Leaked Military records paint bleak future for Afghanistan War

Do not read this article if you do not want to hear the realities of war. This is not a movie and the stark reality of massive civilian death and is filled through these documents.

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WASHINGTON — Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online Sunday amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings as well as covert operations against Taliban figures.

The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks posted the documents on its website Sunday. The New York Times, London’s Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the documents.

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Allegations of hazing in the Navy

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(Joesph)Rocha says others, including his chief, suspected he was gay when he showed no interest in sexual escapades with women. He became a prime target, he says. “It was everyday for 28 months, for 16 hours a day. Nothing I did was good enough; all of my achievements were overshadowed by ridicule of my sexuality.”

In its own investigation of the Bahrain unit, the Navy found more than 90 incidents of hazing and other abuses. It says sailors were “hog-tied’ … force-fed liver dog treats and told to make dog and duck sounds” and “…duct-taped to a chair, rolled outside, and then left in a dog kennel until released.” That last example, Rocha says, was about him.

According to the investigation, Rocha and several others in his unit also allege the man who ordered much of the abuse was Chief Master-at-Arms Michael Toussaint. “He loved his authority. He loved his power,” says Shaun Hogan, who served in Bahrain with Rocha and says he was hazed as well. He and other sailors told CNN that Toussaint created such an atmosphere of fear, no one was immune – even Toussaint’s number two, Jennifer Valdivia.

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Obama: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama restated his campaign pledge to allow homosexual men and women to serve openly in the military, but left many in his audience of gay activists wondering when he would make good on the promise.
“I will end ‘don’t ask-don’t tell,'” Obama said Saturday night to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group. He offered no timetable or specifics and he acknowledged some may be growing impatient.
“I appreciate that many of you don’t believe progress has come fast enough,” Obama said. “Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach.”
Obama called to layout plan to dissolve Dont Ask Dont Tell

Obama called to layout plan to dissolve Don't Ask Don't Tell

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama restated his campaign pledge to allow homosexual men and women to serve openly in the military, but left many in his audience of gay activists wondering when he would make good on the promise.

“I will end ‘don’t ask-don’t tell,'” Obama said Saturday night to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group. He offered no timetable or specifics and he acknowledged some may be growing impatient.

“I appreciate that many of you don’t believe progress has come fast enough,” Obama said. “Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach.”

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DHS To End Domestic Satellite Spying Program

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Yeah what do they need with big, clunky satellites when they got Blackberry’s, GMail and Twitter? Surveillance has gone mobile/digital

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to kill a program begun by the Bush administration that would use U.S. spy satellites for domestic security and law enforcement, a government official said Monday.

Napolitano recently reached her decision after the program was discussed with law enforcement officials, and she was told it was not an urgent issue, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about it.

The program was announced in 2007 and was to have the Homeland Security Department use overhead and mapping imagery from existing satellites for homeland security and law enforcement purposes.

The program, called the National Applications Office, has been delayed because of privacy and civil liberty concerns. Continue reading

Russia bomber neared Canada before Obama visit

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian fighters scrambled to intercept an approaching Russian bomber less than 24 hours before U.S. President Barack Obama‘s visit to Ottawa last week, Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said on Friday.russian_missile

The long-range Bear bomber did not enter Canada’s Arctic airspace but the two Canadian CF-18 fighters had to order the plane to “back off”, MacKay told a news conference.

Obama spent a few hours in the Canadian capital on February 19 on his first foreign trip since becoming president.

“I’m not going to stand here and accuse the Russians of having deliberately done this during the presidential visit but it was a strong coincidence, which we met with the presence, as we always do, of F-18 fighter planes … and sent a strong signal that they should back off and stay out of our air space,” MacKay said.

He also said Russia had stepped up its bomber flights toward the Canadian Arctic in the last few years, reviving a practice that was common during the Cold War.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was very concerned by the incident. Continue reading

Obama Team Aims to Enter into Space Race with CHINA

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Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) — President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between the U.S.’s civilian and military space programs to speed up a mission to the moon amid the prospect of a new space race with China. obama

Obama’s transition team is considering a collaboration between the Defense Department and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration because military rockets may be cheaper and ready sooner than the space agency’s planned launch vehicle, which isn’t slated to fly until 2015, according to people who’ve discussed the idea with the Obama team.

The potential change comes as Pentagon concerns are rising over China’s space ambitions because of what is perceived as an eventual threat to U.S. defense satellites, the lofty battlefield eyes of the military. Continue reading

2008 Military Times Poll: Wary about Obama

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A Commander-in-Chief needs the faith of the military in order to effectively lead, yet another challenge PE Obama will have to conquer.

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When asked how they feel about President-elect Barack Obama as commander in chief, six out of 10 active-duty service members say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times survey.

In follow-up interviews, respondents expressed concerns about Obama’s lack of military service and experience leading men and women in uniform.

“Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief,” said one lance corporal who asked not to be identified.

For eight years, members of the U.S. military have served under a Republican commander in chief who reflected their generally conservative views and led them to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Now, the troops face change not only at the very top of the chain of command, as Obama nears his Jan. 20 inauguration, but perhaps in mission, policy and values.

Underlying much of the uncertainty is Obama’s stated 16-month timetable for pulling combat troops out of Iraq, as well as his calls to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to survey responses and interviews. Continue reading

Wii-Controlled Robots Made for Combat

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Dec. 19, 2008 — For kids, a new way to control virtual characters is all fun and games. For soldiers, more intuitive controls for robots could mean the difference between life and death.

Using the controller from the popular Nintendo Wii gaming system (the “Wiimote”) scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory, working with engineers from the U.S. Army, Foster-Miller, and iRobot, are developing novel ways to control military robots.

“If a soldier wants to find a bomb [with a robot], 95 percent of their attention has to be focused on the screen,” said Doug Few, an engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory working on the project. “Using the Wii remote reduces the work load on the operator and also extends the numbers of domains that the robot can be used in.”

The current laptop interface that controls the military robots can have up to 50 hard buttons and requires a soldier to place all attention to the monitor, a potentially deadly distraction in a war zone.

Scientist on the Verge of Creating Invisible Man

via Times Online

INVISIBILITY devices, long the realm of science fiction and fantasy, have moved closer after scientists engineered a material that can bend visible light around objects.

The breakthrough could lead to systems for rendering anything from people to large objects, such as tanks and ships, invisible to the eye – although this is still years off.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, whose work is funded by the American military, have engineered materials that can control light’s direction of travel. The world’s two leading scientific journals, Science and Nature, are expected to report the results this week. Continue reading

Big Brother Is Watching & Recruiting Bloggers

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Bloggers beware. Big Brother is watching and “Uncle Sam Wants You!” As a further testament to the power of blogging it has just been revealed that a study called “Blogs and Military Information Strategy” released in 2006 recommends that the armed forces co-opt influential blogs or put them on the payroll to serve the best interests of the US Government.

Read: Big Brother plans to do to the blogging community what it has done to all other forms of media (Fox should be the shining example of a Government sponsored, co-opted propaganda machine). They suggest using the blogs to spread pro-American propaganda and using the power of a network of blogs to crush a specific person (read Reverend Wright). The report revealed that military bigwigs like General Petraeus consider blogging helpful tools needed to shape the public opinion about achievement in Iraq, irregardless of whether the information is accurate.

They are even moving one step ahead of the game in that they realize how to “produce” a blogger. At least they have a concrete idea of what it will take to make an successful blog. Peep the science:

An alternative strategy is to “make” a blog and blogger. The process of boosting the blog to a position of influence could take some time, however, and depending on the person running the blog, may impose a significant educational burden, in terms of cultural and linguistic training before the blog could be put online to any useful effect.

Still, there are people in the military today who like to blog. In some cases, their talents might be redirected toward operating blogs as part of an information campaign. If a military blog offers valuable information that is not available from other sources, it could rise in rank fairly rapidly.

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Killer Bees with Cameras

Well its actually moths and beetles that are being created in science labs with cameras and remote controlled equipment in their bodies.In a truly sci-fi  movie like revelation, these bugs will be used in warfare to spy and conduct missions for the military.

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Think this is some cooky lab experiment that will never come to be(no pun intended)? Think again this serious stuff similiar to the military using weather as a war device. Man the things this government will do to keep the rest of the world under its heel.

Inspired by Thomas Easton’s 1990 novel Sparrowhawk in which animals enlarged by genetic engineering were fitted with implanted control systems, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) set out to insert micro-systems into living insects as they undergo metamorphosis.

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Military Shoots Down Satellite during Eclispe..

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ON the night of February 20th (the cusp of Aquarius & Pisces) the skies above America played host to two substantial occurences. At approximately 10:26 p.m. while the moon was eclipsed the military shot a missile into space to destroy a rogue spy satellite.
 Whats the sense of spying on people if you are notifying them that you are spying on them? Well that’s exactly what the government told its citizens last week when Congress tussled over whether to ratify the Illegal Spy System enacted by the Bush administration.