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Border-Industrial Complex Stuffs Senate Bill with $46 Billion in Weaponry, Gadgets

Border-Industrial Complex Stuffs Senate Bill with $46 Billion in Weaponry, Gadgets
Not satisfied with the wars in the Middle East, America's military-industrial complex has sought out a new target demographic: border security. The immigration bill in the Senate already includes requirements for six radar systems ($9.3 billion a pop) and 15 Black Hawk helicopters ($17 million per bird). Get ready for the next wave of corporate welfare.
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The Star Wars Sequel That Just Won't End: Futile Missile Defense Costs Taxpayers Billions

The Star Wars Sequel That Just Won't End: Futile Missile Defense Costs Taxpayers Billions
For three decades, Ronald Reagan's missile defense system known as "Star Wars" has been a colossal failure on a Jar Jar Binksian level. Then again, huge costs and poor performance rarely cause any government program to be terminated — evidence of this effect is exhibited by the continued flow of money to the project despite thirty years of failure and little promise of success in the future.
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Only 290 of 8,200 MIA Soldiers in Korean War Accounted for 60 Years Later

Only 290 of 8,200 MIA Soldiers in Korean War Accounted for 60 Years Later
The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.
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Robert Burns
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Bin Laden Raid Records Shipped to CIA, Purged from Defense Computers

Bin Laden Raid Records Shipped to CIA, Purged from Defense Computers
The top U.S. special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public. The secret move set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules.
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Richard Lardner
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Bey vs. Bay: Mos Def Brutally Force Fed Under Guantanamo's Military Guidelines (Video)

Bey vs. Bay: Mos Def Brutally Force Fed Under Guantanamo's Military Guidelines (Video)
In a procedure that looks even more brutal and yes, torturous, in actuality than it does on paper, actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) undergoes standard procedure for force-feeding Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike. Warning: The accompanying video is incredibly disturbing.
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Brandon Perkins
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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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The Contributor Staff
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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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Cora Currier
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