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Obama relieves McChrystal of command, promotes Petraeus

President Barack Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US military’s forces in Afghanistan, of command. In his speech to the press at 1:45 PM ET, Obama emphasized that his decision came in part because he believes it it is imperative that the US military understands it is…

Pentagon revives Rumsfeld-era domestic spying unit

The Pentagon’s spy unit has quietly begun to rebuild a database for tracking potential terrorist threats that was shut down after it emerged that it had been collecting information on American anti-war activists. The Defense Intelligence Agency filed notice this week that it plans to create a new section called…

Pentagon complains of ‘negative’ picture of Afghan war

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday said US-led forces are making headway against the Taliban, despite what it called an overly gloomy portrayal of the war shaped by media coverage. US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country,…

Pentagon backs off ban on four Guantanamo reporters

WASHINGTON — Four reporters who were banned from covering trials at Guantanamo have been offered an opportunity to be reinstated by requesting it in writing, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bryan Whitman, a senior Pentagon public affairs official, made the offer in a letter responding to an appeal by three…

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…

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