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The Guns of August

What, if anything, have we learned from the disaster of World War I? Look no farther than Gaza, or Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Has Surplus Military Gear Wound Up in Your City?

An interactive map of American counties lets readers see how many aircraft, armored vehicles, body armor, grenade launchers, vision accessories and assault rifles left over from the military-industrial complex’s bloody adventures in the Middle East have ended up in their hometown.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Pentagon Forbids Military Personnel to Read News Website

Citing claims of a potential “new leaker,” the U.S. military has blocked and banned its employees from visiting The Intercept, the NSA-focused investigative news website founded by Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE


Will Airstrikes in Iraq Escalate Growing Crisis?

The Pentagon announced that the U.S. military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq on Friday targeting artillery used by the militant group Islamic State. “Democracy Now!” hears from Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of the recent article, “Don’t Go Back to Iraq!: Five Steps the U.S. Can Take in Iraq Without Going Back to War.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



The Fourth Branch

As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: It’s just not so.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Government Doesn’t Need Evidence to Call You a Terrorist

A key government document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the Obama administration does not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to brand Americans or foreigners as suspected terrorists.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems With Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



How the Pentagon Is Flushing Our Money Down the Toilet

The Pentagon is wasting taxpayer dollars on unnecessarily overpriced items like one $600 toilet seat; meanwhile, Virginia cops want to photograph a teenage boy’s erect genitalia as part of their investigation; meanwhile, some thinkers hold that Facebook may be good for science. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 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



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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



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It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Defense Officials Preparing for Civil Breakdown

“A U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various U.S. military agencies,”  international security scholar Nafeez Ahmed writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Showtime on Benghazi

Before asking a question at the coming show trial, each self-righteous congressional inquisitor should be required to correctly locate Benghazi on an unlabeled map.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. General in Nigeria to Aid Search for Schoolgirls

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful change could be elusive, critics say.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



Advice Too Secret to Ignore

Col. Manners answers questions on CIA practices, proper cyberwar behavior, and invasion etiquette.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Shrinking the Military, and Gay Marriage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk about the threat to Ukraine’s economy and territorial integrity, the Pentagon’s intention to shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a law that would have allowed private businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



DoD photo by Senior Airman Christopher Hubenthal, U.S. Air Force

Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053

In 2012, the Pentagon kicked off a 13-year program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, complete with a sprawling website that includes a “history and education” component.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



Drone Base Expansion Into Central Asia?

After the imminent exit of American troops from Afghanistan, the United States may attempt to maintain military control of the region by putting U.S. drones inside air bases in Central Asia.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



‘Obama Administration Calmly Debates Killing More Americans’

Readers could be forgiven for thinking they stepped into a parallel universe while reading The New York Times on Monday, Jason Hirthler writes at CounterPunch, as the paper reported that “the U.S. was debating slaughtering another American by drone strike. And that this ‘debate’ was occurring in the hallowed halls of justice.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE


Nick Turse on America’s Secret Soldiers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “Kill Anything That Moves” author on the clandestine commandos who operate in as many as 120 countries. Also: An NSA panel says shut it down, a little Persian history, and Arthur Yorinks.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE


Nick Turse on America’s Secret Soldiers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “Kill Anything That Moves” author on the clandestine commandos who operate in as many as 120 countries. Also: An NSA panel says shut it down, a little Persian history, and Arthur Yorinks.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Report Says Administration Wasn’t Lying About Benghazi

The bipartisan report on Benghazi released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee should finally convince conspiracy theorists of the obvious: There is no there there.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



The Special Ops Surge In 134 Countries

All over the planet, the Obama administration is waging a secret war whose full extent has never been fully revealed—until now.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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America’s Black-Ops Blackout

“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Maj. Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Making the Right Call on NSA

Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s Child Soldiers

The United States has the biggest, most efficiently organized, most effective system for recruiting child soldiers in the world. Its major public face is the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone Next Door

Drones are wonderful, said almost all the Americans I have talked to in recent weeks.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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How History Will Remember Obama (Hint: Not Well)

The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

The deal with Iran is potentially an international game changer comparable to Richard Nixon’s opening to Mao’s Red China and Ronald Reagan’s overtures to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Pentagon Wasting Millions Duplicating HHS Anti-Bioterror Program

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Pentagon is building a multimillion-dollar facility in northern Florida to, in effect, duplicate research already being done by the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s one expensive turf battle.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Paul Kelly

Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders

Documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA monitored phone calls by 35 world leaders after getting the numbers from an official in another department of government.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

The French Method: How Africa’s Old Colonial Nemesis Fights Terrorism in the Sahara

Few Americans outside the Pentagon have been watching Mali, where a midsummer election marked the end of a painful year of civil war and incendiary Islamic radicalism.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

An old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.), is ready to step into the void left by the Dear Abby column in the classic military newspaper Stars and Stripes. His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.

Posted on Oct 12, 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


DARPA Develops Running Animated Robot Beast

You may think the interests and makeup of America’s current leadership make this an unideal time to develop galloping robots, but the engineers at Boston Dynamics don’t.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Italian Job

The Pentagon is using your tax dollars to turn Italy into a launching pad for the wars of today and tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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


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