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TERROR IN BOSTON

Bombs Halt Marathon
By Harold Hutchison

KEEPING SOMALI PIRATES AWAY FROM A FLOATING BOMB

(From the May 2013 Issue)
By Ike V. Montgomery

A yellow dot enters the dark, round field of a radar screen. Its appearance does not go unnoticed in the wheelhouse of the hijacked, commercial fishing boat—now a pirate “mother ship.” The Somali leader of the “pirate attack group” (NATO’s term for an operational raider unit) studies the screen. After a few minutes, he orders the boat’s hostage crewmen to steer an intercept course with the unidentified ship, still a few dozen nautical miles away on the Indian Ocean.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES ARMS TRADE TREATY

Start of a UN Gun Grab?
By Harold Hutchison

After negotiations to build a consensus failed, the UN General Assembly rammed through the Arms Trade Treaty by a vote of 154 to 3, with 23 abstentions. The only three “no” votes were Syria, Iran, and North Korea.

The Obama Administration abandoned its insistence upon consensus late Thursday, paving the way for the General Assembly to ram through the treaty.

Flame Retardant Uniforms, and Other Issues

-Article by Mike Kupari

Over the last several years, there has been a push across the services to give troops on the ground flame retardant uniforms. Often, these uniforms are described as providing protection from IEDs, but that's not exactly true. An Improvised Explosive Device is still just an explosive. Many IEDs have utilized conventional ordnance as the main charge, and even homemade explosives don't necessarily produce big fireballs. You're not any more likely to be set on fire by an IED than you are by a land mine, artillery shell, or any other explosive device.

WHERE ARE THE LIMITS?

UAV Strikes Raise Serious Questions
By Harold Hutchison

PREDATORS AND REAPERS
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones have played a big role in the Global War on Terror. Since 11 September, 2001, they have become an almost indispensable tool in America’s counter-terrorism arsenal. But there have been major questions surrounding them. Where are the limits?

CANCER CLAIMS A TYRANT

Venezuelan Dictator – and Loud Mouth – Dies in Caracas
By Harold Hutchison

On 5 March, 2013, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez departed this earth – making it a better place – after he lost a two-year battle with cancer. Chavez’s death promoted a wide range of reactions from Americans and Venzuelans.

THE STATE OF COLORADO

The State of Colorado, along with some others, is Ground Zero for national anti-gun legislative efforts this session. While it appears at first glance that the proposed bills are full of unintended consequences, it’s more likely they are being crafted with malice aforethought. For instance, Colorado guides and outfitters are being warned by their out-of-state clients that they will boycott Colorado if four specific anti-gun bills are passed into law this session.

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