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Archive for January, 2013

Pentagon Plans to Swiftly Remove Ban on Women Combat Roles

The Washington Post recently reported that the Pentagon has announced its intent to “expeditiously” implement a policy integrating female soldiers into combat units. The previous policy, according to The Post, banned women from serving in ground combat roles and, according to General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has probably contributed […]

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Jan 27th, 2013 Current Affairs

White House Denies Petition to Build Death Star

BBC News recently reported that the White House rejected a petition submitted with 34,000 signatures to build a Death Star, a giant battle station in space armed with a super laser like that seen in Star Wars. Signatories proffered that the project, which would cost approximately $850 quadrillion according to BBC News, would create jobs […]

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Jan 20th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

Kiriakou Headed to Prison

The New York Times reports that ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou will be sentenced to thirty months in prison pursuant to a plea agreement. Kiriakou admitted to leaking the name of a covert officer to a freelance news reporter in violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which protects undercover agents specifically. Kiriakou is the first […]

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Jan 17th, 2013 AIII Courts, Current Affairs

Judge: DOJ Not Required to Produce Legal Memo on Drone Strike that Killed Al Awlaki

According to The New York Times, earlier this month Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the Department of Justice would not be required to produce the memorandum explaining the legal basis for the unmanned aerial vehicle strike that killed United States citizen and al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen at the end of 2011. […]

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High Court Refuses to Hear Drone Case

Noor Khan, a Pakistani man whose father was killed in a drone strike, is attempting to force the UK Government to disclose whether it is providing intelligence to the United States for the purpose of aiding in drone strikes, according to the BBC. However, the High Court refused to hear Khan’s claims, stating that the […]

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Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Extradited to the United States

BBC News reports that Abid Naseer, who is accused of playing an instrumental role in the Al Qaeda conspiracy to bomb Manchester in 2009, has been extradited to the United States where prosecutors will try him for the UK plot as part of an alleged larger plan to also attack New York. UK prosecutors did […]

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Obama Proposes Sale of Spy Drones to South Korea

Reuters reports that Obama has formally proposed the sale of four spy drones to Seoul in a claimed attempt to allow South Korea to defend itself from the North. The move, according to Reuters, has been met with considerable controversy, however. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency reports that the drones to be sold are […]

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President Obama Announces Nominations for New National Security Team

Last Monday President Obama publicly announced his nominations for his new national security team, according to the Washington Examiner. Former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has been nominated as the next Secretary of Defense, drawing objections from democrats and republicans alike, and John Brennan, a 25-year C.I.A. veteran, has been nominated as the next Director […]

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Jan 12th, 2013 Current Affairs

U.S. Army Seeks Death Penalty in Case Against Sgt. Bales

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Army plans to seek the death penalty in its case against Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who is charged with 16 counts of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder, and seven counts of assault. Sgt. Bales, The Times further states, allegedly shot and stabbed several individuals, including […]

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National Defense Authorization Act is Signed into Law

On January 3, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, authorizing the Department of Defense (DOD) to institute pay raises, bonuses, and incentive pay for personnel, according to an American Services Press Service release published by the Department of Defense. According to the DOD, the Act also extends the Emergency Response Program […]

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Jan 8th, 2013 Current Affairs

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