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November 2nd, 2010

Plainfield man killed in Afghanistan

A Plainfield man was one of two soldiers who were killed Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, 21, of Plainfield, and Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, Mass., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2010

Belmont soldier killed in Afghanistan, DOD reports

The remains of a Belmont soldier who was killed Monday in a bomb attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan were returned to American soil today, according to a release from the Department of Defense.Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. ... continue reading

September 26th, 2010

Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

Washington -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

September 2nd, 2010

Another False Ending: Contracting out the Iraq Occupation

By Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond.  Bill and Laura work at the Center for Constitutional Rights.Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared.  Nearly seven years after George Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Obama has just given a major address to mark ... continue reading

August 24th, 2010

Protesters briefly block Fort Hood convoy

Peace activists briefly stopped buses carrying Fort Hood soldiers shortly before 4 a.m. Monday outside the post’s Clarke Road gate.The activists, including three veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, were part of a group called “Fort Hood Disobeys” and were attempting to prevent the deployment of the 3rd Armored ... continue reading

August 19th, 2010

Palmyra man killed in Iraq

PALMYRA, NJ - A soldier from Palmyra was killed during an insurgent grenade attack on his vehicle in Iraq. The body of 24-year-old Army Spc. Jamal M. Rhett arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday, where the plane was met by his mother and other family members. ... continue reading

August 15th, 2010

Alleged 'WikiLeaker' sees first visitor

Washington -- The Army private being held in solitary confinement for allegedly leaking a secret military video from the Iraq war to the WikiLeaks website received his first visitor in the past week, according to a Military District of Washington spokesman. Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, the Army intelligence analyst charged ... continue reading

August 9th, 2010

Where's Julian? WikiLeaks Mysteriously Scrubs a Press Conference

Almost as quickly as it scheduled a press conference in London for Monday to address Pentagon demands that it hand over any secret U.S. government documents in its possession, the whistle-blower Web site WikiLeaks postponed the event indefinitely.The initial announcement, circulated Sunday morning by London's Frontline Club, identified the topic ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 20th, 2010

The Casey Sheehan "End to War" Bill

My son, Casey, joined the military in 2000, shortly before his 21st birthday, to help pay for college. He had already completed everything he could take at the local JC and was eager to move on—but he had a fulltime job, and even though we (his dad and I) helped ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

Soldier from Louisville killed in Afghanistan

A 19-year-old soldier from Louisville who was newly married and expecting his first child was killed by a bomb Tuesday in Afghanistan.Pfc. Michael S. Pridham, who relatives said was part of a tank crew, was just six weeks from returning home when he died in Qalat, in southern Afghanistan, from ... continue reading

July 7th, 2010

Lesbian Ex-Sergeant Hopes for Repeal of Military's Policy

LAKELAND | Felicia Pecora said she hadn't yet found herself when she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve at age 22.Eight years later, Pecora says, she had gained maturity, fortitude and self-confidence. She had also attained the rank of sergeant and been deployed on missions to Bosnia and Haiti.It was ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

Military lures older recruits hurt by poor economy

TAMPA, Fla. - Kim Medeiros jogs around her block in Brandon, Fla. wearing a sauna suit. Then the 41-year-old mother of three pulls off the trash bag-like poncho, angles herself on a picnic table and starts knocking out pushups.Medeiros joins the Army in September. She says it offers her a ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Investigators claim US money is funding Afghan warlords

Investigators say the US military has been giving tens of millions of dollars to Afghan security firms who are channelling the money to warlords. Trucks carrying supplies to US troops allegedly pay the firms to ensure their safe passage in dangerous areas of Afghanistan. The convoys are attacked if payments ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Furious President Obama summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates publicly rebuked Gen. Stanley McChrystal Tuesday, saying in a statement that the top commander in Afghanistan had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment" in the biting remarks he and his aides made in a Rolling Stone article about President Barack Obama and others in ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

Afghanistan gears up to award contracts for vast iron ore deposits in peaceful province

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan is gearing up to award contracts to mine one the world's largest iron ore deposits buried in a peaceful province of the nation that has at least $3 trillion in untapped minerals, the country's top mining official said Thursday.Geologists have known for decades about Afghanistan's vast ... continue reading

June 16th, 2010

WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video

Julian Assange, who the Feds fear may release State Dept. secrets, denies having them—but he’s readying video of a deadly U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan.After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of ... continue reading

June 14th, 2010

Government under pressure to open US skies to unmanned drones despite safety concerns

WASHINGTON — Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry ... continue reading

June 11th, 2010

Left-Right Defense Wonk Coalition Looks to Cut $960 Billion From Bloated Pentagon Budget

Few communities of Washington wonks run into greater structural and institutional obstacles than advocates of reduced defense spending. Defense companies put billions into PR campaigns for the necessity of this or that project that runs over cost. Legislators have every career incentive to lard the defense budget with job-creating bloat ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2010

Afghan Reconciliation Meeting Disrupted by Rockets, Gunfire

Afghan President Hamid Karzai opened a conference on national reconciliation as rockets and gunfire erupted outside the meeting venue. More than 1,600 politicians, tribal elders and members of civil groups gathered in a tent on the Kabul University campus for the National Consultative Peace Conference. The first explosion occurred as ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Md. gets 1st US law barring schools from giving student test results to military recruiters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A first-of-its-kind law bars public high schools in Maryland from automatically sending student scores on a widely used military aptitude test to recruiters, a practice that critics say was giving the armed forces backdoor access to young people without their parents' consent. School districts around the country ... continue reading

May 11th, 2010

VIDEO: Fallujah Birth Defect Spike Thought to Be Result of U.S. Chemical Weapons

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April 29th, 2010

Gulf oil spill could reach shore Thursday night

NEW ORLEANS – The edge of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was expected to reach the Mississippi River delta by Thursday night and a new technique to break up the oil a mile underwater could be tried, officials said.As of this morning, part of the slick ... continue reading

April 29th, 2010

New oil leak in well of sunken drilling rig

NEW ORLEANS — Five times more oil a day than previously believed is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out well of a sunken drilling rig, the Coast Guard said Wednesday, an estimate the oil company trying to contain the massive spill disputes.A new leak was discovered in ... continue reading

April 6th, 2010

Believe It or Not (2010 Imperial Edition)

In my 1950s childhood, Ripley’s Believe It or Not was part of everyday life, a syndicated comics page feature where you could stumble upon such mind-boggling facts as: "If all the Chinese in the world were to march four abreast past a given point, they would never finish passing though ... continue reading

March 1st, 2010

Military suicides are causing civilian casualties, too

WASHINGTON — Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Wimmer charmed potential Army recruits with a movie star's smile, but somehow it never quite reached his eyes, even when he was cradling his newborn twin daughters. Whenever he closed his eyes, he dreamed of his own dead body swinging from a rope, his ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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