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New Afghan commander fingered in Tillman coverup

President Barack Obama’s new choice to lead US operations in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, suspected that former football star Pat Tillman had been killed by friendly fire but approved a Silver Star regardless.

McChrystal’s activities as head of Special Operations are shrouded in secrecy. The unit as a whole is so clandestine that the Pentagon won’t disclose the number of troops involved, the names of commanders, its bases or specific missions.


Water rations force some US soldiers to take desperate measures

Despite the might of your own country, despite the power of your own military, for extended periods of time you and other soldiers simply can’t get enough drinking water. And even worse, some of you are paying for it with your health.

That’s the story some U.S. soldiers are telling the 11 News Defenders about their time in Iraq. While we’ve spent billions on bullets and bombs, soldiers in different parts of that arid country, during different phases of this desert war, claim they couldn’t get enough drinkable water.

TVNL Comment: The reason for this is that people like Donald Rumsfeld and most Republicans have privatized our military. Now our military can not support their own basic needs like providing themselves with food and water. They must rely on war profiteers to provide these services for them. Those war profiteers want to spend as little as they can and keep as much of the no0bid contract money as they can. So the provide unacceptable service to our troops, make a fortune in profit, and they continue to hire politicians and ex-military brass to work for them so that they can use their connections to get more contracts, no matter how bad their service is. It is called "corruption", although most people call it supporting the troops. They sell you war so that they can get rich...that is how it works.


Some fear 'perfect storm' for VA with 2 wars, economy

From the economic crisis at home to a troop increase in Afghanistan, veterans' advocates are warning of a "perfect storm" that could flood an already beleaguered health care network for former service members.

Even with the troop count in Iraq scheduled to wind down, the demands on the Department of Veterans Affairs could increase.


North Korea Invades! (And Other Pentagon War Games)

It's not yet the end of the world. All were of fictional future scenarios from a U.S. Army wargame at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They are designed to help U.S. forces anticipate and prepare for tomorrow's military problems.


After Flyover of Air Force One Backup, Military Office Director Resigns

The director of the White House Military Office submitted his resignation on Friday, less than two weeks after he authorized a flyover by an Air Force One backup of the Statue of Liberty that terrified thousands of people in New York City.

Louis Caldera, who served as the secretary of the Army in the Clinton administration, apologized for the “distraction” that approving the flyover caused.


Sensitive US missile defence data found on computer disk bought on eBay

More than 300 hard disks were studied and researchers uncovered other sensitive information including bank account details, medical records, confidential business plans, financial company data, personal id numbers, and job descriptions.

The drives were bought from the UK, America, Germany, France and Australia through computer auctions, computer fairs and on the online auction site eBay.


US ex-soldier guilty of Iraq rape

A jury in the US state of Kentucky has found a former private soldier guilty of the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her and her family.

Steven Green, 24, faces a possible death sentence for his crimes. Four other soldiers are serving sentences of between five and 110 years for their roles in the 2006 attack.


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