Yearly Archives: 2008

Iraq War Veteran Arrested After Two-Hour Standoff with Police in New Jersey

December 27, 2008, Mansfield Township, New Jersey – A mentally disturbed Iraq War veteran who dialed 911 Friday morning claiming he’d shot two people kept officers at bay during an ensuing two-hour standoff, police said. Richard Toth, 30, made the 911 … Continue reading

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News Analysis: Will Current Proselytizing in Military Continue Under President Obama?

December 27, 2008 – President-Elect Barack Obama’s decision to have the evangelical megachurch leader Rick Warren conduct the invocation at next month’s presidential inauguration proves that fundamentalist Christians still wield enormous power within the federal government and will likely continue … Continue reading

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Guantánamo Prisoner’s Lawyers Accuse Defence Secretary Gates of ‘Flagrantly False’ Affidavit on Torture

September 23, 2008 – Lawyers for a British resident held at Guantánamo Bay have accused Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, of signing a “flagrantly false” affidavit to avoid having to disclose evidence of torture. In a sworn affidavit to … Continue reading

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Linda Bilmes Interview: The $10 Trillion Hangover – Paying the Price for Eight Years of Bush’

December 22, 2008 – In a new article in Harper’s Magazine, Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz estimate that the cost of undoing the Bush administration’s economic choices, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the collapse of the financial … Continue reading

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Despite Uproar, Army Officials Say All is Well at Warrior Transition Units

December 23, 2008 – At a recent gathering in a small auditorium at Fort Lee, Va., wounded soldiers listened as everyone in their chain of command up to a full colonel reassured them that life in the post’s Warrior Transition … Continue reading

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Vice President Cheney Admits He ‘Signed Off’ on Waterboarding Torture for 33 Prisoners of War

December 22, 2008 – Vice President Dick Cheney, in another stunning admission during his campaign to burnish the Bush administration’s legacy, said he personally authorized the “enhanced interrogations” of 33 suspected terrorist detainees and approved the waterboarding of three so-called … Continue reading

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Pentagon Memo: Trying to Redefine Role of U.S. Military in Iraq

December 22, 2008, Washington, DC — It is one of the most troublesome questions right now at the Pentagon, and it has started a semantic dance: What is the definition of a combat soldier? More important, when will all American … Continue reading

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‘Lethal Warriors’ in Iraq, Linked to String of Crimes Back Home

December 21, 2008 – Reporting frоm Orange County аnd Colorado Springs — Thеу nicknamed thеmѕеlvеѕ thе Lethal Warriors, аnd durіng twо tours іn Iraq, thе soldiers оf thе Army’s 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry regiment confronted ѕоmе оf thе war’s cruelest … Continue reading

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Editorial Column: Make Sure War is Worth the Price Soldiers Must Pay

December 22, 2008 – In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a panel of U.S. Army psychiatrists reported that one in every five active-duty soldiers has developed mental health problems after coming home from … Continue reading

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Up to 30,000 New U.S. Troops in Afghanistan by Summer

December 20, 2008, Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States is aiming to send 20,000 to 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan by the beginning of next summer, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Saturday. Washington is … Continue reading

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