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US NAVY AND MARINE CORPS BEGIN MULTINATIONAL AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISE DAWN BLITZ 2013

Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, I Marine Expeditionary Force and the Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group-3, Commander, Third Fleet, announce the official commencement of multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 off the Southern California coast, June 11-28.

FLEEING TO COMMUNIST CHINA?

Snowden on the Run
By Harold Hutchison

Edward Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong after he leaked details of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, may be fleeing to Communist China, while Russia has also said it would be willing to consider an asylum request.

“It is telling that he immediately fled to Hong Kong; one wonders whether he will offer his services and knowledge to the Chinese security services next,” John Yoo wrote at NationalReview.com. Meanwhile, the London Guardian reported that Russia had said it would consider an asylum request if Snowden made one.

WHISTLEBLOWER OR TRAITOR?

Former Contractor Revealed As Source of Stories on NSA eavesdropping
By Harold Hutchison

A 29-year-old former NSA contractor calling himself a “whistle-blower” has claimed he provided details of the NSA’s surveillance programs for both phone calls and the internet to London Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald. Edward Snowden came forward over the weekend, and is on record as having donated to Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign. He had held off disclosing because he believed Obama would rein in the programs.

MORE PC HITTING THE DOD?

New Details in Reprimand of Master Sergeant; Air Force Base Forced to Pull Video
By Harold Hutchison

More details emerged in the reprimanding of an Army NCO who served Chick-Fil-A sandwiches at a party celebrating his promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant. The senior non-commissioned officer was also counseled over his choice of reading material, including books by David Limbaugh and Mark Levin, and for bumper stickers on his personal vehicle.

NSA, FBI, TAPPING INTERNET, PHONES

Major Internet Companies Hand Data Over
By Harold Hutchison

The federal government has been getting data on massive amounts of phone and e-mail from many phone and internet providers. This includes direct tapping into servers of internet companies by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NSA/FBI program, called PRISM, involves access to the servers of tech giants like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo.

MORE PC IN THE ARMY?

Soldier Reprimanded for Serving Chick-Fil-A
By Harold Hutchison

An Army soldier is facing punishment for serving Chick-Fil-A sandwiches at a celebration of his promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant. According to the Chaplain’s Alliance for Religious Liberty, the soldier, who announced he was serving Chick-Fil-A in invitations to the event, received a letter of reprimand in his file.

FIVE MARINES HONORED FOR HEROISM

Navy And Marine Corps Medal Awarded For Actions After Crash
By Harold Hutchison

When a V-22 Osprey went down during African Lion 12 in Morocco on 11 April, 2012, six Marines acted quickly to aid their fellow Marines. They were able to save two of their fellow Marines, while two others were mortally wounded in the crash.

Five Marines were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal on 3 June:
* Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Alvarez
* Sgt. Daniel J. Beers
* Sgt. Christopher J. Ewain
* Cpl. Michael Z. Pearson
* Cpl. Steve T. Hanson

AIR FORCE GOES PC?

Painting Removed From Air Force Base
By Harold Hutchison

A painting was removed from Mountain Home Air Force Base’s dining hall within hours of a complaint filed by Mikey Weinstein. The quick action in response Weinstein’s complaint appears to belie Obama Administration denials of a relationship.

LAUNCH CYBERWAR AGAINST THE CHICOMS?

Krauthammer Suggests Retaliation for ChiCom Hacking
By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama should order cyber-attacks in retaliation for hacking done by the ChiComs, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has said. Recent media reports have indicated that hacking by the ChiComs has potentially compromised a number of programs, including the F-35 and missile defense systems.