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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 24, 2011 Pentagon Finds No Fault in Ties to TV Analysts
QUOTE: A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives....The inquiry confirmed that Mr. Rumsfeld’s staff frequently provided military analysts with talking points before their network appearances....four military analysts reported that they were ejected from Mr. Rumsfeld’s outreach program “because they were critical” of the Pentagon.
New York Times Dec 17, 2011 In Strikes on Libya by NATO, an Unspoken Civilian Toll
QUOTE: NATO’s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate.
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 House Spurns Obama on Libya, but Does Not Cut Funds
QUOTE: The House dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly rejecting a bill to authorize United States military operations in Libya. But the chamber also defeated a measure that would have limited financing to support those efforts.
New York Times May 20, 2011 Is Obama about to break the law?
QUOTE: At issue: The 1973 War Powers Act, which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days....Administration officials don't yet feel compelled to seek such permission...
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 08, 2011 Why humanitarian wars can go so wrong
QUOTE: The big democracies usually stand idly by during the worst atrocities, including the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda… Western democratic leaders have powerful political incentives to do humanitarianism on the cheap… These governments were more worried about the safety of their own soldiers than about protecting Bosnian civilians.
Washington Post Nov 17, 2009 Paying Off the Warlords: Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption
QUOTE: Afghan political analysts observe that Ghazanfar and Zahid Walid are striking examples of the multimillion-dollar business conglomerates, financed by American as well as Afghan tax dollars and connected to powerful political figures, that have... emerged as part of a pervasive culture of corruption here.
TomDispatch Nov 14, 2009 No Parade for Hans
QUOTE: The German men and women in Afghanistan set off for war without the support of the populace, and they know that when they return there won’t be crowds cheering in the streets, ready to make heroes of them. Germany has turned its back on hero worship. The soldiers fight alone.
New York Times Nov 05, 2009 Who's in Big Brother's Database?
QUOTE: these new centers in Utah, Texas, and possibly elsewhere will likely become the centralized repositories for the data intercepted by the NSA in America's version of the "big brother database" rejected by the British.
New York Review of Books (NYRB) Oct 24, 2009 With ban over, who should cover the fallen at Dover?: Few in media choosing to capture events, but military posts pictures
QUOTE: "Taking pictures of the returning casualties to Dover is a measure of the human cost of war," said Ralph Begleiter, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware... "Do you want the government ultimately to have control over what we see or not see? Or do you want independent observers, an independent press or media, relaying those images?"
Washington Post Oct 19, 2009 How the Afghan Election Was Rigged
QUOTE: No one will ever know how Afghans voted in their country's presidential elections on Aug. 20, 2009. Seven weeks after the polling, the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is still trying to separate fraudulent tallies from ballots.
Time Magazine Sep 21, 2009 Science behind US coercive interrogations missing in action
QUOTE: An article released by an academic journal today argues that the psychology equivalent of folk wisdom drove the decision to use coercive interrogation techniques during the Bush administration.
Ars Technica Sep 16, 2009 A third of Karzai votes may be fraudulent, EU official says: The EU's monitor for Afghanistan election suggests that 1.1 million of the incumbent president's votes must be investigated.
QUOTE: The Afghan elections... received another body blow Wednesday when the head of the European Union's election-monitoring commission said that as many as 1.1 million votes cast in the vote were "suspect."
Christian Science Monitor Aug 27, 2009 What’s Next in National Security Pentagon Probes War-Reporter Screening (Danger Room)
QUOTE: The Pentagon is looking into reports that the military’s public affairs apparatus in Afghanistan has been rating reporters according to their degree of sympathy to U.S. war aims.
Wired Aug 25, 2009 Our laws condone torture: Investigations into torture can only do so much. The U.S. needs laws that more clearly forbid brutality
QUOTE: It is the ambiguity of U.S. law on these matters that allowed John Yoo to offer those bizarre opinions, as White House counsel, as to what interrogators could do. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is toothless and largely ineffectual except as a vague set of ideals. It needn't be that way.
Salon Aug 24, 2009 Karzai Opponent Alleges 'Widespread' Voter Fraud
QUOTE: The allegations of fraud, combined with the slow pace of vote tabulation and the cumbersome process for investigating complaints, are raising political tensions as the nation [Afghanistan] waits to see whether its second presidential election will produce a result that Afghans can trust.
Washington Post Aug 22, 2009 Reports Revive Debate on Contractor Use: Lawmakers, Critics Warn That Military, CIA May Rely Too Much on Private Firms
QUOTE: The disclosure that the CIA once hired Blackwater USA for elements of an assassination program has brought back into focus the wide range of intelligence and military activities that are being contracted out to private firms.
Washington Post Aug 20, 2009 CIA Hired Firm for Assassin Program: Blackwater Missions Against Al-Qaeda Never Began, Ex-Officials Say
QUOTE: A secret CIA program to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with assassination teams was outsourced in 2004 to Blackwater USA...
Washington Post Aug 20, 2009 Splashing, and clashing, in murky waters: Piracy and private enterprise
QUOTE: for strategists grappling with the diminished safety of the world’s seas... figuring out a sensible and workable division of labour between navies and private firms is not easy.
Economist Aug 18, 2009 Mexico Drug Fight Fuels Complaints
QUOTE: Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers generated a sixfold increase in human rights complaints against the Mexican military between 2006 and 2008, and it is unclear that any of those complaints resulted in prosecutions, according to a State Department report on the effort.
New York Times Aug 12, 2009 Use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan: deadly, but legal?
QUOTE: the US – and allies like Pakistan – will have to confront important questions about their [Predator drones] legality. Who, exactly, controls the [Predator] drones? And by what laws are they governed?
Christian Science Monitor Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.
QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.
Mother Jones Aug 11, 2009 How America Is Funding Corruption in Pakistan: Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
QUOTE: For the last eight years, U.S. taxpayers' money has funded hardly any bona fide counterterrorism successes, but quite a bit of corruption in the Pakistani Army and intelligence services.
Aug 09, 2009 Tomgram: Jamail and Lazare, Lost in Military Limbo
QUOTE: For soldiers who have gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and then voluntarily turned themselves in or were forcibly returned, the detention conditions here in Echo Platoon only serve to reinforce the inescapability of their situation. They remain suspended in a legal limbo of forced uncertainty that can extend from several months to a year or more, while the military takes its time deciding their fate.
TomDispatch Aug 06, 2009 Iraqis Freed by U.S. Face Few Jobs and Little Hope
QUOTE: He [Alaq Khleirallah] is one of roughly 90,000 detainees who have been released from American detention centers in the past six years, a process that will end sometime next year, when the last center is to be transferred to Iraqi control. Almost 10,000 detainees remain in American custody. They have received a grim welcome.
New York Times Aug 06, 2009 Tomgram: John Feffer, Their Martyrs and Our Heroes
QUOTE: Given the plethora of suicide missions in the Western tradition, it should be difficult to argue that the tactic is unique to Islam or to fundamentalists.
TomDispatch Aug 01, 2009 Halted ’03 Iraq Plan Illustrates U.S. Fear of Cyberwar Risk ("Cyberwar" part 6)
QUOTE: the [cyber]attack [on Saddam Hussein's bank accounts and government funds] never got the green light. Bush administration officials worried that the effects would not be limited to Iraq but would instead create worldwide financial havoc... Fears of such collateral damage are at the heart of the debate as the Obama administration and its Pentagon leadership struggle to develop rules and tactics for carrying out attacks in cyberspace.
New York Times Jul 28, 2009 The Future of Cyber Security: What Are the Rules of Engagement? (Duel Perspectives)
QUOTE: In a battle where the militarized zone exists solely in the ether(net) and where anyone can wield the cyber-equivalent of a 10-ton bomb, how do we fight, let alone find, the enemy? What standard of proof will be used to determine the origin of an anonymous attack?
Wired Jul 28, 2009 Congressional Committees Raise Concerns Over Pentagon's Strategic Communications (Fine Print)
QUOTE: Lawmakers are voicing concerns about the Pentagon's strategic communications programs, through which the military aims to win over civilians and erode support for adversaries in countries around the world.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2009 Who is the CIA allowed to kill? Cheney's secret assassination program may be terminated, but the U.S. is already carrying out "targeted killings"
QUOTE: The United States has had plenty of legal latitude to carry out targeted killings during the so-called war on terror -- and has been exercising that option vigorously for the past eight years.
Salon Jul 15, 2009 Why some Israeli soldiers are disillusioned by Gaza tactics
QUOTE: Israeli combatants in the Gaza war against Hamas were told by commanders to minimize their own casualties even if it meant risking the lives of Palestinian civilians, a group of Israeli soldiers have alleged.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 13, 2009 Calderon's drug offensive stirs 'wasp nest' (Mexico Under Siege)
QUOTE: The 2 1/2-year offensive has uncovered deep corruption and sparked violent gang wars, presenting a stark reality: The longer and harder the war is fought, the more complex and daunting it becomes.
Los Angeles Times Jan 12, 2009 In Israel, a Consensus That Gaza War Is a Just One
QUOTE: “Almost 100 percent of Israelis feel that the world is hypocritical. Where was the world when our cities were rocketed for eight years and our soldier was kidnapped? Why should we care about the world’s view now?”
New York Times Dec 28, 2008 Israeli Attacks in Gaza Strip Continue for Second Day
QUOTE: Israeli airstrikes against Hamas facilities in Gaza continued for a second day on Sunday and the death toll rose to more than 280....A military operation had been forecast and demanded by Israeli officials for weeks, ever since a rocky cease-fire between Israel and Hamas fully collapsed a week ago, leading again to rocket attacks in large numbers against Israel and isolated Israeli operations here.
New York Times Dec 12, 2008 Obama to Hear Panel on Changes to War Powers Act
QUOTE: Mr. Obama met Thursday with the leaders of a commission that has proposed revamping the legal process for launching military action, to require more consultation between a president and Congress. The proposal would scrap the problematic War Powers Act of 1973, a measure passed in the hangover from Vietnam to give Congress more say in committing troops to the battlefield but largely honored in the breach ever since...
New York Times Nov 28, 2008 Legal Hurdles in West Slow Pursuit of Pirates
QUOTE: bureaucratic and legal hurdles facing international institutions and national governments have so far defeated most efforts to deal with the nimble crews of pirates in speedboats....But some legal experts in Germany said that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and an existing United Nations mandate to combat Somali piracy already provided all the legal cover necessary for muscular action against the pirates.
New York Times Sep 11, 2008 Bush 'approved' Pakistan attacks
QUOTE: President George W Bush has authorised US military raids against militants inside Pakistan without prior approval from Islamabad, the BBC has learned.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Aug 20, 2008 NATO, Russia in war of words over Georgia
QUOTE: NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Tuesday that Russian forces were still inside Georgia, despite a European Union-brokered cease-fire agreement to withdraw -- and despite Moscow's saying it had begun pulling out Monday.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 20, 2008 Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand
QUOTE: To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world. Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance...
New York Times Feb 13, 2008 Limbo for U.S. Women Reporting Iraq Assaults
QUOTE: ...a number of American women [have] reported that they were sexually assaulted by co-workers while working as contractors in Iraq but now find themselves in legal limbo, unable to seek justice or even significant compensation.
New York Times Dec 17, 2007 Old U.S. Allies, Still Hiding Deep in Laos
QUOTE: Four decades after the Central Intelligence Agency hired thousands of jungle warriors to fight Communists on the western fringes of the Vietnam War, men who say they are veterans of that covert operation are isolated, hungry and periodically hunted by a Laotian Communist government still mistrustful of the men who sided with America.
New York Times Jul 18, 2007 Army to Train Soldiers About Brain Injuries, Other Mental Health Concerns
QUOTE: The Army plans to begin a program today to educate every soldier about traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The rare effort to break the perceived stigma within the military on mental health problems comes as increasingly more troops return from battle with serious but undiagnosed conditions.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2007 Soldier says he was deployed with head injury
QUOTE: Pogany agrees with other critics who have noted that injured troops separated from service with bad-conduct discharges and diagnoses of pre-existing personality orders have no shot at disability retirement benefits — which holds down the military’s costs to pay those benefits.
Army Times Nov 22, 2006 Behind talk of a new draft: equity: Congressman Rangel backs conscription, but he is finding few takers on Capitol Hill.
QUOTE: The burden of war is never equitable....Would reinstituting the military draft even things out, spreading the responsibility while influencing politicians to think twice before sending men and women into harm's way?
Christian Science Monitor Sep 30, 2006 Book Says Top Aide Urged Bush to Fire Rumsfeld
QUOTE: Former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. on two occasions tried and failed to persuade President Bush to fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld....Card left the administration in March, convinced that Iraq would be compared to Vietnam and that history would record that no senior administration officials had raised their voices in opposition to the conduct of the war.
Washington Post Sep 09, 2006 Report Details Errors Before War
QUOTE: the report fueled political accusations yesterday that the Bush administration lied to justify invading Iraq, but the documents' nearly 400 pages contain several examples of how bad information wound up accepted as truthful in intelligence assessments at the time.
Washington Post Aug 31, 2006 Legal landmines emerge in 'dirty bomber' case: The Jose Padilla trial is a test: Can US avoid legal tangles of its 'war on terror' tactics?
QUOTE: the Padilla case may ultimately help make the world safer for use of coercive interrogation tactics. It could do so, analysts say, by establishing legal precedents that insulate military interrogations from scrutiny by civilian judges in federal courts.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 16, 2005 Report: Bush Had More Prewar Intelligence Than Congress
QUOTE: Democrats said the 14-page report contradicts Bush's contention that lawmakers saw all the evidence before U.S. troops invaded in March 2003, stating that the president and a small number of advisers "have access to a far greater volume of intelligence and to more sensitive intelligence information."
Washington Post Nov 23, 2005 Military Ties to Indonesia Resume Too Soon for Some
QUOTE: "To waive on national security grounds a law that seeks justice for crimes against humanity -- without even obtaining the Indonesian government's assurance that it will address these concerns -- makes a mockery of the process..."
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
QUOTE: President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence. Neither assertion is wholly accurate.
Washington Post Oct 02, 2005 Sudan Accused of Aiding In Latest Darfur Violence
QUOTE: The African Union accused the Sudanese government of coordinating with Arab militias in attacks on civilians in the country's western region...
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