National Security

OpEd: There goes the Republic (

December 18, 2011

By Robert Scheer Once again the gods of war have united our Congress like nothing else. Unable to agree on the minimal spending necessary to save our economy, schools, medical system or infrastructure, the cowards who mislead us have retreated to the irrationalities of what George Washington in his farewell address condemned as “pretended patriotism.” […]

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Stephen Harper, Barack Obama set to unveil border deal (CTV News)

December 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — Stephen Harper heads to the White House on Wednesday to unveil a long-awaited border security agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama, but the visit comes at a particularly tense moment in Canada-U.S. relations as TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline saga rages on. The $7 billion project, shelved at least temporarily by the Obama administration […]

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Ceding Liberty to Terror: Senate Votes Against Due-Process Rights (The Atlantic)

December 2, 2011

By Conor Friedersdorf Is it lawful for the president to order any American held indefinitely as a terrorist, without formal charges, evidence presented in open court, a trial by jury, or a standard of “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”? The U.S. Senate had a chance Wednesday to assert that no, a president does not possess […]

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Senators Have Ideas for Cutting the Military Budget (HuffPost Politics)

November 30, 2011

By Robert Naiman You might not know it from national press reports, but there are plenty of Members of Congress of both political parties who think that cutting the military budget is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and have concrete ideas for doing so. (The New York Times did note last week that the […]

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Shots Fired! Blackwater ‘Intimidation’ on the Hill? (Wall Street Journal – Washington Wire)

By Nathan Hodge Last month, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) received a letter from a lawyer representing Erik Prince, the controversial founder of the private security company formerly known as Blackwater. It wasn’t fan mail. The letter, signed by Victoria Toensing, demanded that Rep. Schakowsky “cease and desist” from making statements suggesting Mr. Prince, who […]

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Bernie Sanders confronts defense contractor fraud (Raw Story)

By Eric W. Dolan Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor Wednesday urged lawmakers to make the Pentagon fight against defense contractor fraud as they debated the National Defense Authorization Act. “This country has a record breaking deficit and a $15 trillion national debt,” he said. “What many people do not know is that one […]

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OpEd: My Turn: Move to solar fits Air Guard’s mission (Burlington Free Press)

November 17, 2011

By Jeff Wolfe The U.S. military is the largest purchaser of solar energy in the United States. Scott Baldwin’s recent attack on the solar en­ergy project Sen. Ber­nie Sanders supported at the Vermont National Guard (“Guard solar project makes no sense,” Oct. 27), is completely misguided, and the people of Vermont, who overwhelmingly support re­newable […]

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Shocking Report Reveals the Pentagon’s Addiction to Fraudulent Contractors (The Nation)

October 20, 2011

By George Zornick How often does the Pentagon award contracts to defense companies that have already been proven to be defrauding taxpayers? A report the Department of Defense did at the request of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reveals an answer that should make Washington very uncomfortable. The report, released today, showed that hundreds of defense […]

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