Photo via Vice Motherboard Edward Snowden reveals another surveillance program by JOSEPH COX For years, and in secret, U.K. law enforcement agencies have had access to metadata collected by the country’s powerful signals intelligence agency GCHQ. The fact this power has only been revealed now raises serious questions about government transparency,... Read more
Dick Cheney. Photo via Wikipedia Uruguay’s experience helps us answer a hard question by REBECCA GORDON “The cold was terrible but the screams were worse,” Sara Mendez told the BBC. “The screams of those who were being tortured were the first thing you heard and they made you shiver. That’s why... Read more
No, You Can’t Have a Small Nuclear War
In the event of a rapidly escalating conflict with the Russians, should the United States conduct a “limited” nuclear strike to coerce the enemy to back down? Or, in Cold War nukespeak, should the United States “escalate to deescalate” the situation? Believe it or not, that is a real... Read more
After Every Mass Shooting, Americans Turn to Bogotá’s ‘Bulletproof Tailor’
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. Miguel Caballero had me choose the bullet he was going to shoot me with. Caballero is a tailor based out of Bogotá, Colombia. Some call him the “Armored Armani,“ although he doesn’t like the nickname. He makes stylish bulletproof clothing, for when you want... Read more
Police in Orlanda following the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub. City of Orlando Police Department photo It’s time to panic! by TOM ENGELHARDT As 2015 ended, this country was certifiably terror-stricken. It had the Islamic State on the brain. Hoax terror threats or terror imbroglios shut down school... Read more
South Carolina Sheriff Gets In Trouble Trying to Trade For a Spy Plane
Leon Lott, the colorful and immensely popular sheriff of Richland County, South Carolina — the county encompassing the state capitol Columbia — really digs military hardware. Arguably the most famous photo of Lott depicts him posing in front of his department’s M-113 armored personnel carrier, replete with a .50-caliber... Read more
Aging bombers have lots of life left in them by DAVID AXE In one of most bizarre moments of the bizarre Aug. 6 debate between Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee — the 59-year-old former Arkansas governor — blasted U.S. president Barack Obama for, Huckabee claimed, allowing America’s military might to decay. And Huckabee decided the... Read more
How a Malaysian Playboy Controlled the Most Powerful Naval Force on the Planet
It was the middle of September 2013 and the U.S. Justice Department had laid a trap. Its target was the Malaysian millionaire defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis. But no one called him by his real name. At six feet tall and more than 300 pounds, he earned the nickname... Read more
Police With Non-Lethal Weapons Can Be Militarized, Too
This is a response to David Trachtenberg’s op-ed advocating for more non-lethal weapons for cops. We have a problem with police. For years, surplus military equipment has filtered into domestic law enforcement agencies across the country. Up-armored vehicles, assault rifles and a smorgasbord of non-lethal zap, shock and spray... Read more
Let’s Fix Ferguson by Giving Cops More Military Gear
David Trachtenberg is president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. In this op-ed, Trachtenberg responds to events in Ferguson, Missouri by advocating an increasing in... Read more
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