Despite crime being on a steady decline for the past decade and the threat of international terrorism being wildly overstated, local police departments are stockpiling military grade weaponry. The militarization of police forces has become such a prominent phenomenon that the ACLU now dedicates a portion of its resources to studying the trend. Community policing – particularly in poor areas where people of color live – has been replaced with military style raids by heavily armed SWAT Teams.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:10 pm|
|By: DSWright Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30 pm|
Though we live in the age of austerity, at least concerning the 99%, the Department of Defense gets around $600 billion a year. More funds than any other military in the world. More funds than the next ten highest spending countries combined.
So what happens to all that money once it enters the Pentagon?
|By: spocko Saturday April 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
Daniel Suarez’s book Kill Decision takes on the topic of drones, especially autonomous drones that can make their own decision to kill, with no human in the loop.
|By: David Axe Saturday March 15, 2014 1:59 pm|
It’s been a rough couple of years for the U.S. Air Force. The flying branch has squandered billions of dollars on gold-plated aircraft and other weapons it doesn’t need. It has mishandled nuclear weapons. Airmen in the nuclear force have been caught cheating on exams. And then there are the numerous sex scandals.
At the same time, the Air Force has struggled to remain relevant during the course of two land-centric wars.
|By: DSWright Tuesday February 25, 2014 9:18 am|
In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Firedoglake on the health effects of exposure to controversial weapons that use depleted uranium, the Department of Defense sent a series of studies and agency memorandum concerning the health effects of US personnel after they were exposed to depleted uranium.
|By: DSWright Monday February 24, 2014 10:20 am|
After a decade of pratfalls in the Middle East with occupation armies that became easy targets for opposing militants, the Department of Defense is making some changes. In a new budget plan spearheaded by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon will be reducing the army to levels not seen since before World War II.
|By: Peterr Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm|
President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.
Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.
|By: DSWright Friday January 17, 2014 6:37 am|
Multiple officials within the United States government have told a reporter of their interest in murdering Edward Snowden. A killing that would take place outside of any legal proceeding or formal process. The US government officials not only expressed a desire to do it for their national security concerns but also a sense of personal satisfaction they would receive from completing the task.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:03 am|
It’s that time of year again, when important bills are quickly rushed through Congress and people are told there is no time to think about it. So it was yesterday that the final version of the Defense Bill was unveiled with backers telling everyone there is no time to debate.
|By: DSWright Friday August 30, 2013 9:26 am|
According to the Washington Post, documents released by Edward Snowden provide insight into the so-called “black budget” of the CIA, NSA, and other off-the-books funded entities. Since 9/11 hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on building a massive intelligence machine that still cannot provide the president with adequate intelligence. It seems the “black budget” has a lot more to do with enriching contractors and building bureaucratic empires than fighting terrorism.