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Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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The Can Kicks Back Shouts, How DARE You Cut the Budget?

The billionaire-funded political corporation called The Can Kicks Back says that slashing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while cutting taxes for corporations isn’t a self-serving conservative grudge campaign. It’s just a way to bring the budget into balance, TCKB insists.

This is the story The Can Kicks Back tells you about itself, all right. But […]

Better The Chopping Block Than The Firing Squad For American Soldiers

Yesterday, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson angrily denounced a proposal to reduce the number of soldiers in the military, saying that the decision “threatens national security.” Representative Wilson seems to have forgotten that not one soldier among the huge number employed by the U.S. military on September 11, 2011 were able to do a thing […]

Feet of Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken is running for Congress on a platform of increasing military spending. […]

Getting The Schaft

If you saw this walking down your street, what would be your reaction?

It’s a robot called Schaft, built by Google for a competition held by the U.S. military. In this competition, companies seeking to build robots for the military had their machines put through trials to see how well they could perform.

Perform doing […]

After the Creeping Octopus Satellite Launch, What Next for the National Reconnaissance Office?

The National Reconnaissance Office — “a joint Department of Defense – Intelligence Community organization responsible for developing, launching, and operating America’s intelligence satellites” — has launched NROL 39, its latest payload of classified spy satellites. For every launch, it develops a unique badge and motto. This time around, the badge incorporates an angry, creeping octopus:

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Libertarian Candidate Wants To Convert Schools Into Military Boot Camps

Note to Libertarians: Children in militias instead of schools, made obsolete by killer robots, is not a political goal that liberals share in common with you. […]

Unrepresentative Military Chaplaincy: Is This a Problem?

Last night, the Secular Coalition for America sent us the following statistics as part of its call for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for the hiring of nontheistic chaplains in the U.S. military:

Religious Preference of Servicemembers and Chaplains Religious Preference % of all Servicemembers % of all Chaplains None […]

Big Pile Of Guns Fails To Deter Shooting

The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun? Seven thousand men with guns couldn’t stop this one man with a gun from shooting two people he was angry at. […]

It’s not just the DEA: NSA Program allows Warrantless Surveillance to spot Ordinary Crime

How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your […]

US Ineptitude On Egypt Highlights America’s Liberty Hypocrisy

In Egypt, a democratically-elected government has been overthrown in a military coup d’etat, and though the U.S. government is required by its own law to withdraw support from Egypt, it does nothing. How could the United States lead a credible international protest against the power grab by Egypt’s military, though, when right here in the […]