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Franken’s anti-rape amendment becomes law

Over the unexplained objections of 30 Republican Senators, an anti-rape amendment authored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became law Monday with President Obama’s signature on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. The provision was sparked by the gang-rape of a 19-year-old Kellogg, Brown & Root employee by her coworkers…

US to ‘simulate’ technically impossible attack by Iran

In order to test its missile defense technology, the United States intends to defend against a simulated attack that, according to reports on Iran’s military capabilities, is not technically possible. Most prior tests of U.S. missile defense systems have been geared toward defending against a volley from North Korea. Sometime…

Blackwater guards’ lawyers want nicknames kept from jury: ‘Savage,’ ‘Extreme’

What do you think of the nickname “Murder?” Would it influence you as a juror in a murder trial? How about “Savage Viking” or “Extreme?” The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed an attempted murder conviction for a US gang member, citing what it called the prosecution’s “gratuitous…

Now you can kill insurgents with your iPhone

Apple’s iPhone can be your personal radio, your web browser, your Yellow Pages and your all-in-one online retailer. But now, thanks to defense contractor Raytheon, it can help you kill insurgents as well. At a defense industry conference this week, the company recently known for developing a pain ray that…

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