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US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Revising Vietnam war historyFor many years after the Vietnam War, we enjoyed the "Vietnam syndrome," in which US presidents hesitated to launch substantial military attacks on other countries. They feared intense opposition akin to the powerful movement that helped bring an end to the war in Vietnam. But in 1991, at the end of the Gulf War, George H.W. Bush declared, "By God, we've kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!"

With George W. Bush's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and Barack Obama's drone wars in seven Muslim-majority countries and his escalating wars in Iraq and Syria, we have apparently moved beyond the Vietnam syndrome. By planting disinformation in the public realm, the government has built support for its recent wars, as it did with Vietnam.

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Ruling limits legal remedies for many exposed to Camp Lejeune pollutants

Camp LejeuneThis week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a North Carolina law limiting the time period in which a plaintiff can seek damages.

The law, called the statute of repose, placed a 10-year limit on which plaintiffs in that state can seek damages from exposure to contaminants, with no exception for latent diseases like the cancer contracted by Partain.

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Transgender military personnel openly serving in 18 countries to convene in DC

transgender militarTransgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly will gather in the U.S. to talk about their experiences -- and discuss whether the U.S. military could join them.

The American Civil Liberties Union will co-host what it says is the first gathering of transgender military personnel on U.S. soil. The troops will convene to share lessons learned and best practices for open and inclusive military service, said the ACLU, which is co-hosting Monday’s event with The Palm Center.

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Air Force's X-37B space plane returns after 2-year top-secret mission

X-37BThe X-37B is coming home, presumably chock-full of secrets. The unmanned Air Force plane -- a sort of space drone that has spent the last two years orbiting the planet -- is expected to return to Earth on Tuesday. At some point during daylight hours, depending on weather, the plane will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"Team Vandenberg stands ready to implement safe landing operations for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, the third time for this unique mission" the Air Force's Col. Keith Baits, 30th Space Wing commander, said in a press release issued last week.

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Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets

pentagonThe mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence.

Capping an investigation that began almost two years ago, separate trials are scheduled this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for a civilian Navy intelligence official and a hot-rod auto mechanic from California who prosecutors allege conspired to manufacture an untraceable batch of automatic-rifle silencers.

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Three women pass Marine Corps endurance test, paving way for possible first female graduates of infantry school

Women pass marine testThree female Marine Corps officers on Thursday passed the grueling combat endurance test that kicks off the service’s screening for infantry officers, paving the way for the first woman to potentially graduate from the program.

The test is conducted at Quantico, Va., and is designed to assess each individual’s ability to withstand exhausting physical conditions and make difficult decisions at the same time. Twenty-four female volunteers have attempted the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course, but none have passed to date. One woman passed the initial endurance test in 2012, but was dropped from the course about a week later due to stress fractures in her foot.

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U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

Army X-Box data hackedFour members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data - some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Xbox gaming console - the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

Two of the four - a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man - pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said.

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