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Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people

Update (below): HBGary Federal among bidders These days, with Facebook and Twitter and social media galore, it can be increasingly hard to tell who your “friends” are. But after this, Internet users would be well advised to ask another question entirely: Are my “friends” even real people? In the continuing…

Air Force legal office: All of our members’ families can be prosecuted for reading WikiLeaks

Almost anyone in the United States, and especially soldiers or the families of US Air Force members, could be under the threat of prosecution by the military, according to a recent “guidance” document issued by the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) public affairs office. The advisory took on new significance…

Five U.S. Air Force cadets expelled for using “spice”

DENVER (Reuters) – Five U.S. Air Force Academy cadets have been expelled and another 25 are under investigation for using the drug “spice,” a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of marijuana, academy officials said on Friday. The announcement by the academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, comes days after…

US senators demand probe of tanker mix-up

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Seven US senators on Thursday called on the Pentagon to formally investigate a document mix-up in the politically-charged contest for a new aerial refueling tanker. With a decision on the contract expected in February or March, the senators demanded the Defense Department’s inspector general probe whether EADS…

New drone spy cameras fail Air Force test: study

WASHINGTON — A much-touted new camera system for US unmanned aircraft that is supposed to bolster surveillance efforts in Afghanistan has proved ineffective in tests, a US Air Force report concluded. The surveillance system, dubbed Gorgon Stare after the mythical Greek creature whose terrifying gaze turned others to stone, has…

Air Force Academy should drop ‘Lord’s army’ speaker for prayer luncheon, religious freedom advocate demands

The US Air Force Academy should withdraw its invitation for a former Marine to address the Academy’s National Prayer Luncheon next month, according to a religious freedom advocacy group. “Egregiously sectarian statements like [those] from former Lt. McClary blatantly exclude not only non-Christians, but also the many Christians who do…

Argentina to track, investigate UFO sightings

BUENOS AIRES — The Argentine Air Force has created a commission to record and investigate reports of unidentified flying objects (UFO) in the South American country’s airspace, a spokesman told AFP Wednesday. The Commission for the Investigation of Airspace Phenomenon “is in the process of being formed,” said Captain Mariano…

New Zealand military releases UFO files

WELLINGTON – The New Zealand military released hundreds of previously classified reports Wednesday detailing claims of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings and alien encounters. The reports, dating from 1954 to 2009, were released under freedom of information laws after the New Zealand Defence Force removed names and other identifying material.…

Foreign troop deaths in Afghanistan top 700 in 2010

KABUL — The number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year, already by far the deadliest in the nine-year campaign against the Taliban, has passed 700, an independent website said Tuesday. The number of coalition forces killed fighting the Taliban in 2010 stood at 701, around a third higher…

Pentagon bars own journalists from reading Wikileaks

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has banned journalists with the popular defense daily Stars and Stripes from consulting leaked diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, prompting charges of censorship. “The editorial independence of Stars and Stripes and its readers’ right to news free of censorship are being threatened by an overly broad…

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