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AP / Lisa Poole

TSA Massages Its Technique

While it might sound more like a massage than an infringement on one’s privacy,  the ACLU has challenged the use of a new “enhanced patdown” technique being tested by TSA agents at Boston’s Logan International Airport that involves a “palms-forward, slide-down” check of passengers’ bodies.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



Norman Podhoretz in Black and White

Norman Birnbaum, the noted sociologist and thinker, analyzes two worthy new books, by Thomas L. Jeffers and Benjamin Balint, on the longtime editor of Commentary and the magazine he shaped.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller

There’s Nothing Surgical About Cluster Bombs

The globalist militarism that remains the dominant force among the American policy class in Washington (Democrats prominently involved) now has its members talking to the press about its new use of “the scalpel” rather than “the hammer.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



North American Aerospace Defense Command

On the Government’s Growing Obsession With Hollywood-Style Command Centers

Blooming in every corner of the country are high-tech command facilities for fighting terrorism, battling crime linked to national security, coordinating disaster responses, enhancing infrastructure protection and more. The desire for them is insatiable, and Congress seems ever the enabler.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / courtesy anarchosyn.

Illegal Immigration Isn’t the Only Thing Infuriating Arizona Residents

At midnight on July 15, Arizona’s Department of Public Safety pulled the plug on dozens of speed cameras that criss-crossed state highways, part of a widely loathed program to catch traffic violators and control erratic driving. This at a time when every other government agency around the nation is steadily adopting as many enhanced security technologies as possible.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Shifting War Strategy Smacks of Desperation

The first decision made by Gen. David Petraeus as commandant of international forces in Afghanistan has been to abandon the policy he himself drafted in order to win the war and rebuild Afghan stability and government.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

The No-Win War

In Afghanistan, momentum has become a substitute for logic. We’re not fighting because we have a clear set of achievable goals. We’re at war, apparently, because we’re at war.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dima Gavrysh

Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn

By the end of Howard Zinn’s 423-page FBI file one walks away with a profound respect for the historian and a deep distaste for the buffoonish goons in the FBI who followed and monitored him.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE


Leaking to Avert Disaster

While the Pentagon Papers revealed the duplicity of American policymakers in the senseless Vietnam War, their release came too late to save many lives or change the course of that conflict. The WikiLeaks disclosures may have arrived in time to influence policy and prevent disaster.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Afghanistan: The Pentagon’s Lost War

While it is unquestionable that Barack Obama made the war in Afghanistan “his” war, it also is true that it was served to him on a platter and with a gun pressed against his back.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


Quack Medicine on Taxes

The modern Republican argument about taxes seems to boil down to two principles, both misguided: Taxes can be reduced, but they can never be allowed to go up. And whatever level taxes are at, they are too high.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


WikiLeaks’ Afghan War Diary

Wikileaks.org has done it again, publishing thousands of classified documents about the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Christopher Wellner

$8.7 Billion More Disappears in Iraq

The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says the Pentagon cannot account for $8.7 billion of Iraq’s money. The Department of Defense was supposed to spend the funds, which came from the sale of oil and other assets, on reconstruction, and it may have—it just doesn’t know for sure.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Is the Point of All This Spying?

Walter Kendall Myers, a former Foreign Service officer, has been sent to prison for life for espionage on behalf of Cuba. Did he knew anything at all that could remotely be termed “secret”?

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


Our Secret Leviathan

Back in the bad old days of the Cold War—when mutual nuclear annihilation was a policy option—a culture of secrecy arose in Washington. What wise observers understood even then was that while governments tried to keep secrets from each other, their chief concern was to keep secrets from their own people.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Intel Nominee Doesn’t Get It

After James Clapper’s response to the devastating Washington Post series on the intelligence complex, President Obama should seriously reconsider his nomination to be director of national intelligence.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Deficit Doves

Getting out of the red is the new black. Deficit hawks have swooped down on the U.S. budget. This week, they attacked unemployment benefits.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

Afghans Plan for Security Takeover By 2014

It’s been a long while since Afghans have had anything resembling autonomy when it comes to protecting their own interests, not to mention their own people. Well, it’s going to be a while longer, too, but on Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


Clinton and Gilani
AP / Anjum Naveed

U.S. Gives Big Aid Package to Pakistan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was flexing her diplomatic chops on Monday during a strategic visit to Pakistan, where she announced a hefty aid package—to the tune of $7.5 billion—and this time, the funding is ostensibly intended for nonmilitary purposes.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Reality and Reform for How the EU Keeps Its Peace

The European Union deliberately has chosen not to challenge the United States as a military or political superpower. This is convenient for most and saves Europe a great deal of money. It is prudent, since no one knows what the U.S. would do if the Europeans undertook a role that challenged American primacy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



Department of Defense / Staff Sgt. Phil Schmitten

Nixon Thought About Nuking North Korea

Just after a U.S. spy plane was shot down in 1969, President Nixon appears to have ordered nuclear bombers to prepare to attack targets in North Korea, but he quickly changed his mind. More extensive plans (one with the Bush-esque name of “Freedom Drop”) for nuclear strikes on as many as 16 North Korean targets were also devised.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Boris SV (CC-BY-ND)

U.S. and Russia Set to Swap Spies

The family of a Russian scientist convicted in 2004 of spying for the CIA says he and nine other prisoners were being prepared for an exchange brokered by U.S. and Russian authorities. The deal would reportedly see the return of the alleged Russian spies who were recently arrested on American soil.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It’s Time to Negotiate

It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone?

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Alfredo V. Ferrer

We Can’t Afford War

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



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

The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die

Afghanistan is the place where theories of warfare go to die, and if the COIN theory isn’t dead yet, it’s utterly failed so far to prove itself.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



Best Vacation Ever

Secret FCC meetings, what it’s like to be a Canadian doctor, why modern art is in your head, and what science has to say about the best vacation ever—all after the jump.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo

CIA Director Is a Downer When He Makes Sense

CIA Director Leon Panetta estimates that there are currently fewer than 100 al-Qaida fighters—that’s one for every thousand or so U.S. soldiers—left in Afghanistan. Outgoing intelligence director James Jones has used the same figure. (Rant continues after the jump.)

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / cobby17

Power to the Police at G-20

Canada’s Ontario province, possibly inspired by the decade-long assault on civil liberties in the U.S., has secretly passed a regulation allowing Toronto police to arrest anyone near the security zone for the upcoming G-20 financial summit who declines to identify himself or herself or submit to a search.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Leave the Nation-Building to Afghans

The good news? Nobody has to pretend anymore that Gen. Stanley McChrystal knew how to fix Afghanistan within a year. The bad news? Now we’re supposed to pretend that Gen. David Petraeus does.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

11 Revelations From Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Profile

Early reports already chewed over the insults to Ambassadors Eikenberry and Holbrooke and National Security Adviser Jones, but there’s a lot more to the Rolling Stone article that could mean Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s ass. Here (after the jump) are 11 jaw-droppers, groaners and sigh-inducers.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



Al Jazeera English

Watching the World Cup in the West Bank

The 465-mile-long wall that divides the Palestinian territories from neighboring Israel is both illegal and an eyesore, but one West Bank restaurant owner has decided to use the barrier for good: to screen every match of the World Cup soccer tournament.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


Gulf War Syndrome

It’s great that President Obama and his advisers finally seem to understand the atmospherics of responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Now if they’d only get the policy right.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / MichalFoto (CC-BY-ND)

Stealth Superpower: How Turkey Is Chasing China in Bid to Become the Next Big Thing

Turkey has ambitions beyond the Middle East and the means to get there.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



Sarah Palin: Competent Manager

How Sarah Palin says she would have dealt with the oil spill, why white people in Santa Monica are dodging immigrant police, and why the EPA is after the Amish.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


Newest National Security Strategy Is an Elaboration of the Old

Even though Barack Obama writes that America cannot allow the burdens of the 21st century to “fall on American shoulders alone,” he similarly cannot accept that the United States deviate from the globalist ambitions emphasized in the published strategies of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


The Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Framing the Narrative

They called it “Operation Sea Breeze.” Despite the pleasant-sounding name, Israel’s violent commando raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships, which left nine civilians dead, has sparked international outrage.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Russia Has Trouble Escaping the Past

Russia has come a long way, but geopolitics in Eastern Europe are still overshadowed by a mutual distrust rooted in World War II.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Israel From 10,000 Feet

The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state’s toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Security Strategy Looks Much Like the Old One

Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Burke

N. Korea Severs Ties, Orders Preparations for War

Tensions between North and South Korea are spiraling out of control. The north has cut all ties, and Kim Jong-il reportedly ordered his forces to prepare to defend against attack. Seoul continues to push for satisfaction in the U.N. Security Council after the north allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship. (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


What We Learned From Times Square

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / nedrichards (CC-BY-SA)

Britain Blocks Mossad Replacement Over Passport Theft

The United Kingdom will not allow an official representative of Israel’s security services into the country, according to an Israeli report, until Israel promises, in writing, not to abuse British passports. Israel has so far refused, the report said.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Krisanna Johnson

Hotel Calls Bush ‘Poisoning’ a Stunt

Laura Bush’s new memoir reportedly features a scene at a German hotel fit for a Poirot mystery: The president and his entourage suddenly taken ill as the Secret Service frantically searches for poison. The hotel in question says Mrs. Bush is probably just trying to sell books.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / dibau_naum_h (CC-BY-SA)

Palestinians Turn to Gandhi, Dr. King

While armed militias get all the attention, some Palestinian organizers are embracing nonviolent strategies like peaceful marches and boycotts as a more effective avenue to peace. As one organizer quoted by The Christian Science Monitor put it: “It’s not a war between two armies. By using non-violence, we take away the security excuse from the Israelis.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The NATO Nuisance

Large and firmly implanted bureaucratic organizations are almost impossible to kill, even when they have no reason to continue to exist, as NATO has not since the Soviet Union, communism and the Warsaw Pact all collapsed.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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