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Posts Tagged ‘defense department

Whistleblowers prosecuted while War Criminals remain free?

April 18, 2012

A newly released document acquired by Wired Magazine exposes the United States Defense Department’s torture techniques. In the 37 page report, former CIA official John Kiriakou warns the George W. Bush administration about the techniques that were being used on detainees and explains how they are against US law. His warnings went unheard of — […]

US Defense Department the world’s largest employer

December 16, 2011

According to a study by The Economist, America’s defense department had 3.2m people on its payroll last year, equivalent to 1% of the U.S. population. Historically, Americans have always been more concerned about big government than big business or big labor in response to this trend question dating back to 1965. Today, Americans’ concerns about […]

US Defense Department network of influence websites

November 26, 2011

Over the past three years, a subdivision of Virginia-based General Dynamics has set up and run a network of eight “influence websites” funded by the Defense Department with more than $120 million in taxpayer money. Over the past two years, the budget for the TRWI websites has increased from $10.1 million to $121 million, according […]

Defense cuts could boost US unemployment

September 19, 2011

The Pentagon is warning Congress that potential sweeping cuts to the defense budget would put millions more out of work and add a percentage point to the country’s unemployment rate, officials said Thursday. The Pentagon described a dire scenario if a congressional “supercommittee” fails to agree by November 23 to trim $1.2 trillion from government […]

Americans each pay $5000 per year for US defense spending

March 7, 2011

“Each and every citizen in the United States – man, woman and child – pays some $5,000 or so per year for U.S. defense spending much of which is associated now with the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”, calculates Steve Breyman, assistant professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. If the federal government had not […]

The extraordinary prestige of the military-industrial-congressional complex or Iron Triangle

January 18, 2011

Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower warned of the danger of the “military-industrial complex”. The huge budget and reach of America’s modern defense industry has proved him correct. Adjusted for inflation, US national security spending has more than doubled since Eisenhower left office. Year after year, the defence budget seems to rise – irrespective of whether […]

Concerning WikiLeaks, isn’t Government supposed to operate openly and citizens entitled to privacy?

December 28, 2010

Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon: “The Justice Department is engaged in an all-out crusade to figure out how to shut down WikiLeaks and imprison Julian Assange. It is subjecting Bradley Manning to unbelievably inhumane conditions in order to manipulate him into providing needed testimony to prosecute Assange. Recall that in 2008 — long before anyone […]

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks incentives for Corporations and Governments to behave ethically

December 28, 2010

The Wikileaks revolution isn’t only about airing secrets and transacting information. It’s about dismantling large organizations—from corporations to government bureaucracies. In a Wikileaks world, the greater the number of people who intimately understand your organization, the more candidates there are for revealing that information to millions of voyeurs. Granted, Julian Assange himself doesn’t purport to […]

Increased number of contractors – heirs to the Blackwater mercenaries

December 23, 2010

The Obama administration is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush. Both Afghnaistan and Iraq wars have been fought with the help of private military and intelligence contractors. But despite the troubles of Blackwater in particular – charges of corruption and killing of civilians—and continuing controversy over military outsourcing in general, […]

Afghanistan War ironies and uncertainties

November 23, 2010

Amazing as it sounds, NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, may be losing the only war the 61-year old pact every fought. All its soldiers, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and electronic gear are being beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen. Why? Well, 10 years into […]