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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Admits Extra-Marital Affair

via Mark Hosenball and Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters CIA Director David Petraeus resigned as head of the leading U.S. spy agency on Friday, saying he had engaged in an extramarital affair and acknowledging he “showed extremely poor judgment.” In a letter to the CIA workforce, Petraeus, 60, said he met with President Barack Obama at the … Continue reading

Obama Administration Appeals Ruling Barring Indefinite Detention

via Basil Katz, The Huffington Post Last week, federal prosecutors appealed a U.S. judge’s order barring enforcement of part of a law that permits indefinite military detention for those deemed to have “substantially supported” al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces.” Manhattan federal court Judge Katherine Forrest in May ruled in favor of activists and … Continue reading

The Hunt For Bin Laden Threatens Global Health

via David Ignatius, The Washington Post As an intelligence operation, it must have seemed like pure genius: Recruit a Pakistani doctor to collect blood samples that could identify Osama bin Laden’s family, under cover of an ongoing vaccination program. But as an ethical matter, it was something else. The CIA’s vaccination gambit put at risk … Continue reading

NATO Summit Concludes Without Giving Chicago A Black Eye

Emanuel hails weekend as a ‘milestone’ for city via Kristen Mack, Rick Pearson, and Bob Secter Once again, the whole world was watching. But Chicago didn’t devolve into 1968 redux. It wasn’t the combustible World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, either. By that barometer, Chicago’s turn as host of the NATO summit could be declared … Continue reading

U.S. Formally Declares End Of Iraq War

via Tom Vanden Brook, USA Today The war in Iraq ended officially Thursday with a flag-lowering ceremony in which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said a free, democratic Iraq was worth the sacrifice in American lives. “The cost was high — in blood and treasure for the United States and also for the Iraqi people,” Panetta … Continue reading

Republican Senator Says No More Military Cuts

If Congress can’t come up with a deficit reduction deal this year, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he’ll try to prevent further required cuts in the military budget. The comment showed that contingency plans already are in place to avoid some of the more than $1 trillion in mandated spending cuts under a … Continue reading

Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Seen As ‘Tipping Point’ In Gay Rights Movement

David Hall thought that he’d been careful, working diligently in his job as an Air Force sergeant, and staying quiet about his outside life, including his sexual orientation. Then, a female cadet went to his commander, with the revelation that Hall — who had been first in his ROTC pilot’s training class and long aspired … Continue reading

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