The United States Is Fighting How Many Wars?

By: Monday May 6, 2013 4:31 pm

With neoconservatives and neoliberals amplifying calls for US military intervention in Syria, it is worthwhile to take a moment and consider all the places in the world, where the US currently has forces engaged in daily operations. Secrecy, the reality that a substantial portion of US military or espionage operations with troops are likely happening [...]

Former San Francisco Pride Grand Marshal Who Nominated Bradley Manning Details Board’s Capitulation

By: Monday April 29, 2013 6:37 pm

At the end of last week, San Francisco Pride’s President Lisa Williams and its Board of Directors went against the vote of the “electoral college” that had decided to honor Pfc. Bradley Manning, the gay soldier who the military is prosecuting for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. Williams announced late Friday that a “mistake” had been [...]

Military Appeals Court Rejects Effort by Press to Bring Transparency to Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6:19 pm

A military appeals court has decided journalists and media organizations in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) do not have standing to challenge the lack of access to court records in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. [...]

Iraq War: An Eight-Year Massive Crime—But the US Political Class & Press Ask, ‘Was It Worth It?’

By: Monday March 18, 2013 12:29 pm

Fareed Zakaria on his show on CNN on Sunday asked neoconservative hawk and former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz whether the Iraq war was “worth the price in American lives and treasure.” Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Cotton, who “went from the battlefields of Iraq to the halls of Congress” were on CNN to answer whether the [...]

In NDAA Lawsuit, Government Claims It Has ‘Decade of Experience’ & Hasn’t Detained Any US Citizens

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 3:54 pm

Argument in the government’s appeal against the provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which grants the military the authority to indefinitely detain US citizens, took place this morning at the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by a group of journalists and activists that includes [...]

‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 12:34 pm

The widely-acclaimed PBS program, NOVA, premiered a documentary on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. The documentary, “Rise of the Drones,” was produced to explore how the technology is revolutionizing warfare and creating the next generation of cutting-edge surveillance. It was created to provide a glimpse at how the technology has advanced and how innovations might progress [...]

Indefinite Military Detention Powers and the Death of the Feinstein Amendment

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:16 pm

Lawyers involved in bringing a lawsuit against an indefinite detention provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have expressed outrage over a Congressional conference committee decision to remove an amendment offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that she thought would ban the indefinite detention of US citizens. Michael B. Kelley for Business Insider reports [...]

Challenge to US Military Spying on Peace Activists May Proceed, Court Rules

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 5:58 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by a lawyer with the National Lawyers Guild against a military operative who infiltrated peace activist groups may proceed. NLG member attorney Larry Hildes, one of the lawyers involved in bringing Panagacos v. Towery, told Firedoglake this is the “first time any appellate [...]

Contemporary Colonialism: The Permanent US Drone War Base in Djibouti

By: Friday October 26, 2012 11:44 am

The Washington Post has published a third story in its series on the Obama administration’s institutionalization of its targeted killing program. This story highlights Camp Lemmonier, the United States military base in Djibouti where drones land or take off around sixteen times a day, and is reportedly the first time the US military has confirmed [...]

Defense: Bradley Manning’s Speedy Trial Rights Have Been ‘Trampled Upon’

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 10:57 am

The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, filed a motion calling for all charges with prejudice to be dismissed because the United States government has “trampled upon” Manning’s “speedy trial rights.” The 117-page motion concludes, “A military accused’s right to speedy trial is fundamental. The government’s processing [...]

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