Categories & Tags: Peace and Security

INSTITUTE INDEX: The private contractors involved in CIA torture   |   December 12, 2014
According to the 500-page summary of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week, amount the U.S. government paid one private contractor to help the CIA develop the...

 

NC congressman presses for release of censored 9/11 report pages   |   September 10, 2014
This week marks 13 years since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, but the public still does not have access to all the details of what happened -- particularly those...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force   |   August 15, 2014
Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the...

 

Fresh scrutiny of Stand Your Ground laws after acquittal in Trayvon Martin killing   |   July 15, 2013
In the wake of last year's shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, attention turned to the American...

 

VOICES: NSA spying comes as no surprise to Gulf Coast advocates   |   June 18, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf It sounds like the stuff of movie scripts and novel fodder, the idea of darkly clothed men sneaking in and out of hotel rooms, leaving behind...

 

The 'shadow intelligence agency' behind the NSA surveillance scandal   |   June 10, 2013
The scandal over domestic spying by the National Security Agency has pushed into the spotlight Booz Allen Hamilton, a McLean, Va.-based private contractor that has been described...

 

Now, you can't ban guns at the public pool   |   June 3, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Iraq War at 10   |   March 22, 2013
Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week, number of people who have been killed in the ensuing violence: at least 190,000 Percent of those who died that...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Follow the drone money   |   March 8, 2013
Date on which U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a talking filibuster protesting John Brennan's appointment as CIA director, and raising concerns about the Obama...

 

Southern states would be hit uniquely hard by sequester's military budget cuts   |   February 26, 2013
In an effort to force a compromise with congressional Republicans over $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts due to kick in this week, the White House has released a...

 

How politicians and the press overstated military budget cuts by $100 billion   |   August 15, 2012
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Anxiety is rising in Washington about the big cuts to military spending slated to go into effect in January unless Congress takes action....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The party conventions' extraordinary security   |   August 10, 2012
Date on which the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte, N.C.: 9/3/2012 Amount in federal funds the city will spend on security for the gathering, which is...

 

Sikh temple shooter was an Army veteran, white-power musician with NC ties   |   August 6, 2012
The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday before being shot to death by police* has been identified as a U.S. Army veteran and the former leader of...

 

Meet the man behind the Muslim conspiracy uproar   |   July 20, 2012
Five U.S. representatives have called for an investigation into whether Muslim extremists have infiltrated the U.S. government -- accusations based on the dubious work of a far-...

 

Controversy rages over arrests of Virginia reproductive rights protesters   |   March 6, 2012
The ACLU is accusing police of overreacting in their arrests of 31 people at the Virginia Capitol on Saturday during a peaceful protest over passage of a controversial bill...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The cost of war   |   December 16, 2011
Date on which the U.S. war in Iraq was declared officially over: 12/15/2011 Date on which the U.S. and U.K. launched the invasion: 3/20/2003 Number of casualties among coalition...

 

Fracturing democracy?   |   December 1, 2011
The grassroots movement against the controversial technique of drilling for natural gas in shale formations -- known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" -- is...

 

U.S. oil companies, security contractors look to Libya   |   October 24, 2011
With Col. Muammar Gaddafi dead and the future of Libya's government uncertain, U.S. businesses are looking to the oil-rich North African nation for opportunity. Among the...

 

Injured war contractors sue over health care, disability payments   |   September 28, 2011
Private contractors injured while working for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Monday, claiming that corporations and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The continuing toll of 9/11   |   September 9, 2011
Number of people killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda operatives hijacked jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Southern roots of Memorial Day   |   May 30, 2011
Year in which former slaves in Charleston, S.C. held a funeral procession to honor Union soldiers who died in a local Confederate prison camp: 1865 Number of people who took part...

 

Well-connected law firm involved in dirty-trick plot against activists, journalists   |   February 16, 2011
After whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks announced back in 2009 that it was planning to dump internal Bank of America documents to the web, the financial giant turned to the U.S....

 

U.S. defense contractors with the most at stake in Egypt   |   February 1, 2011
Egypt -- where a popular uprising that began last week seeks the end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule -- is the second-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid after Israel...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The war on WikiLeaks   |   December 9, 2010
Year that President Woodrow Wilson called for "open diplomacy" that "shall proceed always frankly and in the public view": 1918 Number of secret U.S. diplomatic cables the anti-...

 

Ruling the Roost: Florida's congressional hawks gain influence over foreign policy   |   November 18, 2010
The economy, jobs, taxes -- these are the issues grabbing post-election headlines about the Republicans' agenda for Congress. But the new GOP leadership could have even more...