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February 25 2014

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Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear pastin story title --

thebulletin.org - By Matt Smith, Katharine Mieszkowski - Feb. 25 (Investigative Report) - “It was proposed to remove the radium data from the risk assessment document. The group literally broke out into laughter at that and there was instantaneous agreement that they would do that and simply reference it and put the information in a separate document,” Taibi wrote. “It was stated then the document would not have to go to CDPH (California Department of Public Health).”

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February 21 2014

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More megatons to megawatts | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Dawn Stover - Feb. 21 (Opinion) - Some experts have argued that even if Moscow were amenable to extending the Megatons to Megawatts program under generous terms, doing so would be wrongheaded because the risks associated with transporting highly enriched uranium to and from Russian processing facilities outweigh the benefits. However, there’s no reason that the United States can’t safely turn more of its own weapons into fuel, a process that would not have to involve large, risky shipments over such long distances.

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February 17 2014

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Boeing looks to U.S. Congress to fund fighters after Navy skips orders

MSN.com - Feb. 17 (News Report) - Boeing Co is mounting a last-ditch campaign to convince U.S. lawmakers to buy more fighter jets and stave off a shutdown of a St. Louis production line after the U.S. Navy failed to fund the jets. The Navy's fiscal 2015 budget plan omits funding for any extra F/A-18E/F Super Hornets or EA-18G Growlers, according to several sources familiar with the issue. The White House is due to submit its 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4. While the 2015 budget does not include funding for shutting down the F/A-18 production line in St. Louis after 2016, the Navy plans to add such termination funding to its 2016 budget, said one of the sources, who could not speak publicly.

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February 13 2014

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The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

firstlook.org - By Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald - Feb. 13 (Investigative Report) - The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

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January 29 2014

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"Dirty Wars" Filmmaker Jeremy Scahill on the "Drone President" & Obama's Whitewashing of NSA Spying

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill - Jan. 29 (News Analysis) - In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on the United States to "move off a permanent war footing," citing his recent limits on the use of drones, his withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and his effort to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay. Obama also vowed to reform National Security Agency surveillance programs to ensure that "the privacy of ordinary people is not being violated." Jeremy Scahill, whose Oscar-nominated film "Dirty Wars" tackles the U.S. drone war and targeted killings abroad, says Obama has been a "drone president" whose operations have killed large numbers of civilians. On NSA reform, Scahill says "the parameters of the debate in Washington are: should we figure out a way to streamline this and sell it to the American people, or should we do more surveillance?"

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January 28 2014

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No Tears for the Real Robert Gates

Consortium News - By Ray McGovern - Jan. 28 (Opinion) - In Official Washington, the gap between image and reality can be wide, but there is a virtual canyon separating the mainstream’s awestruck regard for Robert Gates as a “wise man” and his record as a deceitful opportunist known to his former colleagues, like ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

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December 28 2013

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Military Sexual Assault Reports Jump By 50 Percent

Huffington Post - By Lolita C. Baldor - Dec. 28 (News Report) - The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

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November 16 2013

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Senate Poised to Fund Programs the Military Doesn’t Want

pogo.org - By Ethan Rosenkranz - Nov. 16 (Investigative Report) - Here are just some of the things military leaders have said they don’t want so far, but members of Senate Armed Services Committee decided to include in the Fiscal Year 2014 NDAA anyway:

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November 12 2013

08:00

Stop Thanking the Troops for Me: No, They Don’t Protect Our Freedoms!”

AlterNet - By Justin Doolittle - Nov. 12 (Opinion) - Not all of the “NBA Cares” promos are about serving the least fortunate members of our society, though. The league is determined to show its commitment to both ends of the spectrum of power. In one spot, NBA stars can be seen, not playing board games with children devastated by cancer, but, instead, touting the greatness and indispensability of the most powerful institution in the world, the United States military.

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November 05 2013

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Oliver Stone on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination & the Untold History of the United States

Democracy Now - By Oliver Stone, Amy Goodman - Nov. 05 (Special Report) - Three-time Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Oliver Stone joins us for the hour to discuss the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, which was chronicled in his blockbuster film, "JFK." A Vietnam War veteran, Stone has made around two dozen acclaimed Hollywood films, including "Platoon," "Salvador," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Nixon," "South of the Border" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." A commemorative edition of "JFK" comes out next week. Most recently, Stone has co-written the 10-part Showtime series, "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States," and companion book with the same name, co-written by Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University.

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November 04 2013

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"Wounds of Waziristan"

Democracy Now - By Madiha Tahir - Nov. 04 (Special Report) - The Pakistani government is warning of a new rift with the United States after a CIA drone strike that killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban. Hakimullah Mehsud and six other militants died on Friday when U.S. missiles hit their vehicle in North Waziristan. Mehsud had a $5 million bounty on his head and was accused of responsibility for thousands of deaths. The attack came just as the Pakistani government had re-launched peace talks with the Taliban. In a broadcast exclusive, we air a documentary that highlights the stories of civilians directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan: "Wounds of Waziristan," directed by Madiha Tahir. “Waziristan is only half the size of New Jersey. How would it feel if bombs rained over New Jersey for nine years?,” asks Tahir in the film. “Would you be frightened? If they killed your son, your cousin or your husband and got away with it, would you be angry? You probably couldn’t forget about it if you tried. You’d be haunted.”

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October 26 2013

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Please Tell Me, Mr. President, Why a US Drone Assassinated My Mother

readersupportednews.org - By Rafiq ur Rehman - Oct. 26 (Special Report) - last time I saw my mother, Momina Bibi, was the evening before Eid al-Adha. She was preparing my children's clothing and showing them how to make sewaiyaan, a traditional sweet made of milk. She always used to say: the joy of Eid is the excitement it brings to the children. Last year, she never had that experience. The next day, 24 October 2012, she was dead, killed by a US drone that rained fire down upon her as she tended her garden. Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day. The media reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother's house. Several reported the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. All reported that five militants were killed. Only one person was killed - a 67-year-old grandmother of nine.

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October 25 2013

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Pentagon pushes for billions to refurbish nuclear bombs

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - By Kingston Reif - Oct. 25 (News) - The case against the proposed B61 life extension is simple: It is unaffordable, unworkable, and unnecessary. In addition, it is premised on assumptions about demand for nuclear bombs that may no longer be valid 10 years from now, when the program is scheduled to be completed. It would be foolish to spend $11 billion on an overly ambitious overhaul, when the future of at least half the weapons is uncertain and more cost-effective alternatives are available.

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October 13 2013

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Video: Drugging America's Veterans | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Center for Investigative Reporting - By Adithya Sambamurthy, Aaron Glantz - Oct. 13 (Investigative Report) - When it comes to painkillers, the United States consumes 80 percent of the world’s supply, according to American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. More Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among military veterans, the problem of painkiller abuse is especially striking.

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September 28 2013

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September 27 2013

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The Dangers of Nuclear Weapons in our Neighborhood

Pirate TV Seattle - By Glen Milner: - Sep. 27 (Speech) - (video)

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07:00

A ruinous road to Damascus: Can the US avoid it? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Charles P. Blair - Sep. 27 () - If the Lavrov-Kerry agreement finds success, direct US military action is unlikely in the near-term. However, the United States must prepare for direct involvement that would include the deployment of tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of US troops. Many justifiably cringe at the very idea, but the ramifications of a severe oil supply disruption and the ensuing effect on the world financial system make US involvement not just possible, but if the Lavrov-Kerry agreement does not succeed, likely.

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September 17 2013

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Who profits from the nuclear weapons complex? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Kennette Benedict - Sep. 17 (Opinion) - As reported in the Bulletin’s recent Nuclear Notebook, estimates of world nuclear arsenals stand at about 17,000 warheads, enough to destroy whole societies and render the Earth uninhabitable...Unfortunately the individuals, companies, and agencies whose livelihoods are tied to nuclear weapons programs will try to make sure that spending continues as usual.

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07:00

Aaron Alexis, 34, is dead gunman in Navy Yard shooting, authorities say

Washington Post - By Carol D. Leonnig, Craig Whitlock, David A. Fahrenthold - Sep. 17 (News Report) - The dead gunman in Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy veteran and native of Brooklyn, an FBI official said Monday afternoon. Police say it is unclear if Alexis acted alone. Authorities are still searching for another possible suspect: a black man in his 40s with gray sideburns, wearing an olive-drab military-style uniform. ...

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September 05 2013

07:00

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

Washington Post - By Max Fisher - Sep. 05 (Special Report) - The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren’t exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you.

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