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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 13, 2013 Military rape victims: Stop blaming us
QUOTE: McCoy was one of four alleged victims who testified Wednesday about a problem the military has acknowledged. About 19,000 men and women suffer sexual assault each year in the military, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, though he noted that only about 3,200 assaults were reported.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 19, 2013 Military Rules Leave Gay Spouses Out in Cold
QUOTE: Gay marriage is now legal in nine states and in Washington, D.C. But because same-sex marriages are not recognized under federal law, the spouses of gay service members are barred from receiving medical and dental insurance and surviving spouse benefits and are not allowed to receive treatment in military medical facilities. Spouses are also barred from receiving military identification cards, which provide access to many community activities and services on base, including movie theaters, day care centers, gyms and commissaries.
New York Times Nov 16, 2012 Will Twitter war become the new norm?
QUOTE: The military's live spin about the strike, and Hamas' response on a separate Twitter feed, have been called an unprecedented use of social media. BuzzFeed wrote that it "may well be the most meaningful change in our consumption of war in over 20 years." It's raising questions about the ethics and implications of live-tweeting a violent conflict.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 14, 2012 Adultery, an Ancient Crime That Remains on Many Books
QUOTE: This is yet another example of American exceptionalism: in nearly the entire rest of the industrialized world, adultery is not covered by the criminal code. Like other state laws related to sex — sodomy, fornication, rape — adultery laws extend back to the Old Testament, onetime capital offenses stemming at least partly from a concern about male property.
New York Times Nov 11, 2012 Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer
QUOTE: The new accounts of the events that led to Mr. Petraeus’s sudden resignation on Friday shed light on the competing pressures facing F.B.I. agents who recognized the high stakes of any investigation involving the C.I.A. director but who were wary of exposing a private affair with no criminal or security implications.
New York Times Jul 05, 2012 Israeli Identity Is at the Heart of a Debate on Service
QUOTE: On one level, the questions shaking the Israeli political system this week are pragmatic: how many ultra-Orthodox men and Arab citizens should be drafted into the military or national service, over how many years and how should those who resist be penalized?....At issue is not so much the pragmatic needs of the military, where integrating large numbers of Haredim promises to be more hassle than help, but a growing resentment over who serves the state and who reaps its rewards.
New York Times Mar 06, 2012 Female service members sue U.S. military for alleged rape, sexual assault
QUOTE: '"Although defendants testified before Congress and elsewhere that they have 'zero tolerance' for rape and sexual assault, their conduct and the facts demonstrate the opposite: They have a high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks, and 'zero tolerance' for those who report rape, sexual assault and harassment," according to the lawsuit...'
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 10, 2012 The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn't Want You to Read
QUOTE: a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. According to the Times, the 48-year-old Davis had written an 84-page unclassified report, as well as a classified report, offering his assessment of the decade-long war. That assessment is essentially that the war has been a disaster and the military's top brass has not leveled with the American public about just how badly it’s been going.
Rolling Stone Jan 25, 2012 No jail for marine? Haditha massacre verdict stuns Iraqis.
QUOTE: Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich will receive only a demotion to the rank of private for involvement in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 22, 2011 U.S. Report Faults Two Sides in Deadly Pakistan Strike
QUOTE: mistakes by both American and Pakistani troops led to airstrikes against two Pakistani posts on the Afghan border that killed 26 Pakistani troops. But two crucial findings — that the Pakistanis fired first at a joint Afghan-American patrol and that they kept firing even after the Americans tried to warn them that they were shooting at allied troops — were likely to further anger Pakistan and plunge the already tattered relationship between the United States and Pakistan to new depths.
New York Times Nov 21, 2011 Chaos, deja vu in Tahrir Square
QUOTE: Chaos reigned Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square as demonstrators battled security forces, marking three days of bloody violence in Egypt's capital....But demonstrators are upset about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers. They worry that the military would be shaped as a state within a state.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 09, 2011 Desperate Guatemalans Embrace an ‘Iron Fist’
QUOTE: all across these highlands once ravaged by a 36-year civil war, the region’s bloodiest anti-Communist conflict, Guatemalans are demanding the unthinkable — a strong military, back in their communities. That is how desperate this country has become as gangs and Mexican drug cartels run fever-wild, capturing territory and corrupting institutions so that Guatemala will remain a safe haven for cocaine, guns, money laundering and new recruits.
New York Times Aug 12, 2011 Hidden archive exposes WWII slaughters
QUOTE: Between September 1943 and April 1945, the Nazis' calculated campaign of violence spared no one. In some cases, women, children and the elderly were viciously murdered alongside the men, as villages were overrun. "15,000 Italians were killed," said Dr. Gianluca Fulvetti, a historian who has published two books on wartime atrocities in Italy.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 04, 2011 Pakistan’s Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist
QUOTE: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country’s military, according to American officials.
New York Times May 20, 2011 Fighting for the Right to Tell Lies
QUOTE: Mr. Strandlof was eventually arrested by the F.B.I. and charged with violating the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 law that makes it a federal crime to lie about being a military hero. But though he admitted conjuring the entire tale, Mr. Strandlof has been fighting the case against him, arguing that the law violates his right to free speech. Simply telling a lie, his lawyers assert, does not always constitute a crime.
New York Times Apr 24, 2011 Are drones a technological tipping point in warfare?
QUOTE: The British study noted that drones are becoming increasingly automated. With minor technical advances, it said, a drone could soon be able to “fire a weapon based solely on its own sensors, or shared information, and without recourse to higher, human authority.”
Washington Post Apr 20, 2011 Even in an era of budget cuts, these government programs won’t die
QUOTE: But they have survived, again and again, thanks to powerful lobbies or high-placed patrons in Congress… “If lawmakers can’t cut programs that cost a few million, how are they going to cut deficits that are going to be in the trillions?”
Washington Post Mar 11, 2011 U.S. Inquiry on Military Family Foreclosures
QUOTE: The Justice Department is investigating allegations that a mortgage subsidiary of Morgan Stanley foreclosed on almost two dozen military families from 2006 to 2008 in violation of a longstanding law aimed at preventing such action... As many as 23 military foreclosures were under scrutiny in the Justice Department investigation.
New York Times Mar 02, 2011 Supreme Court rules for anti-gay church over military funeral protests
QUOTE: A Kansas church known for its angry, anti-gay protests at funerals of U.S. troops won an appeal Wednesday at the Supreme Court in a case testing the competing constitutional rights of free speech and privacy. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said that members of Westboro Baptist Church had a right to promote what they call a broad-based message on public matters such as wars.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 15, 2011 Vt. Guard chief warns he's target of Facebook Scam
QUOTE: A Facebook and Skype scammer used the name and photo of a high-ranking Vermont National Guard general to steal $3,000 from a Canadian woman in what's believed to be one of a number of frauds that exploit the authority of the military.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Dec 20, 2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Come Back? Congress voted to repeal DADT. Can gay soldiers who were discharged under the old rules re-enlist?
QUOTE: For the past 17 years, service members discharged for homosexual conduct have been permanently barred from the military, even if they swore that their sexual preference had changed. During that time, Congress has considered several bills to repeal DADT, many of which would have explicitly permitted discharged service members to rejoin...the bare-bones legislation that Congress is about to send to the president punts the re-enlistment issue to the Pentagon.
Slate Jun 26, 2010 Gen. McChrystal allies, Rolling Stone disagree over article's ground rules
QUOTE: McChrystal had been relieved of his command, his 34-year military career in tatters...officials close to McChrystal began trying to salvage his reputation by asserting that the author, Michael Hastings, quoted the general and his staff in conversations that he was allowed to witness but not report.
Washington Post May 28, 2010 As ‘Don’t Ask’ Fades, Military Faces Thorny Issues
QUOTE: For opponents of the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the military, the steps by Congress this week to repeal the policy, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” were a major victory. But now they are girding for what may be an equally difficult task: the transition to a force where straight and openly gay servicemen and women live, work and fight alongside one other.
New York Times May 22, 2010 Congress should repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' and let the Pentagon do the rest
QUOTE: Current efforts to end "don't ask, don't tell" have focused on repealing the law and on replacing it with a policy that requires equal treatment of gay, lesbian and bisexual troops. This is a tougher sell to moderates in Congress and has the downside of perpetuating congressional meddling in military policy. By contrast, the "repeal only" option would leave to the Pentagon any questions about the possibility, content and timing of policy changes...
Washington Post May 20, 2010 The Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity
QUOTE: Sports stars are flattered on campus, avoid many of the onerous duties other midshipmen must perform, and know they’re not going to be thrown out. Instead of zero tolerance, we now push for zero attrition: we “remediate” honor code offenses. Another program that is placing strain on the academies is an unofficial affirmative-action preference in admissions....
New York Times May 07, 2010 Immigration Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags
QUOTE: Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Security officials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws.
New York Times 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 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 22, 2009 In Iraq, battling an internal bane: Spate of crime underlines need to purge corruption, extremists from security forces
QUOTE: A recent spate of high-profile crimes... has forced [Iraqi] Interior Ministry officials to confront head-on the corruption within the ranks of the 663,000-strong security forces.
Washington Post Oct 09, 2009 More women than men dismissed from military for being gay
QUOTE: Women were dismissed from the military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year...
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 02, 2009 Soldiers' Data Still Being Downloaded Overseas, Firm Says: Sensitive Information Found by Using 'Peer to Peer' File-Sharing Software
QUOTE: The personal data of tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers -- including those in the Special Forces -- continue to be downloaded by unauthorized computer users in countries such as China and Pakistan, despite Army assurances that it would try to fix the problem...
Washington Post Oct 02, 2009 A Promise to Restore Civil Liberties Is Slow to Become Reality in Honduras
QUOTE: The de facto president of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, appeared to have bowed to pressure at home and from abroad on Monday, saying that he would lift his order suspending civil liberties. Since then, he has been in no hurry to keep his promise.
New York Times Sep 26, 2009 Wartime Soldier, Conflicted Mom: Women at Arms
QUOTE: Hanging on to today’s war-savvy, battle-tested cadre of mothers — and would-be mothers — is both crucial and difficult for the Army, say officers, enlistees and experts.
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 AP Photo of Dying Marine Criticized: Gates Decries Decision to Distribute Image Despite Family's Protests
QUOTE: The controversy [the Associated Press deciding to distribute a photograph of a mortally wounded Marine in Afghanistan over the objections of the Marine's father] goes to the heart of one of the most sensitive realms of war coverage: the public portrayal of the wounded and the dead.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2009 NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War
QUOTE: A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment.
New York Times Aug 31, 2009 A Few Good Kids? How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.
QUOTE: In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play.
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 Jul 16, 2009 Grave offenses at Arlington National Cemetery (Part 1)
QUOTE: Three former public affairs officers have recently testified under oath about a hostile work environment at Arlington [National Cemetery]. One was fired after speaking out. The other two quit in disgust. Despite nearly 10 years and countless dollars spent on computerizing its operations, the cemetery still relies mostly on paper burial records that in some cases do not match the headstones.
Salon Jun 15, 2009 Neo-Nazis are in the Army now: Why the U.S. military is ignoring its own regulations and permitting white supremacists to join its ranks.
QUOTE: Since the launch of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military has struggled to recruit and reenlist troops. As the conflicts have dragged on, the military has loosened regulations... The lax regulations have also opened the military's doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists and gang members — with drastic consequences.
Salon May 13, 2009 Counseling Was Ordered for Soldier in Iraq Shooting
QUOTE: When the officer ordered Sergeant Russell to undergo counseling and relinquish his weapon — a major rebuke in the military — he became nervous that the Army was “setting him” up to be discharged, Mr. Russell said.
New York Times Apr 30, 2009 In Military, New Debate Over Policy Toward Gays
QUOTE: While Mr. Obama has promised to get rid of the 16-year-old policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve only if they keep their sexual orientation secret, Mr. Gates has said that both he and the president want to push the issue “down the road a bit.”
New York Times Mar 22, 2009 Soldiers: Army forced us to deploy despite health woes
QUOTE: The petition [from affected soldiers] says, "As the shortage of troops has become more and more difficult to overcome, our commanders have become more and more aggressive in deploying soldiers with injuries and illnesses."
USA TODAY Mar 19, 2009 Soldiers’ Accounts of Gaza Killings Raise Furor in Israel
QUOTE: In the two months since Israel ended its military assault on Gaza, Palestinians and international rights groups have accused it of excessive force and wanton killing in that operation, but the Israeli military has said it followed high ethical standards and took great care to avoid civilian casualties.
New York Times Jan 21, 2009 Obama Orders Halt to Prosecutions at Guantánamo
QUOTE: the order came from the Secreatary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, “by order of the president.” It described the halt in all proceedings as designed “to permit the newly inaugurated president and his administration time to review the military commission process, generally, and the cases currently pending before the military commissions, specifically.”
New York Times Dec 30, 2008 Fighting War -- and for Custody: Deployment Used In Battles for Kids
QUOTE: The military does not track statistics on custody disputes, but as military divorce rates rise -- particularly among enlisted female troops such as Greer -- so do child custody struggles in which military service overseas has become a wedge issue....Female troops may be particularly at risk, because mothers are more likely to have custody of children after a divorce.
Washington Post Nov 19, 2008 Row over altered US Army photo
QUOTE: The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Nov 10, 2008 Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda
QUOTE: The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere....Bush administration officials have shown a determination to operate under an expansive definition of self-defense that provides a legal rationale for strikes on militant targets in sovereign nations without those countries’ consent.
New York Times Jul 23, 2008 House Weighs Overturning 'Don't ask, Don't tell'
QUOTE: [A] black man who joined the Army when it was segregated, testified that the current treatment of gays and lesbians is similar to how African-Americans were treated before President Truman integrated the military in 1948.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 17, 2008 Israelis Uneasy Over Prisoner Release: Critics say the deal, which they see as lopsided, could embolden Hezbollah.
QUOTE: "Anyone that kidnaps an Israeli will now know that Israel is willing to pay an extremely high price, totally out of proportion with what the other side will pay"
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