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GOP candidate’s ad claims he served with Jack Bauer

Chuck DeVore, a GOP senate candidate running for the nomination to unseat California Sen. Barbara Boxer this fall, was probably kidding in an ad his campaign team released this week when he claimed he trained in the Army with 24‘s Jack Bauer. But the Republican’s targeting of “Jack Bauer fans”…

Yemeni cleric urges US military Muslims to attack brothers in arms

Radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi urged all Muslims serving in the US army to follow the example of Major Nidal Hasan who stands accused of killing 13 comrades, in an Internet video posted on Sunday. “What Nidal Hasan did was heroic… and I call on all Muslims serving in the…

Army recalls 44,000 helmets that failed ballistic tests

WASHINGTON — The US Army has recalled 44,000 helmets that failed ballistic tests and federal authorities are investigating the firm that manufactured them, officers said on Monday. The helmets, made by ArmorSource in Hebron, Ohio, were issued to American troops since 2007, including an unknown number of soldiers in Iraq…

US military concerned about ‘over-medication’ of troops

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Army’s surgeon general on Monday expressed concern about “over-medication” of soldiers returning from combat, saying the military is closely tracking how drugs are prescribed to troops. The top medical officer in the army, Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker, said the increasing use of prescription drugs for…

Texas lawmaker: Obama is ‘God’s punishment on us’

Texas governor ‘proud’ to be in Glenn Beck’s ‘army’ It seems conservative firebrands are seeing God’s punishment everywhere these days. First there was televangelist Pat Robertson who in January told his audience that the Haitian earthquake was punishment for Haiti’s founders having signed a “pact with the devil.” Then came…

Former Pentagon propagandist supports ‘birther’ officer

An army officer who is facing court-martial charges after refusing orders to deploy to Afghanistan has been attracting support from a number of prominent figures on the extreme right. The most recent endorsement of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin’s claim that no orders issued by the US military are legitimate because…

Colleague Says Anthrax Numbers Add Up to Unsolved Case

A microbiologist who supervised the work of accused anthrax killer Bruce E. Ivins explained to a National Academy of Sciences panel Thursday why the arithmetic of growing anthrax didn’t add up to Ivins’ mailing deadly spores in fall 2001. “Impossible,” said Dr. Henry S. Heine of a scenario in which…

US soldier took $1.4 million bribe from contractors

A US Army sergeant who oversaw dining facilities at two military bases in Kuwait pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting 1.4 million dollars in "illegal gratuities" from private contractors.…

Afghanistan: More than 100 dead in bloody week

KABUL — More than 100 people including dozens of civilians were killed in violence related to Afghanistan’s ongoing war against the Taliban in the past week, authorities said Sunday. The interior ministry registered about 144 insurgency-related incidents — mostly roadside bombs and militant ambushes — from April 11-18, spokesman Zemarai…

Colbert suggestion: Fire all gays then repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

There are fears that a survey being conducted by the Pentagon could be used to out gays and have them expelled from the military. Stephen Colbert called the study “bait and snitch” Monday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tasked the study with finding out the opinions of gay service members…

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