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  • DoD manual allows journalists to be held as ‘belligerents’

    08/26/2015 1:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 3:16 AM EDT | Wendy Benjaminson
    New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses. […] A person deemed “unprivileged belligerent” is not entitled to the rights afforded by the Geneva Convention so a commander could...
  • The Army is broken

    08/18/2015 10:25:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 08-15-2015 | Robert H. Scales
    ...Sadly, the Army that stayed cohesive in Iraq and Afghanistan even after losing 5,000 dead is now being broken again by an ungrateful, ahistorical and strategically tone-deaf leadership in Washington. The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the...
  • DoD teams surveying US military sites for potential Gitmo transfers, lawmakers vow fight

    08/14/2015 2:04:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Department of Defense notified lawmakers Friday that teams will visit two military installations in the United States — Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and the Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C. — to conduct “site surveys” looking into transferring a “limited number” of Guantanamo detainees, Pentagon and Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The move, coming on the same day Secretary of State John Kerry marked the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, has already triggered a backlash on Capitol Hill. But, despite existing congressional restrictions on moving the detainees to U.S. soil, the notice itself suggests officials are wasting...
  • Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database

    08/13/2015 4:00:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | August 13,2014 | By DANIEL BATES
    Platte River Networks was used by Clinton to maintain 'homebrew' server in her New York State house which held her State Department emails She handed over the server and a thumb drive this week to FBI after emails were found to contain 'above top secret' material Her White House campaign is said to be in 'panic' over the growing scandal which comes out of probe into US diplomats' deaths in Benghazi Daily Mail Online can reveal Denver, Colorado, based firm was sued for illegally accessing master database of US phone numbers It was also accused of causing chaos to White...
  • Ongoing FR Analysis: Jack Wheeler Murder

    01/09/2011 8:55:15 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 1,839 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 9, 2011 | Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt
    Wilmington, Delaware (CNN) -- Police have found homicide victim John Wheeler's cell phone, according to a taxi driver who was interviewed by investigators this week. Athel Scott told CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti that police told him they found the cab driver's number in the phone of Wheeler, the former Pentagon official who was found dead in a Delaware landfill. He said investigators wanted to know how his number got there. Scott... says he told the police he didn't have any idea. "I never got a call from the man. I don't know him... He's never been in my cab....
  • Pentagon decries lack of diversity in special forcesSOCOM chief: 'We need people of color'

    08/06/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | August 6, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    U.S. Army Rangers drill in 2011. A Pentagon spokesman said the military’s elite forces need more diversity, and without, the nation’s security could very well be compromised. “We don’t know where we will find ourselves in the future,” said Army Col. Michael Copenhaver, who’s published a paper on diversity among the special operating forces, USA Today reported. “One thing is for sure: We will find ourselves around the globe. And around the globe you have different cultural backgrounds everywhere. Having that kind of a diverse force can only increase your operational capability.” The comments came as USA Today requested...
  • What’s happening to this heroic Navy officer from the Chattanooga shooting will make your blood BOIL

    08/01/2015 6:38:10 AM PDT · by wtd · 42 replies
    Allen West ^ | August 1, 2015 | Allen B. West
    There are things which make you just upset, like the liberal progressive left and media accomplices’ rage over the shooting of a lion in Africa but abject disregard and disdain reference Planned Parenthood dismembering babies and selling their body parts. But this story has me dog fighting mad and seriously pissed off. As reported ten days ago by Western Journalism, “A Navy officer and Marine reportedly returned fire at the shooter who killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tenn., even though current policy does not permit military members to carry firearms on facilities such as those where the attack occurred....
  • Army Says Armed Citizens Are “Security Threat” At Recruiting Stations

    07/23/2015 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/22/15 | Michael Strickland
    As private citizens stand guard at military recruiting centers across the nation, the Army has released a warning to its personnel and recruits, stating that armed citizens should be treated as a “security threat”. Travis Tritten of Stars & Stripes reports: The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat. Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a...
  • 70 lawmakers call on DoD to lift ban on personal firearms on bases

    07/23/2015 9:17:07 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 7/23/15 | Chris Eger
    Capitol Hill Republicans are demanding Secretary of Defense Ash Carter make changes to the policy of prohibiting personal firearms on Department of Defense property. U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., penned a letter signed by 67 other members of the House as well as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Wednesday to Carter calling for the change in light of the attack in Chattanooga last week that left five service members dead. “The American people want to know what we are doing to give their sons and daughters the highest probability that they can go to work in...
  • A top general is worried that that the US military is spread far too thin

    07/21/2015 10:49:49 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 12 replies
    BusinessInsider.com ^ | July 18, 2015 | DAVID ALEXANDER, REUTERS
    The US Army is far more heavily engaged around the world than projected when it began slashing force size several years ago, and its commitments will be hard to maintain in the long run as troop numbers shrink, General Ray Odierno said on Friday. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said decisions about cutting the size of the force from 570,000 to the current 490,000 were made several years ago when Pentagon planners expected a peaceful Europe, a declining commitment in Afghanistan and no return to Iraq. Instead, he said, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe...
  • PENTAGON: Recruiting Centers to Remain Unarmed, Unguarded; Recruiters Told to Not Wear Uniforms

    07/17/2015 7:19:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 138 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-17-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno said on Friday he has no plans to arm recruiters or add security patrols to military recruitment centers in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks on unarmed, unguarded military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Odierno basically said he doesn’t trust his troops to handle their weapons properly.Also on Friday, the Marine Corps ordered recruiters to not wear their uniforms at work for ‘force protection.’Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, one four Marines killed in Islamist terror attack in Chattanooga, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Photo: Screen grab.Odierno made his comments at a breakfast...
  • [vanity] Department of Defense Celebrates LGBT Pride

    07/10/2015 10:03:10 AM PDT · by Barry Cratus · 15 replies
    [vanity post] The DoD effort to push perverse sexuality and gender identity into our faces extends to the lowest echelon levels of the military. This crap isn't pushed only by senior, cabinet-level, political appointee-level office of the Pentagon. We face it at the in-your-town level of the base and laboratory and warship. This is pushed by commanders at the military base in your state. Here's an example: Here's the (innocuous) bio of this particular speaker: http://www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/oeidocs/Amanda_Simpson_Bio.pdf
  • DoD renames “unlawful combatants” in detainee manual to … ("Unprivileged Belligerents")

    07/05/2015 2:43:29 PM PDT · by Marie · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 26, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In fact, captured terrorists went out of style a long time ago, so that’s not the actual change. Until recently — like, say, two weeks ago — the Department of Defense used the term unlawful combatant as the label for terrorists captured by American military and intelligence forces as a way to distinguish them from uniformed soldiers of a recognized state authority in a straight-up fight. Their new manual dispenses with that term, the Federation of American Scientists noticed today (via Steven Aftergood and Olivier Knox): When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons,...
  • Environonsense—eco-faithful rant; DOD enforces EPA swiping water rights

    06/02/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/02/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Environonsense pretty well covers the gamut from the moronic to the vile that eco-politics now exemplifies Begin with brainwashed college students absurdly demanding their institution of ‘higher learning’, Western Washington University, rescind the masters degree awarded a state senator for admitting being a “climate agnostic.” Sen. Doug Ericksen, who holds a degree in political science and environmental policy, seems to have used the term to illustrate how man-made climate change has become a religion rather than science-based theory. Evidently, that, along with his removing verbiage from legislation referring to climate change as being a threat to the state, was enough...
  • DOD Charges Millions at Casinos, Strip Clubs on Govt. Credit Cards

    06/01/2015 4:43:51 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 5/27/15 | Judicial Watch
    In the latest of many flagrant examples of how tax dollars are wasted, government-issued credit cards were used by Department of Defense (DOD) employees to make more than $4 million in personal charges, including at casinos and strip clubs. During a one-year period the agency charged 20 million transactions for $3.4 billion on government credit cards, according to a DOD Inspector General report issued this month. About $3.2 million of it was spent at casinos and nearly $1 million on personal expenses, including about $100,000 at strip clubs by 646 card holders. The casino charges were made through 4,437 transactions...
  • Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al...

    05/18/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from theDepartment of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the...
  • ISIS activity prompts threat level increase at bases

    05/08/2015 9:13:57 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | May 8, 2015 | Barbara Starr
    Washington (CNN)—Security conditions at U.S. military bases were raised Thursday night, because of growing concern of a jihadist threat in the U.S. It comes hours after FBI Director James Comey raised the prospect there are thousands of ISIS followers online in the U.S. "We have a general concern, obviously, that ISIL is focusing on the uniformed military and law enforcement," Comey told reporters Thursday. The order was signed by Admiral William Gortney, head of the command. "We have the same concern about the potential threat posed by violent homegrown extremists," said Captain Jeff Davis, spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command...
  • House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

    04/24/2015 2:24:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department's alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had initially pledged to respond to questions, when lawmakers first demanded to know why the Pentagon had not given Congress the requisite 30-day notice before proceeding with the May 31 prisoner trade. But nearly a year later, the Pentagon has released only a trickle of highly redacted emails from before the swap. Republican lawmakers now plan to attempt the unusual step of...
  • The Department of Defense: God's Word is sexist hate speech

    04/14/2015 1:55:51 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 13 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 14, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    World Net Daily is reporting: A Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute course approved by the Department of Defense is under fire for labeling the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence sexist materials. The Daily Caller reported the class given by the DEOMI, an organization with a mission to provide a “world-class human relations education,” was actually removed from the group’s website upon questioning. But the fact they were there at all – and approved by the Defense Department for use – was alarming enough to some who saw irony in the fact U.S. military service members are...
  • US aerospace command moving comms gear back to Cold War bunker (EMP fears?)

    04/07/2015 11:09:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-7-2015 | AFP
    The US military command that scans North America's skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said. The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command's sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said. The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command. Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that "because of the very nature of...
  • House hearing on Obama's request to use force against ISIS (vanity)

    03/18/2015 7:57:24 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    Fox News Online LIve ^ | March 18, 2015 | self
    Live hearing on Defense Budget
  • WH: We 'Welcome' Defense Secretary's Remarks About Transgenders Serving in Military

    02/24/2015 6:35:40 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Obama White House says it welcomes comments by the new defense secretary about transgender people serving in the United States military. "I've seen the reports of Secretary (Ash) Carter's comments," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday. "I can tell you that the president agrees with the sentiment that all Americans who are qualified to serve should be able to serve. And for that reason, we here at the White House welcome the comments from the secretary of defense. "But in terms of -- of additional steps that the Department of Defense will take to...
  • Judicial Watch Forces Obama Administration to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

    02/19/2015 5:21:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 19, 2015
    U.S. Africa Command records – heavily blacked out – show military gathered forces to support “anti-terrorist” actions in Benghazi day after attack (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically “to protect vital naval and national assets.”...
  • Senate Armed Services Committee votes unanimously to approve Carter as secretary of defense

    02/10/2015 7:15:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    twitter ^ | 02/10/2015 | SASC Twitter
    Full Senate confirmation vote to come as early as tomorrow.
  • Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year

    02/09/2015 7:59:22 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 9, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Spending Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year By Elizabeth Harrington Published February 09, 2015 Washington Free Beacon The Department of Defense (DoD) spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts. The Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth$504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio. Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under "Troop Support."
  • Tom Cotton On Islamic Terrorists At Gitmo ‘Every Last One Of Them Can Rot In Hell’

    02/05/2015 6:43:01 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 5, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton railed against the Obama administration’s arguments for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Thursday, saying in a Senate hearing that Islamic terrorists should “rot” at the camp in Cuba before they “rot in hell.” “In my opinion, the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now,” Cotton, a veteran, said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe.” “As far as I’m concerned,” Cotton said, “every last one of...
  • Pentagon Spent $504,816 on Viagra Last Year

    02/06/2015 2:10:35 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Department of Defense (DoD) spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts. The Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth $504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio. Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under “Troop Support.”
  • Non-Profit Groups Sue DOD To Disclose Why There Aren’t More Women [ACLU]

    02/03/2015 12:07:50 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/3/15 | Jonah Bennett
    On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Department of Defense for failing to disclose the admissions policies which result in an underrepresentation of women in military academies. Joined by the Service Women’s Action Network, the ACLU is looking to determine exactly why the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point admit women at a much lower rate than men, but the DOD has so far been uncooperative. The lawsuit states that the DOD has violated Freedom of Information Act deadlines by not releasing admission policy information.
  • Obama IRS Should Face Justice (Weekly Update)

    01/31/2015 11:09:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department Exchanging Terrorists for an Army Deserter? Will Senate Endorse Obama’s Lawlessness?IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department In an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News about a year ago, President Obama said that President Richard Nixon was actually more liberal in his policies than Obama is. But, while comparing their policies, Obama conveniently left out one chilling similarity: Both presidents used the virtually unbridled power and authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target their political opponents. In fact, in many respects Obama’s IRS abuses actually have been much worse than Nixon’s. As...
  • Report: Pay and benefits panel to recommend killing 20-year retirement [Getty, AP Photos]

    01/28/2015 6:35:47 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 88 replies
    Getty, AP Photos; Stars & Stripes ^ | January 28, 2015 | Stars and Stripes
    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday, which will propose fundamental changes to military benefits including ending the 20-year retirement, according to the Military Times, citing sources familiar with the report. The plan calls for Congress to create a hybrid system of smaller defined-benefit pension along with more cash-based benefits and lump-sum payments. A significant portion of retirement benefits would come in the form of government contributions to 401(k)-style investment accounts, those familiar with the report told Military Times. In addition to the 401(k) for troops serving less than 20 years, the commission will...
  • Red Nightmare (1962)

    01/28/2015 3:12:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Oct 3, 2011 | Department of Defense / Warner Brothers
    Jack Webb (Dragnet) plays a Rod Serling-like role as he introduces us to Jerry Donovan -- an average guy who shrugs off his inconvenient, civic responsibilities. Jerry "wakes up" in a communist-controlled town, where he's the only American left. This film was produced for the Defense Department by studio mogul Jack L Warner and stars many Warner Brothers stock actors -- including Jack Kelly (Maverick), Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West) and Andrew Duggan. At the time, Jack L. Warner was very staunch anti-Communist, even though he released a pro-Communist feature film, Mission to Moscow, in 1943. Producer: Department of Defense...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign [America Under Obama? Congress]

    01/18/2015 7:50:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 18, 2015
    Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign January 18, 2015 An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording "On a mission for both God and country.” The order went out Friday to a recruiting station in Phoenix that had been displaying the outdoor sign since at least October. The sign board also shows an image of a Special Forces patch and Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs. An inquiry from Army Times to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command prompted the sandwich board’s immediate removal.
  • Nadhmi Auchi and the New Statesman

    10/13/2008 2:05:07 PM PDT · by Danae · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The New Statesman ^ | 10-6-2008 | Martin Bright
    The brilliant people at Wikileaks have produced a very useful collection of articles about stories removed from media websites following legal threats from an Iraqi billionaire The British-based Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi has become a highly controversial figure in the United States after being linked to Chicago-based businessman Tony Rezko - the weak link in the Obama campaign. The freedom of information site Wikileaks has now published some fascinating material about Auchi's attempts to stop people writing about him. Auchi was convicted of fraud by the French courts in 2003 for his involvement in illegal payments surrounding a deal he...
  • Giving China the 'Key to the Front Door'

    10/03/2007 3:52:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 409+ views
    The Loft (GOPUSA blog) ^ | October 3, 2007 | Bobby Eberle
    Several months ago, the Pentagon's network and e-mail system fell victim to computer hacking. After an internal investigation, Pentagon officials declared that the hack was perpetrated by the Chinese military. In particular, officials said the attack "was by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and that it led to the shutdown of a computer system serving the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates." Now, a Chinese company with ties to the country's military, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger.According to a story in the Washington Times, Huawei Technologies...
  • U.S. Spent $65 Mil to Help Afghan Women Escape Repression, No Clue if it Helped

    01/05/2015 12:17:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 5, 2015
    In the latest of many scandals involving U.S. aid for Afghan social issues, tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars have been wasted on programs to supposedly assist women in the Islamic country escape repression yet we have no idea if it’s made a difference because there’s no accountability or follow up. During a two-year period from 2011 to 2013 the U.S. blew $64.8 million on 652 projects, programs and initiatives to support Afghan women though details of how the money was spent and the effectiveness of the costly experiments aren’t available, according to a federal audit. The cash flowed...
  • Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist...

    12/19/2014 9:41:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 19, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist Swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl GAO found that Obama broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped Bowe Bergdahl for the high-level terrorists (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on November 18, 2014, it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to obtain records concerning arrangements made between the U.S. government with third parties or another state regarding agreements and monetary payments to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan....
  • US Army Will Start Selling Surplus Humvees to the Public Starting Tomorrow

    12/16/2014 10:05:00 PM PST · by Spktyr · 33 replies
    CarBuzz ^ | 16 Dec 2014 | Jay Traugott
    Yes, this is happening. Because the US Army needs a few extra bucks. That’s why. Very soon you will be able to buy a surplus Army-issue Humvee at prices starting around $10,000. Yep, this is the real deal. According to Yahoo News and the Army Times, the US Department of Defense will auction off as many as 4,000 military-spec Humvees, instead of sending them to scrap yards. The first batch of 25 Humvees is heading to the auction block tomorrow. Obviously these retired vehicles aren’t in perfect condition, most having been built between 1987 and 1994. They have anywhere from...
  • Joining the military doesn’t make you a hero (Triple Bagger)

    12/08/2014 5:14:30 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7 Dec 14 | Stephen Kinzer
    Who is a hero? In today’s America, it is someone who chooses a military career, puts on a uniform, and prepares for war. Placing soldiers and veterans on this kind of pedestal is a relatively new phenomenon. Past generations of Americans saw soldiers as ordinary human beings. They were like the rest of us: big and small, smart and dumb, capable of good and bad choices. Now we pretend they are demi-gods. One reason Americans have come to view soldiers as our only protectors is that we have accepted the idea that our country is under permanent threat from fanatics...
  • Captured Terrorists Now Referred to as "Unprivileged Enemy" in Dept. of Defense Manual

    11/27/2014 3:02:58 PM PST · by rightistight · 37 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/27/14 | Aurelius
    The Department of Defense will no longer call captured terrorists "unlawful combatants," but will now refer to these people as "unprivileged enemies." In a joint publication released this month, terrorists captured and detained by the United States will no longer be called "unlawful combatants," which is now apparently an obsolete term. Instead, a more polically correct term, "unprivileged enemies," has been chosen. The manual explains, "Belligerent. In general, a person who is engaged in hostilities against the US or its multinational partners during an armed conflict. The term belligerent includes both privileged belligerent and unprivileged enemy belligerent." It also includes...
  • Obama picks Maxwell Smart as Secretary of Defense and Gender Equality

    11/25/2014 9:51:09 AM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 25, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Immediately upon hearing of Secretary Hagel's decision to resign, President Obama began His search for the best available replacement. Today, He announced His eagerly awaited choice for a successor. I have too many personal problems. Statement of President Obama: My fellow Americans, as you are well aware, I pledged soon after taking office in 2009 that My administration would be the most transparent ever. In keeping with My solemn vow, I want to tell you this evening about My most important actions over the past few days, and how I decided to take them, to make our already exceptional national security even better. A few days ago, My very close personal friend and scapegoat Republican...
  • Guantánamo Bay fight awaits Pentagon pick

    11/25/2014 4:47:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama’s push to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay is likely to become a flashpoint as he seeks to confirm a replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama is seeking to close the detention center before leaving office, which would fulfil a promise he made during his first White House run in 2008. But with Republicans and some Democrats opposed to releasing the detainees or bringing them to U.S. prisons, the administration has considered closing the facility through executive action, according to The Wall Street Journal. The White House questioned the Journal report, but did not explicitly deny...
  • Flashback: When DoD Hopeful Flournoy Attacked Romney for Saying Iraq Withdrawal was Mistake

    11/24/2014 12:53:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/24/14 | staff
    Former Defense Department official Michele Flournoy, who is considered to be on a short list to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, attacked Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign for recognizing that the decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 was a “tragic” mistake. “Governor Romney called the ending of the Iraq War and the bringing of our troops home ‘tragic,’ which is really hard to understand,” Flournoy recited for an Obama campaign video in October 2012. “He wanted to keep our troops there longer, tens of thousands of them.”
  • Obama removing DoD's Hagel

    11/24/2014 7:02:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 23, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will announce the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday in the first high-profile personnel move since Democrats suffered significant losses in this month's midterm elections. "In October, Secretary Hagel began speaking with the President about departing the administration given the natural post-midterms transition time," a senior administration official said. Obama will make the announcement with Hagel at 11:00 a.m. According to the White House, a successor will be named "in short order," but Hagel will remain in the post until that person is confirmed by the Senate. A senior administration official praised Hagel as "a steady...
  • Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

    11/24/2014 6:26:14 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 124 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary — the sole Republican on his national security team — to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
  • BREAKING: US European Command orders no military uniforms to be worn in public.

    11/18/2014 7:28:28 AM PST · by Toespi · 29 replies
    Fox News
    A no uniform order has been issued, not sure if this is just overseas or stateside as well.
  • Ex-US officials criticise Obama ‘micromanagement’

    11/16/2014 7:59:19 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Daily Times (Lahore Pakistan) ^ | Sunday, November 16, 2014 | AFP
    Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, two former directors of the CIA and Defence Department, on Saturday criticised President Barack Obama's micromanagement of the military. “For the past 25 to 30 years, there has been a centralisation of power in the White House,” Panetta said during a panel discussion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “Because of that centralisation of authority at the White House, there are too few voices that are being heard.” Without naming the Obama administration, Panetta said that by the time you get to the White House, the staff has already decided what should be done. Panetta...
  • The Obama Ebola Policy favors risking the lives of our troops

    11/01/2014 12:49:51 PM PDT · by darkwing104 · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 1, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed a new policy this week that requires all troops returning from West Africa be isolated on bases and not be permitted to see their families for 21 days. The new policy is tougher than Center for Disease Control guidelines. The new policy, “intended to provide a “safety valve,” was recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an assurance that the service members participating in Operation United Assistance and returning home won’t bring the Ebola virus to America. The Joint Chiefs have 15 days to provide guidance on the quarantine of service members once they...
  • McHenry Questions DOD on Ebola Preparedness

    10/25/2014 10:57:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/24/14 | Congressman Patrick McHenry Congressman Patrick McHenry
    Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Chief Deputy Whip, questions witnesses on how prepared the Department of Defense is should a member of the American military be stricken with Ebola while in Africa.
  • DOD Admission: Only One Plane Available to Transport Infected Soldiers Out of Africa, One at

    10/25/2014 10:51:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | 10/24/14
    “The idea that you’re coming before us and giving this type of testimony raises great concerns” (Infowars) – The US Defense Department will only have the capability to fly four service members out of Africa per week should they contract the deadly Ebola virus, a Major General said at a meeting today regarding the military’s response to the epidemic. Speaking at a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing earlier today, Maj. Gen. James Lariviere told North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry that the US plans to have “in the vicinity of 3,000” troops in Africa by the end of the...