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Navy commander relieved of duty for accident that caused $1M in damage to USS Georgia

USS Georgia damagedA U.S. Navy submarine commander was relieved of his duties this week after an incident in November in which he damaged a submarine upon returning to port, officials said.

Capt. Dave Adams was relieved Monday and reassigned at Submarine Group 10.

On Nov. 25, Adams was returning the USS Georgia, a nuclear-powered submarine, to King's Bay, Ga., when the vessel hit a channel buoy and ran aground. Rear Adm. Randy Crites, who relieved Adams of his command duties Monday, cited a loss in confidence for the decision.

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Pentagon: Hundreds of military kids sexually abused annually

Military kids abused regularlyCpl. Aaron C. Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy's back, Masa was sexually abusing his friend's 3-year-old stepdaughter. He also took sexually explicit photos of the girl and the Marine's infant daughter.

A military judge convicted Masa last year of sexual abuse of a child and production of child pornography, according to court records and other documents detailing the case. Under the terms of a pretrial agreement, he pleaded guilty and received 30 years in prison.

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Female WWII Pilots Barred From Arlington National Cemetery

WASPS not allowed burial at ArlingtonThe ashes of World War II veteran Elaine Harmon are sitting in a closet in her daughter's home, where they will remain until they can go to what her family says is her rightful resting place: Arlington National Cemetery.

Harmon piloted aircraft in World War II under a special program, Women Airforce Service Pilots, that flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat. Granted veteran status in 1977, the WASPs have been eligible to have their ashes placed at Arlington with military honors since 2002.

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Pentagon Curbs Use of Psychologists With Guantánamo Detainees

Gitmo not to use psychologistsThe United States military has sharply curtailed the use of psychologists at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in response to strict new professional ethics rules of the American Psychological Association, Pentagon officials said.

Gen. John F. Kelly, the head of the United States Southern Command, which oversees Guantánamo, has ordered that psychologists be withdrawn from a wide range of activities dealing with detainees at the prison because of the new rules of the association, the nation’s largest professional organization for psychologists. The group approved the rules this past summer.

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Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort To Close Guantanamo

Closing GitmoIn September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

The foreign officials told the administration they would first need to review Ba Odah's medical records, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the episode. The Yemeni has been on a hunger strike for seven years, dropping to 74 pounds from 148, and the foreign officials wanted to make sure they could care for him.

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Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort To Close Guantanamo

Closing GitmoIn September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama's goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

The foreign officials told the administration they would first need to review Ba Odah's medical records, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the episode. The Yemeni has been on a hunger strike for seven years, dropping to 74 pounds from 148, and the foreign officials wanted to make sure they could care for him.

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Chelsea Manning spends sixth Christmas in prison with no end in sight

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning, whose role as the source of one of the largest leaks of US government state secrets in history earned her a 35-year prison sentence, will be spending her sixth Christmas in military custody with no end in sight for her ordeal.

In an article in the Guardian, the army private writes movingly about the feeling of detachment that engulfs her at this time of year. As her detention lengthens from her original arrest in Iraq in May 2010, she says that she is prone to existential doubts in what she describes as her “artificially-imposed stasis”.

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