Defence Department


China denies cyber-spying charges

Christopher Bodeen

From the German chancellery to the Pentagon, government computer networks have been targeted by cyber spies that media reports say were directed by China's military. The reported Pentagon attack was the "most flagrant and brazen to date", said Alex Neill, an expert on the Chinese military at London's Royal United Services Institute.

US memo authorised extreme interrogation methods

Staff Reporter

A newly declassified 2003 Justice Department memo gave United States military interrogators broad authority to use extreme methods in questioning al-Qaeda detainees, US media said on Wednesday. The memo argued that the US president's wartime authority exempted them from laws banning cruel treatment.

Five years on, Bush again talks of Iraq victory

Matt Spetalnick

United States President George Bush said on Wednesday he had no regrets about the unpopular war in Iraq despite the "high cost in lives and treasure" and declared that the US was on track for victory. With less than 11 months left in office and his approval ratings near the lows of his presidency, Bush is trying to shore up support for the Iraq campaign.

McCain now has to pick a running mate

Steve Holland

Now that he is the Republican presidential nominee, John McCain has a big decision ahead of him -- who to choose as his vice-presidential running mate. A top priority for him is to pick a running mate whose presence on the ticket would reassure Americans concerned about McCain's age.

Bush handed blueprint to seize Pakistan's nukes

Staff Reporter

The man who devised the Bush administration's Iraq troop surge has urged the United States to consider sending elite troops to Pakistan to seize its nuclear weapons if the country descends into chaos. In a series of scenarios drawn up for Pakistan, Frederick Kagan has called for the White House to consider various options for an unstable Pakistan.

DA: Ministers fail to answer 343 questions in Parliament

Michael Hamlyn

Government ministers have failed to provide written answers to 343 questions posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), said DA deputy chief whip Mike Ellis on Thursday. "Next Friday, December 7, is the deadline for the submission of replies to all parliamentary questions posed to government departments during 2007," he said.

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