier at a rally. AMERICAblog connects more dots.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Taliban in Afghanistan Stronger Than Ever

    A New York Times reporter writes: “Four years after the Taliban were ousted from power by the American military, their presence is bigger and more menacing than ever, say police and government officials, village elders, farmers and aid workers across southern Afghanistan.”

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Torture Ban Not Valid at Gitmo

    Truly shocking: White House lawyers are arguing that the new law banning cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees does not apply to people held at Guantanamo.
    Of course, we should have seen this coming when Bush, upon signing the law, brushed off Congress and America by reserving the right to ignore the law under his powers as commander in chief.

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    The Spies Who Came In From the Cold

    Even though Germany sat out the invasion of Iraq, its spies in Baghdad passed on reams of information to the U.S. command, according to classified Berlin files.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Troops: Pull Out of Iraq

    In the first ever poll of U.S. military personnel in Iraq, most troops say we should withdraw within the next year.
    Does this mean that Bush is unpatriotic because he’s not “supporting the troops”?

    Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Pays Nearly All Disputed Halliburton Charges

    The military contractor will get reimbursed for nearly all its disputed costs in connection with a $2.41-billion no-bid contract to deliver supplies to Iraq, despite the Pentagon’s findings that more than $250 million of that was “potentially excessive or unjustified.”

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Not ‘Standing Up’ Anytime Soon

    The Iraqi army now has ZERO battalions capable of fighting the insurgency without U.S. support. (The one battle-worthy battalion that the White House was so proud of has been downgraded.)

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Teeters Toward Civil War

    After insurgents bomb one of the holiest Shiite shrines in Iraq, at least 138 die in reprisal battles —marking the worst Shiite-on-Sunni violence since the outbreak of the Iraq war. University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole calls the day “apocalyptic.”

    Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Thousands Riot in Pakistan Over Cartoons

    At least two people died in the rampage. Also, the Iraqi city of Basra demands the withdrawal of Denmark’s military contingent from southern Iraq until an apology for the cartoons is proffered.
    Will this madness ever end?

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Condoleezza Rice with Al Jafari
    AP

    Dream On, Condi

    There is no way to soft-pedal it: The astounding rise of an anti-American firebrand like Moqtada al-Sadr is an indicator of how wide and complete a political defeat pro-Western forces have suffered in Iraq.

    Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE



    From News of the World

    Video Shows British Soldiers Beating Iraqi Teens

    The News of the World (UK) publishes images and releases a video of a squadron of English soldiers savagely beating a group of rioting Iraqi teenagers in 2004. | story or watch video
    UPDATE: British authorities have arrested a serving soldier in connection with the incident. | story

    Posted on Feb 12, 2006 READ MORE


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