Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mali: The Next Theater In The “War On Terror”?

JCS Chairman Martin Dempsey, as quoted in Stars & Stripes in December 2012: Meanwhile, when it comes to operating in hot spots in Africa such as Mali, which in the past year has become a haven for terrorist groups, the … Continue reading

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Will These Lines Sink Hagel’s Nomination?

From today’s NYT: “The United States should open a new strategic direction in U.S.-Iran relations by seeking direct, comprehensive and unconditional talks with the government of Iran, including opening a U.S. Interest Section in Tehran,” he said at the Brookings … Continue reading

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Guns and the IOM

From the NYT, on this week’s Institute of Medicine report on how American’s under 50 die more often and younger than their counterparts in the rest of the industrialized world: The rate of firearm homicides was 20 times higher in … Continue reading

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Abu Ghraib’s Latest Chapter

A defence contractor whose subsidiary was accused of conspiring to torture Abu Ghraib prisoners has settled with former inmates for $5m (£3m).
US firm Engility Holdings paid 71 people held at Abu Ghraib, Baghdad, and other US-run prisons, on behalf of L-3 Services, according to a legal filing found by the Associated Press.
L-3 provided translators to the US military in post-war Iraq.
Images of abuse at Abu Ghraib in 2004 sparked international outage.
Another contractor which provided interrogators to the US military, CACI, is expected to go to trial over similar allegations.
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“Less popular than head lice”

The Public Policy Polling results released today indicate that Congress is less popular than a parasite, but the CSM also offers this important reminder about voter responsibility for the current state of affairs: It’s easy for the public to make … Continue reading

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“…Iran is behind these attacks”

From the NYT: Since September, intruders have caused major disruptions to the online banking sites of Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, PNC, Capital One, Fifth Third Bank, BB&T and HSBC. They employed DDoS attacks, or distributed denial … Continue reading

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“He’s singing a different tune now.”

Today, President Obama nominated CIA retiree and current deputy national security advisor John Brennan (standing to Obama’s left in the White House photo, above) to head the CIA. What does the CIA’s former chief torturer, Jose Rodriguez, have to say … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Hands Veterans Another Defeat On Access To Care

From Veterans For Common Sense: Veterans Vow Continued Fight to Fix VA Supreme Court Denies Hearing on Suicidal Veterans Turned Away from VA For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 7, 2013Contact: 202-558-4553 Washington, DC – On Friday, January 4, 2013, the U.S. Supreme … Continue reading

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Today, Drones. Tomorrow, Terminators?

When Predator drones made their debut years ago, they were strictly reconnaissance platforms. But of course, they “evolved”–first, the CIA armed them, then the military followed. The beast in the image here is innocuously named the Legged Squad Support System … Continue reading

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