A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:47 am|
|By: Lloyd Chapman Wednesday July 9, 2014 2:25 pm|
I have been wondering why one of the most tenured and experience Pentagon spokesmen suddenly popped up at one of the smallest agencies in government, the Small Business Administration (SBA).
It makes perfect sense. Terry Sutherland is there to help journalists understand why the SBA needs a policy to create a “safe harbor” from penalties for firms that are guilty of the fraud that is absolutely not happening at the SBA.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 3, 2014 1:00 pm|
The highly controversial and possibly illegal Facebook experiment on mood manipulation is reportedly connected to the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative. The Minerva Initiative tries to model tipping points for social unrest and is funded directly by the Pentagon as well as indirectly through the National Science Foundation. The project is supposed to help improve relations between the Department of Defense as well as help military planning.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 29, 2014 8:30 am|
The defense establishment in both the United Kingdom and United States is funding social science research into what conflicts will be caused by climate change, energy crises, resource shortages, and other societal problems that could lead to civil unrest. One of the most alarming aspects of this militarization of social sciences is how it names certain groups as “social contagions” or “potential supporters of political violence,” even when evidence shows these groups promote non-violence and are peaceful. That means the fact that there are people who are willing to challenge the status quo is regarded as a threat.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:20 pm|
Recently Politifact weighed in on a brazen statement made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her book Hard Choices. Clinton claimed “The U.S. military footprint in Africa is nearly nonexistent.” A claim Politifact ruled as “True” which is the highest ranking their evaluation system has and rangers from “True” to “Pants on Fire” for claims that are outright false. The “True” rating is the best rating for the truthfulness of a statement that is evaluated.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:19 am|
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 22, 2014 2:10 pm|
Journalist Jason Leopold obtained a “heavily redacted” report that was prepared in December by the Pentagon on the “damage” caused by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures. The government refused to not censor any portion of the report that might describe specific details related to allegations of “damage.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 21, 2014 4:23 pm|
Does the president have to have a statute authorizing the use of military force in order to legally wage war against terrorist groups that may or may not pose an imminent threat to the United States? Or can the president simply target, capture and kill whomever in whatever terrorist group, even if Congress has not authorized action?
|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: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 7, 2014 9:02 am|
US government officials realized that hypocrisy had been exposed. Both countries could now be said to engage in hacking. As one senior administration official said to the Times, “We clearly don’t occupy the moral high ground that we once thought we did.”