Police deploying a water cannon at Standing Rock. Photo via Vice The Government Is Enforcing an Unconstitutional No-Fly Zone to Suppress Drone Journalism at Standing Rock The First Amendment is at stake by JASON KOEBLER In recent weeks, videos shot by Native American drone pilots have showed authorities launching percussion grenades from an... Read more
An F-18C over the carrier USS ‘Nimitz’ in 1996. U.S. Navy photo The Third Taiwan Strait Crisis demonstrates how bad little screw-ups can get by ROBERT BECKHUSEN More than 21 years ago, Taiwanese Pres. Lee Teng-hui visited the United States to give a speech at Cornell University. U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton,... Read more
Police response outside Watts Hall at Ohio State University on Nov. 28 as seen from Curl Market. Blervis photo Taking credit for an attack it didn’t plan, Islamic State is counting on a backlash by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN At 9:59 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, students and teachers at Ohio State University... Read more
U.S. Marine Corps photo At least one of Trump’s complaints makes some sense by ANDREW BACEVICH President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. After winning the election on Nov. 8, 2016, he went on 60 Minutes and had this exchange with journalist Lesley Stahl. Trump: “We have... Read more
A Harris Harpoon. Photo via Ars Technica and Vice Motherboard We’ve never seen the Harpoon in the wild before now by LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI For years and in almost complete secrecy, cops and feds in the United States — and elsewhere — have been using powerful devices called “Stingrays,” “cell site simulators,” or “IMSI catchers”... Read more
Banners at a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Minneapolis on Oct. 25, 2016. Fibonacci Blue photo via Flickr Activists count on winning an economic battle by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Stupid tactics have a way of backfiring. Months into the escalating protests and police reaction surrounding the protests over the Dakota... Read more
Gen. James Mattis in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011. U.S. Embassy Kabul photo But the president-elect may not like that the battle-hardened Marine believes in strong alliances and hates torture by KEVIN KNODELL “It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.” For many Americans that’s... Read more
Tater and Tot, both turkeys, arrive at the White House on Nov. 23, 2016. White House photo Federal agencies don’t seem as worried about some events as others by JOSEPH TREVITHICK On Nov. 22, 2016, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a picture of herself outside the White House. Having forgotten her photo I.D.,... Read more
An F-35B aboard the amphibious assault ship USS ‘America.’ Lockheed Martin photo In Washington, pork is on the menu by MANDY SMITHBERGER and FRED FERREIRA Stuffing — or “dressing” — recipes around the country vary from white bread to cornbread, potatoes to oysters. When it comes to Pentagon spending, lawmakers in Washington prefer “pork,” which is... Read more
NASA photo A strong offense isn’t always the right answer by EDWARD FERGUSON and JOHN KLEIN The best defense is a good offense — or is it? The answer to this question, along with an understanding of the stronger form of warfare, is the single most important consideration in U.S. space strategy and... Read more
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