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Good morning Legionnaires and veterans advocates, at the moment is Tuesday, October 30, 2018 which is Purchase a Doughnut Day, Nationwide Sweet Corn Day, Mischief Night time and Haunted Fridge Night time.

This Day in Historical past:

· 1938: Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic together with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds”—a sensible radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. Orson Welles was solely 23 years previous when his Mercury Theater firm determined to replace H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel Conflict of the Worlds for nationwide radio. Regardless of his age, Welles had been in radio for a number of years, most notably because the voice of “The Shadow” within the hit thriller program of the identical identify. “War of the Worlds” was not deliberate as a radio hoax, and Welles had little concept of the havoc it will trigger.

· On today in 1991, the so-called “perfect storm” hits the North Atlantic producing remarkably giant waves alongside the New England and Canadian coasts. Over the subsequent a number of days, the storm unfold its fury over the ocean off the coast of Canada. The fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member crew have been misplaced within the storm. The catastrophe spawned the best-selling e-book The Good Storm by Sebastian Junger and a blockbuster Hollywood film of the identical identify.

· On October 30, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves Nationwide Safety Council Paper No. 162/2 (NSC 162/2). The highest secret doc made clear that America’s nuclear arsenal have to be maintained and expanded to satisfy the communist menace. It additionally made clear the connection between army spending and a sound American financial system.

· 1965: Simply miles from Da Nang, U.S. Marines repel an intense assault by successive waves of Viet Cong troops and kill 56 guerrillas. A search of the lifeless uncovered a sketch of Marine positions written on the physique of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who had been promoting drinks to the Marines the day gone by. This incident was indicative of the character of a conflict through which even probably the most seemingly harmless youngster might be the enemy. There have been many different situations the place South Vietnamese civilians that labored on or close to U.S. bases offered info to and took part in assaults alongside the enemy.


· AP: US helps Syrian companions regroup for ISIS ‘last stand’

· AP: US citizen held 13 months for suspected ties to ISIS is freed

· Stripes: Pentagon will deploy 5,200 troops to frame to cease ‘caravan’

· Breaking Protection: White Home Slashes DoD Finances– Perhaps

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AP: US helps Syrian companions regroup for ISIS ‘last stand’

By: The Related Press   15 hours in the past

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BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition towards the Islamic State group says it’s serving to native Syrian companions regroup after a serious setback over the weekend because the militants battle for his or her final pocket in Syria, close to the Iraqi border.

Coalition spokesman Col. Sean Ryan stated Monday the Syrian Democratic Forces are sending new fighters to the entrance, whereas the coalition helps “expedite” their resupply capabilities. He says the militants know that is “their last stand.”

Iraq’s state-sanctioned paramilitary teams in the meantime say they’re on excessive alert and able to confront any militants who attempt to cross the border.

Profiting from dangerous climate, ISIS militants attacked the Kurdish-led SDF over the weekend, expelling them from areas that they had captured in a month of intense preventing within the space.

AP: US citizen held 13 months for suspected ties to ISIS is freed

By: Deb Riechman, The Related Press   15 hours in the past

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. has launched a twin American-Saudi citizen who was suspected of working with the Islamic State and detained by the U.S. army for greater than a yr with out cost, the American Civil Liberties Union stated Monday.

The ACLU stated the id of the person and the nation the place he was launched are protected by a courtroom order to make sure the security of him and his household. The New York Occasions, citing unnamed U.S. officers, stated the person was launched in Bahrain. The person, who’s married and has a younger daughter, as soon as lived and studied in Louisiana.

His launch adopted months of authorized wrangling between authorities legal professionals and the ACLU. It has been a check case for a way the federal government ought to deal with U.S. residents picked up on the battlefield and accused of preventing with ISIS militants.

“This is a victory our client fought for long and hard. The victory sends a strong message that the president cannot take away an American’s liberty without due process, and it shows the continuing importance of judicial review,” stated his ACLU lawyer, Jonathan Hafetz.

The ACLU has argued since October 2017 that the federal government ought to both cost or launch the person. Negotiations for releasing him started after the ACLU filed an emergency request in June to dam the federal government’s plan to launch him in war-torn Syria.

“When I fled violence in Syria, I never imagined that my country would deny me access to a lawyer for nearly four months and imprison me without charge in solitary confinement for over a year,” the detainee stated in a press release launched by the ACLU.

“No one — no matter what they are suspected of — should be treated the way my government treated me. Once I got the chance to stand up for my rights, the Constitution and the courts protected me.”

The person, who was detained in Iraq, informed his attorneys that he wished to stay nameless in order that he might rebuild his life.

U.S. authorities officers didn’t reply to a number of requests in search of remark.

The federal government argued in courtroom it might detain the citizen underneath the 2001 Authorization for Use of Army Pressure, which Congress handed after 9/11.

The ACLU, nevertheless, argued that these struggle powers pertain to al-Qaida and the Taliban and don’t apply within the battle towards ISIS.

In protection of the detention, U.S. authorities stated that when the person surrendered in mid-September to U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, he was carrying thumb drives containing hundreds of information. There have been 10,000 or extra pictures — some depicting pages of military-style manuals. There have been information on how you can make particular kinds of improvised explosive units and bombs.

The detainee stated he had press credentials to do freelance writing concerning the battle in Syria, though the FBI hasn’t discovered any revealed articles or blogs he authored.

Courtroom paperwork provided different particulars about his background.

A person who met the detainee in July 2005 in New Orleans, the place he was learning, informed the FBI that he was a “wild and typical” school scholar, who drank and used marijuana and gambled at Harrah’s on line casino within the metropolis. The affiliate stated the person lived briefly throughout 2005 or 2006 in Covington, Louisiana, the place he frequented casinos and strip golf equipment. After an argument with associates about not repaying cash he used to gamble, the detainee left the USA for Saudi Arabia.

Between 2006 and 2014 the detainee acquired married and lived in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, working in numerous household companies, together with a ladies’s tailoring store and a development firm. Whereas his spouse was pregnant, he traveled on enterprise to Indonesia, Singapore, China and Malaysia. Whereas in Asia, the federal government stated, the detainee tweeted pro-ISIS messages.

The affiliate from New Orleans stated the person stayed with him briefly in the summertime of 2014 when he tried unsuccessfully to get a U.S. passport for his daughter. He stated the detainee returned together with his spouse and baby on a second go to to New Orleans in late 2014.

In early 2015, the detainee flew to Athens, Greece, after which to Gaziantep, Turkey, the place he paid a smuggler $300 to get him into Syria. He arrived there with $40,000 in his pocket.

The detainee stated that three days after he entered Syria he was kidnapped by ISIS militants and imprisoned for seven months. He stated he was launched solely after agreeing to work for ISIS. He spent two months at an ISIS coaching camp close to Mayadin, Syria, earlier than being assigned to a brigade answerable for guarding the entrance strains in Deir el-Zour province.

He then labored getting gasoline for ISIS automobiles, dealing with brigade bills and guarding a gate of an oil area. He left the oil subject with out permission someday and was apprehended by ISIS army police. After one other keep in ISIS detention, he labored for ISIS monitoring imams and prayer callers and civilians operating heavy gear.

When he was captured at a checkpoint, he advised the American-backed SDF forces that he was “daesh” — one other identify for ISIS — and stated “he wanted to turn himself in and speak to the Americans.” When he surrendered, he was carrying the thumb drives, $four,210, a worldwide positioning system, hats, garments, a Quran and a scuba snorkel and masks.

Stripes: Pentagon will deploy 5,200 troops to frame to cease ‘caravan’


WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will deploy 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist curb unlawful immigration, officers stated Monday following President Donald Trump’s repeated warning that migrants in southern Mexico making their approach towards america pose a nationwide safety menace.

Already Monday, some 800 active-duty troops have been on their solution to Texas to “harden the southern border,” stated Air Drive Gen. Terrance O’Shaughnessy, the chief of U.S. Northern Command. The brand new crop of troops who can be deployed by Saturday will be a part of the roughly 2,100 Nationwide Guard forces already working – primarily in logistics and background help missions – on the southern border in help of U.S. Customs and Border Safety brokers.

“Our concept of operations is to flow in our military assets with a priority to build up southern Texas and then Arizona and then California to reinforce points of entry to enhance CBP’s ability to harden and secure the border … by providing robust military capabilities,” the overall stated.

The huge deployment – about 5 occasions extra troops than Pentagon officers indicated they initially deliberate to ship final week – would convey to the border a army drive roughly equal to the U.S. army deployment in Iraq and Syria to struggle the Islamic State. The Pentagon has about 5,200 troops in Iraq and a couple of,000 in Syria, the quantity that it has maintained in these nations by way of the overwhelming majority of the ISIS struggle launched in 2014.

Division of Homeland Safety officers requested the brand new deployment of army forces, particularly citing the loosely organized group of some three,500 Central American migrants now strolling by foot in southern Mexico towards the USA. The group made up largely of girls and youngsters who’ve stated they search refugee standing stay some 1,000 miles from the U.S. border, in accordance with The Related Press.

Nonetheless, Trump has repeatedly warned the group posed a nationwide safety menace to the USA, and he tweeted Monday it included “Many Gang Members and some very bad people.”

The “Military is waiting for you!” the president additionally tweeted.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan warned Monday that different comparable caravans have been being organized in Central America.

“We are preparing for the contingency of a large group of arriving persons intending to enter the United States in the next several weeks,” McAleenan advised reporters Monday afternoon in a briefing alongside O’Shaughnessy. “We will not allow a large group to enter the United States in an unsafe and unlawful manner.”

The brand new deployment will consist largely of engineering, aviation, medical and planning specialists, O’Shaugnessy stated. Nevertheless, it should additionally embrace an armed contingent of army cops, together with troopers of the 89th Army Police Brigade from Fort Hood in Texas.

Regardless of carrying weapons, the MP forces wouldn’t be approved to conduct regulation enforcement operations, an exercise that might be barred beneath the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. That regulation bans using American army personnel for civilian regulation enforcement efforts on U.S. soil, outdoors army installations.

Earlier Monday, White Home Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated the Trump administration was “looking at a number of different options” when she was requested if the president was contemplating suspending that act.

O’Shaughnessy appeared to place to relaxation any hypothesis that army troops would conduct unprecedented operations on the southern border beneath the approaching deployment.

“Everything we are doing is in line with and in adherence to Posse Comitatus,” the overall stated.

Just like the Nationwide Guard members who’ve been supporting CBP efforts on the border since April, the 5,200 deploying troops usually are not anticipated to work together with migrants. As an alternative, their mission can be largely to help and allow CBP brokers to conduct their regulation enforcement duties.

Amongst troopers deploying shall be Military Corps of Engineers personnel and three battalions of Military fight engineers who will concentrate on such operation as constructing short-term obstacles alongside the border and developing shelters to deal with a possible inflow of CBP brokers, O’Shaughnessy stated.

It can additionally embrace an inflow of army aviation models who might be tasked with ferrying CBP brokers alongside the border with helicopter and airplanes, he stated.

McAleenan stated the inflow of army personnel was needed to discourage migrants from trying to enter the USA illegally. Nevertheless, some lawmakers dismissed the brand new deployment as a political stunt by the White Home only a week earlier than the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Washington state Rep. Adam Smith, the rating Democrat for the Home Armed Providers Committee, stated Trump’s announcement final week that he would use the army alongside the southern border was “fundamentally wrong” and a “political act.”

“We should not be militarizing the border, and President Trump has offered no clear idea of what our forces are going to do there,” Smith stated Thursday. “We have seen no evidence that it was helpful or effective when he sent the National Guard to the border in April.”

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s immigration insurance policies, voiced his objection Monday to deploying greater than 5,000 troops.

“The migrant caravan is full of women and children fleeing violence, poverty, and government repression,” Markey tweeted Monday. “Sending thousands of troops to turn them away as if they are foreign invaders reflects the profound paranoia, fear, and hate fueling this administration’s immigration policies.”

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the Home Armed Providers Committee, stated Friday that the transfer was according to actions taken by previous presidents.

“A elementary duty of any nation’s authorities is to regulate who and what comes throughout its border. Permitting hundreds of individuals to cross America’s southern borders in contravention of our legal guidelines shouldn’t be a sustainable answer to the troublesome circumstances driving individuals out of their houses and nations in Central America,” Thornberry stated in a press release. “Mexico should secure its own territory and turn this caravan around. At the same time, we must take appropriate steps, as [former] Presidents Obama and Bush did, to carry out the essential duties of a national government.”

Breaking Protection: White Home Slashes DoD Price range– Perhaps

The White Home stunned DoD with a last-minute $33 billion price range trim final week. Nevertheless it’s removed from sure that the cuts will outlive months of haggling between the Trump administration, the Pentagon and Congress.

By Paul McLeary on October 29, 2018 at 2:37 PM

WASHINGTON: Friday’s bombshell that the Trump administration delivered a last-minute order to the Pentagon to shave $33 billion from its 2020 price range request has upended a price range season that already promised loads of drama.

Earlier than Friday, considerations revolved across the return of price range caps beneath the Price range Management Act, slated to return again in 2020 if Congress can’t discover a workaround like they did in 2018 and 2019.

However with the attainable Democratic takeover of the Home in subsequent month’s mid-term election there’s little certainty about what the funding for the Protection Division will appear to be within the short-term.

With Pentagon budgeteers able to put their pencils down on the finish of November, the shock name from Workplace of Administration and Price range Director Mick Mulvaney to DoD brass simply final week comes “pretty late in the game,” stated Todd Harrison, protection price range professional on the Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research.

So late, in truth, that the providers aren’t going again to transform their budgets to suit the brand new, White Home-ordered prime line. Deputy Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan prompt as a lot Friday, and it was confirmed to me by a Pentagon official on Monday.

So, whereas finances numbers will change, it stays unclear how a lot and what is going to shift on the margins. Whereas Shanahan was circumspect on this feedback saying the minimize final week, he did affirm the $733 price range isn’t going anyplace: “We are not going to reverse course on all of that planning, but we will build two budgets.”

Shanahan talked about hypersonics as an space that may be ripe for a slowdown in analysis, which could be very shocking as a result of and Synthetic Intelligence are the 2 capabilities which were talked about again and again by Pentagon officers as ones they’re most involved with falling behind Chinese language and Russian developments. However hypersonic analysis has the drawback of getting little infrastructure behind it, which means this system could be slowed with out too many knock-on results.

“It comes down to a judgment call of how fast we modernize,” Shanahan stated. “I mean, that’s probably the biggest knob that we have to turn.”

However Shanahan’s point out of delaying analysis on hypersonic missiles may need been a sign to Congress — which is absolutely behind pumping extra money into the sector — that nothing is off the desk.

“An often-used strategy in these kinds of situations is to offer up cuts that you know Congress will find unacceptable,” Harrison stated, “then it puts the onus on Congress to decide what to cut or how to come up with more funding.”

However simply as sequestration is slated to return again in 2020 and 2021, the dip in funding to $700 billion seems to be prefer it is perhaps the brand new regular, so far as the White Home is worried. “It’s not just a one-year drop down,” Shanahan stated. “It’s phased. You know, it’s a drop and then held constant over the FYDP,” or the five-year finances plan submitted with annually’s funding request.

Mackenzie Eaglen, protection price range guru at American Enterprise Institute, instructed to me that the arguments over protection spending for 2020 are solely simply starting. The Pentagon is probably going “hoping that when Congress sees what gets taken out – mostly procurement – they will either add it back in themselves or negotiate with the president for a higher number.”

However there’s danger in playing. “While this method has proven to be smart politics in the past for some services and their unfunded requirements,” she added, “it doesn’t always work. It definitely didn’t work in 2013 and sequestration kicked in anyway.”

Shanahan appeared to anticipate that the order to trim $33 billion was simply the opening salvo in what shall be a forwards and backwards between the White Home, Pentagon and Congress. “We’ll go back and we will do as directed by the president and give him a $700 billion budget,” Shanahan stated. “Then everybody gets to decide how to work with that.”


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