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US military spending hit $607 billion in 2008

The global arms madness continues. A new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (one of my favorite think tanks) confirms that worldwide military expenditure is again on the up and up, with spending having increased by 4 percent ...

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Pentagon knowingly exposed troops to cancer-causing chemicals, document shows

By John Byrne | A newly leaked military document appears to show the Pentagon knowingly exposed US troops to toxic chemicals that cause cancer, while publicly downplaying the risks exposure might cause. The document, written by an environmental engineering flight ...

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Military Takeover of Federal Weapons Research Labs

By Phil Leggiereon Physicist Robert Oppenheimer fought successfully to keep nuclear weapons research under civilian control and oversight, where it currently resides with the Department of Energy. Ronald Reagan fought, and failed, to bring weapons research into the Pentagon in ...

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Military seeks better use of finger, eye scans

By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON — On the front lines in Iraq, U.S. troops can scan someone’s eye or finger to try to determine if he is a potential enemy or has been connected to a terror attack. At military ...

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What’s Wrong with the U.S. Military

By ANDREW COCKBURN Coinciding with the arrival of Obama and his deputies in Washington, the Center for Defense Information is releasing “America‘s Defense Meltdown — Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress,” a primer on what is wrong ...

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AP lifts ban on military photos

The Associated Press on Friday lifted its suspension on the use of photos provided by the U.S. military after the Pentagon assured the news cooperative that it would avoid distributing altered images to the news media. The AP also has ...

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Soldiers’ Suicide Rate On Pace to Set Record

By Ann Scott Tyson | Suicides among active-duty soldiers this year are on pace to exceed both last year’s all-time record and, for the first time since the Vietnam War, the rate among the general U.S. population, Army officials said yesterday. ...

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Study: 1 in 4 soldiers at war have hearing loss

By Gregg Zoroya | The bombs along the Baghdad road exploded one after the other, leaving one soldier unconscious and another screaming from his wounds. Staff Sgt. Kevin Dunne’s squad was under attack. Rifle and machine gun fire pinned them ...

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Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

TruthDig | There was quite a struggle in Congress this week. The Department of Defense refused to allow the senior civilian in charge of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) to testify in Thursday’s hearing on sexual assault in ...

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Military censorship of the war in Iraq

By Naomi Spencer | Five years of bloody US occupation have seen numerous crimes against humanity unfold in Iraq. Millions of Iraqi civilians have been killed and wounded, with millions more made into refugees. Ancient, once-vibrant cities have been destroyed ...

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