FROM Bryan Bender
Obama and Panetta Outline Defense Cuts President Obama today outlined the results of his national security review, calling for leaner forces to meet new threats in the 21st Century. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, despite reductions mandated by Congress, the US will still be able to conduct more than one action at the same time. There will be special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific Region and the Middle East. We hear about military and political consequences.
Pentagon Relaxes Enforcement of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Calling it a matter of "common sense and common decency," Defense Secretary Robert Gates today approved new rules making it harder to discharge gays and lesbians from the armed services. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dates back to the Clinton Administration in 1973. Critics have said it forces service members to lie, when integrity is what the military needs most. Bryan Bender is national security reporter for the Boston Globe .
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Comes Out of the Closet At a gay rights dinner on Saturday night, President Obama repeated a promise he made during last year's campaign, to revoke Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Now, from the Pentagon's highest levels comes a call for repeal of the ban against homosexuals in the military. An article for the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there's "no scientific evidence" that gays and lesbians damage morale."
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Comes Out of the Closet At a gay rights dinner on Saturday night, President Obama repeated as promise he made during last year's campaign, that of ending the exclusion of gays in the military. Obama could revoke Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," policy, but it will take an act of Congress to repeal the ban. Hard-line activists say Obama is moving too slowly, but now from the Pentagon's highest levels comes a call for the repeal of the ban. An article for the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there's "no scientific evidence" that gays and lesbians damage morale," but that, in the meantime, they're required to live a lie. Is Congress likely to listen?
National Intelligence Estimate on Continued al Qaeda Threat The Bush Administration today declassified part of a National Intelligence Estimate saying al Qaeda has increased its ability to attack the United States. The partly declassified NIE, was presented to reporters by Fran Townsend, the President's assistant for homeland security. Brian Bender is national security reporter for the Boston Globe .
TSA Boosts Security after UK Car Bombs The Transportation Safety Administration has increased security for the Fourth of July with armed officers and dogs in airports, subways and bus stops. They've been a feature of holidays and special events since September 11, but the TSA concedes that the aborted car bombs in the United Kingdom have had an impact. Bryan Bender is national security reporter for the Boston Globe .
FBI Faulted on Use of Patriot Act Director Robert Mueller admitted today that the FBI misused its powers under the Patriot Act to get telephone, e-mail and financial information on American citizens. Mueller said he was to blame. The FBI Director was responding to an audit by the Inspector General of the Justice Department. Bryan Bender is National Security Reporter for the Boston Globe .
Marine Corps Recalls Reservists Back to Duty As many as 2500 Marines who've returned to civilian life will be called back to active duty because of a shortage of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army already has conducted what critics call a "back door draft," but this is the first time for the Marines since the Iraq invasion. Bryan Bender is National Security Reporter for The Boston Globe .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.