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IS OBAMA WRECKING COURT-MARTIALS?

Statements Complication Sexual Assault Prosecutions
By Harold Hutchison

While dealing with sexual assault has been a priority, and President Obama may have meant well when he said that those military personnel convicted of sexual assault should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” but his comments may have made punishing those guilty of sexual assault a much more difficult task.

DRONE LANDS ON CARRIER

X-47B Passes New Test
By Harold Hutchison

A prototype unmanned combat air vehicle landed on the carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) on 10 July, marking the first time any UAV had trapped on a carrier. This development means that carriers could eventually operate drones as part of their air wings. The X-47B also carried out takeoffs from the carrier, following up on earlier successes with carrier takeoffs from USS Harry S Truman.

ANOTHER BECKWITH IN SPECIAL OPS

Charlie’s Granddaughter To Serve as AC-130 Gunner
By Harold Hutchison

Charlie Beckwith became a special operations legend, best known for founding the Army’s Delta Force. His legacy, however, is not ending with him. Now, one of his descendants is joining the special operations community – and it is not where or who you would expect.

MORE SNOWDEN LEAKS

Reveal Intelligence Operations in South America
By Harold Hutchison

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has called for a “strong statement” from South American leaders in the wake of new leaks by self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden is currently contemplating asylum offers from Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Bolivia.

HASAN GOES ON TRIAL

Court-Martial Begins Today
By Harold Hutchison

The court-martial of Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has begun with the commencement of the military’s equivalent to jury selection. Hasan is defending himself in the court-martial.

Prior to the trial, a military judge ruled that Hasan would be barred from raising arguments claiming that he was acting in defense of the Taliban. Prior to the shooting, Hasan had exchanged as many as 20 e-mails with Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a September, 2011 UAV strike.

SNOWDEN TO VENEZUELA?

NSA Leaker Takes Refuge in Caracas
By Harold Hutchison

Self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly accepted an offer of asylum from Venezuela. The offer reportedly came from Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as Venezuela’s dictator.

Snowden came forward on 9 June, having fled to Hong Kong. He later left Hong Kong and fled to Moscow, where he remained in the “transit zone” of Sheremetavyo Airport. Snowden refused an asylum offer from Russia that was contingent on him no longer leaking secrets he stole from the NSA.

IS OBAMA SABOTAGING AMERICA’S MISSILE DEFENSE BUILDUP?

Halts American Deployments as Russia Continues Buildup
By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama is continually delaying deployment of missile defenses for American allies in Europe due to Russian objections, even as Russia is deploying its own missile defenses. The latest development involves a March decision cancelling an alternative promised after the Obama Administration scrapped the Bush Administration’s plans for missile defenses in Europe in 2009.

Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Rescue

FRC to Join Capitol Hill News Conference Urging Restoration of Religious Freedom in the Military

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Family Research Council (FRC), a coalition of groups concerned about religious liberty, and Members of Congress, will participate in a Capitol Hill news conference urging support for Rep. John Fleming's (R-LA) military religious freedom amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment protects the right of service members to not only hold religious beliefs but to act on them and speak about them. The House Armed Services Committee adopted the amendment last month to address growing religious hostility within the military. Rep.

CLAPPER’S APOLOGY

Admits Misleading Answer to Wyden
By Harold Hutchison

James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, admitted and apologized for giving a misleading answer to Senator Ron Wyden in March.

“My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize,” Clapper wrote in a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “While my staff acknowledged the error to Senator Wyden’s staff soon after the hearing, I can now openly correct it because the existence of the metadata collection program has been declassified,” the letter went on to state.

613 FORMS TO GET BENEFITS?

Vets Must Deal With 18 Agencies
By Harold Hutchison

A study by the American Action Forum has revealed that veterans have to fill out as many as 613 forms – across 18 federal agencies – in order to get all the benefits they are entitled to. The study comes on the eve of the 4th of July holiday.

According to a report by Fox News, the AAF’s report outlines just what America’s veterans are up against after they conclude their service. “Navigating 18 agencies and more than 600 forms has produced absurd results and unnecessary delays,” the organization was quoted by the Fox News report.

MULTIPLE COUNTRIES DENY SNOWDEN

Numerous Countries Refuse Asylum
By Harold Hutchison

Self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden has been refused asylum by at least eight countries. This comes after news of at least 21 applications have been made for protection as Snowden faces legal charges stemming from his disclosure of classified documents pertaining to NSA surveillance programs.

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin on Nidal Hasan

RETIRED GENERAL UNDER INVESTIGATION

James Cartwright Target of Leak Probe
By Harold Hutchison

A former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation in an FBI probe surrounding leaks of a cyber-attack on Iran’s nuclear program. The leaks revealed details of the Stuxnet virus that disabled 1,000 centrifuges.

According to FoxNews.com, James Cartwright, an ex-Marine general, has been declared a target of the investigation into how the New York Times got the information. The Iranian nuclear program has been a major security concern in the Persian Gulf region.