Friday Feedback: Veterans — The War After the War

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Friday Feedback: Providing basic housing for veterans suffering from severe mental illness is the least we can do for the sacrifices they’ve made.

Army Officer’s Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story

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Gareth Porter: “If the public had access to the classified reports,” Davis writes, “they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is true behind the scenes.”

Our New “Occupation”

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Tom Degan: Wherever people gather to confront the forces of greed and destruction, those of good conscience must enlist in the armies of righteousness. This is not a time to be anchored by quiet desperation.

A 51st State for Armed Robotic Drones

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David Swanson: Weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, have their own caucus in Congress, and the Pentagon’s plan is to give them their own state as well.

How Soldiers Die

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Jumping out of high-flying aircraft isn’t how most 19-year-old women get their kicks, but for Morganne McBeth that was one of the joyous things in her young life. “She loved it. She’d tell us, ‘You are in a totally different universe,’ and this was fun for her,” her step mother, Sylvia McBeth of Fredericksburg, Virginia, [...]

Editor Sues Philadelphia Police for Constitutional Violations

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Walter Brasch: A former managing editor for the online newspaper, OpEdNews, has sued the city of Philadelphia and eight of its police officers for violating her Constitutional rights.

Colombia: Women in the Crossfire

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Diane Lefer: Women are not the only ones to suffer in six decades of armed conflict in Colombia but they, along with the children, have borne the brunt of displacement as some five million Colombians have been violently driven from their homes.

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The Wow Factor: Evolution of Joint Operations Special Command

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Elizabeth Knipe: I am all for having the special operations forces take over from the Army. We have a huge investment in JSOC. Let’s put it to good use, and save our military.

Should Public Workers Make Concessions?

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Shamus Cooke: War has been declared on unions and some labor leaders are pretending that they can offer concessions to appease their attackers. Unfortunately, this strategy has failed for years, and is in fact why the right wing felt confident enough to officially declare war.

Hiding Military Sexual Trauma

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John Lasker: The mysterious deaths of female soldiers coincide with an increase in reported sexual violence against women in the military.

Expand the Role of the Citizen-Soldier Without a Draft

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Ivan Eland: Yet although the presence of conscription does not seem to prevent U.S. entry into questionable wars—for example, the Korean and Vietnam Wars—it does seem to create a peace lobby to end such debacles.

Soldiers With Brain Trauma Denied Purple Hearts

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T. Christian Miller: Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained concussions in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal.

Labor Organizers Can Beat Army for Exciting Lives

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Sherwood Ross: Without unions, human beings will subsist in a world of wage-slavery, of “haves” and “have nots,” rather than in a world where the average person has a chance at making a decent living.

Cons, Convicts, and Government Contractors

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As President Barack Obama today puts out a strong call for reform in government contracting, it’s worth taking a look back at last week’s congressional hearing, artfully titled “How Convicts and Con Artists Receive New Federal Contracts.” Last week’s hearing was based on the findings of a report issued last week by the Government Accountability [...]

Top Military Biolab Suspends Research After Pentagon Finds Trouble With Tracking Pathogens

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The U.S. Army has suspended research with deadly agents and toxins at the military’s top germ warfare lab, which came under intense scrutiny after the FBI identified it as the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks that killed five, injured 17 and kept the nation on knife-edge for weeks. The suspension, [...]

LaVena Johnson Military Rape Coverup

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LaVena Johnson was found dead on a military base in Balad, Iraq, in a tent belonging to military contractor KBR, a spinoff and former subsidiary of Halliburton.

Pentagon Targets African-American and Hispanic Kids to Fight Its Wars: Third in a Three-Part Series

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by Sherwood Ross – If African-Americans are overrepresented in the armed forces it is likely because of the military’s practice of “strategically targeting low-income youth and students of color,” the ACLU has found. Result: While African-Americans make up only 16% of the same-age civilian population, in 2006 they represented about 22% of enlisted Army personnel.

U.S. Breaks International Pledge Not to Recruit Children Under 17: First in a Three-Part Series

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by Sherwood Ross – In violation of its pledge to the United Nations not to recruit children into the military, the Pentagon “regularly target(s) children under 17,” the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) says.

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