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August 19, 2011
The short version of David Oh 's political resume: The former city prosecutor enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, joined an elite Special Forces unit and then came home to run a law practice. But two high-ranking military officers familiar with Oh's National Guard record say his claim to have been a Green Beret is bunk. Oh, a front-runner for a Republican at-large City Council seat in the Nov. 8 general election, did not make it through the training to become a Green Beret in 1991.
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December 21, 1986
From what the news media report, President Reagan did not know what his National Security Council was doing in the White House basement, Secretary of State George P. Shultz did not know what his ambassador was doing in Lebanon, CIA Director William Casey did not know what his CIA was doing, Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d did not know what his Justice Department was doing, and Congress did not know what the U.S. government was doing. All this means is that U.S. foreign policy was being formulated and carried out by the Iranians, the contras, the Israelis and some international gun runners, all orchestrated by a few high-ranking U.S. military officers who now refuse to tell anybody what they were doing.
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July 28, 2011
G.D. Spradlin, 90, a former lawyer and oil producer who found a second act as a prolific character actor, playing authority figures in such films as Apocalypse Now and The Godfather: Part II , died Sunday at his San Luis Obispo ranch in central California. Born in Pauls Valley, Okla., Gervase Duan Spradlin turned to acting in his 40's after serving in the Army Air Forces in China during World War II, working as an attorney for Phillips Petroleum Co. and striking it rich as an independent oil producer.
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April 30, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A young boy who apparently played hooky from school with two friends yesterday drowned in Tacony Creek near Rising Sun Avenue in the city's Olney section despite efforts to save him by two military officers who were jogging nearby, police said. Salahad Alexander, 7, of the 3900 block of North Sixth Street in the Hunting Park section, was playing with two boys in Tacony Creek Park, about a mile from his home, when he went into the water. Police said they did not know whether he had been swimming or had fallen.
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April 2, 1989 | By Carol Morello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing evidence he called insufficent, a judge has ordered the release of two former military officers and an industrialist in a kidnapping case that Washington once held up as proof that renegade officers could be brought to justice in El Salvador. In dismissing the case late Friday for a "lack of proof," Judge Juan Hector Larios said declarations given by witnesses were not "trustworthy. " His decision to release the three men and cancel arrest warrants for five other suspects was made in his final hours as a criminal court judge.
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August 16, 1990 | By Christopher Marquis, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Bush administration, venting anger over El Salvador's failure to prosecute military officers and their political allies in two human rights cases, has quietly moved to cut off legal aid to the country's court system, officials said. In a related development yesterday, the chairman of a congressional task force on El Salvador accused the Salvadoran military high command of "a conspiracy to obstruct justice" to cover up involvement in the slaying of six Jesuit priests in November.
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April 20, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
President Raul Alfonsin accepted the resignation of his army chief of staff today, 20 hours after he persuaded military officers to peacefully end a three-day mutiny that had challenged Argentina's 3-year-old democracy. In a terse announcement, the government said that Gen. Hector Rios Erenu had resigned and Defense Minister Horacio Jaunarena was taking over for him. Government officials and local press reports had speculated that Rios Erenu would be replaced after he failed to promptly put down Argentina's second military rebellion in four days.
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February 15, 2006 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Attorneys for admitted al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui subpoenaed Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) to testify at Moussaoui's sentencing trial, apparently seeking information about a confidential U.S. intelligence program that Weldon says had advance information about the Sept. 11 hijackers. Weldon said he had declined on the advice of his attorneys to testify, citing congressional immunity from appearing in court on matters involving congressional business. "I have come to the conclusion that I would rather not testify," Weldon said at a news conference.
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February 14, 1986
As Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier left the airport he knew he had chosen the right city to live in after leaving Haiti as he passed the piles of trash and wrecked cars on the way into the city. The dirty streets, the smell of the refineries all made him homesick. When he saw the rows of abandoned houses full of trash on potholed streets, he no longer wanted to go home. Baby Doc soon learned that his new home even had its own version of the tonton macoutes, when he heard that the mayor had ordered the bombing of a misfit group and burned down two blocks of houses.
SPORTS
May 7, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT will be at the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon to take part in a strategic seminar for military officers, an event that includes a panel discussion on leadership for more than 400 service members. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting the event in conjuction with USA Basketball, the NBA and NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program. It will be televised on the Pentagon Channel and webcast starting at 1:30. Wright, the Villanova's men's coach, will join colleagues Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma, who both just won the men's and women's national titles, respectively, at Connecticut, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
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May 18, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
On May 23, 2003, I attended the Baghdad news conference at which the U.S. viceroy, Paul Bremer, announced he was dissolving the Iraqi army. I thought of that day when I read of Wednesday's confrontation between 19-year-old student Ivy Dietrich and Jeb Bush, who had been blaming President Obama for the rise of the jihadis. She told the former Florida governor, "Your brother created ISIS. " Dietrich's claim was a bit too blunt but still right on the money. It should serve as a warning to 2016 presidential contenders: Using the Iraq war as a political club against the opposition can boomerang.
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May 7, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT will be at the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon to take part in a strategic seminar for military officers, an event that includes a panel discussion on leadership for more than 400 service members. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting the event in conjuction with USA Basketball, the NBA and NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program. It will be televised on the Pentagon Channel and webcast starting at 1:30. Wright, the Villanova's men's coach, will join colleagues Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma, who both just won the men's and women's national titles, respectively, at Connecticut, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
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January 12, 2013
By Teo Ballve As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez fights for his life, an honest assessment of his 14 years in office must take into account his significant achievements. From humble origins, Chavez worked his way up the ranks of the Venezuelan military. He seized the national spotlight in 1992 after leading military officers in a failed coup. In a televised address, Chavez admitted the power grab had failed - "for now," as he ominously put it. For many viewers, the once-obscure colonel became a national folk hero, the person who had finally stood up to a corrupt regime.
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January 6, 2013 | By Carol Morello, Washington Post
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Across Syria and in neighboring Turkey, a small group of lawyers is quietly collecting testimony from Syrians victimized by the vast network of intelligence services that the government has used against the rebellion. They have relayed accusations to rebel-established courts in three Syrian provinces that have issued more than 140 arrest warrants, most for war-related crimes. The lawyers hope the written accusations eventually will be used against senior government officials in an international court, and they say the outstanding warrants include one for President Bashar al-Assad.
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November 21, 2012
Key Congo city falls to rebels NAIROBI, Kenya - Rebel forces in Congo on Tuesday seized control of Goma, a strategic provincial capital in the nation's resource-rich east, despite the presence of U.N. peacekeepers in the area. The takeover sent tens of thousands fleeing and triggered fears of a regional conflict, according to officials and witnesses. "The atmosphere in the city is tense, people are worried," Grace Tang, head of mission in Goma for the aid group Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement before the takeover.
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June 8, 2012 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Automatic defense cuts looming in January would be more devastating than previously feared and make it impossible for President Obama to refocus his national security strategy, a bipartisan group of former lawmakers and retired military officers said Thursday. Members of the Bipartisan Policy Center painted a dire picture for the nation's economy, the military, and large and small defense contractors if the automatic reductions occur Jan. 2, 2013. Based on a special task force's calculations, the group said the cuts would mean an indiscriminate, across-the-board 15 percent reduction in programs and activities within the military, not the 10 percent that had been estimated.
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May 21, 2012 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
CAIRO - More than 100 Egyptians held since a mass arrest more than two weeks ago began an open-ended hunger strike Sunday to protest their continued detention and the possibility they will face military prosecution, activists said. Hundreds of activists outside prison including a presidential candidate meanwhile held a symbolic 24-hour strike in support of the group and against the military trials of civilians. The protest comes on the eve of presidential elections that are supposed to lead to Egypt's ruling military council stepping down in favor of a civilian government - but also amid rising fears that the generals will continue to transfer civilians to military tribunals after the transition.
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May 20, 2012 | By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - An international rights group on Saturday accused the Egyptian armed forces of beating and torturing protesters arrested during antimilitary demonstrations early this month, and said that by permitting such actions the military "enables further abuse. " The three days of street clashes in Cairo that began May 2 and left nine civilians dead were the latest in a string of deadly confrontations between the military and protesters in Egypt since a council of ruling generals took power 15 months ago. In its violent crackdown on the May demonstrations outside the Defense Ministry, the military arrested more than 300 people and referred them to military tribunals.
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May 1, 2012
A 16th-century English proverb holds that "turnabout is fair play. " That may be true for election campaigns, sporting contests, business disputes, even war. But it should have no place in the objective rule of law. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's five-year-long campaign of investigation and imprisonment of alleged coup plotters is a case in point. In 2007, a cache of explosives was allegedly found at the home of a former military officer. State prosecutors tied the find to "Ergenekon" - what they claimed was a shadowy network of ultra-national secularists in the military and national security establishment intent on overthrowing Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)
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