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August 2010 printed back issue

AMERICA AT WAR
TORTURE AND DRONES: A TIME BOMB THAT KEEPS TICKING
The Bush advisors approved an “enhanced interrogation” policy that has the country in an uproar. Some believe the interrogations have prevented another 9-11 or worse, others believe that torture has further threatened the security of the United States. An interview with Marc Theissen, author of Courting Disaster, reveals what went on behind the scenes.
By Dr. Martin Brass

TORTURE: DOES IT WORK?
A Vietnam veteran lays out the case for keeping the options open.
By Don Becker

TORTURE DOES NOT WORK
Dr. Martin Brass, an international lawyer, lays out a series of statements claiming that torture does not work.
By Dr. Martin Brass

THE BATTLE OF BIAP
Iraq, 2004: James McCormack was dealing with a platoon that had come into Iraq viewing it as a vacation, like past deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo had been. Then, on Easter weekend, things would change in a vicious convoy ambush from the rising Shia insurgency.
By James A. Bretney

HMONG VETERANS HONORED
Those who fought alongside the United States in Southeast Asia have often been forgotten. But this past May, a number of organizations and veterans met at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to the Hmong who served in the “Forgotten War” in Laos from 1953–1975.
By Harold Hutchison

HEROISM DURING AFGHAN FIREFIGHT
Sergeant Joseph L. Lollino just wanted to do his job as a medic. But during a firefight in Afghanistan against Taliban insurgents with RPGs and machine guns, Lollino would instead earn the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second-highest award for valor.
By Jerry Harben

FEATURES
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SNEAK THROUGH THE NORTH AND SOUTH
In the second part of a series on America’s borders, retired Border Patrol Chief J. William Carter outlines how America’s northern border is probably more vulnerable than the border with Mexico.
By Chief J. William Carter, USBP (Ret.)

A HEART FOR FREEDOM
The Karen National Union is fighting to stave off a genocidal tyranny in Burma. While the despots are planning elections that will be free in name only, volunteer soldiers with the KNU managed to reclaim several villages destroyed by the regime.
By Scott Johnson

THE MCMILLAN TACTICAL HUNTER
McMillan has made a number of superb rifles used by the military – including the TAC-50. But McMillan rifles aren’t just for military applications – they can also be good hunting systems capable of long-range accuracy.
By LTC Scott A. Blaney, USA (Ret.)

MEXICO: THE REAL WAR NEXT DOOR
The drug war has gone high-order in Mexico, with higher death tolls than war on terror hotspots like Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Yet Washington seems to be more intent on demonizing those who want to secure the border with Mexico than in dealing with the increased violence that threatens American lives and property.
By Ralph Peters.

SPRINGFIELD ARMORY’S XDM 3.8
Springfield Armory’s XDM pistol has taken the handgun world by storm. Their new XDM 3.8 adds something else: A shorter barrel. How did versions in 9mm, .45 ACP, and .40 S&W fare?
By Jerry Kraus

OUT OF THE ROUND THINKING REVOLUTIONIZES PISTOL SUPPRESSORS
Many often viewed the pistol suppressor as a big round cylinder. However, one company has shown that it is time to break out of the “can” – and has introduced a series of suppressors that have broken the mold.
By DC Hartmann

CHARTER ARMS BULLDOG IN .44 SPECIAL
RKB takes the Charter Arms Bulldog to a range for some test shooting!

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
Reward – One Dollar
By Lt Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret), Publisher

FLAK
Wrong Rifle; Argentina Article Commended; The Army Cut the Article; Another Lying Liberal Democrat Politician; The Real Reason; Correcting My Mistake

BULLETIN BOARD
Blumenthal Stole Valor – “Misspoken” – My Arse; “Courageous Restraint” Medal Proposed, Then Shot Down; Obama Administration and Calderon Against Arizona; But They do Want a Gun Ban; Priorities, Joe, Priorities; USS Enterprise Going Back Into Action; Helmets Recalled

TERRORISM SITREP
Al Qaida Yemen Threatens the United States in Response to Obama’s Orders to Take Out a U.S. Citizen, One of Their Leaders; Arizona Attacked Across Latin America; Terrorist in Chile?; Protests and Riots in Greece; Russia Sets Pirates Adrift, Somalia Complains; Big Score in Paris; Piracy Court in Seychelles; Malawi Gives Gay Couple 14 Years; Bagram and Kandahar Attacked!; Japan Lets US Stay In Okinawa; Korea Crisis Escalates;
By Dr. Martin Brass

COP TALK
Which Caliber is Right for You?
By Gary Paul Johnston

COMMON SENSE
Indisputable Service
By Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)

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