Feds berate local police, then feed them military-grade weaponry

Sep 22, 2014

Feds berate local police, then feed them military-grade weaponry

A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get their hands on lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds ...

Sep 20, 2014

U.S. and Canada intercept Russian fighter planes, bombers

Two Russian fighter jets entered a U.S. “air defense identification zone” Wednesday and were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska, military officers said Friday. The incursion was followed by a second incident on Thursday involving two Russian long-range bombers, which flew into Canada’s ...

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. school police stock up on free military gear

School police departments across the United States have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts across the country have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, ...

Sep 16, 2014

South Korean fisherman finds suspected North drone

A South Korean fisherman Monday found a suspected North Korean drone in his net near an island south of the rivals’ disputed sea border, military officials said. The wreckage, without a wing, engine or camera, was recovered when it got caught in his net ...

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

Sep 16, 2014

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

A proposed sale of Israeli weapons — including drones — to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported Monday. The broadcaster said a Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware, including drones to ...

Sep 11, 2014

Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut

The Islamic State group is often described as the most fearsome jihadi outfit of all: a global menace outweighing al-Qaida, with armies trembling before its advance. But while the group has been successful at seizing parts of Iraq and Syria, it is no unstoppable ...