The Defection of Edward Snowden
The Defection of Edward Snowden There are no two ways about it: Edward Snowden is defecting to Russia “Beyond a doubt,” a partially redacted, highly classified government report from 1963 says, “no other event has had, or is likely to have in the future, a greater impact on the... Read more
Do We Need a Shield Law? Journalists should be able to protect their sources, within reason Last week, an appeals court in Virginia rejected New York Times reporter James Risen’s request to keep secret a source who had disclosed secret CIA details for his book. The 2-1 decision reversed... Read more
Mexico’s War Against the Cartels Just Exploded
Mexican troops. Secretariat of national defense photo Mexico’s War Against the Cartels Just Exploded Offensive against cartels and vigilantes hits a wall Two months ago the Mexican military sent thousands of troops into a state torn apart by warring cartels and a thriving militia movement. It’s a damned quagmire.... Read more
North Korea is Prepping a Hovercraft Invasion Force
North Korean troops carry out beach landing drills with their hovercraft — but how many of them are real? Source: KCNA/KNS via The Atlantic North Korea is Prepping a Hovercraft Invasion Force Provided the air cushion vehicles don’t rust away first In March the North Korean press office— the... Read more
Comfy Chairs for Canadian Drone Mercenaries
Israeli officers congratulate each other in front of a Heron drone. War is boring photo Comfy Chairs for Canadian Drone Mercenaries Tom Hart’s Drone Zone for the weeks of July 11-24 Israel’s Heron drone continues to make progress across the world. Over in Afghanistan the reconnaissance ‘bot hit 15,000... Read more
No, Not All Americans in Vietnam Were War Criminals
a U.S. soldier looks off into the distance in vietnam. wikimedia commons No, Not All Americans in Vietnam Were War Criminals The war was more complicated than that I recently flipped through Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by journalist Nick Turse. This isn’t a... Read more
Yes, America Has Another Secret Spy Drone—We Pretty Much Already Knew That
Northrop Grumman cranked-kite design. via U.S. Patent Office Yes, America Has Another Secret Spy Drone—We Pretty Much Already Knew That Amid mounting evidence, magazine reveals new radar-evading robot warplane Washington, D.C. trade publication Aviation Week has confirmed what its top reporters and other observers long suspected: the U.S. Air... Read more
The Biggest Frickin’ Guns in the World
In 1453, after his artillery corps reduced the thousand-year-old walls of Constantinople to rubble, Sultan Mehmet II claimed the city for the Ottoman Empire. Europe named the metal tubes that fired projectiles “gunnildes,” which became “guns.” As a quintessential high-end machined product, the large gun reached its pinnacle during... Read more
America’s Upgraded Bomber Is Old as Hell—But Don’t Let That Fool You
A B-52 prepares to launch a hypersonic test rocket in May. Air Force photo America’s Upgraded Bomber Is Old as Hell — But Don’t Let That Fool You After five decades, classic B-52 gets huge digital upgrade The U.S. Air Force’s most recently upgraded bomber is actually more than... Read more
Someone Just Built a Robot Sentry Gun
nerf sentry gun. photo via instructbles Someone Just Built a Robot Sentry Gun It only shoots foam bullets, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried Here’s how German engineering student Britt Liv Ulrike Michelsen turned a Nerf gun into a robot. First, she connected the toy’s electric motor... Read more
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