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.
December 13, 2011 |
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.
November 20, 2011 |
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.
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.
August 16, 2011 |
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.
July 23, 2011 |
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.
May 27, 2011 |
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.
May 27, 2011 |
Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan serves on Philadelphia Veterans Court, which hears cases involving military veterans facing criminal charges. The court offers specialized treatment to defendants pleading guilty to crimes involving post-traumatic stress disorder or other service-related conditions. Dugan is also a captain in the Army Reserve and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. FOR MOST of my life, I was like most people: I knew what Memorial Day stood for, but I didn't really stop to think about what it truly meant.
May 19, 2011
CHAD LEWIS HAS SURVIVED Andy Reid's training camps so you just knew he'd have no problem climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Early yesterday, the former Eagles tight end was among the NFL's Wounded Warriors contingent that reached the mountain's 19,340-foot summit after an 8-day climb. "This was an epic adventure," Lewis said in a statement. "We conquered Mount Kilimanjaro . . . This is a great way to shine a huge spotlight on Wounded Warrior Project. " Lewis was part of a group that included former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
May 6, 2011
TO LETTER-writer Francis Marino ( "Military Spending Just as Wasteful as the Entitlements" ): As the proud parent of a serving Marine, I take serious issue with you. If not for all past, current and future vets, you wouldn't be able to sit in your comfy chair writing about cutting military budgets. Is there wasteful spending? You bet, but the government is like everyone else. I'm sure you have things and wonder why you bought them. Do you realize what our service members' "entitlement" is?