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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…

Gunman killed after shooting 2 Pentagon police

Sen. Levin moves to block Blackwater’s $1 billion Afghanistan contract

A senior Senate Democrat said Thursday the Pentagon should consider barring Blackwater, now called Xe Services, from a new $1 billion deal to train Afghan police because of “serious questions” about the contractor’s conduct. The comments by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin suggests thinning patience in Congress for…

Marine reportedly killed by opium-fueled private contractors

Pentagon originally said Marine killed in combat The Pentagon confirmed late Tuesday that it is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Indiana Marine after he was shot to death in Afghanistan, allegedly by several US-paid private security contractors. The contractors, according to a fellow Marine in Afghanistan who communicated with…

Pentagon draws plans for immortal ‘synthetic organisms’

The Pentagon’s advanced research division has set aside $6 million from its next budget for research on the creation of “synthetic organisms” whose DNA can be altered to make them live forever, or die on command, and even keep a genetic record of what they have been doing. In its…

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