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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…

Pentagon appears to impede independent autopsy of Gitmo ‘suicide’

The family of a former Gitmo detainee are still waiting years later for answers regarding the events leading up to their son’s death. Hope that a second autopsy would provide those answers has been at a standstill as the doctor who performed the autopsy waits for U.S. officials to respond…

Defense chiefs support ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

Mullen: Allowing gays to serve openly ‘the right thing to do’ The US’s two highest-ranking defense officials have thrown their weight behind President Barack Obama’s call to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that bars homosexuals from serving openly in the military. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint…

Pentagon likely to stop enforcing key parts of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Fresh off a promise from President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address to repeal a law barring gays from serving openly in the military, the Pentagon is expected to announce that they will stop enforcing the most controversial elements of the law. Buried in a New York…

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’

WASHINGTON — Remember the Pentagon Office of Special Plans that helped collect dubious intelligence that led to the war in Iraq? Or the program where the Pentagon secretly briefed military analysts to promote the Iraq war? Meet the would-be Office of Strategic Deception. In a little-noticed report earlier this month,…

Pentagon backtracks after Gates ‘admits’ Blackwater operating in Pakistan

The Pentagon has gone into damage control mode after Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared to confirm that security contractor Blackwater is operating in Pakistan. The admission, quickly denied by Defense Department officials, has set fire to long-simmering rumors inside Pakistan about the involvement of for-profit contractors in the war against…

Report: Pentagon mulls ‘separate but equal’ gay policy

‘Now is not the time’ to repeal DADT, Pentagon lawyers argue Gay rights activists are sounding the alarm about a Pentagon legal memo that advocates delaying any decision about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy until 2011, as well as a news report that military brass are considering separate…

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