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VCS In the News

Veterans for Common Sense members’ advocacy has been in the press a lot this week.  See the round-up below: Letter to the editor on revenue neutral carbon tax, a national security issue, by John Darovec:   Article on Gulf War Illness treatment research citing … Continue reading

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Six months after repeal, military says DADT died quietly

WASHINGTON — Sgt. Pepe Johnson was surprised by the reaction he received when his fellow soldiers learned that he is gay. “They’ve pretty much shrugged it off,” said Johnson, who rejoined the Army last fall after nearly a decade away. … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Inside a Secret CIA Prison

December 8, 2011 (MSNBC) – In northern Bucharest, in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the heart of the capital city, is a secret the Romanian government has long tried to protect. For years, the CIA used a government building … Continue reading

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CIA Won’t Face Sanction for Destroying Tapes

ACLU – VCS Lawsuit Update October 6, 2011 (Courthouse News) – The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups cannot sanction, or find out who is responsible, for the Central Intelligence Agency destroying at least 92 interrogation videotapes of suspected … Continue reading

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Top Air Force Official Issues Religious Neutrality Policy in Wake of Truthout’s “Jesus Loves Nukes” Exposé

September 14, 2011 (Truthout) – A top US Air Force official, in an attempt to ensure the Air Force adheres to the Constitution as well as its own regulations and policies, issued guidelines that calls on “leaders at all levels” … Continue reading

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Editorial on Houston VA Cemetery: A Family’s Wishes

VCS Agrees with New York Times: Keep Forced and Unwanted Religious Proselytizing Out of Our VA Cemeteries September 7, 2011 (New York Times Editorial Board) – Four years ago, the Bush administration issued a regulation to protect families of veterans … Continue reading

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Ex-Powell Aide: Dick Cheney Fears Prosecution for War Crimes

‘(Cheney) knew the Texas governor was not steeped in anything but baseball … He was president for all practical purposes for the first term’ August 31, 2011 (MSNBC) – Dick Cheney was “president for all practical purposes” during George W. … Continue reading

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Post-9/11, NYPD Targets Ethnic Communities, Partners With CIA

AP investigation: Aggressive intel tactics would violate civil liberties if practiced by federal government August 24, 2011 (MSNBC) – In New Brunswick, N.J., a building superintendent opened the door to apartment No. 1076 one balmy Tuesday and discovered an alarming … Continue reading

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