Maj. Jason Brezler’s warnings about an Afghan police chief and his ‘tea boys’ went unaddressed, and three Marines were slain. One year later, the Marines are taking action—against him.
More than a year after three Marines were shot to death on their base in an insider attack by an Afghan police chief’s “tea boy,” there is still no official explanation for why a warning that could well have prevented the tragedy seems to have gone unheeded.There is also no explanation for why the police chief was allegedly allowed to sexually assault children with apparent impunity on an American military facility.But authorities have taken action against one person they should be praising, the 32-year-old Marine Reserve officer who issued the warning about the police chief and his crimes.
Detained border-crossers may find themselves sent to the infamous hieleras, or ‘freezers.’
The moment Border Patrol agents swooped in on Claudia and her husband, Marvin, as they tried to sneak across the Rio Grande, the 31-year-old mother of two almost felt relief.It had been an arduous 18-day journey from their native of El Salvador, which they had fled for fear of their lives at the hands—and machetes—of a vicious gang, she said in a recent interview.But she soon faced a new, unexpected ordeal as she quickly was separated from her husband and locked away with her preteen son and infant girl in cold cells with an ominous name.
When the war on terror has lost the founder of Blackwater, counterterrorism efforts could be in real trouble. Why Erik Prince thinks the national security state has become too big.
Erik Prince is not the kind of man one expects to make the case for slashing U.S. intelligence and military budgets. After 9-11, his company, Blackwater, expanded exponentially, winning contracts to protect diplomats and politicians in Iraq and to train and work with CIA paramilitary teams hunting terrorists. In an interview Monday, Prince said the national security state he once served has grown too large.“America is way too quick to trade freedom for the illusion of security,” he told The Daily Beast.
‘Four score and seven years ago...’ We remember the first words of the iconic speech, delivered 150 years ago, but his battlefield visit brought unexpected revisions to the text.
Lincoln at Gettysburg. Few images in American history run deeper in the national memory than that of the tall martyr president dedicating the cemetery for the honored dead of the Civil War’s greatest battle. In our post-heroic era, depictions of the awestruck crowd and transcendent president on November 19, 1863, seem irretrievably remote, but the truth behind that image shouldn’t lost beneath all the tradition, homily, and trivia.For Lincoln, getting to the speech—as a statement of ideas and as an event—was both an intellectual and physical journey.
Maria Bartiromo, who took a sexist nickname and made it her own, is departing CNBC for its rival, Fox Business—where she’ll join mentor Roger Ailes. But will her audience follow?
Financial television luminary Maria Bartiromo, who in her two decades at CNBC established herself as “The Money Honey,” a sexist nickname she shrewdly trademarked, is jumping to the rival Fox Business Network as well as the Fox News Channel.The Drudge Report first posted the news on Monday as the 46-year-old Bartiromo was anchoring Closing Bell, CNBC’s late-afternoon stock market program. CNBC officially acknowledged the loss in a statement, noting that Bartiromo “has been at the center of every major financial and business news story…since her earliest days” at the network, but Fox held its fire until an expected announcement later in the week.
She was manipulative, abrasive, and mercenary to a fault. To know his mother was to feel some small sympathy for Lee Harvey Oswald.
It was a surreal moment. The widow of Lee Harvey Oswald was telling me her reaction to reading an account of her husband’s funeral, written by her late, long-estranged mother-in-law. “I dropped a tear or two,” Marina Oswald said softly in her Russian accent. The two most influential women in Oswald’s life, his wife and his mother Marguerite, had not spoken with each other for years before Marguerite’s death in 1981. But I was in touch with them both, and Marguerite once asked me to help her get a story about Lee’s burial published.
A son grabs precious time with his aging father as they bond once more over Ole Miss football games.
Lately I’ve been going to a lot of football games. The University of Mississippi football games, to be more precise. Just me, my 95-year-old dad, and tens of thousands of our kindred spirits.It was a notion that first came to me about a year ago, on election night, 2012. That dreary night I found myself thinking about everything I had missed during the long campaign. Intense, single-minded focus was the only way to try and elect a president, but it meant most of us on the campaign had no other life.
Never addressed in the trial that put Bulger in bars for life was the law enforcement conspiracy that kept him free for so long. A legendary crime writer reports from the courtroom.
“Today is a good day,” said Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, standing in front of the John J. Moakley courthouse in Boston, as she announced to the media that the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had just been sentenced to two life terms in prison. “The myth, the legend, the saga of James Bulger is now finally over. He is ancient history,” she said. Ortiz was flanked by a collection of men in suits, the heads of various law enforcement agencies that had been involved in Bulger’s prosecution and conviction.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
It’s not a done deal, but aides are optimistic about an emerging bipartisan agreement that would avoid another government shutdown and ease the blow of additional sequester cuts.