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U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and casualties are still mounting.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eugene Hoshiko

The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”

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Bloody Military Medals

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U.S. Navy

First Supercarrier USS Forrestal Sold for a Penny, Heads to the Scrap Yard

It cost an estimated $218 million in 1950s dollars, and was taken off the Navy’s hands for next to nothing.

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The NSA to Get a New Chief

The embattled spying bureau will get new leaders as Edward Snowden’s surveillance disclosures continue to embarrass and expose the Obama and Bush administrations.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0)

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.

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Sexual Assault Reform

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Military Assault

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Chain of Command

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Defense Seal

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ITN

Anti-Aircraft Laser Cannons Are Here (Video)

The U.S. Defense Department has developed a laser cannon capable of downing a drone aircraft from the deck of a Navy warship at dirt cheap operating cost.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE


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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



U.S. Government

Navy SEAL Who Killed bin Laden Says He’s Not Getting Government Help

The SEAL Team 6 member tells interviewer Phil Bronstein that he has received little assistance from the government since retiring from the Navy after serving 16 years. And because he left four years short of the 20 required to get retirement benefits, he says he won’t receive anything from the government or the Navy: no health insurance, no pension, no protection for himself or his family.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



letsgoeverywhere

Fishing War Heats Up Between Sri Lanka and India

A war over dwindling fishing resources is being fought at the bottom of the Indian subcontinent as poor and desperate Indian fishermen cross into Sri Lankan waters and run into that nation’s unsympathetic navy.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



YouTube/VirginianPilot

Truthdiggers of the Week: Marissa Gaeta and Citlalic Snell

After a year that brought so much bad news, we’re pleased to warm things up for this holiday Truthdigger installment by celebrating two women who put a fine point on the end of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and made headlines—not to mention an iconic photo—with a simple and moving show of love.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / euripedies

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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Two U.S. Ships En Route to Libya

As tens of thousands of Libyans look to leave their homeland or have already fled, the United Nations on Tuesday called for aid in response to the crisis, and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed the kind of help ...

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



enterprise.navy.mil

Sexed-Up Videos Stir Up Trouble for U.S. Navy

We will report this story without the egregious use of maritime metaphors: The U.S. Navy is looking into a case involving one Capt. Owen Honors, commanding officer of the USS Enterprise, and the making of some videos showing sexualized encounters between sailors.

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Israeli Navy Kills Gaza Fisherman

Just days after an Israeli private security guard killed a Palestinian man and wounded four others, the Israeli navy fired upon a Palestinian fishing boat near Gaza and killed one fisherman. —JCL

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U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Struck Down

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is unconstitutional, a federal judge in California ruled late Thursday, striking down the military’s 17-year-old homophobic compromise that allows gay participation in the armed forces as long as they shut up about their orientation and do not “engage in homosexual acts.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

U.S. Base Will Stay on Okinawa

Despite campaign promises and widespread protests, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has finally made the widely unpopular decision to allow the relocation of a U.S. military base on Okinawa.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


North and South Korean Navy Boats Clash at Sea

Tensions between North and South Korea escalated to the point of open combat off the Korean peninsula early Tuesday when navy patrol boats of the two nations swapped fire in disputed waters, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


U.S.S. New York
bbc.co.uk

USS New York Docks in NYC

It was partly intended as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on New York’s Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, but, considering America’s bellicose response to that tragedy, it’s hard not to read more into the story of the USS New York, a new Navy warship constructed partly from melted-steel remnants of the World Trade Center.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Mullen
swamppolitics.com

Losing the War of Ideas

When it comes to the war of ideas, Adm. Mike Mullen believes the U.S. is losing. In a critique of U.S. strategic communication in the pages of everyone’s favorite publication, Joint Force Quarterly, Mullen mulls over the chasm between Washington’s words and its actions in the Muslim world.

Posted on Aug 29, 2009 READ MORE


US Troops
defendamerica.mil

U.S. Troops on Midnight Train to Georgia

The U.S. military has begun war games in the nation of Georgia, an exercise reportedly planned for months, but which comes just days after Russia announced it will spend half a billion dollars refurbishing its own military bases and strengthening its hold on Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


Dubuqe!
dubuque.navy.mil

Swine Flu Halts Aid Ship

Can we seriously stop this already? A U.S. Navy vessel has halted an aid mission to the South Pacific because one sailor has developed the swine flu/bacon flu/North American flu/H1N1/most current strain of influenza.

Posted on May 6, 2009 READ MORE


Nuclear
scrapetv.com

Playing Chicken of the Sea

The same day that President Obama released a message of new understanding and diplomacy to the Iranian people via his vlog, two U.S. Navy vessels collided in the Strait of Hormuz off southern Iran. More than 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled and 15 sailors were slightly injured.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


USS Vella Gulf
U.S. Navy / Spc. Jason R. Zalasky

Team America World Police Swashbuckles With Pirates

A U.S. Navy vessel boarded an alleged pirate skiff and arrested seven suspects Wednesday after a merchant ship radioed that it was under attack. The USS Vella Gulf is part of a U.S. task force launched to curb Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy says it will hand the suspects over to Kenyan authorities.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Rubble
Maan Images / Mohamed Al-Zanon

Israeli Troops Finally Out?

About 1,300 Palestinians dead, $2 billion in damage and thousands of devastated families later, Israel claims it has officially pulled its troops from the Gaza Strip after its three-week assault—with no formal deal between Israel and Hamas and thus no real change in relations between the two sides.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE



CIA

Obama Picks Top Spies

The president-elect has reportedly chosen Leon Panetta to head the CIA and retired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence. Both men bring a mixed bag. Panetta is an experienced bureaucrat, but he’s no James Bond. Blair has been praised for his terrorist-fighting skills, but he was criticized for a supposed conflict of interest that benefited defense contractors.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Navy Plane Crashes in San Diego Neighborhood

Just before noon Monday, a U.S. Navy F-18 jet crashed into a San Diego neighborhood as it was approaching Miramar Naval Air Station, hitting at least one home. Updated

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


Whale Watching
LA Times / Rick Loomis

A Whale of a Decision

While some whales’ hearts are as big as cars, the hearts on the Supreme Court that ruled Wednesday against a ban on high-powered sonar in Navy training exercises must be shrinking by the minute. The decision was a defeat to environmentalists, who argue that sonar panics whales, makes their ears bleed and pushes them to beach themselves.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


More Than 20 Killed in Russian Sub Accident

A Russian navy submarine propelled by nuclear power was heading back to port during a test run in the Sea of Japan when the fire-extinguishing system was accidentally activated near the sub’s bow, killing over 20 people and injuring at least 21 others aboard.

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE



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Investigating John McCain’s Tragedy at Sea

Troubling questions hover over Lt. Cmdr. McCain’s actions in the catastrophic 1967 fire aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal and the period immediately afterward. His later accounts of events following the accident also raise issues. American voters, after hearing so much from the senator’s campaign about his military record, deserve to know all the facts.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Cmdr. Michael Junge

Fighting Pirates in the 21st Century

Piracy has gotten so bad off the coast of Somalia that the European Union is prepared to form an anti-piracy force to police the region. The unresolved seizure of a freighter loaded with Russian tanks is the most recent in a spate of incidents involving more than 60 vessels and $30 million in ransom so far this year.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


Victims of Military Chemical Tests Demand Answers

According to the Pentagon, the U.S. military carried out tests of chemical and biological agents on 6,440 of its own personnel between 1962 and 1973. One Navy veteran who participated in some of those tests is now pushing for recognition and benefits, having learned that more than half of his fellow seamen are either dead or stricken with cancer or other illnesses.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


Haj

Mosaic Intelligence Report: A Tale of Gitmo Inhumanity

Imprisoned for six years without being charged or given a trial, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj was finally released from the U.S. Navy prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, late last week. Haj, “emaciated,” according to his attorney, because of a hunger strike that began in January 2007, was taken to a hospital and later arrived home in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


iranian ship
youtube.com

Questions, Tensions Linger Over U.S.-Iran Face-Off at Sea

As President Bush continues to issue stern warnings to Iran about its current threat level, some key questions persist about the alleged confrontation between American and Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz early Jan. 6—not the least of which has to do with the U.S. Navy’s claim that the American ships were in international waters at the time of the incident.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008 READ MORE


Pentagon: Maybe It Wasn’t Iran After All

Remember those Iranian vessels that allegedly menaced U.S. warships in the Gulf, threatening explosions? Just a few days after the president issued stern warnings to Iran over the incident, the Pentagon now says the threats, which were spoken by someone without an Iranian accent, might not have come from the Iranians and might not have even been directed at the Americans.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Pentagon video
breitbart.tv

Iranian Report: Pentagon Video Was ‘Fabricated’

Last Sunday’s alleged confrontation between five Iranian boats and a U.S. Navy vessel, the Hopper, in the Strait of Hormuz was not the dangerous confrontation American officials claimed it was, as evidenced by the somewhat confusing footage the Pentagon released Tuesday. In fact, according to a source in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the video itself was “fabricated.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


USS Hopper
U.S. Navy / John L. Beeman

Iran and U.S. Navy Play Chicken in Persian Gulf

The carrier group sent to the Persian Gulf to intimidate and irritate Iran apparently struck a nerve. The U.S. Navy says that five suspected Iranian ships came within “close proximity” of one of a group of three American vessels. The ships turned around and no shots were fired, according to a Navy official and news reports.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Naval Academy
collegeprofiles.com

Navy Chaplain Gets Two Years for Sex Abuse

A 42-year-old Navy chaplain has been sentenced for a range of sexual crimes committed at the Quantico Marine base and the Naval Academy. In one episode, Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Matthew Lee forced oral sex on a 20-year-old midshipman. So much for moral superiority.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


head x-ray
defenseindustrydaily.com

Pentagon Sweeps 20,000 Veterans Under the Rug

Roughly 20,000 soldiers who aren’t on the military’s list of combat wounded have signs of brain injury, according to an analysis of Army, Navy and Veterans Affairs data conducted by USA Today. The Pentagon’s official tally of troops who’ve suffered brain trauma in combat is 4,471—one-fifth the total gleaned from military records.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


Navy base aerial view
latimes.com / Google Earth

Navy to Obscure Giant Swastika

The Navy plans to spend $600,000 to obscure a San Diego-area building complex that happens to be shaped like a swastika. The buildings have been around since the 1960s and for years no one seemed to mind, but that was before the advent of Google Earth.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

Texas Church Calls Off Gay Vet’s Funeral

The family of Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair says it’s deeply insulted because a Dallas-area megachurch reneged on its offer to hold a memorial for the 46-year-old Gulf War serviceman just 24 hours before the service was to take place.  The reason?  Sinclair was gay—a fact that Sinclair’s sister insists High Point Church leaders already knew, despite their denials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
news.bbc.co.uk

Iran’s Trump Card

Evidence of Iran’s influence over the global economy appeared Wednesday as the oil-rich nation agreed to release 15 British captives and petroleum prices consequently fell. If a relatively minor diplomatic dispute can perturb investors, imagine how invading or bombing Iran would affect global markets.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


British captive
news.yahoo.com

Iran Demands Mea Culpa in Exchange for Captives

The Iranian foreign minister has said if Britain admits it made a mistake and violated Iran’s territorial waters, it would “facilitate” an end to the standoff over 15 captured British sailors and marines. Both countries say they have evidence to back up their conflicting claims. Update: A former British ambassador has challenged Britain’s data.

Posted on Mar 28, 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


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