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Argument analysis: Sorting out a thorny statute-of-limitations question in False Claims Act case

The Supreme Court engaged in a relatively lively argument today over a thorny issue of statutory interpretation under the False Claims Act: how two separate statute-of-limitations provisions apply to whistleblower, or “qui tam,” actions when the federal government has not intervened in a suit brought by a private party, or relator. “These types of actions are exceptional in many ways,” Chief Justice John Roberts observed about the qui tam suits brought under the 1863 statute that was meant to ba...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Fca, Graham, Hunt, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, U S Court of Appeals, Samuel Alito


What Good Can A Handgun Do Against An Army?

Recall when I said this? Do you suppose this would look like great land armies getting into formation at the edges of great fields of battle and marching towards each other?  What do you think such a messy civil war in America would look like?  Bubba would be wearing a Ghillie suit, shooting a bolt action rifle, or a modern sporting rifle, and after the shot you will never hear from him again – until the next one.  And you’ll never catch him.  Police will have to decide what side to take, and if...
Tags: Washington, America, Afghanistan, Military, Venezuela, Second Amendment, National Guard, Bubba, Red Dawn, Maturin, Mike Vanderboegh, Texas Air National Guard, Handgun Do Against An Army


Fort Trump? The Pentagon Takes a Step Toward Establishing Base in Poland

The Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Syria, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy, Poland, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Warsaw Poland, Trump Administration, John Rood, Fort Trump


Argument preview: Justices to determine relevant statute of limitations for whistleblower suits under the False Claims Act

Liza Starr, a student at Stanford Law School and a member of Stanford’s Supreme Court Clinic, co-authored this post. On March 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt. The justices will consider how two statutes of limitations under the False Claims Act apply to whistleblower (also known as “qui tam”) suits when the government has not intervened in the case. Enacted in 1863 amidst rampant fraud by Civil War contractors, the FCA has grown...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Fca, Graham, Department Of Justice, Chamber of Commerce, Wilson, Hunt, Parsons, U S Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit


The U.S. Sent Its Most Advanced Fighter Jets to Blow Up Cheap Opium Labs. Now It’s Canceling the Program

The military’s strategy became the latest high-priced failure to slow endemic poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan
Tags: News, Drugs, Uncategorized, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy


Polio spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan 'due to unchecked borders'

Campaigners say resurgence of deadly virus threatens despite huge successes of vaccination driveThe unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people travelling through unchecked crossings is believed to be one of the main causes of the spread of the disease in the area.
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Polio, Global Health


Special Operations

It started out as a boring day. Sitting in a makeshift hospital situated in an austere and hostile environment at an undisclosed location, Maj. Alexander Le and his fellow Special Operations Surgical Team, or SOST, members welcomed the monotony. After all, a busy day for the members of the surgical team would mean the worst possible day for someone else. Unfortunately, this calm day would soon be met with chaos. jQuery(document).rea...
Tags: Medicine, Iraq, Medical, Training, People, Afghanistan, Trauma, Military, Army, Las Vegas, Birmingham, Air Force, Uab, Miller, University Of Alabama, Le


U.S. commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup...
Tags: New York, Isis, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Sport, World news, Syria, Afghanistan, Soccer


Is free expression online threatened by content removal?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


Is free expression online threatened?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


"More bombs and boots haven’t brought victory any closer. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed, maimed and traumatized."

"Millions of people are internally displaced or are refugees in Iran and Pakistan. Poppy cultivation is up four times over 2002. Despite years of economic and military aid, Afghanistan remains one of the least developed countries in the world. Afghan security forces, which were supposed to take over from NATO troops, have lost a staggering 45,000 soldiers in battle since 2014 and can’t fill their recruitment targets. Mr. Trump’s administration — which announced it would withdraw 7,000 troops but...
Tags: Law, Iran, War, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Nato, Pakistan, Terrorism, Nyt, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Trump And The Military


UN court judge quits The Hague citing political interference

Christoph Flügge warns over ‘shocking’ moves by Trump administration and TurkeyA senior judge has resigned from one of the UN’s international courts in The Hague citing “shocking” political interference from the White House and Turkey.Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the US had threatened judges after moves were made to examine the conduct of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Afghanistan, United Nations, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Hague, Trump, John Bolton, Trump Administration


International criminal court judge quits citing political interference

Christoph Flügge warns over ‘shocking’ moves by Trump administration and TurkeyA senior judge has resigned from one of the UN’s international criminal courts in The Hague citing “shocking” political interference from the White House and Turkey.Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the US had threatened judges after moves were made to examine the conduct of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Afghanistan, United Nations, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Hague, Trump, John Bolton, Trump Administration


"American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal..."

"... in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory from being used by terrorists, and that could lead to a full pullout of American troops in return for a cease-fire and Taliban talks with the Afghan government, the chief United States negotiator said Monday..... After nine years of halting efforts to reach a peace deal with the Taliban, the draft framework, though preliminary, is the biggest tangible step toward ending a two-decade war that has cost tens of thousands of lives an...
Tags: Law, War, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Ann Althouse, Trump And The Military


Spiritual Socialism

Can’t be bothered to read this article…? You might find it interesting... Well, if not then you can just go straight to socialgnosis.org (where you’ll find free copies of the books that this is mostly about and some more articles by various authors) FREEDOM “It is stupid, terribly stupid, to choose intellectual demons so that, sitting in the chair of power, they can have the luxury of governing us. It is the height of absurdity to give someone the knife to cut our throat; and that, preci...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Usa, Germany, Iraq, America, Society, Afghanistan, West, United States, Un, Tokyo, Weapon, Hitler, Vietnam, Dresden


Marines and Seabees are camped out on Catalina Island, repairing decaying runway at Airport in the Sky

CATALINA ISLAND — For more than two weeks Capt. Nicole Stockham has overseen a company of Marines and a dozen Navy Seabees tasked with rebuilding a decaying, 77-year-old runway at Channel Island’s Airport in the Sky. The Marines and Seabees are living in tents near the airport nestled in the hilly interior high on the island. The only access is a winding narrow road bordered in places by eucalyptus trees that act as barriers to steep drop-offs. There are dramatic views of the town of Avalon, whi...
Tags: Isis, News, Navy, California, Iraq, Department Of Defense, Sport, UPS, Afghanistan, Marine, Soccer, Military, Port Of Los Angeles, Marine Corps, Marines, Cia


Former soldier who contracted Q fever in Afghanistan sues MoD

Wayne Bass says his life has been ruined after developing infection serving in HelmandA former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence over its failure to protect him from contracting Q fever in Afghanistan.Wayne Bass, a private from the 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, said his life had been ruined after developing the infection while serving in Helmand province in 2011 and not being given antibiotics by the army. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Helmand, Mercian Regiment, Wayne Bass, Afghanistan Wayne Bass


The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, Dr. King was far more than a moving orator. He was a formidable intellectual, an effective organizer and a passionate advocate for the freedom of his people. These qualities combined with...
Tags: Politics, Leadership, Iraq, India, Religion, Evil, Society, War, Chicago, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Palestine, Islam, Civil Rights, Manhattan


B-2 Spirit

With its precision, stealth, long-range capability and payload capacity, the B-2 Spirit is one of the most versatile airframes in the Air Force’s inventory. The combination of its unique capabilities enables global reach and allows the Air Force to bypass the enemy’s most sophisticated defenses. jQuery(document).ready(function($){ // If multiple elements are selected, it will use the first element. var player = new...
Tags: Ge, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, History, Afghanistan, Military, Asia Pacific, Libya, Air Force, Kansas City, General Electric, Kosovo, South Carolina, Kansas City Royals, Mach


U.S. Army Chief of Staff Meets With Afghan President in Surprise Visit

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The U.S. Army’s chief of staff made a surprise visit to the Afghanistan’s capital, where he met President Ashraf Ghani to discuss prospects for a peaceful end to the country’s 17-year war, the United States’ longest. In a statement late Thursday, Ghani’s office said Gen. Mark A. Milley supported Afghan-led talks with…
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, U S Army, Ghani, Milley, Onetime


Trump said, "The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there."

I'm reading that at "Warren Endorses Afghanistan Withdrawal As Trump Spews Soviet Propaganda About the Country" (Reason). Is anyone defending Trump's statement? I'd like to hear something substantial. It's Soviet propaganda seems to be a kneejerk reaction. I'm withholding judgment other than to say maybe Trump means "They were right" from their own perspective, taking their national interests seriously, which seems to be generally what he says other countries should be doing as he puts his own c...
Tags: Rachel Maddow, Law, Russia, Elizabeth Warren, Syria, Afghanistan, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Trump And The Military, Warren Endorses Afghanistan


"No other country in the world symbolizes the decline of the American empire as much as Afghanistan."

"There is virtually no possibility of a military victory over the Taliban and little chance of leaving behind a self-sustaining democracy — facts that Washington’s policy community has mostly been unable to accept.... The heavily Pashtun Taliban, an accessory to the Sept. 11 hijackings, continues to make battlefield gains and, if there are actual peace negotiations, is poised to share power with the American-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani, if not eventually replace it. The United St...
Tags: Law, Washington, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmay Khalilzad, George Shultz, Mattis, South Central Asia, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy, Trump And The Military, Robert D Kaplan, Trump And


Inside Mother Camp: the woman tackling Afghanistan's drug problem

Laila Haidari risks her life to run the country’s only private rehabilitation centre, helping hundreds of addicts a yearLaila Haidari is considered a criminal, despite never committing a crime. The 40-year-old works with drug addicts in Kabul. “The addicts I work with are considered criminal and dangerous and by extension I am considered criminal,” she says.Despite opposition and death threats, eight years ago, Haidari opened the city’s only private drug rehabilitation centre, which so far has h...
Tags: Drugs, Society, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Drugs trade, Haidari, Laila Haidari


Trump Says Stanley McChrystal Has A “Big, Dumb Mouth”

HuffPo: On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted to gripe about comments retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal made Sunday to ABC News. Asked whether he would work for the president, McChrystal, the former top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, explained why he would not, calling Trump “shady” and “immoral.” “It’s important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it,” McChrystal said, suggesting that ...
Tags: Politics, Afghanistan, Military, Army, Donald Trump, Trump, LAYTON, Joyce, Stanley McChrystal, McChrystal, General McChrystal, Ganjgal, ABC News Asked, Rolling Stone But


Retired Gen. David Petraeus Says He Wouldn’t Serve in the Trump Administration

Retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director and commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, poured cold water on Monday on rumors he would come out of retirement to become President Trump’s new Secretary of Defense. Petraeus, a friend of outgoing Defense secretary Jim Mattis, told the the BBC he “cannot envision returning to government…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Bbc, Afghanistan, Military, Cia, David Petraeus, Trump, Trump Administration, Onetime, Jim Mattis, Defense Petraeus


Ex-U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Warns That Cutting Troops Hurts Leverage With Taliban

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said the U.S. has traded away a 'leverage point'
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Afghanistan, Military, Taliban, Stanley McChrystal, Onetime


'We have a shower for pain relief': can Haiti's young midwives save a new generation?

The country has the highest maternal death rate in the Americas. But there’s a new solution: putting care in the hands of midwivesSylvie Delice was born on a hot, slow March afternoon in a clinic in Marigot, a coastal town in south Haiti. The labour was seven hours; her mother, Natalie, 24, a seamstress, was stoic throughout, helped by two midwives in pale pink scrubs. Sylvie arrived strong and healthy, and was named after her mother’s cousin. Natalie recovered well and went home the next day. T...
Tags: Health, UK, Africa, Americas, US, Society, World news, Afghanistan, Sudan, Midwifery, Haiti, Rwanda, Natalie, Sylvie, Marigot


Why not all uncivilized people are barbarians

We often imagine that civilization was formed when people agreed to from societies together and then attracted others out of the wildreness to join them. Some historians and anthropologists argue that a huge part of Asia is filled with people who did the opposite. If true, the idea could flip our understanding of how states and civilizations form on its head. If you can remember back to high school civics or history, you'll probably recall the standard story explaining why people decided to form...
Tags: Asia, Government, China, Russia, India, Society, History, Afghanistan, Innovation, Kyrgyzstan, Anthropology, Refugees, Burma, Vietnam, Latin America, Scott


"How about you just admit you hate the President, love war and have been wrong for the last twenty years on every part of foreign policy?"

Rand Paul put in a strong performance on "Face the Nation" this morning. Here's the full transcript. Excerpt:MARGARET BRENNAN: You've been on a tweet storm this morning saying, President's decision to pull out of Syria and cut our troop presence in Afghanistan in half, you said "the entire foreign policy establishment of Washington, DC, who two years ago were swearing Trump was going to start multiple nuclear wars. Now they're mad because he is stopping two wars. How about you just admit you hat...
Tags: Isis, Law, Congress, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Taliban, Washington Dc, Middle East, Rand Paul



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