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by Aaron Glantz (AntiWar)

The judge said Watada's agreement amounted to a "confession," but in exchanges with the judge in open court Lt. Watada disagreed. "Your Honor, I have always believed that I have a legal and moral defense. I realize that the governm

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by Bill Simpich (TruthOut)

I was there. Lt. Watada knew exactly what his case was about – and that scared the judge. There was absolutely no reason to stop the Watada trial. The judge's claim that Lt. Watada did not fully understand a document he signed admitting to ele

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Washington Post

Officials of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which runs the nuclear weapons complex, said they hope to receive administration and congressional authorization for the development and production of a [thermonuclear] warhead that could be

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The Sun

The Sun today publishes the full, disturbing truth about how the US pilot of an A-10 tankbuster jet broke all the rules the shoot up a British convoy in the Iraq war. We obtained the cockpit videotape at the centre of a diplomatic row between the 2

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AP

Denied a chance to debate the legality of the Iraq war in court, an Army officer who refused to go to Iraq now goes to trial hoping to at least minimize the amount of time he could serve if convicted. Anti-war activists consider 1st Lt. Ehren Wata

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Telegraph

Deep inside the heart of the "Green Zone", the heavily fortified adminstrative compound in Baghdad, lies one of the most carefully guarded secrets of the war in Iraq. It is a cell from a small and anonymous British Army unit that goes by t

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McClatchy Newspapers

The US military drive to train and equip Iraq's security forces has unwittingly strengthened anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, which has been battling to take over much of the capital city

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Army Times

The Pentagon is expected to send Congress a $622.6 billion defense budget for 2008. The sum includes $141.7 billion to continue fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The numbers were confirmed by a Pentagon official Feb. 2.

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by Jim Lobe (AntiWar)

For the first time in its history, Africa is poised to get its very own US military command. The advent of "AFRICOM," concerns Africa's role in the "global war on terror," the growing importance of the region's natural res

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TPM Muckraker

Support our troops? Now there's an idea. But according to a new Defense Department report, that's one thing the adminstration isn't doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even as the president orders more troops to Iraq, the soldiers already s

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CBS News

"When I realized these people we were killing — 'cause we killed a lot of [them], I saw a lot of dead people — when I realized the people we were killing had nothing to do with 9/11, that's when I was, like, 'Okay, this is not for me

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Chicago Tribune

Sleezer, 22, who already had served 2 combat tours in Afghanistan, pleaded with the Army to allow him to continue with his college education rather than return to duty. Instead, he has been ordered to ship out for Iraq June 3. He got the news Thursda

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AP

In an action branded a backdoor draft by some critics, the military over the past several years has held tens of thousand of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines on the job and in war zones beyond their retirement dates or enlistment length.

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Popular Science

A proposed suborbital space transport will put boots on the ground anywhere in the world in two hours or less. But can it overcome huge technological—and political—hurdles?

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Wired blog

The mighty railgun, that hitherto-unfeasible weapon most beloved of gamers and geeks the world over, is now a functional reality thanks to the U.S. Navy, which has produced a working 8-megajoule electromagnetic mass driver.

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AP

The military calls its new weapon an “active denial system,'' but that's an understatement. It's a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they are about to catch fire. The device's two-man crew located their targe

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Wired

British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. New development will reportedly see WASPs fitted with a C4 explosive warhead for kamikaze attacks on snipers, dubbed "The Talibanator."

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Milnet

Attached are unclassified summaries describing the circumstances surrounding 32 accidents involving nuclear weapons. Also attached is the DOD/DOE defiinition of "accident" used in researching this project.

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Baltimore Sun

(How large is the Pentagon Budget?) After nearly 4 years of war in Iraq, the Pentagon's effort to protect its troops against roadside bombs is in disarray, with soldiers and Marines having to swap access to scarce armored vehicles, and the milit

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Mother Jones

To keep recruitment up, over the last few years the Army has been offering new incentives and loosening enlistment rules for incoming GI's

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