Long simultaneously hailed and reviled as one of Washington’s most effective and self-centered special-interest groups, AARP is at it again – causing fits for President Bush and congressional Republicans after, ironically, handing them a big political victory. The organization, until recently known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is providing shock troops in the national guerrilla war against the president’s proposal to divert a portion of Social Security taxes into private accounts.
The unidentified Florida National Guardsman called it “Ramadi Madness” – a compilation of videos depicting his unit’s time in Iraq. But some of the images were investigated as possible detainee abuse, including one recording of a soldier kicking a wounded, moaning Iraqi.
The backscatter radar in Maine, and a similar system reaching out into the Pacific from Oregon, could bounce a beam off the ionosphere, which sent a scattered detection signal back to the Earth’s surface. The systems were so sensitive, they could note changes in ocean currents.