RAND: One Year Delay in Employer Mandate Is Manageable but Repeal Would Be Very Costly

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:05 pm

The RAND Corporation is out with a new study looking at what impact President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate for a year will have. Their results find the impact in 2014 will be manageable as long as it is truly just for one year.


Office Politics: Why did the USAF fund “US Global Defense Posture, 1783-2011″?

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 8:00 pm

A few days ago a tweet pointed out that the Rand Corporation had released a study, US Global Defense Posture, 1783-2011. Given the upcoming budget controversy about the military budget and the coming end of “combat operations” in Afghanistan, I decided that this might be an interesting read. And it is, in a way. It’s a 146-page summary of the history of the US military’s global deployment over its entire history up through 2011. It is readable and has extensive footnotes and a bibliography.

It creates a classification of US military postures.

RAND: Eliminating Individual Mandate Wouldn’t Cause a “Death Spiral”

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 1:45 pm

A new study by the RAND Corporation found that while simply removing the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act would result in fewer individuals choosing to buy insurance, it would not produce the so-called premium death spiral predicted by some of the mandate’s strongest supporters.

“Confess or be ready to die”: UN Report Pummels US Ally Afghanistan on Torture

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 4:53 pm

The UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released its October 2011 report on “Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghanistan” (PDF). Ten years after the US invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime, and ostensibly dismantle the Al Qaeda forces linked to the 9/11 attacks, the regime in place is not only hopeless corrupt and unable to provide security for its citizens, Afghan security forces in the National Security Directorate (NDS) have been charged by UNAMA with “systematically” torturing “detainees for the purpose of obtaining confessions and information” at a number of provincial facilities.

The report alleges that fully 46 percent of prisoners held by security forces, and approximately one-third held by Afghan national police (ANP), are tortured. Furthermore, “[n]early all detainees tortured by NDS officials reported the abuse took place during interrogations and was aimed at obtaining a confession or information.” Until last month, the U.S. routinely turned prisoners over to Afghan security forces, while NATO stopped turning over prisoners to a number of different Afghan facilities last July.

Rand Study: Marijuana Legalization Would Markedly Cut Mexican Drug Cartel Profits

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 5:20 pm

The Rand Corporation is notorious for its history of pro-drug-war studies. A report of theirs from earlier this year on Proposition 19 was full of dubious claims based on what even they had to admit were just guesses. Once again, with their newest report about marijuana legalization, the Rand Corporation buries the lede from their own study, one which strongly supporters the anti-cartel claims made by marijuana reformers. While not part of the press release, the study, in fact, backs up one of the main arguments of the supporters of marijuana legalization. The study determines legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana could eliminate all the profits the Mexican drug cartels currently make thanks to cannabis prohibition.

APA Scrubs Pages Linking It to CIA Torture Workshops

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 5:00 pm

Like a modern-day Ministry of Truth, the American Psychological Association (APA) has scrubbed the webpage describing “deception scenarios” workshops that were part of a conference it conducted with the CIA and Rand Corporation on July 17-18, 2003. In addition, the APA erased the link to the page, and even all mention of its existence, from another webpage from its July 2003 Science Policy Insider News that briefly described the conference.

Who Will Investigate CIA/RAND/APA Torture “Workshop”?

By: Thursday November 19, 2009 3:00 pm

Back in May 2007, while researching the activities of the American Psychological Association (APA) in support of the U.S. government’s interrogation program, I came across evidence that the APA had engaged in a discussion of torture techniques during a workshop organized by APA and the RAND Corporation, “with generous funding from the Central Intelligence Agency [...]

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