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February 19, 2012 | By Nedra Pickler and Eric Tucker, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A 29-year-old Moroccan man, who believed he was working with al-Qaeda, was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest, given to him by undercover operatives, said police and government officials. Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Va., was taken into custody with an inoperable gun and inert explosives, according to a counterterrorism official. He arrived near the Capitol in a van with the two undercover officers, and walked toward the building, according to court papers.
NEWS
February 18, 2012 | By Nedra Pickler and Eric Tucker, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A 29-year-old Moroccan man, who believed he was working with al-Qaeda, was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest, given to him by undercover operatives, said police and government officials. Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Va., was taken into custody with an inoperable gun and inert explosives, according to a counterterrorism official. He arrived near the Capitol in a van with the two undercover officers, and walked toward the building, according to court papers.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - U.S. military personnel will go to North Korea in March to restart efforts to recover thousands of servicemen missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, the Defense Department said Thursday. The U.S. and North Korean militaries agreed last October to restart recovery operations in what was seen as a sign of easing tensions between the wartime enemies, but they did not announce a date. But a letter from Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Ind.) to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notes that the agreement sets a March 1 start date.
NEWS
January 13, 2012
This week's 10th anniversary of the military detention of terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay was a fitting moment for protests by human-rights advocates worldwide. Yet those decrying the continued existence of a prison that's come to represent the worst excesses in the nation's antiterror campaign also included two-dozen retired generals and admirals. In urging President Obama to renew his push to shutter the prison, those military personnel rightly warned that America's "policy of holding detainees indefinitely, perhaps forever, without charge or trial, not only stands in the way of closing Guantánamo, but is insupportable in a nation of laws.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators late Monday agreed to a sweeping $662 billion defense bill that requires military custody for terrorism suspects linked to al-Qaeda, including those captured within the United States, and indefinite detention without trial for some suspects. President Obama and his national-security team had appealed to lawmakers for last-minute changes to the bill to give the executive branch greater flexibility on whether to treat suspected terrorists as prisoners of war or criminals.
NEWS
November 20, 2011 | By Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai received a resounding endorsement Saturday from a traditional national assembly to negotiate a security agreement that could keep a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan past 2014, when most international forces are to have left. The size of the force is subject to negotiations, but a future deal could keep thousands of U.S. troops there for years. The nonbinding resolution issued at the end of a Loya Jirga assembly also suggested some conditions for the talks between Afghan and American officials, including an end to unpopular night raids by military forces searching for insurgents.
NEWS
November 5, 2011
Drexel University professor Donald Bersoff, an expert on mental-health law, is the 2013 president of the American Psychological Association. Bersoff is a member of Drexel's psychology department and director of the program in law and psychology in the Earle Mack School of Law. He has a doctorate in psychology from New York University and a law degree from Yale University. He has a long history of leadership with the APA, which has 154,000 members. In a news release from the organization, Bersoff said his priorities would be serving the mental health needs of military personnel and their famlies, ensuring that psychologists were prepared to work with diverse clients, and attracting academicians and scientists to the field.
SPORTS
August 16, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - They filed past the tall, gaunt, old man in single file, most of the soldiers looking past him to the practice field ahead, where their clean, crisp uniforms were about to mingle with the muddy practice uniforms of the Eagles on Military Day at training camp. Every now and then, though, there was one who knew who the old man was, who would stop with an item to sign and a fervent wish to express, that the players of today were more like the white-haired fellow in the Pro Football Hall of Fame polo shirt, squinting through wire-rimmed glasses.
NEWS
July 23, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Friday signed a certification order clearing the way for gays to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces this fall. Congress voted in December to rescind the "don't ask, don't tell" law but delayed ending the ban until top Pentagon officials and the president could certify that the change would not harm the military. In a statement, Obama said Friday's action came after "extensive training of our military personnel" and the certification from Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Michael Mullen, "that our military is ready for repeal.
NEWS
May 27, 2011 | By RONALD D. OROL, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON - Subsidiaries of Bank of America Corp. and Morgan Stanley will pay more than $22 million to settle allegations that the banks wrongfully foreclosed on almost 200 active-duty military-service members, the Justice Department said yesterday. "The men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces deserve, at the very least, to know that they will not have their homes taken from them wrongfully while they are bravely putting their lives on the line on behalf of their country," said Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez.
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