Preparing for Doomsday
Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that’s a thought that hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it’s because you didn’t spend part of your life inside Cheyenne Mountain. That’s a tale I’ll get to soon, but first let me... Read more
In Afghanistan, U.S. Senators Mull Troop Boost, Aerial Bombing … and Peace
“Not one of us would say that we are on a course to success in Afghanistan,” U.S. senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, told a room full of journalists, U.S. soldiers and diplomatic staff in Kabul on July 4, 2017. McCain was accompanied by Senators Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Whitehouse,... Read more
The Venezuelan Government Is Torturing Political Prisoners
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report highlights abuse in holding cells controlled by Venezuela’s national intelligence police, offering a rare glimpse into the workings of the country’s notorious state apparatus. The investigation from the Venezuelan group Window to Freedom, a non-governmental organization that defends prisoners’ rights, found evidence of overcrowding, torture... Read more
Reviving Cold War Doomsday Devices Could Patch America’s Broken Nuclear Controls
This story originally appeared on Feb. 22, 2017. It’s the third article in a three-part series on how limited foreign attacks could endanger America’s fragile command and control over nuclear weapons. Read parts one and two. As the aging command and control network over U.S. nuclear forces has become increasingly... Read more
American Police Are Acting Like Military Occupiers
Four people arrested at an inauguration protest in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2017 are suing the city’s Metropolitan Police Department for using rape and molestation as a form of punishment. Photojournalist Shay Horse, volunteer legal-observer Judah Ariel and protesters Elizabeth Lagesse and Milo Gonzalez allege they were assaulted... Read more
White Phosphorous Isn’t Helping America Win in Syria
In mid-June 2017, rights groups reported that the U.S.-led coalition had used white phosphorus in Mosul and Raqqa as part of its campaign against Islamic State. The use of such a controversial weapon speaks to a wider and more disturbing problem. Warfare is becoming increasingly urban in nature and,... Read more
It’s Not Just ‘Strangelove’ —Today’s Bombers Rely on America’s Weakest Nuclear Links
This story originally appeared on Feb. 23, 2017. It’s the second article in a three-part series on how limited foreign attacks could endanger America’s fragile command and control over nuclear weapons. Reads parts one and three. The original screenplay for the 1964 classic film Dr. Strangelove includes a scene in... Read more
‘Super-Fuzed’ Warheads on U.S. Navy Subs Risk Sparking an Accidental Nuclear War
This story originally appeared on March 10, 2017. On March 1, 2017, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists released a major scoop that has extremely worrisome implications for U.S.-Russian relations and the risk of nuclear war. The story, by Hans Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie and Theodore Postol, concerns a new... Read more
To Many Americans, War Doesn’t Seem Real
There are so many wars and rumors of war involving the United States these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for many Americans, it’s long been that way. For them, the meaning of war is closer to... Read more
How Putin Might Yank Away Trump’s Control Over America’s Nuclear Weapons
This story originally appeared on Feb. 21, 2017. It’s the first article in a three-part series on how limited enemy attacks could endanger America’s fragile command and control over nuclear weapons. Read parts two and three. It’s what puts the “love” in Dr. Strangelove. Air Force pilot Maj. “King” Kong,... Read more
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