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March 6, 2014
U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

14:17 // 4 months ago
August 6, 2013

Judge cuts more than four decades off longest possible sentence for Pfc. Bradley Manning

  • 136 years in prison was originally believed to be the maximum sentence faced by Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier found guilty of a variety of crimes (though not aiding the enemy) when he leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to the WikiLeaks organization back in 2010.
  • 90 years in prison will be the maximum sentence faced by Pfc. Manning, following Judge Colonel Denise Lind’s decision to merge several of the soldier’s espionage charges as a precaution against any “unreasonable multiplication of charges.” Prosecutors sought to have each count of espionage counted as a separate offense during the sentencing phase of Pfc. Manning’s trial. source
17:54 // 11 months ago
May 22, 2013
16:20 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2013

New Mexico judge awards “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”-discharged service members back pay

  • 181 U.S. military veterans who were discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will receive their full back pay following a judge’s ruling on a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in New Mexico.
  • $13,000 is the average amount that each former soldier, sailor, Marine or pilot will receive as a result of the lawsuit, which granted full back-pay to any member of the U.S. military discharged during or after November 2004.
  • $2.4M will be paid out in total by the Pentagon, which had originally halved the separation pay of any service member who was discharged under the old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. source
19:29 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
Fort Hood gunman must shave or be forcibly shaved ahead of trial
Colonel Gregory Gross, the judge overseeing the trial of Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, has told the suspect he will be forcibly shaved prior to his August 20 trial if he does not remove his beard himself. Hasan has refused to cut the beard, citing its importance to his religion, and has spent the last month observing court proceedings on closed-circuit television in a trailer near the courthouse. The judge called for the trailer, because Hasan’s beard violates army regulations on facial hair, but wants him in the room in August to prevent an appeal. (Photo via AP) source
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Colonel Gregory Gross, the judge overseeing the trial of Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, has told the suspect he will be forcibly shaved prior to his August 20 trial if he does not remove his beard himself. Hasan has refused to cut the beard, citing its importance to his religion, and has spent the last month observing court proceedings on closed-circuit television in a trailer near the courthouse. The judge called for the trailer, because Hasan’s beard violates army regulations on facial hair, but wants him in the room in August to prevent an appeal. (Photo via AP) source

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15:21 // 1 year ago
May 28, 2012
Part of me can still see this little boy scurrying around in the balcony of our church. I just cannot believe that he’s gone.
New Zion Baptist Church pastor Reverend William Wright • Remembering Army Spec. David Hickman, the 4,474th and final United States military casualty of the war in Iraq. Many who were close to Hickman recently spoke with The Daily, sharing their memories of the former athlete and tae kwon do black belt, six months after he was killed by an IED while driving through Baghdad. source (viafollow)
17:06 // 2 years ago
September 26, 2011

U.S. Army cutting nearly 9 percent of its forces by 2016

  • 50k number of troops the U.S. Army plans to trim from its roster
  • 8.6% the share of the Army being cut over the next five years
  • 22k number of soldiers getting cut in the first round source

» Going on a diet: With over half a million soldiers, the U.S. Army isn’t lacking in warm bodies, but those numbers went way up in recent years, in part due to the troop surge in Afghanistan. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the Army is ready to move on. “We feel that with the demand going down in Iraq and Afghanistan, and given the time to conduct a reasonable drawdown, we can manage (the force reduction) just as we have managed drawdowns in the past,” noted Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick. Is this nearly enough?

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21:19 // 2 years ago
May 27, 2011
Army’s abandoned weapons programs pretty darn ¢O$tly: Since 1995, the U.S. Army has spent $32 billion on military programs (like the Comanche helicopter, shown) it later abandoned. Why? With defense, supply is expensive and demand is unknown. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Army’s abandoned weapons programs pretty darn ¢O$tly: Since 1995, the U.S. Army has spent $32 billion on military programs (like the Comanche helicopter, shown) it later abandoned. Why? With defense, supply is expensive and demand is unknown. source

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13:22 // 3 years ago
March 24, 2011

Rapid legal response to Der Spiegel’s Afghan photos

  • 24 year sentence for Jeremy Morlock in Afghan murders source

» “The plan was to kill people.” So says the man himself, in pleading guilty to three counts of murder, and one count each of conspiracy to commit assault and battery, illegal drug use, and obstructing justice. He’s expected to testify against fellow soldiers who are allegedly party to the plot, all this legal brew-ha-ha unfolding after German newspaper Der Spiegel published pictures (warning: the images are graphic and terrible … you can go find them yourself) of Morlock and his cohorts posing with the corpses of Afghan civilians.

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12:57 // 3 years ago
March 21, 2011
inothernews:

So this motherfucker Matt Drudge is trying to tie back one of the most heinous military crimes ever committed by U.S. soldiers — under the Obama administration — to other disgusting, inhumane war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers under the Bush administration.
And how much of the Abu Ghraib scandal do you think Matt fucking Drudge covered on his fucking website?
Motherfucking shameless asshole dickwit fuck.

What inothernews said, minus the profanity because this is a family blog. But not enough of a family blog to edit out what he wrote.

inothernews:

So this motherfucker Matt Drudge is trying to tie back one of the most heinous military crimes ever committed by U.S. soldiers — under the Obama administration — to other disgusting, inhumane war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers under the Bush administration.

And how much of the Abu Ghraib scandal do you think Matt fucking Drudge covered on his fucking website?

Motherfucking shameless asshole dickwit fuck.

What inothernews said, minus the profanity because this is a family blog. But not enough of a family blog to edit out what he wrote.

21:20 // 3 years ago