Monthly Archives: October 2009

Strykers in Hilo veteran’s parade

CENTER FOR NON-VIOLENT EDUCATION AND ACTION Malu ‘Aina Farm P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 email Lt. Col. Warline S. Richardson October 30, 2009 Commanding Officer Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) Dear Col. Richardson: I have received a report that Stryker urban assault vehicles from PTA, recently returned from Iraq, will be… Read more »

U.S. military forces will expand to seven bases in Colombia

According to the AP article below, the U.S. and Colombia signed an agreement to expand U.S. military presence in Colombia via a base use agreement. While the bases will technically be Colombian bases, the U.S. treats these ‘leased’ bases as part of the vast international network of bases. Ecuador recently expelled the U.S. military from… Read more »

Asia Pacific military leaders met in Hawai’i

Source: Friday, October 23, 2009 Senior Leaders to Meet at Chiefs of Defense Conference Senior military officers of 22 nations will gather in Hawaii next week for the 12th annual Chiefs of Defense Conference (CHOD), which is scheduled to run Oct. 26-29. This year’s conference is hosted by Adm. Robert Willard, commander of U.S…. Read more »

Pearl Harbor sub commander relieved of command Updated at 9:08 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2009 Commander of Pearl Harbor sub relieved of command By William Cole Advertiser Military Writer The commander of the nuclear attack submarine USS La Jolla based at Pearl Harbor was relieved of his post today “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the… Read more »

F.B.I. rules allow greater surveillance, spying, and racial profiling Loosening of F.B.I. Rules Stirs Privacy Concerns By CHARLIE SAVAGE Published: October 28, 2009 WASHINGTON — After a Somali-American teenager from Minneapolis committed a suicide bombing in Africa in October 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating whether a Somali Islamist group had recruited him on United States soil. Instead of collecting information… Read more »

“Intellectually bankrupt” system – earmark losers complain about Inouye

Oh, the irony! An air logistics company from Hawai’i seeking a $20 million earmark from Senator Inouye complains about the unfairness of the process when they are passed over. >><< Earmark applicant’s complaint fuels critics Passed over for funding, group cites inequities By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | October 29, 2009 WASHINGTON – They… Read more »

Ex-soldier guilty of Waikiki rape UH dorm burglar guilty of additional sex assault Posted: Oct 28, 2009 11:26 AM By Minna Sugimoto HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) – A former Schofield Barracks soldier gave up his court fight in a Waikiki rape case Wednesday. Mark Heath pleaded no contest to burglary and sex assault. Prosecutors say two years ago, he broke into… Read more »

Obama signs defense bill with pork for Hawai’i

Pres. Obama signs the FY2010 Defense Authorization Bill, which seems to include some of Rep. Abercrombie’s U.S. worker preferences and prevailing wage provisions for jobs related to the military expansion on Guam.  Interesting that a hate crimes bill was tacked on to the military authorization bill.   It would be interesting to know the four military… Read more »

Explosive shell prompts evacuation of apartments

Explosive shell prompts evacuation of apartments By Leila Fujimori POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2009 Police evacuated a half-dozen residents of a Kapahulu apartment building yesterday morning after an explosive shell was discovered in a third-floor apartment unit vacated by an 88-year-old former military man. It turned out to be an empty U.S…. Read more »

“Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within” “Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within” As with suicides, the rate of sexual assaults within the US military now exceeds that of the general population. A Pentagon report earlier this year found one in three female service members are sexually assaulted at least once during their enlistment. Sixty-three percent of nearly 3,000 cases… Read more »