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8 current and former Navy officials charged in 'Fat Leonard' bribery case

Fat Leonard scandal in US NavyThe Justice Department unsealed an indictment on Tuesday that charges eight current and former Navy officials with felony crimes in the "Fat Leonard" bribery case that has unraveled for the past four years.


On one occasion, the indictment states, Leonard Glenn Francis, a defense contractor based in Singapore who was known as "Fat Leonard," hosted a sex party for USS Blue Ridge officers at the Manila Hotel in February 2007, where "historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur were used by the participants in sexual acts."

The Navy officials, including an admiral, have been accused of taking bribes in the form of expensive gifts, prostitutes and all-expense paid stays at luxury hotels between 2006 and 2014.

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Petraeus and other ex-generals oppose bill to let mentally ill vets get guns

PetraeusA coalition of retired admirals and generals, including former CIA director and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, are protesting “irresponsible and dangerous” legislation they say would put mentally ill veterans in harm’s way by giving them easy access to firearms.

The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from reporting veterans' records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System after they’ve been deemed incapable of managing their financial affairs because of a disabling mental disorder. The bill would prohibit the VA from considering such veterans “mentally defective” without a magistrate or judicial authority ruling that the beneficiary is a danger to himself or herself or others.

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Marines Probed For Posting Nude Photos Of Female Colleagues

Marines posted nude photos of female colleaguesThe U.S. Marine Corps is looking into the suspected distribution of nude photographs of female members of the service among military personnel and veterans via a social media network that promotes sexual violence, the Marine Corps Times said on Sunday.

A Marine Corps spokesman told the independent newspaper specializing on the Corps that military officials are uncertain how many military personnel could be involved.

Officials from the Marine Corps Naval Criminal Investigative Service were not immediately available for comment.

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Berta Cáceres court papers show murder suspects' links to US-trained elite troops

Berta CaceresLeaked court documents raise concerns that the murder of the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres was an extrajudicial killing planned by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

Cáceres was shot dead a year ago while supposedly under state protection after receiving death threats over her opposition to a hydroelectric dam.

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Donald Trump Blames SEAL’s Death On Military: ‘They Lost Ryan’

  Owens President Donald Trump on Tuesday dodged responsibility for a botched mission he ordered in Yemen last month, placing the onus on the military and Barack Obama’s administration instead.

Bill Owens, the father of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died in the operation, demanded an investigation into his son’s death over the weekend. Owens further revealed he couldn’t bear to meet Trump at the airport as Ryan’s casket was carried off the military plane last month.

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Father of Fallen Navy SEAL Refused to Meet with Trump

Father of fallen Seal refuses to meet TrumpWhen they brought William “Ryan” Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens’ family paid their respects.

It was a private transfer, as the family had requested. No media and no bystanders, except for some military dignitaries.

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Trump weighs mobilizing Nat Guard for immigration roundups

Nat'l Guard to round up immigrantsThe Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

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