Manning’s Conviction
Poster Boy NYC//Flickr//CC Manning’s Conviction Bradley Manning was rightly convicted, but his case is still troubling On July 30, Judge Colonel Denise Lind read the verdict in Bradley Manning’s court martial. Though cleared of the worst charge, aiding the enemy, the judge convicted him of multiple counts of violating... Read more
Four Times the Army Has Tried to Turn War Into a Game
America’s Army capture Four Times the Army Has Tried to Turn War Into a Game Some good, some terrible, combat simulators have a checkered past, as James Simpson explains Fifty-four percent of Americans play video games once a week, including 91 percent of two to 17 year olds. These... Read more
Just How Much Money Should We Let the Pentagon Blow on (Not) Developing Weapons?
The Pentagon is spending $400 billion developing and building F-35 jet fighters. Lockheed Martin photo Just How Much Money Should We Let the Pentagon Blow on (Not) Developing Weapons? Air Force officer Dan Ward asks which military investments pay off — and how we even know Too little information... Read more
How to Sink an Entire Navy
The frigate HMS Kent. Royal Navy photo How to Sink an Entire Navy Just pretty much stop funding it, is how On June 6, 1944, more than 900 British warships sailed across the English Channel escorting the troops that would liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. Today the Royal Navy... Read more
Uh Oh, Spying on Your Internet Is Real Easy
Servers. Wikimedia Commons photo Uh Oh, Spying on Your Internet Is Real Easy As Brian Feldman explains, feds take advantage of cookies, cables and under-used encryption Talk of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance has focused on policies rather than hardware or software — and for good reason. Sussing... Read more
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
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