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Vincent Fernando, CFA and Kamelia Angelova

U.S. industrial production remains well below its peak level. In the meantime, America's output of defense and space equipment, mostly tools of war, is at record levels. Industrial activity is clearly booming in the wrong place.

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Karen DeYoung, Washington Post

The likelihood that U.S. money is finding its way to the enemy as well as lining officials' pockets . . . is "one of the many very important things that came to light" during last fall's White House strategy review, an administration official said.

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Robert O**Q**Harrow Jr., Washington Post

The firm owned by the general who withdrew his nomination to lead the Transportation Security Administration had received a contract worth almost $100 million from the Army after certifying he was a "service disabled veteran," [sleep apnea!]

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Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune

Zepeda, a Mokena businessman whose Chicago construction firm has been awarded more than $45 million in federal contracts is under investigation for allegedly bribing two Army officials and improperly inflating the costs of hurricane-protection work h

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Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

Chertoff, Former Homeland Security Chief Hired By Controversial Contractor, BAE. Chertoff is joining BAE's board of directors to "provide oversight and strategic counsel, further ensuring that BAE Systems, Inc. is well positioned to meet current and

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Eric Margolis, LewRockwell.com

The Pentagon and US intelligence agencies have fielded covert mercenary networks in Afghanistan, Pakistan (AKA "Afpak"), and Iraq whose mission is to murder tribal militants and nationalists opposing Western occupation.

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Pratap Chatterjee, Huffington Post

the mismanagement of the $7 billion spent on police training over the last 8 years, partly attributed to lax U.S. State Department oversight, has left the country of 33 million people with a strikingly ineffective and remarkably corrupt police force.

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T. Christian Miller, Mark Hosenball, and Ron Morea

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight - America has spent more than $6 billion since 2002 in an effort to create an effective Afghan police force, buying weapons and hiring defense contractors to train the recruits—but the program has been a disaster

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Daniel Nasaw, guardian.co.uk

Pentagon official alleged to have set up Jason Bourne-style team to help track and kill Taliban. The effort was initially aimed at gathering political and cultural information about the region to aid the US military campaign.

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