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Former Pentagon propagandist supports ‘birther’ officer

An army officer who is facing court-martial charges after refusing orders to deploy to Afghanistan has been attracting support from a number of prominent figures on the extreme right. The most recent endorsement of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin’s claim that no orders issued by the US military are legitimate because…

Pentagon backtracks: Iran attack not ‘off the table’

WASHINGTON — US military action against Iran has not been ruled out, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday, after a top official said such an option was off the table in the “near term.” The Defense Department faced questions about US policy on Iran after Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for…

Video shows Taliban reclaiming abandoned US base

Taliban fighters have taken over a remote base in Afghanistan abandoned by US forces, according to a video aired by the Arabic television station Al Jazeera. American troops left the base just days ago as part of a strategic redeployment in the war-torn country. A video released by the Taliban…

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent months. It’s not pretty. Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That’s a…

Colbert suggestion: Fire all gays then repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

There are fears that a survey being conducted by the Pentagon could be used to out gays and have them expelled from the military. Stephen Colbert called the study “bait and snitch” Monday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tasked the study with finding out the opinions of gay service members…

Stars and Stripes: Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t speak?

US Army secretary offers exception on gay ban in military US troops have been warned for years that “loose lips sink ships,” but apparently openly campaigning against plans being ironed out by Pentagon officials and the Commander-In-Chief isn’t such a big deal if the subject is ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’…

KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes a month

Need a lesson on how to make money in a war zone? Try studying defense contractor KBR, a former unit of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton. The engineering logistics company — whose conflict zone days date to the Vietnam War — won a contract worth $4.6 million to repair military vehicles at…

Gates orders ‘study’ of private contractors’ spy operations

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a study of US “information operations” after a Pentagon official allegedly set up a spy network with private contractors, a spokesman said on Tuesday. A small team of senior military and defense officials will “conduct a quick look assessment” and report their findings within…

Gates: Pentagon to review Blackwater misconduct in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned about possible misconduct in Afghanistan by the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater and has promised to review the issue, the Pentagon said. Gates made the pledge to lawmakers after receiving a letter from Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed…

Media: Pentagon shooter doubted official 9/11 story, hated pot laws

Spin USA continues. As RAW STORY noted last month after Joseph Andrew Stack crashed his small plane into a building containing a federal tax office, “even five years after Jon Stewart famously told CNN’s dueling Crossfire hosts to ‘stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America,’ some folks can’t stop politicizing tragic…

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