The ACLU has created a petition calling on the federal government to stop arming local and state police agencies with Pentagon hand-me-downs until further review. In two decades, the Department of Defense has handed off more than $5 billion worth of gear free of charge. The swag includes everythi ... More >>
On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this:Al Franken: Voting To Cut Our Military Budget, Putting Americans At Risk. http://t.co/dcXoymo2rJ #mngop #stribpol-- MNGOP (@mngop) September 24, 2014 Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an a ... More >>
During yesterday's Minneapolis City Council public safety committee meeting, officials threw the military under the bus for the decried helicopter training that took place over the Twin Cities last month.Matt Clark, assistant police chief, told council members that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and ... More >>
A U.S. Defense Department contractor branded a widely read Minneapolis-based Somali news site as "extremist," with its "chief goal" characterized as "to disseminate propaganda supportive" of the al-Shabab Islamist militia, according to a Washington Post report.SEE ALSO: Cindy Pugh, candidate for sta ... More >>
Yesterday, in a surprising move, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order allowing women to partake in armed combat for the first time in American history.SEE ALSO: Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]Panetta's move had the strong suppo ... More >>
When is the right time to bring American troops home from Afghanistan? Whatever you think the answer is, you probably believe it has little to do with how the domestic job market is faring -- unless you're Mike Parry.Minnesota Senator Parry, R-Waseca, is running against former state representative A ... More >>
A proposed one percent reduction in the Defense Department's more than half-trillion-dollar budget could result in a mission reduction for Duluth's Air National Guard base.The base is currently on call around-the-clock. Fighter jets are prepared to scramble and intercept any air threat, including ... More >>
McCollum says the Pentagon doesn't need anymore band aid.Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum looks at the $324 million requested by the Pentagon to fund its 5,000 professional musicians in 154 military bands, and she sees the possibility of saving the taxpayers some money. And the Republicans in ... More >>
Bin Laden: He's dead. Bachmann says so.One of the perks of Rep. Michele Bachmann's being on the House Intelligence Committee turns out to be that she gets to look at photos of a very dead Osama bin Laden before the rest of the world -- which will have to wait either until the pix are leaked, ... More >>
McCollum isn't worried about NASCAR dads.The biggest drags on the national debt are entitlements and military spending, and Rep. Betty McCollum thinks the Army's $7 million sponsorship deal with NASCAR is a fine place for the Pentagon trim spending. "It's just a waste of money," McCollum chi ... More >>
Sometimes being a hero means denying the American military the funding it needs to uphold the law.The Don't Ask Don't Tell debate is over, but Tim Pawlenty seems to think that if he can revive it he might also be able to revive his so-far lifeless campaign to get Americans to remember his nam ... More >>
Pawlenty wants military gays back in the closet.If he's elected president, Tim Pawlenty says he would put military gay folk back in the closet by reinstating Don't Ask Don't Tell, putting himself at odds with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Pentagon brass and members of Congress who suppor ... More >>
The giant defense contractor is already the object of scorn for profiteering off the war in Iraq with amoral abandon.
Republicans were called "pro-rape" for voting against Franken's amendment, but what about the Department of Defense and the White House? They were against it too.
Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton is a little ticked off about DFL Rep. Collin Peterson's quote today in Politico. He'd rather keep our state's insanity a secret.
The BAE Systems campus in Fridley could see job reductions in the near future after U.S. Department of Defense cuts.
After faulty wiring kills a Minnesota sailor, KBR gets more electrical work.
It's not just Alliant Techsystems. Hundreds of small Minnesota companies are cashing in on America's defense industry.
730 days of service in Iraq will get you GI Bill education benefits. The MN National Guard was sent over for 729 days on the orders of a Pentagon apparently trying to save a little scratch.
The Strib let Gil Gutknecht talk out of both sides of his mouth on Iraq, then declare him safely ahead in his race against Tim Walz.
San Diego stripped of its title, Ford stops advertising in GLBT publications, Ahnald plays grab-ass in Rio, a Jack Webb Christmas, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald isn't finished with the Bush White House yet
The House cuts student loan subsidies, a Desperate Housewife is a pre-op transsexual, Nelson Mandela is a cartoon, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
Jonathan Krim writes in the WashPost of a new Pentagon plan to collect information on high school and college students; the ostensible purpose is to help military recruiters target the likeliest (most desperate?) among them. The program is provoking a furor among privacy advocates. The new databas ... More >>
Wisconsin Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. State party convention participants in Oshkosh passed a resolution calling for Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against the three officia ... More >>
A Coalition memo reveals that even true believers see the seeds of civil war in the occupation of Iraq
A boondoggle on the range lives another day
The Bush administration's top 40 lies about war and terrorism
Depleted uranium: A deadly tool in the U.S. arsenal
A primer on avoiding yesterday's war
The military turned Ron Falcon into an officer, a gentleman, and a doctor. When the brass discovered he was gay, they kicked him out and sent him the bill.
There is a certain poetic justice in seeing the president who made Family Values the central theme of his re-election brought low by his own reckless philandering.
Gulf War Syndrome and How It All Began
Nguyen Cao Son and his fellow South Vietnamese soldiers were part of a secret U.S. spy commando force--so secret, in fact, that the American government turned its back and let him spend 14 years in North Vietnamese prison camps.
Candice Roark was a healthy 20-year-old when she was sent to the Persian Gulf in 1991. Now she has a pacemaker, fainting spells, and a lot of unanswered questions about what made her and thousands of other soldiers sick.