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How You (and Obama) Can Close Guantanamo

How You (and Obama) Can Close Guantanamo
As the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay continues, and American citizens join in on the protest, there are other steps to take that don't risk life and limb for the equal treatment of all humans.
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Snowed In: The Army Has Restricted Access to 'The Guardian' Website

Snowed In: The Army Has Restricted Access to 'The Guardian' Website
When the Monterey County Herald first reported restricted access to The Guardian, the newspaper which broke the Edward Snowden NSA story, they thought it was limited to the Presidio of Monterey. It turns out the action was taken Armywide.
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Read Salon? The Onion? You're a Security Threat.

Read Salon? The Onion? You're a Security Threat.
Do you read Salon or The Onion? Are you a federal employee? Then you could be deemed a high risk for leaking classified information, according to the Pentagon.
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Obama Calls For Drastic Reduction in Nuclear Stockpiles

Obama Calls For Drastic Reduction in Nuclear Stockpiles
President Barack Obama is calling for a one-third reduction of the world's nuclear stockpiles. Speaking at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, a powerful symbol of the Cold War, Obama said it's possible to ensure American security and reduce nuclear weapons.
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Now on Trial at Guantanamo Bay: Spiral Notebooks

Now on Trial at Guantanamo Bay: Spiral Notebooks
At Guantanamo Bay, trials of alleged terrorists can turn into an arduous process overflowing with motion specifics, legal ambiguities, numerous delays and seemingly more questions than answers. While the alleged architect of the U.S.S. Cole bombing is in court, one observer witnesses days of proceedings that focus on spiral notebooks, smoke detectors and the Catch-22 of classified information.
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Chemical Weapons Experts Not Sold on US Claim in Syria

Chemical Weapons Experts Not Sold on US Claim in Syria
There is still a major lack of solid evidence showing that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebel forces, chemical weapons experts warned on Friday, saying "they’ve yet to see the telltale signs of a sarin gas attack." The White House claimed Thursday that they have evidence of chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, including the use of sarin, but has not yet published their evidence.
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'Embracing the Status Quo': Major Sexual Assault Prevention Measure Shot Down

'Embracing the Status Quo': Major Sexual Assault Prevention Measure Shot Down
A well-supported measure that advocates for transparency and impartiality in cases of U.S. military sexual assault has been shot down. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), with top military officials' support, decided late last night to eliminate Gillibrand's proposal from the Defense Authorization Act.
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If US Cut Military by 75 Percent, It Would Still Be the Largest in the World

If US Cut Military by 75 Percent, It Would Still Be the Largest in the World
Some incredible numbers, courtesy of The David Packman Show: If the US cut its military by 75 percent, it would still have the largest military in world. If the cut was 50 percent, the military would still be larger than the next three countries combined.
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Five Proposals to Curb Military Rape and What the Military is Saying About Them

Five Proposals to Curb Military Rape and What the Military is Saying About Them
Political momentum to address the problem of military rape has been building since the Pentagon released statistics last month showing that sexual assault increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012. Senators have rushed to draft legislation to hold attackers accountable and provide support for victims. But, at the Senate hearing, officials steadfastly opposed most major changes in the way sexual assault cases are prosecuted. “It will undermine the readiness of the force … [and] will hamper the timely delivery of justice."
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Bradley Manning Is Guilty of 'Aiding the Enemy'—If the Enemy Is Democracy

Bradley Manning Is Guilty of 'Aiding the Enemy'—If the Enemy Is Democracy
Of all the charges against Bradley Manning, the most pernicious—and revealing—is “aiding the enemy. A blogger at The New Yorker, Amy Davidson, raised a pair of big questions that now loom over the courtroom at Fort Meade and over the entire country:
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