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 >>
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 >>
The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles. For this, we can c ... More >>
Royalton is a small town in central Minnesota, population 1,242. The police department has one full-time officer and two part-timers. Between them you'll find the standard cop gear: guns, vests, uniforms. But also a grenade launcher. A tad excessive? Adam Gunderson, the chief of police, wouldn't ... More >>
You might not have seen helicopters buzzing around the Twin Cities around 11 p.m. last night, but if you live near downtown Minneapolis, you almost certainly heard them.That's because the damn things were flying around without their lights on during the second night of joint military-law enforcement ... 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 >>
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 >>
Michele Bachmann is named to the House Intelligence Committee.She missed out on a House leadership post. She got frozen out of a slot on the Ways and Means Committee. She even lost "Lie of the Year." What's left for Michele Bachmann? Intelligence.
Tim Walz speaks out in favor of repealing DADT.The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Gay folk are one step closer to being able to serve their country in the military openly. Minnesota Democrats Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Jim Oberstar and Tim ... More >>
Movie confirms the big WMD lie
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.
An unwelcome delivery at the front door
The BAE Systems campus in Fridley could see job reductions in the near future after U.S. Department of Defense cuts.
Alliant Techsystems received $7.4 million of your money as part of the U.S. Department of Defense's Green Bullet Program. Even more mind-boggling: the U.S. Department of Defense has something called a "Green Bullet Program."
Who knew that months of killing strangers/avoiding being killed by strangers could drive a person to the bottle?
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.
But at the VA, not much has changed
Is the future hiding somewhere in a 500-year-old notebook?
Bob Briggs got a head full of shrapnel in Iraq. Then he came home to more wars: to regain the use of his half-paralyzed body, and to get the U.S. government to pay for his medical care.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald isn't finished with the Bush White House yet
Afghan journalist is convicted of blasphemy, a Stinson / Westerberg collaboration, Albert Brooks goes to Pakistan, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
A thousand spin cycles have passed since the Bush administration touted the lend-a-hand, can-do spirit of the coalition of the willing. Since the heady, happy days of the fall of Baghdad, the reconstruction of Iraq has stumbled. What we have in Iraq, according to Donald Rumsfeld, is a failure for ... More >>
Fort Snelling's VA Medical Center is rehabilitating brain-damaged soldiers. But that's only half the story. Sunday's PiPress featured a lengthy story about Army Staff Sgt. Eric Cagle, a soldier so severely brain damaged in Iraq he spends four hours a day in intensive therapy at the VA Hospital in Mi ... More >>
'Outfoxed' and 'Uncovered' point a familiar finger at evildoers
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
Depleted uranium: A deadly tool in the U.S. arsenal
Three new films offer grueling tours of duty in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq
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.
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.
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