Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Incredulously Stupid - Even by Bush Administration standards
Story #1 - Drill sergeant who posed nude discharged
An Air Force drill sergeant and former Iowa National Guard member who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been removed from active duty, she said Wednesday. Whether that amounts to an honorable discharge, as Michelle Manhart also says, is unclear.
Story #2 - Army Giving More Waivers in Recruiting
The number of waivers granted to Army recruits with criminal backgrounds has grown about 65 percent in the last three years, increasing to 8,129 in 2006 from 4,918 in 2003, Department of Defense records show.
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Monday, February 05, 2007
This article might at first seem silly...
...except that it is so damn accurate.
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The general public remains unaware of the crony capitalism that enriches certain well-connected companies. Public ignorance only breeds more deception and secrecy. The 2006 Defense Authorization Act was passed in December 2005 giving the Pentagon total exemption from the Freedom of Information Act which had previously allowed access to more than 30,000 documents detailing the military involvement in the torture and abuse of foreign detainees. This exemption also shields the government in connection with any future domestic tyranny. The CIA already has such immunity.Read Part One
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Bush and his political allies are using taxpayer dollars to run an outsourcing laboratory. Iraq is its Frankenstein monster. Already, private contractors constitute the second-largest "force" in Iraq.
At last count, there were about 100,000 contractors there, of which 48,000 work as private soldiers, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
These soldiers have operated with almost no oversight or effective legal constraints and are an undeclared expansion of the scope of the occupation. Many of these contractors make up to $1,000 a day, far more than active-duty soldiers. What's more, these forces are politically expedient, as contractor deaths go uncounted in the official toll.