Yearly Archives: 2007

Did Bush Watch Torture Tapes?

December 27, 2007 – The Times (London) Washington correspondent, Sarah Baxter, reporting with a summary of the developments in the case involving the CIA’s destruction of recordings of the treatment of Abu Zabaydah, points to the growing belief in Washington … Continue reading

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West Coast Rehab Center Offers Wounded Veterans a Shorter Road to Recovery

December 25, 2007 – Army infantry Sgt. Wally Fanene’s sister calls him “the face of who came back from the Iraq war,” a reminder of the savagery confronting American troops daily. Fanene, while on foot patrol in Kirkuk in September, … Continue reading

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Kansas City Star Series on Iraq War Veterans

December 16, 2007 – One morning last winter, the war showed up on Kathy Berry’s front porch. It was just past 6 a.m., not quite dawn, when two soldiers in green dress uniforms passed by the patriotic bunting trimming her … Continue reading

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Editorial Column: Creeping Fascism – Lessons From the Past

In a brilliant essay about the prophetic words of Sebastian Haffner, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern warns us with the wisdom of James Madison: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual … Continue reading

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Stress Can Play Part in Crimes, Experts Say

December 23, 2007 – Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are increasingly running afoul of the law, bringing the stress of war to Colorado Springs’ streets. Most of it is small-time stuff. But some of the allegations against soldiers in … Continue reading

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Editorial: Army brass must answer for inattention to mental illness

If the end result of the investigation into Private First Class Jason Scheuerman’s suicide is that one NCO loses a rocker or two and another loses his stripes, you’ll know it’s a whitewash and you’ll know what to expect: more … Continue reading

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War Uneasiness Could Loosen GOP’s Hold On Military Votes

December 22, 2007 – Look anywhere in Killeen, home to the sprawling Fort Hood army base, and there are patriotic signs like the giant banner that greets shoppers entering the local Wal-Mart: “Fort Hood Texas, Home of America’s Hammer!” But … Continue reading

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The War Over PTSD

December 20, 2007 – There’s a war inside the military over how to treat a not-so-new enemy: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “I’ve never had a guy in my unit develop PTSD,” one senior general from Iraq told me. ‘It’s nonsense.” … Continue reading

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Rise in Soldier Suicides Spurs Questions

December 20, 2007 – DALLAS – The Army says in 2006 soldiers committed suicide at the highest rate in nearly three decades. However, at 109 deaths so far, this year has been even worse. While the military is taking action … Continue reading

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Billy Joel’s ‘Christmas in Fallujah’ Hits Home Front

December 20, 2007 – The song “Famous Last Words,” was supposed to be his swan song. In 1993, after 14 platinum-selling albums, Billy Joel claimed he had nothing left to say. Fourteen years later, this is perhaps the Piano Man’s … Continue reading

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