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Rumsfeld
AP / David Hume Kennerly

Military Newspapers: ‘Rumsfeld Must Go’

On Monday the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times will run a joint editorial calling for the resignation or removal of the defense secretary: “Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


Army Allegedly Reneges on Deal With GI Who Fled

Kyle Snyder fled to Canada when the Army threatened to send him back to Iraq, where he says he had been made to perform duties for which he was not trained.  Snyder’s lawyer says the Army had agreed to discharge his client if he came home but now intends to return him to his original unit.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon Cracking Down on Soldiers’ Blogs

From Wired News: “Some of the web’s more popular “milblogs”—blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel—are going quiet following a renewed push by U.S. military officials to scan sites for security risks.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


Boehner
npr.org

Boehner Praises Rumsfeld

House Majority Leader John Boehner had some warm words for the embattled defense secretary on Sunday: “I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.”  The remark prompted Democrats to renew their call to oust the enabling majority in Congress.

Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


Tucker Carlson and guests

Tucker Carlson Defends Lies to Tillman Family

Tucker Carlson says he understands the Pentagon’s lies to the Tillman family because, as he puts it: “Telling the truth is really hard.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Illegally Shot Journalist

A coroner has ruled the fatal shooting of an already wounded British journalist by U.S. troops to be an “unlawful act.”  Though it refused to take part in the inquest, the Pentagon defended the shooting: “We have always gone to extreme measures to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2006 READ MORE


Gen. James Jones
spiegel.de

High-Ranking General Slams Rumsfeld

A high-ranking active duty general has endorsed Bob Woodward’s characterization of criticisms the general made of the Bush administration, referring to the Iraq war as a “debacle” and saying: “The Joint Chiefs have been systematically emasculated by Rumsfeld.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Essential Reading From Sam Harris and Daniel Ellsberg

Check out these two new (unrelated) reports by men who embody the Truthdig mission of drilling beneath the headlines:

  • Daniel Ellsberg: “Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime”—The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration?s nuclear ambitions.
  • Sam Harris: “God’s Rottweiler Barks”—The bestselling author of ?The End of Faith? gives a fiery response to Pope Benedict XVI?s speech on the interplay between faith and reason.

  • Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Daniel Ellsberg
    From Benslade.com

    Daniel Ellsberg: Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime

    The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration’s nuclear ambitions.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Administration Seeks to Protect ?Interrogation? Methods

    Legislation put forward by the Bush administration this week would legalize the same torture techniques recently banned by the Army.  By selectively interpreting the Geneva Conventions, the legislation would allow CIA operatives and even the Army, should it decide to revert to previous rules, to conduct interrogations using unsavory methods.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

    Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Bombs Are Mileposts on Road to Civil War

    More roadside bombs were planted in July than in any other month during the Iraq war, indicating a sharp rise in violence as the country moves toward all-out civil war.  According to data obtained by The New York Times, 2,625 devices either exploded or were discovered in July, compared with 1,454 in January.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Prepping New ‘Pentagon Papers’

    The Pentagon has ordered up a series of studies to examine the military’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Boston Globe. According to one of the authors, the findings (scheduled for this fall) “won’t be pretty.”

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    9/11 Commissioners Troubled by Pentagon, FAA and Giuliani

    In their new book “Without Precedent,” 9/11 Commission Chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton discuss their frustration with the Pentagon and FAA, whose misstatements almost led to an investigation into possible deception.

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Book: Sept. 11 Panel Doubted Officials

    Long suspected and ultimately confirmed news from the AP: “The Sept. 11 commission was so frustrated with repeated misstatements by the Pentagon and FAA about their response to the 2001 terror attacks that it considered an investigation into possible deception, the panel’s chairmen say in a new book.”

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Vanity Fair: Pentagon Likely ‘Covered Up’ 9/11 Response

    How do you begin to unravel the conspiracy theories and mysteries surrounding the U.S. Air Force’s response on 9/11? Get your hands on over 30 hours of never-before-released NORAD tapes. Vanity Fair’s Michael Bronner did just that, and pieces together a picture of the “chaotic military history of that day—and the Pentagon’s apparent attempt to cover it up.” Complete with audio clips.  (h/t bb.net)

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    shock and awe video
    From the BBC

    More Soldiers Uploading Shock and Awe

    The Pentagon has grown concerned as more and more service members send personal combat videos—some set to music—to websites such as Youtube and Myspace.  The military has no official policy on the practice, but rumors abound of behind-the-scenes pressure to limit the flow of footage out of Iraq.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Monitored Student Groups’ E-mail

    The Department of Defense monitored e-mails from college students who were planning protests against the Iraq war and against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The Pentagon apparently started digging after receiving tips through a website used for soliciting anti-terror tips from civilians and military personnel. (Link - reg req’d)

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    game screenshot
    From EA

    Pentagon Shows Stunning Naivete in Video Game Flap

    Supposed Internet experts, working off $7 million in public money, reported to the Pentagon and to Congress that terrorists are retooling American video games for use as recruitment tools. Problem is, it wasn’t the terrorists who did the retooling; it was American fans—something a 10-year-old could have discovered by using Google…(more)

    Posted on Jun 30, 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.

  • Original story
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    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon document listing homosexuality as a disorder
    From AMERICAblog

    Pentagon Still Classifies Homosexuality as a Disorder

    A Pentagon document still lists homosexuality as a mental defect akin to retardation and impulse control disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned the position.

  • News report
  • See the actual document
  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Burning on 9/11
    From the BBC

    U.S. Releases 9/11 Pentagon Video

    Bowing to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. government has released a video of what is apparently (thanks, reader Lorenzo) American Airlines Flight 77 slamming into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The group that made the FOIA request did so to dispel conspiracy theories.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Chalabi Reportedly Negotiating Between U.S. and Iran

    The exiled Iraqi who provided faulty intelligence on Iraqi WMDs to the Pentagon and the N.Y. Times is acting as a broker between the U.S. and Iran, according to Raw Story.

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    McClellan Still Ducking Queries on Weapons Trailers

    The presidential spokesman won’t say at what point the president learned of a Pentagon report which concluded that Iraqi weapons trailers discovered after the invasion were not—as Bush later claimed—WMD factories.
    No wonder McClellan won’t answer. This could amount to proof positive that Bush outright lied about WMD.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Pigs Tested


    From stopanimaltesting.com

    PETA Exposes Taser Tests on Pigs

    The animal rights organization has obtained video footage of pigs being stunned with Taser guns as part of a Pentagon nonlethal weapons testing program. (This video is not for the queasy.)

    Posted on Apr 12, 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


    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


    Sign Me Up for the Pentagon Democracy Plan

    I do like the idea of supporting democracy ... and think we should try it—especially here in the U.S. of A.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    stephen_colbert
    From Crooks and Liars

    Colbert Gives Us the Word on the War

    Stephen Colbert continues to gain ground on Jon Stewart with his blistering satires of U.S. policy. This time he riffs on a new name that the Pentagon is using for the war on terror.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman_fratricide

    ‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

    With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

    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


    murtha
    CBS via ThinkProgress

    Murtha Ain’t Buying What the Pentagon’s Selling

    Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a decorated Marine and critic of the Iraq war, says Bush’s military leaders have no credibility when it comes to their pronouncements about progress in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    No Iraq Trip for Rep. Who Opposed Bush on Ports

    The prominent opposition of Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) to Bush’s Dubai Ports deal may have earned him some punishment from the White House: The Pentagon isn’t providing him a plane for his planned delegation to Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 4, 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


    Navy Warned Pentagon on Torture

    Two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the Navy’s general counsel warned the Pentagon that its wink-and-nod policies on torture would invite abuse, reports The New Yorker.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    editorial cartoon by Tom Toles.
    From Tom Toles / Washington Post

    Joint Chiefs Protest a Cartoon

    All six Joint Chiefs of Staff write a very rare letter to the editor of the Washington Post, protesting an editorial cartoon by Tom Toles, which they say demeans wounded American soldiers. | story (Broken by AMERICAblog)
    Well, despite the fact that Toles has a valid satirical point to make about the Pentagon’s overextension of troops in the field, we have to wonder: With the insurgency gaining strength every day, and reconstruction efforts crippled by high-level incompetency, this cartoon is what’s upsetting our nation’s military leadership?

    Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Information Operations roadmap
    From gwu.edu

    Pentagon Propaganda Finding Its Way Back to U.S.

    A Georgetown think tank secures the release of a secret 2003 Rumsfeld-approved “road map” for psychological warfare abroad. | post
    According to the document, our government takes no responsibility for propaganda that boomerangs and returns home—as long as the U.S. public isn’t “targeted.”

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Army troops from Fort Riley, Kan., listen to President Bush deliver a speech about the war on terror
    Charlie Riedel / AP

    Army Stretched to the Breaking Point, Study Finds

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, dock those Swift Boats! It’s not a liberal Democratic senator making the charge. It’s a retired Army officer working for the Pentagon. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Gov’t Agency Paints Dire Picture of ‘Out-of-Control’ Iraq

    This official U.S. assessment is much darker than what the Pentagon is peddling to the public. It was drawn up for contractors bidding on rehab projects.  | story
    Call us cynical, but why exactly are they getting different intel than the rest of us?

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

    The same Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print pro-U.S. stories written by American soldiers masquerading as indepenent journalists has also been “compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work,” according to the New York Times.

    Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Chalabi Zeros Out

    The slate headed by Ahmed Chalabi, a man the Pentagon once packaged as the George Washington of Iraq, may not get a single seat in the new Iraqi legislature.

    Posted on Dec 26, 2005 READ MORE


    Propaganda? What Propaganda?

    “There is no U.S. footprint” is the proud boast of one of the Pentagon’s propaganda contractors, and it prompts the questions: Why not? What are they ashamed of? One thing is that most of us in this democracy did not know we were paying for this vast official propaganda operation until we read it in Jeff Gerth’s excellent investigative piece in The New York Times. A truly free press is our most valuable export, and its reputation should not be undermined by the Bushies’ addiction to government propaganda.

    Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE


    Congress Should Probe U.S. Propaganda in Iraqi Press

    Now that the Pentagon has admitted to subverting the fragile efforts to build democracy in Iraq, will Congress begin an investigation of how this happened? The first question should be who in the Pentagon decided that he or she had the right to put words in the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


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