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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



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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



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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



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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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Shortcuts Seen at Background Check Firms

Evidence suggests the outsourcing of security checks of the kind that cleared NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and accused Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis are leading private contractors to cut corners and falsify reports.

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dead Rhetoric of War

After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to lies masked in patriotism and glory.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Assad Baits Obama as the World Waits

It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE



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The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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With Sexual Assaults Way Up, Pentagon Announces New Protections

Faced with the oversight of a new independent panel, the military has announced a plan to combat sexual assault in the ranks. Such attacks were up 37 percent in 2012, according to the Pentagon’s own information.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Sgt. Derec Pierson

Endless War on Terror Far From Noble Cause

George Bush’s overwrought and misdirected war against global terror, conceived as a war of the Righteous to destroy Evil, having failed wherever it was launched, has now been reconceived under Barack Obama as a war against political dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Sentencing Testimony Suggests Manning and WikiLeaks Not Responsible for Any Deaths

“For three years Bradley Manning and Julian Assange were accused of murder,” writes Matt Sledge at The Huffington Post. “Members of Congress and the administration said their WikiLeaks document dump endangered U.S. interests—and lives.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.

 

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Government’s MIA Pursuits ‘Acutely Dysfunctional,’ Suppressed Study Says

The government’s efforts to account for the tens of thousands of Americans who went missing in action during the U.S.’ foreign wars are in such bad shape that they risk becoming a “total failure,” according to an internal report that was buried by military officials but obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Dick and Trayvon ... Connect the Dots

This is a fitting moment to recall that 15 months ago, on the weekend of March 22, 2012, all print, radio and TV news was dominated by two seemingly disconnected stories.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Leaks Reveal American Trojan Horse in Europe

I am surprised that in the Edward Snowden affair no one I’ve yet seen has quoted the American statesman Henry L. Stimson.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Good Germans in Government

Why are we chasing after Edward Snowden and not the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


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The Pentagon’s Preparations for War Against Us

A score of recent defense department and other official documents warn that climate change, energy shocks and economic crisis could trigger waves of civil unrest. The understanding seems to explain the proliferation of security and surveillance programs over the last decade.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE


Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden

Almost universally, the government officials, pundits and reporters who comprise Permanent Washington have derided Snowden and those who helped him disseminate his disclosures.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression

Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Good, Bad, Crazy or Sane, We Need Whistle-Blowers

In the matter of Edward Snowden, I have no opinion as to whether he is a hero, a traitor or just a self-celebrating fool. I do, however, think he is necessary and his timing is good.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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One American Who Isn’t for Sale

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden worked for a private company that got 98 percent of its $5.8 billion last year from the taxpayers, who are the same folks being spied upon.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Rethinking American Exceptionalism

“American exceptionalism” is perhaps the most misunderstood phrase in politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE


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