5 Family Portraits That Were Illegal In The U.S. Just 2 Years Ago: Just two years ago, these families were legally required to hide their existence. Now, after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” these families still face major hurdles to full rights and recognition under the law. See the rest here.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for embezzling tens of thousands of dollar from a fund for families of U.S. soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The aide, Kevin Kavanaugh, was also sentenced to two years of extended supervision and ordered to pay back the $51,200 he embezzled from Operation Freedom, a military appreciation event held each year at the Milwaukee County Zoo. […]
David Sirota, BA in Journalism and Political Science, political commentator for Salon Magazine.
Ever wondered where filmmakers obtained military equipment for movies?(via universalresistance)
Massive Military Mistake: The U.S. Defense Department admitted on Monday that an airstrike in Afghanistan three days earlier accidentally killed a mother and her five children. The airstrike mistakenly targeted a family home in the Sangin district, according to the New York Times. The strike was in retaliation for a Taliban attack, the paper said. The regional commander, Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, is expected to issue a formal apology for the strike in a few days. [Photo: AP]
New York Times: U.S. confirms Afghan strike that killed mom, children
Feels like the U.S. is stepping on eggshells after prior incidents hurt their rep in the region.
“There are things that U.S. soldiers are allowed to talk about with the press and others they are not. One of the things they are not allowed to voice is their political opinion, especially if it goes against their commander in chief. In the privacy of latrine stalls on military bases in Iraq and Kuwait, however, it is quite a different story. I did not see any pro-Bush writings in any of the hundreds of latrines I photographed.”
Photography by Zoriah.
Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
President Obama is sending a total of 100 troops into central Africa to help a resistance movement fight the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group known for committing atrocities across the continent.
The first troops left Wednesday and in the next month additional forces are set to deploy, including a second combat-equipped team, as well as communications and logistics personnel, Obama informed Congressional leaders in a letter sent Friday afternoon. The mission’s goal is to remove LRA leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield, according to the letter.
The U.S. troops will be there to “enhance regional efforts against the LRA” and will not engage LRA forces unless its necessary for self-defense, Obama wrote.
“In furtherance of the Congress’s stated policy, I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield,” Obama wrote. “I believe that deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central
In making his case for sending combat forces, Obama recalled a bill Congress passed in May 2010 that expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA to civilians and regional stability.
Obama said the roughly 100 troops will act as advisers to partner forces, providing “information, advice, and assistance” The troops will deploy to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo."
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