Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Department
February 2002: Our military services are older than our country, with the Army laying claim to be the oldest, soon followed by the Navy and Marine Corps. The War Department was formed in 1789....In 1947 Congress established a civilian Secretary of Defense with cabinet rank....To further consolidate authority, a 1949 amendment to the Act established the agency as an executive department, renamed it the Department of Defense and withdrew cabinet level status for the three Service secretaries. http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/dod101/oldest.html
July 2015: "Most Americans might imagine the biggest challenge facing the U.S. ambassador to Belgium as fighting through the chocolate, beer and waffles. But during the Bush tenure, Belgium had been at the European forefront in its opposition to U.S. policy in Iraq and its cynicism about America. Before I arrived, Belgium had sought to close the port of Antwerp to U.S. ships, ban American planes from Belgian airspace, and apply its law of universal jurisdiction to indict senior U.S. Defense Department officials, including then-Secretary Donald Rumsfeld."http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-ambassadors-tale-lessons-i-learned-about-success-and-scandal/2015/07/13/6f0bd038-bb76-11e4-bdfa-b8e8f594e6ee_story.html
March 2013: "According to a 2010 Defense Department study, only 8% of sexual assailants are referred to military court, compared with 40% of similar offenders prosecuted in the civilian court system."http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/us/military-sexual-assault/index.html
January 2013: "Other restrictions — on military family housing, relocation benefits and access to legal assistance, commissaries and military identification cards — stem from Defense Department regulations that military officials and gay advocates say could be changed without legislative action."http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/us/gay-spouses-face-a-fight-for-acceptance-in-the-military.html
March 2012: '"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...'http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/06/us/military-sex-assaults-lawsuit/index.html
February 2012: 'According to the Times story, Davis briefed four members of Congress and a dozen staff members and sent his reports to the Defense Department’s inspector general, and of course spoke to a New York Times reporter; only after all that did he inform his chain of command what he'd been up to. Evidently Davis's truth-telling campaign has rattled the Pentagon brass, prompting unnamed officials to retaliate by threatening a bogus investigation for "possible security violations," according to NBC News.'http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/the-afghanistan-report-the-pentagon-doesnt-want-you-to-read-20120210
December 2011: "The inquiry was prompted by articles published in The New York Times in 2008 that described how the Pentagon, in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, cultivated close ties with retired officers who worked as military analysts for television and radio networks. The articles also showed how military analysts affiliated with defense contractors sometimes used their special access to seek advantage in the competition for contracts. In response to the articles, the Pentagon suspended the program and members of Congress asked the Defense Department’s inspector general to investigate."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/us/pentagon-finds-no-fault-in-its-ties-to-tv-analysts.html
February 2011: "WASHINGTON — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Department of Defense of allowing a military culture that fails to prevent rape and sexual assault, and of mishandling cases that were brought to its attention, thus violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/us/16military.html
December 2010: 'Changing perspectives Clinton's effort to change the Defense Department policy that deemed homosexuality incompatible with military service was upended by resistance from top military advisers, Congress and the American public. The bill he eventually signed - enacting the policy officially known as "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" - was drafted in part by lawmakers opposed to gays in the military.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/18/AR2010121801729.html
May 2010: '“With the Defense Department you’ve got maybe not perfect but quite abundant accountability as demonstrated by what happens when a bombing goes wrong in Afghanistan,” he said in an interview. “The whole process that follows is very open. Whereas if the C.I.A. is doing it, by definition they are not going to answer questions, not provide any information, and not do any follow-up that we know about.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/world/asia/28drones.html
July 2009: "The Defense Department led the way with nearly $240 million deducted from earmarks. Several agencies, including the Education and Housing and Urban Development Departments, did not withhold any money to process and provide oversight of earmarks."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/01/us/politics/01earmarks.html
December 2008: "The Pentagon has supported protections for deployed troops facing custody disputes, Wright said, including giving them the power to request a delay of at least 90 days in child custody proceedings. President Bush signed such a measure into law in January. Wright said the military has also stepped up programs to help service members and their families cope with the stresses of deployments through counseling."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/29/AR2008122902611.html
November 2008: "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...."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/washington/10military.html
October 2008: "The Pentagon official in charge of military commissions at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, dismissed war crimes charges on Tuesday against five detainees, the latest challenge for the Bush administration’s long-troubled system for prosecuting detainees at the base."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/22/washington/22gitmo.html
July 2008: 'The Defense Contract Audit Agency, which is charged with overseeing contractors for the Defense Department, made an upfront agreement with "a major aerospace company" to limit the scope of work and basis for an audit, the report said.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/23/AR2008072301437.html
July 2008: "WASHINGTON — A Pentagon safety expert told senior Defense Department officials earlier this year that their failure to heed warnings to fix widespread electrical hazards on American bases in Iraq could leave the Pentagon liable for multiple electrocutions of American soldiers, according to internal e-mail correspondence released Friday."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/washington/19contractors.html
July 2008: "Mr. Dorgan said General Johnson told the committee in April 2007 that there were no widespread problems with water supplied by KBR, after the Pentagon’s inspector general had already found that there were. According to Mr. Dorgan, General Johnson testified after the inspector general had already briefed Defense Department officials about the findings."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/washington/10contractor.html
July 2008: "In March, Hall filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, among others. In the suit, Hall claims his rights to religious freedom under the First Amendment were violated and suggests that the United States military has become a Christian organization."http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/08/atheist.soldier/index.html
June 2008: 'The Defense Department, the nation's biggest polluter, is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases where the EPA says dumped chemicals pose "imminent and substantial" dangers to public health and the environment.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/29/AR2008062901977.html
May 2008: 'The Pentagon report, titled “Internal Controls Over Payments Made in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt,” also notes that auditors were unable to find a comprehensible set of records to explain $134.8 million in payments by the American military to its allies in the Iraq war.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/world/middleeast/23audit.html
May 2008: "The Defense Department, for example, has issued a memo that provides medical care for injured Defense civil service employees at the same level and scope of that provided to military personnel. But that directive may not be sufficient or properly implemented, the report said."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/30/AR2008043003361.html
May 2008: "Officials from the University of Nebraska told him that they had not received all of a $1 million medical research earmark he had secured for them. The Department of Defense, the agency controlling the money, was withholding 12 percent of the total to oversee the project."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/washington/20earmark.html
May 2008: "In December 2001, two Pentagon Mideast experts—Larry Franklin and Harold Rhode—secretly traveled to Rome. They met with a group of Iranians who supposedly had information about plans by Iranian-backed terrorists to attack Americans—including U.S. troops who were then closing in on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The meetings were approved by high-level officials at the White House and the Pentagon. The CIA, however, was kept in the dark. When the CIA and the State Department found out about the meetings a few weeks later, they strenuously protested to the White House and demanded that the contacts be terminated immediately. At least officially, the White House complied."http://www.newsweek.com/id/136084
April 2008: "The Defense Department and the CIA, the two agencies responsible for detaining terrorism suspects, both deny using drugs as an enhancement for interrogations, and suggest that the stories from Nusairi and others like him are either fabrications or mistaken interpretations of routine medical treatment."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/21/AR2008042103399.html
April 2008: "Five years into the Iraq war, most details of the architecture and execution of the Pentagon’s campaign have never been disclosed. But The Times successfully sued the Defense Department to gain access to 8,000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records describing years of private briefings, trips to Iraq and Guantánamo and an extensive Pentagon talking points operation."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html
November 2007: "The Defense Department warned yesterday that as many as 200,000 contractors and civilian employees will begin receiving layoff warnings by Christmas unless Congress acts on President Bush's $196 billion war request, but senior Democrats said no war funds will be approved until Bush accepts a shift in his Iraq policy."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/20/AR2007112002010.html
October 2007: The Pentagon’s system of prosecuting suspects has been beset by practical problems and legal disputes that have reached the Supreme Court. As a result, more than five years after the first terror suspects arrived at Guantánamo Bay, only one detainee’s war-crimes case has been completed, and that was through a plea agreement.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/06/us/nationalspecial3/06gitmo.html
October 2007: In something of a reversal of traditional roles, officials at the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency have also challenged the White House and State Department support for spraying, raising concerns about its potential to destabilize the Karzai government, current and former American officials said.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/world/asia/08spray.html
October 2007: The latest audit did turn up some questionable trips by Defense Department employees, including $105,000 spent by a presidential appointee based on a medical condition, even though the note was signed by a peer and not a doctor, contrary to rules. But over all, the department’s questionable trips appeared to be on a much smaller scale than before, saving an estimated tens of millions a year, Senator Coleman said.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/washington/03air.html
August 2007: Defense Department officials reject charges that Padilla was mistreated. 'The government in the strongest terms denies Padilla's allegations of torture – allegations made without support and without citing a shred of record evidence,' writes Navy Commander J.D. Gordon, a spokesman for the secretary of Defense, in an e-mail. 'Any credible allegations of illegal conduct by US military personnel are taken seriously and looked into in painstaking detail.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0813/p01s03-usju.html
July 2007: Until recently, there has been little oversight of civilian contractors operating in Iraq. The Defense Department is not adequately keeping track of contractors – where they are or even how many there are, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report last December. This is especially true as military units rotate in and out of the war zone (as do contractors) and institutional memory is lost.http://rss.csmonitor.com/~r/feeds/usa/~3/134682100/p01s02-usmi.html
May 2007: A federal appeals court, in a 2 to 1 decision, ruled last week that the Defense Department could go forward with some of the most dramatic workplace changes planned for civil service employees in 30 years.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/20/AR2007052001310.html
March 2007: These numbers understate the magnitude of the cuts. To keep up with inflation in the cost of goods and payroll, the Defense Department actually had to cut medical-care programs by $1.6 and $1.4 billion in FY07 and FY08, respectively.http://www.slate.com/id/2161386/
April 2007: The new procedure provides detainees a legal mechanism to challenge their detention both at Guantánamo and in federal court in the US that fully satisfies the habeas requirements, Mr. Clement said. Under Pentagon rules, detainees are brought before a panel of military officers called a combat status review tribunal (CSRT). The detainee is permitted to present any information that he is innocent and being wrongly held. The panel then weighs that information against evidence presented by the government justifying the individual's detention as an enemy combatant.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0403/p01s04-usju.html
April 2007: In 2002, the Pentagon established the Counterintelligence Field Activity office which is charged with protecting military installations within the US. It keeps an extensive database on potential terrorist threats and criminal activity that could affect local military bases. But it has also collected data on domestic political groups engaged in lawful protests. After that was made public two years ago, the Pentagon says it purged its files of inappropriate data. The Pentagon has also increased its use of National Security Letters, which ask private institutions for an individual's personal data, such as bank records. Unlike the FBI, it does not have the authority to compel such information to be turned over. Still, critics say this expansion of military intelligence may create a dangerous intrusion into Americans rights because the Pentagon does not have to operate with the same statutory checks and balances as the FBI and local law enforcement.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0403/p02s01-ussc.html
January 2007: WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 — The Pentagon has been using a little-known power to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the United States, part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence gathering.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/14/washington/14spy.html
December 2006: The Defense Department paid two procurement operations at the Department of the Interior to arrange for Pentagon purchases totaling $1.7 billion that resulted in excessive fees and tens of millions of dollars in waste, documents show.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/24/AR2006122400916.html
July 2006: The Government Accountability Office has criticized the Defense Department for sloppy management of its security classification system, including the marking as 'Confidential or Secret' material that Pentagon officials acknowledged was unclassified information.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/13/AR2006071301518.html
November 2005: Pentagon officials released a new directive yesterday on Defense Department intelligence interrogations, mandating that all questioning of detainees in U.S. military custody include 'humane' treatment and banning 'acts of physical or mental torture.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/08/AR2005110801616.html
June 2005: The Pentagon awarded three contracts this week, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly the military.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/10/AR2005061001910.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Possible/Unclear Christian Embassy Organization Jul 8, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) Organization Dec 18, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Organization May 23, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Organization May 3, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Organization Jul 9, 2006 Advised by (past or present) Defense Policy Board Organization Jul 15, 2011 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Organization Jun 9, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Department of the Navy Organization Jul 12, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Organization Oct 21, 2006 Advised by (past or present) Joint Chiefs of Staff, The (JCS) Organization Feb 28, 2005 Financial Supporter of (past or present) Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) Organization Apr 24, 2010 Cooperation (past or present) National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF) Organization Nov 16, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Organization Jun 8, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Office of Military Commissions Organization May 12, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Office of Strategic Influence Organization Jun 16, 2009 Possible/Unclear Task Force Patriot USA Organization May 31, 2007 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) U.S. Marine Corps ("Marines") Organization Nov 21, 2003 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Air Force (USAF) Organization Jul 12, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Army Organization Jul 12, 2005 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Nov 21, 2003 Cooperation (past or present) United Service Organization (USO) Organization Jul 25, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) David S. Addington Esq. Person Nov 9, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. Graham Allison Person Oct 20, 2008 Opponent (past or present) Prof. Ralph J. Begleiter Ph.D. Person May 9, 2010 Opponent (past or present) Prof. Robert A. Burt Esq. Person Apr 9, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John Caldwell Calhoun Person Aug 28, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Frank Carlucci Person Jun 17, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Vice President Richard ("Dick") B. Cheney Person Jul 13, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Richard A. Clarke Person Feb 10, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Clark M. Clifford Esq. Person Nov 21, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Sen. William S. Cohen Person Dec 23, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. Alberto R. Coll Person Jul 12, 2005 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Prof. David M. Crane Esq. Person Jun 5, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Susan J. Crawford Esq. Person May 12, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) President Dwight D. Eisenhower Person Opponent (past or present) Daniel Ellsberg Person Aug 8, 2006 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Michele Flournoy Person Financial Supporter of (past or present) Prof. B. Christopher "Chris" Frueh Ph.D. Person Dec 27, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Robert M. Gates Ph.D. Person Jan 28, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Preston "Pete" M. Geren Person May 31, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) John J. Hamre Ph.D. Person Jul 15, 2011 Organization Executive (past or present) William J. Haynes II, Esq. Person Oct 14, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. Mark R. Jacobson Person Sep 22, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Jeh Johnson Esq. Person Feb 5, 2013 Organization Executive (past or present) Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad Ph.D. Person Mar 29, 2010 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Stephen J. Kim Person Jun 18, 2011 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Rep. Melvin R. Laird Person Feb 28, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Esq. Person Oct 17, 2005 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Michael H. Mobbs Esq. Person Nov 21, 2003 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Adm. Michael "Mike" G. Mullen Person May 28, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) General Richard B. Myers Person Feb 28, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Paul Henry Nitze Person Sep 11, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Jim O'Beirne Person Nov 1, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Sean O'Keefe Person Feb 8, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) General Peter Pace Person Sep 30, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) David Packard Person Feb 28, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Leon Edward Panetta Esq. Person Jul 12, 2011 Advised by (past or present) Prof. Robert A. Pastor Ph.D., M.P.A. Person Jan 10, 2009 Organization Executive (past or present) Henry "Hank" M. Paulson Jr., MBA Person Dec 2, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) William J. Perry Person Jul 27, 2006 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) John L. Petersen Person Apr 14, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld Person Mar 4, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Inspector General Jon Rymer Person Jan 2, 2015 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Nina Gilden Seavey Person May 29, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gen. John M. Shalikashvili Person Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Peter W. Singer Ph.D. Person Jun 5, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Eleanor Spector Person Mar 26, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Paul Schott Stevens Person Sep 2, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Charles "Cully" D. Stimson Person Jul 23, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Paul Strassmann Person Sep 4, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) President William Howard Taft Person Jul 16, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Caspar W. Weinberger Person Oct 20, 2008 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Gen. William C. Westmoreland Person Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Prof. Paul D. Wolfowitz Person Jul 20, 2003 Organization Executive (past or present) Michael "Mike" W. Wynne Person Mar 31, 2005
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 16, 2015 The ambassador’s tale: Lessons I learned about success and scandal
QUOTE: Truth often loses its way in Washington and never more quickly than during a presidential campaign....Several of my friends tried to rally the president’s support, but I knew no one from the White House would publicly walk into what was to them a minor story.
Washington Post Sep 15, 2013 The Banality of Systemic Evil (THE STONE)
QUOTE: Clearly, there is a moral principle at work in the actions of the leakers, whistle-blowers and hacktivists and those who support them. I would also argue that that moral principle has been clearly articulated, and it may just save us from a dystopian future. In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolph Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system....A good illustration of this phenomenon appears in “Moral Mazes,” a book by the sociologist Robert Jackall that explored the ethics of decision making within several corporate bureaucracies.
New York Times 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 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 Build Up Your Phone’s Defenses Against Hackers
QUOTE: Technology experts expect breached, infiltrated or otherwise compromised cellphones to be the scourge of 2012. The smartphone security company Lookout Inc. estimates that more than a million phones worldwide have already been affected.
New York Times 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 May 02, 2011 Tugging at Threads to Unspool Stories of Torture
QUOTE: The Center for Victims of Torture… has treated 20,000 torture victims from around the world… Iraqis at the center have described being kidnapped, beaten, given electric shocks, raped and burned… The torturers… have included the Iraqi Army, American forces, Saddam Hussein’s henchmen, Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the sectarian groups.
New York Times Apr 27, 2011 Honoring Those Who Said No
QUOTE: Thus far, though, our official history has honored only those who approved torture, not those who rejected it… But averting our eyes from recent history means not only that we fail in our legal and moral duty to provide redress to victims of torture, but also that we betray the public servants who risked so much to reverse what they knew was a disastrous and shameful course.
New York Times Apr 24, 2011 Judging Detainees’ Risk, Often With Flawed Evidence
QUOTE: The documents reveal that the analysts sometimes ignored serious flaws in the evidence… They include detainees’ admissions without acknowledging other government documents that show the statements were later withdrawn, often attributed to abusive treatment or torture.
New York Times Apr 07, 2011 10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down
QUOTE: Roughly 800,000 federal workers won't get paid because they're considered nonessential and therefore, the first to be furloughed... Troops, including those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, may not be paid on time... A government shutdown doesn't actually save taxpayers money.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 17, 2011 Audit: Pentagon overpaid oilman by up to $200 million
QUOTE: Sargeant had won the three jet fuel contracts, despite having among the highest bids, because he had an effective monopoly over the routes. Waxman accused Sargeant and his company of price gouging and “engaging in the worst form of war profiteering.”
Washington Post Feb 15, 2011 Lawsuit Says Military Is Rife With Sexual Abuse
QUOTE: A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Department of Defense of allowing a military culture that fails to prevent rape and sexual assault, and of mishandling cases that were brought to its attention, thus violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights...
New York Times Dec 19, 2010 'Don't ask, don't tell' is repealed by Senate; bill awaits Obama's signing
QUOTE: The U.S. military will for the first time in history allow gays to serve openly after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that has required such troops to hide their sexual identity or risk being expelled from the services. While opponents said repeal would create a battlefield distraction that could endanger troops, supporters drew parallels to the military's decision to end racial segregation in the 1950s and the admission of women to military service academies in the 1970s.
Washington Post May 27, 2010 U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes
QUOTE: Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday that he would deliver a report on June 3 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva declaring that the “life and death power” of drones should be entrusted to regular armed forces, not intelligence agencies.
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 19, 2009 Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets (Danger Room)
QUOTE: In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available...
Wired Oct 19, 2009 Government Can Supress Torture Evidence...If It Wants
QUOTE: President Obama's May decision to declassify Bush-era legal memos does not require the government to give up more information on techniques revealed by those opinions, a judge ruled last week.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) 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...
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