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Torture Protest

Eric Lomax was captured and tortured by the Japanese during World War II. Forty years later, he tracked down the man responsible.

Soldier

An Air Force veteran explains how we all got drafted into the American national security state.

Abu Ghraib

Despite all evidence to the contrary, many Americans continue to believe that brutality, torture and rank illegality is the road to national safety.

Fort Hood shooting

Since 2002, veterans have been committing murder individually and in groups, killing family, friends, strangers and—in appalling numbers—themselves.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

Jonathan Schell

Recollections from Tom Engelhardt and an interview with Schell.

Pentagon

Despite the uproar over reductions to defense funding, less than 1 percent of the Pentagon's beefy $550 billion budget will be cut this year. 

Vietnam War timeline

The Pentagon’s whitewashed history of the Vietnam War provokes troubling questions about how the invasion of Iraq will one day be remembered.

Blogs

How did Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, founder and publisher of the Daily Kos—the largest progressive community blog in the United States—go from a Reagan-loving conservative to a successful entrepreneur in the progressive movement?

November 30, 2010

President Obama's go-slow approach to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discrimination in the military has left repeal on life support in a lame-duck session of Congress.

November 11, 2010

Documents recently released by WikiLeaks confirm that the Pentagon knew about the real civilian death toll in Iraq, and that security forces were torturing detainees.

October 26, 2010

What price do we place on the life of a 9-year-old boy, shot by one of our soldiers?



October 23, 2010

With Bob Gates on the way out, and a new national security adviser who's a war skeptic, Obama has shifted gears on negotiating with the Taliban.

October 14, 2010

The Log Cabin Republicans triumph in a lawsuit that could end DADT—unless the Obama administration appeals the ruling.

October 13, 2010

The military's most elite, secretive force has started advertising for highly-sensitive positions on public jobs sites. Is this 'Preparing the Battlefield' 2.0?

August 25, 2010

For the drawdown in Iraq, I'll give President Obama credit where it's due. Still, it's a tragedy that even he will not apologize for the criminal destruction of that country by the United States.

August 2, 2010

Why resuming ties with Indonesia's special forces, Kopassus, ain't such a hot idea.

July 23, 2010