Mary Esch Associated Press Published 2:29 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 WATERTOWN, N.Y. – The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the smirking cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips over his cap to reveal the hand-scrawled message: “Communism will win.” Less than a year after Rapone’s images drew a firestorm of vitriol and even death threats, the second lieutenant who became known as the “commie cadet” is officially out of the U.S. Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Top brass at Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division accepted Rapone’s resignation Monday after an earlier reprimand for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.” Rapone said an investigation found he went online to advocate for a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers and … [Read more...] about US Army boots West Point officer who touted communist revolution during graduation ceremony
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On this Memorial Day weekend, with 15,000 U.S troops still deployed to Afghanistan, we bring you a cautionary tale of how five U.S. soldiers, including two Green Berets, died there on the night of June 9, 2014. As we first reported this past November, the Pentagon concluded the deaths were an "avoidable" accident, known by the contradictory phrase "friendly fire." It was the deadliest such incident involving U.S. fatalities in 17 long years of ongoing war in Afghanistan. It wasn't gunfire that killed the U.S. soldiers, it was a pair of 500-pound bombs dropped right on top of them by a U.S. warplane. You're about to hear what happened that day from three of the soldiers who were there, including the Green Beret commander. They dispute the official version of events and warn it's going to happen again. It started just after sundown on a sweltering night with a fierce firefight. Brandon Branch: Bullets whizzing by, kickin up all around you. Henry "Hank" Montalbano: At certain … [Read more...] about Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by an American bomber in Afghanistan?
CC BY 2.0 / The U.S. Army / U.S. Army SoldiersArizona Authorities Reinforce US Border Security - ReportsThree illegal aliens in connection to the incident were apprehended by other border patrol agents, the release said. The FBI and the Texas Rangers are currently investigating the incident, according to the release. According to the US-based media reports, the rate of the assaults against border patrol agents spiked from 584 in 2016 to 847 in 2017. Last year, Department of Homeland Security proposed to hire additional 5,000 border patrol agents to apprehend immigrants entering the United States illegaly. … [Read more...] about Border Patrol Agent Kills Trespasser During Group Attack in Texas
A POLITICO investigation reveals new details about the agents powering the special counsel probe. President Donald Trump has repeatedly hurled insults at the FBI agents working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 campaign. Rudy Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney who’s now Trump’s lawyer, has attacked them as “stormtroopers.” The vitriol is unsurprising. The agents are powering an investigation that has shadowed Trump’s entire presidency — and they are mostly unknown to the public, making them easy targets. They are a mix of bureau veterans and relative newcomers handpicked by Mueller and his prosecutors to handle the highest-profile and most sensitive federal investigation in a generation. To assemble this portrait of Mueller’s FBI team, POLITICO scoured court records, news accounts, press releases and conducted more than two dozen interviews with defense lawyers and witnesses as well as with current and … [Read more...] about Inside Mueller’s FBI team
Five park rangers and a driver have been killed in a gun attack in a wildlife sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A sixth ranger was also wounded in the shooting at Virunga National Park, home to critically endangered mountain gorillas. No group has claimed responsibility but suspicion immediately fell on rebel militias that are active in and around the famed Unesco World Heritage site. Read more 14 UN peacekeepers killed and more than 40 injured in Congo attack The park, in eastern Congo on the border with Rwanda and Uganda, is home to about half of the roughly 900 wild mountain gorillas left in the world. The rare species is threatened by poachers and deforestation, caused in part by the charcoal industry. More than 150 rangers have been killed protecting the gorillas over the last two decades, but Thursday morning’s attack was the deadliest in the park’s history. The seven workers were ambushed and fired upon at about 6am local time (4am GMT) as they … [Read more...] about Six park rangers shot dead by militia at DR Congo wildlife park