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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin

The Pentagon Gets What It Wants

“If the Pentagon wants something, the logic goes, then it must be necessary,” writes Gregg Easterbrook in a recent examination of military waste. As a result, military spending has jumped 119 percent since 2001, 68 percent if you exclude the two wars fought in that time.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Blaming Obama’s America First

We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Iran’s Best Friends on Capitol Hill

By stalling or killing President Obama’s new START treaty, Republicans would provide moral support to Iran, North Korea and any other rogue regime seeking to arm itself with nukes.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Chris Davis (CC-BY-SA)

Much Ado About Touching

It’s D-Day for pat-down protests and so far it looks like most people just want to get where they’re going. AP reports that waits at major airports Wednesday morning were surprisingly short—the TSA estimates 20 minutes or less. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


A Childish Tantrum Over TSA Rules

Some of the loudest howls of outrage over the new airport security rules emanate from those who would be quickest to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect us if a bomber did slip through.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Why Granny Gets Searched

It’s hard to love the Transportation Security Administration, especially now that airport personnel seem so intent on touching people’s junk. But the TSA’s job isn’t to be adorable, it’s to be infallible—and also, apparently, to suffer being unfairly maligned.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Michael Eyal Sharon (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Dear Abusive Travelers, TSA Workers Are People, Too

Seriously, people, it’s not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Widener

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion

There is no hope left for achieving significant reform or restoring our democracy through established mechanisms of power. We must take to the streets, armed with the tiny acts of truth and kindness that throughout history have exposed the oppressor’s cruelty.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


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TSA

New York Doesn’t Heart Body Scanners

The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “... If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


NATO Summit Unlikely to Answer the Most Important Questions

To adapt to secular use a phrase from medieval mysticism, “the cloud of unknowing” deepens as the war-waging countries of North America and Western Europe approach their NATO “summit.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Cowardice of America at War

I had to pull over to the side of La Cienega Boulevard last Tuesday evening as I drove home from work. I was crying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / webtreats (CC-BY)

Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Brandon Bolick

Explosions Bring Fresh Devastation to Baghdad

Baghdad was shaken by at least 15 explosions Tuesday, with an estimated death toll ranging from 76 to more than 100. The bombers appeared to favor Shiite targets and were unhindered by Iraqi security.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


No Final Victories

It was just four years ago that the Democratic Party began its comeback in what now seems like another country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

The World Liberal Opportunists Made

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



Bush’s Brain’s Brain?

Today on the list: Meet Karl Rove’s Karl Rove, what happens when you Facebook friend request yourself, and the third-party candidates who still can’t catch a break.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Jamean R. Berry

The Imperial Defense of Pentagon Bloat

Beware the sophistry of budget talking points—especially those seeking to deter any criticism of defense spending.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Looney, and That’s No Debate

Sorry, but I just can’t do it anymore. When has there been an election with so many looney tunes running under the banner of one of our major parties?

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Nuclear Armament Still Our Central Issue

Of all of the sources of strategic delusion and political illusion today, nuclear weapons undoubtedly make the most prodigious contribution to hypocrisy and useless expense.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Marty Portier (CC-BY-SA)

State Department Issues Europe Alert

The State Department has warned Americans traveling to and living in Europe that the entire continent faces a heightened risk of terrorist attack. Authorities fear that al-Qaida is planning something like the 2008 Mumbai shooting spree that killed 166 people.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Karzai Shows Security Contractors the Door

In your face, foreign community! Afghan President Hamid Karzai has begun dissolving foreign private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater, as he moves to make good on a promise to ban the private contractors by year’s end.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


Who Really Thinks We’ll Win in Afghanistan?

Could somebody please remind me just what it is that we’re achieving in Afghanistan? Don’t all speak at once. No, I mean what good things we’re accomplishing. Anybody? Hello?

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


FBI Raids and the Criminalization of Dissent

Early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 24, FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota’s Twin Cities kicked in the doors of anti-war activists, brandishing guns, spending hours rifling through their homes.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Retribution for a World Lost in Screens

Like the Ancients, we arrogant humans who turn ourselves into objects of worship and build ruthless systems of power to control the world around us will get what we are due.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE



National Security Archive

Declassified: Bush’s Iraq Scheming Began in 2001

The National Security Archive has obtained documents confirming and expanding on what we already knew: The Bush administration was determined to invade and occupy Iraq whether there was justification or not. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Twisting Obama’s Words

The right’s atwitter—literally, in some cases—about President Obama’s comment to Bob Woodward that America “can absorb a terrorist attack.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama and Iraq: ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’

The president and the American people will all too soon come to recognize that the quagmire in Iraq is far from over. In fact, one might say it has only just begun.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / John Lewis (CC-BY)

Too Big to Fail, Except Online

JPMorgan Chase is America’s second biggest bank, further fattened from gobbling up the carcasses of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, so it stands to reason that millions of Americans have been inconvenienced by the inexplicable meltdown of the company’s website.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Derec Pierson

A New Season in Military Fashions

“Transformation” is the new military buzzword, meaning reorienting the military institution for “the complex insurgencies” that “planners say will dominate the 21st century.” Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, was quoted as saying that Afghanistan provides the “laboratory” for this change.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pat Sullivan

One Day, You’ll Have a Chip in Your Rear

Should your car help authorities track you? Should it be a traveling billboard? … Amid emerging technology, the role of the license plate is in flux and causing controversy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Barack Is Behind

Among the very puzzling aspects of the midterm election—and the Democratic debacle that appears to be looming in November—is why voters would return the opposition to power only two years after the multiple disasters of the Bush administration.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



Pentagon to Make Secrets Book an Instant Best-Seller

Anthony A. Shaffer, a former spy for the military who went by the preposterous pseudonym “Christopher Stryker,” was clever enough to publish a memoir with information the Pentagon would prefer to keep secret. As a result, the military is in negotiations to buy every single copy.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



Boeing

Court Dismisses Torture Flights Case

Five men who say they were kidnapped and tortured would like to sue a Boeing subsidiary for flying them to their agony, but the Obama administration successfully convinced an appeals court Wednesday to throw out the case. One judge said the court “reluctantly” bought the national security argument.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



American Science & Engineering

Airport X-Ray Scanners Hit the Road

While debate continues in the United States over whole-body imagers, manufacturers of the technology are opening deeper opportunities for themselves elsewhere that could make the controversial machines an even bigger part of everyday life.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



Bollywood Jesus

Today on the list: How human beings could have made the universe, the movement to move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section, the Social Security con and the Bollywood movie ... about Jesus.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

Despite Celebration, the Iraq War Continues

After we were told seven years ago that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” you might think the press would question the government’s martial stagecraft.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Altaf Qadri

More Mao Than Thou: What the Hell Is Happening in Nepal?

Nepal’s parliament will attempt to elect a prime minister, the sixth try in almost three months. The impasse reflects the deep antagonism between the Maoists, Leninists, Marxists and socialists who are all fighting for control.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



White House

Obama: ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over’ (Full Video and Text)

The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that “this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Perry Aston

The Ambiguity of War’s End

Now that the Iraq war is over—for U.S. combat troops, at least—only one thing is clear about the outcome: We didn’t win.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


‘Rebranding’ U.S. Combat Troops in Iraq

Much fanfare was made about the so-called withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq this month, but as this Al-Jazeera report explores, we might want to read the fine print on this one.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Billionaire Right-Winger

It certainly seems unlikely that David Koch has ever encountered any of the folks who turn up at a typical tea party event or that he has ever showed up at a congressional town hall meeting to scream about health care reform. For Koch, the tea partyers are merely pawns.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


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