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On Earth Day, Remembering the US Military’s Toxic Legacy

    On Earth Day, Remembering the US Military’s Toxic Legacy

Media outlets gave minimal attention to recent news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet…

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Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

    Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to be a whistleblower. I’d like to think I would. We all like to think we would, just like we all like to think we could catch the game-winning touchdown, triumph on “America’s Got Talent,” and fold a fitted sheet quickly and without cursing. But to blow…

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Lee Camp: With $21 Trillion Unaccounted For, Pentagon Whistleblowers Please Form a Line

    Lee Camp: With $21 Trillion Unaccounted For, Pentagon Whistleblowers Please Form a Line

Opinion — Between 1998 and 2015 the Pentagon has failed to account for $21 trillion in taxpayer money. Michigan State Professor Mark Skidmore and a team of graduate students discovered this when poring over documents for the Department of Defense and Housing and Urban Development. The analysis was done using publicly available information from the…

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Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes

    Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — Elite CIA-backed special forces in Afghanistan are leaving a trail of carnage in the country. As such units do not operate under the umbrella of the Department of Defense, they have been given near-impunity despite standing accused of war crimes. Last month, the New York Times cited “senior Afghan and international…

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Pentagon Looking to Step up Its Disinformation Warfare

  Pentagon Looking to Step up Its Disinformation Warfare

US Department of Defense officials are looking to weaponize disinformation, by looking for new “influencing tools” against “enemy propaganda,” military.com reported. The Pentagon wishes to expand its capabilities in irregular warfare, which according to Defense officials is a critical tool for defeating near-peer adversaries preemptively. As a department, we have often exhibited a historical preference in…

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Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis

  Pentagon Climate Change Report Ignores Its Own Role in Fueling the Crisis

WASHINGTON — This week, the Department of Defense released a report to Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jim Inhofe (R-OK) detailing the threat climate change poses to U.S. national security. Not only does the report fail to mention U.S. bases that have been destroyed or evacuated recently due to natural disasters, it completely omits the…

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How War Propaganda in the Film Industry Really Works

  How War Propaganda in the Film Industry Really Works

As the co-authors of National Security Cinema, we have become known — rather inaccurately — for encouraging two major ideas: 1. That the government is really important in making movies more militaristic. 2. That Hollywood doesn’t produce dissenting films. While the first of these is somewhat true it is a simplification, the second is a falsehood. The…

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Search for Missing $21 Trillion Comes Up Empty as Pentagon Fails First Audit in 71-Year History

  Search for Missing $21 Trillion Comes Up Empty as Pentagon Fails First Audit in 71-Year History

WASHINGTON — Despite being legally required to conduct audits since the early 90s and holding a staggering  2.2 trillion in assets, the Pentagon held its first-ever audit this week — which it, unsurprisingly, spectacularly failed. According to a senior official, the results were so bad that the discrepancies could take “years [to] resolve.” The Department…

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Trump’s Military Spending Cuts Mask Record “Defense” Budget

  Trump’s Military Spending Cuts Mask Record “Defense” Budget

US President Donald Trump called for defense spending cuts during a Cabinet meeting on October 17th. In fact, he asked all cabinet members to institute budget cuts of at least 5% for their departments in 2019. Speaking to the press prior to the Cabinet meeting, Trump spoke of his plan to ask every secretary to make…

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As Tech Giants Compete for $18B Pentagon Contract to Develop Orwellian Data Cloud, Workers Push Back

  As Tech Giants Compete for $18B Pentagon Contract to Develop Orwellian Data Cloud, Workers Push Back

SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA — The entire tech industry is currently going through its very own Hunger Games as a host of companies compete for a chance to win two multibillion dollar contracts from the Pentagon. What are the jobs? Develop globally accessible cloud-computing platforms for the Pentagon and military personnel, spanning all levels from unclassified…

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