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The news out of Afghanistan seems to be almost all doom and gloom: 8 NATO soldiers and one civilian were killed today by a veteran Afghan army pilot who reportedly turned on his trainers. The Taliban has claimed credit for the shooting, playing into fears of Taliban sleeper agents infiltrating Afghan security forces. Those fears have been...Full Article »
Documents published yesterday by Wikileaks and a threat matrix quoted today by the Guardian show that what U.S. officials have said publicly about Pakistan and terrorism often has not squared with what was happening behind the scenes. The Guardian's revelation that U.S. interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention center ranked Pakistan...Full Article »
In a decision that will likely make it more difficult for Guantanamo prisoners to win release, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today reversed a lower court’s ruling in the pivotal case of a Yemeni detainee. In a 14-page decision, the appeals court rejected the lower court’s ruling to release Uthman Abdul Rahim...Full Article »
by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR March 16, 2011, 6:33 p.m. Acknowledging that commanders have sometimes wrongly denied the Purple Heart to soldiers who suffered battlefield concussions, the Army plans to issue new guidance to clarify when such recognition is warranted, Army officials said Wednesday. In...Full Article »
Concerns about a radiation release from the Fukushima Daiichi power facility have focused on its stricken nuclear reactors, but the plants of that design also store highly radioactive spent fuel in pools outside the protective containment structure that surrounds the reactor itself. Opponents of nuclear power have warned for years that if...Full Article »
Tags: nuclear|NRC|NEI
by Marian Wang ProPublica As protests—and crackdowns—have been rippling through the Middle East, the U.S. response has varied by country. For instance, while the Obama administration has been vocal about events in Iran, it has been relatively quiet about violence by pro-government forces in Yemen. Here’s a brief...Full Article »
by Marian Wang ProPublica When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the tiny island nation of Bahrain for the first time in December, she made headlines here in the U.S. for one thing: An attendee at one of the events asked whether she’d run for president again. She said no. At that same event, Clinton also got another...Full Article »
Tags: Bahrain|Egypt|US
President Obama’s proposed budget for next year recommends cutting some weapons programs that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said are unnecessary and wasteful. But don’t hold your breath: Congress has a history of preserving funding for programs that the Defense Department itself wants to kill. Both President Obama and his...Full Article »
by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR The Institutes of Medicine kicked off its yearlong study of cognitive rehabilitation therapy on Monday, a process that will help the Pentagon decide whether its health plan will cover the treatment for troops who have suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. We...Full Article »
by Marian Wang ProPublica, Jan. 26, 2011, 11:31 a.m. As Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords begins rehabilitative therapy in Houston after being shot in the head in Tucson earlier this month, she was transferred today to TIRR Memorial Hermann, a premier rehabilitation hospital renowned for its treatment of traumatic brain injuries...Full Article »
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