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SPYING BIRDS?

NSA Techniques Revealed in New Documents
By Harold Hutchison

Popular apps like Angry Birds and Google Maps are being used by the NSA and the British GCHQ to track certain users, according to documents leaked by self-proclaimed whistleblower Ed Snowden.

According to a report by Fox News, the data from the apps was used to supplement other metadata gathered by the NSA. The data includes information on the user’s marital status and sexual orientation.

ANOTHER CARRIER ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?

George Washington Targeted by Obama Administration
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of prematurely retiring USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Obama Administration is now considering putting the Nimitz-class carrier George Washington (CVN 73) on the chopping block as well, taking America down to nine deployable carriers.

FRC Cautiously Optimistic on DOD's Instruction on Religious Expression

The Defense Department's (DOD) new regulations concerning religious expression in the military are an important step forward in the effort to strengthen religious liberty protections in the military, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice-president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said today.

The DOD Instruction requiring protections for service members' expressions of religious belief was issued as part of an update to existing DOD policy on religious accommodation.

Of the new regulations, Boykin said:

Replenishment at Sea

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A U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 transports cargo from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), not pictured, during a replenishment at sea as the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) steams in the background in the Persian Gulf Jan. 15, 2014. The Harry S. Truman and the Gettysburg were underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

ROBO-TROOPS ON THE FRONT?

Is the Terminator Joining the Army?
By Harold Hutchison

Could the Army’s new ground troops be more along the lines of Terminators or Cylons? That prospect is emerging as the military is considering replacing human troops with robots.

PACIFIC COMMAND COMMANDER SOUNDS WARNING!

America Losing Edge Against ChiComs
By Harold Hutchison

The United States is losing its edge in the Pacific against the ChiComs, the commander of United States Pacific Command warned. The warning comes in the wake of Communist China’s recent maritime border disputes with Japan and the Philippines.

According to a report by the Washington Times, Admiral Samuel J, Locklear, the commander of Pacific Command, said, “Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question.” The comment came during a naval conference in Virginia earlier this week.

Coast Guard rescues 4 from disabled sailboat 300 miles off Va.

Video by United States Coast Guard District 5

A Soldier's Silent Night

MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV DIES

Inventor of AK-47 Passes Away at Age of 94
By Harold Hutchison

The man who invented the AK-47, the world’s most common assault rifle, has died. According to media reports, Mikhail Kalashnikov died in a hospital in Izhevsk, Russia.

Kalashnikov was born in 1919, roughly two years after the Russian Revolution that swept Communists into power. Kalashnikov, who was wounded in action during World War II, started designing the rifle in 1945. Eventually, over 100 million of the rifles would be produced, flooding the globe.

Senate Passage of Defense Authorization Act a Victory for Military Religious Freedom

Tonight, the U.S. Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes a religious freedom amendment authored by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) that protects the right of service members not only to hold religious beliefs but to act on them and freely practice those beliefs. The House of Representatives also adopted the amendment to address growing religious hostility within the military.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Budget Agreement

Last night, I spoke with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray to thank them for their work to achieve a bipartisan budget agreement. The deal they reached reduces the impact of sequestration cuts and provides the Department of Defense with greater budget certainty, which is important for us to be able to plan effectively. While this agreement doesn't solve every budget problem facing DoD, it will help address our military readiness challenge by restoring funding for training and procurement - especially in fiscal year 2014.

Secretary Hagel Asked to Review DOD Connections to Southern Poverty Law Center

Family Research Council (FRC) and 15 other organizations announced today the submission of a letter

NOT SO SAFE AFTER ALL

House, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairs Drop Bombshell
By Harold Hutchison

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dropped a bombshell on CNN’s State of the Union, according to a report by Newsmax.com.