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Pentagon report in April never mentioned $1 trillion in Afghan wealth

Original goal of Pentagon task force that performed Afghan minerals survey was to get “contracts going between US firms and Iraqi firms” A RAW STORY investigation has revealed that a report released by the Pentagon last April on the progress of the Afghanistan “surge” included only a single passing reference…

Update: Wikileaks ‘confirms’ it has video of US massacre in Afghanistan

The whistleblower website that posted video of a US Army helicopter firing on unarmed civilians and killing two Reuters employees is ready to do it again, its founder says. (A screenshot of the clip appears at right; video available at this link.) Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange says he has obtained…

‘Discovery’ of Afghan riches a pro-war PR scam?

A New York Times report announcing the US has found $1 trillion-worth of mineral deposits in Afghanistan has some observers wondering if the news is part of a public-relations effort to bolster support for the Afghanistan war as the mission’s death toll continues to climb. An article in Sunday’s New…

US ‘desperately’ trying to keep Wikileaks from publishing US communications about Arab states

Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter now writing for Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast, alleged late Thursday that the Pentagon is “desperately” searching for the founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks, out of concern he is about to publish classified US State Department cables. Curiously, the piece cites…

Intel nominee helped enrich contractors as ‘spy for hire’

The chickens-for-checkups candidate may have lost in this week’s Nevada primary, but now the country has a potential Director of National Intelligence whose ability to garner federal money for private contractors once caused him to be compared to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders. When retired Air Force Lieut. General…

Top US cyberwarrior: ‘Remote sabotage’ a real and pressing concern

The top US cyberwarrior said Thursday that Pentagon networks are probed over six million times a day and expressed concern about a rise in “remote sabotage” attacks on computer systems. General Keith Alexander, head of the newly created US Cyber Command, also said developing a real-time picture of threats to…

Senate committee votes to end military’s anti-gay ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

UPDATE: U.S. House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell The U.S. House of Representatives voted 234-194 Thursday night in favor of repealing the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, advancing the repeal that was earlier approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Scott Brown says he’ll vote against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

The Massachusetts senator who succeeded Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in the Bay State says he’ll vote against repealing the Pentagon’s longstanding ban on allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) appears to be bucking the vast majority of residents of his state,…

NYT: US using private spy ring ‘on an almost daily basis’

Despite claims that the US military’s private spy operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been shut down, the program continues to run and is feeding information to the Pentagon “on an almost daily basis,” the New York Times reported Saturday. Additionally, the private operation has ballooned from its original goal…

Gates takes aim at ‘gusher’ of defense spending

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is vowing to rein in the Pentagon’s mushrooming budget and bloated bureaucracy, hoping to succeed where his predecessors mostly failed. After having scaled back some major weapons programs, the former CIA director wants to cut up to 15 billion dollars a year in overhead costs,…

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