Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 10, 2013

Computer Center

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

Senate Confirms Chair of Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Top Contractors Increased Business With Federal Government in 2012

Navy Leaders Try to Rescue LCS From Its Own Report

Pressure Building to Address Military Sexual Assault in Defense Bill


Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 7, 2013


Number Of Names In Terror Database Increases by Over 300,000 In 5 Years

Soldiers Sent Back Into Combat After Concussion Suffer Consequences Years Later

Former Detainee Talks Of Desperation In Guantanamo Bay

Government Auditor Challenges White House Account of Afghanistan Security

Iraqi Officials Fear Full Blown Civil War

Guerrilla Blog Dispatch – May 6, 2013

Ridge Line

US Troops Killed on Deadly Day in Afghanistan

As Us Drone Strikes Rise in Yemen So Does Anger

Israeli Airstrikes on Syria Prompt Threats and Anger

Secretive Spy Court Approved Nearly 2,000 Surveillance Requests

FISA Surveillance Applications Rose Slightly in 2012

Photo: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Smith and U.S. Army Sgt. Jared Adkins, left, both with the 3rd Platoon, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scan a distant ridgeline during a patrol in Paktya province, Afghanistan (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alex Kirk Amen)

Defense Contractor Agrees to Multi-Million Dollar Fine

RaytheonThe defense giant and weapons manufacture Raytheon has reached an agreement with the State Department to pay millions in fines for violating US arms export control laws. Reuters reports that the $8 million fine will resolves hundreds of violations that the State Department characterized as “numerous violations demonstrated a recurring, corporate-wide weakness” in maintaining effective compliance controls:

Under the terms of the agreement, Raytheon neither admitted nor denied the allegations. However, the company voluntarily reported many — if not most — of the alleged violations to the government.

Half of the fine will be suspended on the condition that Raytheon will use the money for government-approved remedial compliance measures, including increased training and oversight. The company also agreed to hire an independent special compliance official to oversee the four-year consent decree.

Raytheon, which prides itself on generating more revenues overseas than its rivals, expects international sales to account for 27 percent to 29 percent of its total revenue in 2013.

The company said in a statement it would continue to work closely with the State Department “to achieve its goal of full compliance and industry-leading practices.”

The department said it would not debar Raytheon from further exports since the company voluntarily disclosed nearly all the violations covered by the settlement over the past decade.

Read more here.

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 1, 2013

Obama Sit Room

Obama Moving Toward Sending Lethal Arms to Syrian Rebels

Afghanistan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by CIA

How the CIA’s Bags of Cash Undermined the Afghanistan War

Push in Congress to Protect Privacy Amid Growth in Drone Use

Military Sexual Assaults Cost More Than $872 Million

President Barack Obama holds a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)