Your $170 Billion Missile Defenses Don’t Work
Ground-based interceptor launch. jose Davila/Navy Media Content Services Photo Your $170 Billion Missile Defenses Don’t Work Don’t tell me you’re surprised On Friday, July 5, a long-range ballistic missile blasted into the skies from the U.S. military’s remote Pacific Ocean test site at Kwajalein Atoll. Meanwhile, a second missile... Read more
America’s Armored Shotgun
Designed and built in a farm tractor factory and armed with six 106-millimeter recoilless rifles, the M-50A1 Ontos was rejected by the Army and only purchased in small numbers by the Marine Corps. Years later in Vietnam, the USMC trained infantry riflemen to drive these vehicles, nicknamed “Things,” down... Read more
How the NSA Could Hack (Almost) Any Browser
Wikimedia Commons Photo How the NSA Could Hack (Almost) Any Browser A little trick called ‘packet injection’ The feds can theoretically use your computer against you to mount an almost untraceable attack?—?by butting in on your electronic conversation. This technique, known as “packet injection,” works because, absent cryptographic protection,... Read more
Snowden Outrage
Snowden Outrage Meet the elites My previous cartoon was “Transparent, My Ass” and my new book is Life Begins at Incorporation. Read more
We Now Know EXACTLY How Much Ass the Navy’s New Killer Drone Will Kick
a Navy Drone demonstrator in may. Navy photo We Now Know EXACTLY How Much Ass the Navy’s New Killer Drone Will Kick 1,000 pounds over 2,000 miles, is how much  The U.S. Navy is working on a radar-evading, armed, jet-propelled, highly autonomous drone warplane able to take off of... Read more
The Geek Awakening
Gato gato gato/photopin The Geek Awakening Edward Snowden is the vanguard of a broader challenge In January of 2008, Anonymous, a loose collective of hackers previously known for cyberbullying and breaking copyrighted software, attacked the website of the Church of Scientology. Anonymous was responding the Church’s attempt to scrub... Read more
This Old Aircraft Carrier is a Damned Embarrassment
INS Vikramaditya. Photo: Wikimedia/Alexey Popov This Old Aircraft Carrier is a Damned Embarrassment The Vikramaditya was supposed to be India’s premier warship, like five years ago On Wednesday, the Indian navy’s first relatively modern aircraft carrier sailed from its Russian port into the White Sea for a final set... Read more
Warner Brothers photo According to writer Matthew Gault, Kal-El’s relationship with the armed forces is … complicated In last month’s blockbuster Man of Steel, Superman proudly fights alongside the U.S. Army and Air Force against the marauding forces of General Zod. But Superman has not always been so cozy with the... Read more
Faux Outrage Why is it such a scandal that a spy agency spies?  Warning: This post contains an image of a powerpoint slide marked TOP SECRET//SI//ORCON//NOFORN. Continue reading at your peril. On June 29, the Guardian published another set of leaked NSA documents alleging that the National Security Agency... Read more
The Last Man Inside the Drone Base
Bryan William Jones Photo The Last Man Inside the Drone Base Bryan William Jones was one of the last photographers with access to the U.S. military’s secretive facility for armed robots  Creech Air Force Base in Nevada is where the Pentagon trains the operators of its expanding force of... Read more
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