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Rumsfeld a special guest at Allen West fundraising breakfast

By | 10.27.11 | 3:30 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appeared today at a Washington, D.C. breakfast fundraiser for Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, with suggested contributions from $500 to $2,500. West, a former lieutenant colonel, resigned from the Army in 2003 after “it was disclosed that he fired a pistol near [an Iraqi] detainee during More…

For foreign policy pointers, Rumsfeld pointed Perry to Bush-era neocons

By | 07.20.11 | 5:45 pm

The National Review reported last week that Gov. Rick Perry is reaching out to veterans of the George W. Bush White House for foreign policy tips, meeting with former under secretary of defense Douglas Feith and former special assistant to the president William Luti.

Feith, along with Paul Wolfowitz, headed More…

Mixed reactions for Panetta-Petraeus Defense-CIA announcements

By | 04.27.11 | 2:08 pm

The release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate has overshadowed another major story coming out of the administration today. Multiple sources within the Pentagon have told the AP and reporters from other publications that President Obama intends to nominate current CIA director Leon Panetta to fill the position More…

Rand Paul slams Obama for not seeking Congress’ approval on Libya

By | 04.04.11 | 2:39 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

DES MOINES — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a crowd of Republican officials and activists in Des Moines over the weekend that President Barack Obama should have come to Congress before taking military action in the Middle East, as President George W. Bush did for Afghanistan and Iraq.

Woman Military Interrogator Describes Being ‘a Mother Figure’ for ‘Omar’

By | 04.30.10 | 2:25 pm

GUANTANAMO BAY — A youthful-looking woman in a gray suit with long brown hair is known only to us as Interrogator Number 11. She was a military interrogator at Guantanamo Bay who interrogated the detainee she refers to as “Omar” from October 28, 2002 until November 14, 2002. The timeline More…

Gates Orders Review of All Pentagon Information-Operations Programs

By | 03.24.10 | 8:41 am

Remember Michael D. Furlong, the Pentagon official under investigation for allegedly using a government information program to launder money for an off-the-books spying operation? His case has led Defense Secretary Robert Gates to open a wide-ranging review of all Pentagon information-operations programs. Here’s Geoff Morrell, the chief Pentagon spokesman, More…

Guantanamo Detainee al-Slahi Wins Habeas Case

By | 03.22.10 | 5:09 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A suspected al Qaeda organizer once called “the highest value detainee” at Guantánamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report of helping recruit Mohammed Atta and other members


Rove: I Wanted FedEx CEO Fred Smith to Replace Rumsfeld, But Democrats Would Have Been Too Mean in the Hearings

By | 03.09.10 | 11:57 am

On page 466 of “Courage and Consequences,” Karl Rove goes through an elaborate tap-dance to explain that firing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in early 2006 would have seemed political and “damaged the military’s faith in Bush as commander in chief” — but that the White House wanted to do it More…

Massa Claimed He Was ‘Forced Out’ of Congress in 2003

By | 03.08.10 | 4:13 pm

Today, Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) is arguing that Democrats are conspiring to force him out of Congress.

This isn’t the first time More…

Key Figure in Bush’s Military Commissions Set for Obama Job

By | 02.09.10 | 6:00 am

A key behind-the-scenes architect of the Bush administration’s first version of the military commissions for terrorism suspects — which the Supreme Court found to unconstitutionally restrict the legal rights of detainees — will take a central Pentagon position dealing with detainee policy for the Obama administration.

William Lietzau, a Marine More…