Meanwhile Mountain Home News reports that some members of the Idaho National Guard will be deploying to Iraq. AP notes that the Vermont National Guard has 60 soldiers that are headed to Fort Hood before deploying to Iraq for one year. Matt Helms (Detroit Free Press) reports on a send-off cermony for 13 members of the Michigan Army National Guard yesterday before they are deployed to Iraq for a one year tour of duty. Among those saying goodbye to loved ones was Mike Fernly whose daughter is Spec Margaret Fernly. He states, "They're [the soldiers] holding together better than I am. [. . .] She knows her job, and she'll do well."
At Newsweek, Mark Hosenball reports the latest on Wikileaks:
A London-based journalism nonprofit is working with the WikiLeaks Web site and TV and print media in several countries on programs and stories based on what is described as massive cache of classified U.S. military field reports related to the Iraq War. Iain Overton, editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, tells Declassified that his organization has teamed up with media organizations—including major television networks and one or more American media outlets—in an unspecified number of countries to produce a set of documentaries and stories based on the cache of Iraq War documents in the possession of WikiLeaks. As happened with a similar WikiLeaks collection of tens of thousands of U.S. military field reports on the Afghan war, the unidentified media organizations involved with the London group in the Iraq documents project will all be releasing their stories on the same day, which Overton says would be several weeks from now. He declined to identify any of the media organizations participating in the project.
The following community websites -- plus Antiwar.com, wowOwow and NPR -- updated last night:
And Caro (MakeThemAccountable) calls Barack's latest reported move (to be announced at today's press conference) "A middle finger to the base."
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