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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,…

More troops hospitalized for mental health than any other reason

More U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental health disorders than any other reason in 2009. Mental health hospitalizations throughout the military topped injuries, battle wounds and even pregnancy and childbirth for the first time in 15 years of tracking by the Pentagon’s Medical Surveillance Monthly report. USA Today‘s Gregg Zoroya…

Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed

Earlier this week, the International Red Cross confirmed the existence of a secret “Black Jail” within the Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan, where high-value detainees were held and allegedly abused. Since then, additional details have continued to emerge. The New York Times reported last November that former prisoners and human…

Pentagon says military response to cyber attack possible

The Pentagon would consider a military response in the case of a cyber attack against the United States, a US defense official said on Wednesday. Asked about the possibility of using military force after a cyber assault, James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said: “Yes, we need to think…

Pentagon bans 4 Gitmo reporters for naming witness

Powered by Mochila The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to. The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as “Interrogator No. 1″ and forbade reporting his name during coverage of this…

CIA used ‘fictional’ tale of US prison rape to intimidate teen terror suspect

A shocking yet “fictional” tale of prison rape by “black guys” and “big Nazis” in an American prison was used by a CIA interrogator to intimidate 15-year-old terrorism suspect Omar Khadr as he was held in a U.S.-operated prison in Afghanistan, according to testimony at a Thursday hearing. Washington Independent…

Reagan admin ‘hyped Soviet failures into threats,’ documents show

In its efforts to keep Congress funding huge military budgets in the 1980s, the Reagan administration exaggerated the threat from the Soviet Union’s military projects, newly published documents show. Documents posted online Thursday at the National Security Archives chronicle a Soviet physicist’s efforts to dispel claims about the USSR’s secretive…

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