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U.S. Leads World In Detainee Detention Practices, Claims DoD Official

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy William K. Lietzau emphasized that the U.S. “played a leadership role in the safe and humane custody of detainees in wartime.”

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Prosecutor Refuses To Turn Over Air Force Sexual Battery Charges

Arlington County prosecutor Theo Stamos said Wednesday that her office has taken cases against the military in the past and sees no reason to turn over the latest simply because it is a more high profile legal matter.

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Hagel Orders Immediate Steps To Combat Sexual Assault

“Sexual assault is a despicable crime and one of the most serious issues facing this department. It is a threat and safety to the welfare of our people,” Hagel said.

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Obama Condemns Sexual Assault In The Military, Calls For “Consequences”

The President’s remarks come just days after the officer tasked with overseeing the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program was arrested for allegedly committing sexual battery.

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Hagel ‘Outraged’ Over Air Force Officer’s Alleged Sexual Battery

Lt. Col Jeffrey Krusinski was removed from his post and taken into custody just after midnight on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia after being accused of grabbing a woman’s breast and buttocks.

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Hagel Welcomes Kerry To Pentagon For First Meeting

“This is the first time that both the sitting Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense are Vietnam War combat veterans,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little noted.

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U.S. Considering Arming Syrian Rebels

Hagel said that he is in favor of “exploring options and seeing what is the best.”

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Petraeus Takes Second Academic Post

Petraeus announced last month that he would also be assuming the role of visiting professor at City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.

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Hagel Holds Meeting With Arms Executives To Discuss Budget Cuts

The DoD is currently faced with cutting $41 billion from its current budget.

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Hagel: US Now Believes Chemical Weapons Used In Syria

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President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer” for the United States.

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Canadian Parliament On Lockdown Amid Manhunt For Shooter


According to local media reports, a man armed with a rifle opened fire at a location near the Canadian Parliament and at the front doors of the Parliament itself.

Poll: Scott, Crist Deadlocked In Florida Less Than Two Weeks Out

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A poll shows the two candidates deadlocked at 42 percent each in the race for Florida’s governorship.

TRNS News Notes- 10/22

Midterm Madness: Meany debates
U.S. ramps up Ebola screening
Ebola czar meets with Obama today
WaPo former editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
ISIS seize U.S.-dropped weapons
Did Panetta violate CIA secrecy agreement?

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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 21, 2014

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The last chance to catch Halley’s Comet for the next 47 years, the U.N. Security talks piracy in Somalia and Jimmy Choo lists on the London Stock Exchange.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 21, 2014

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London orders surveillance flights over Syria and Qatar earns a spot on the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.