Friday, October 19th, 2018

The Pickle Jar: Can the U.S. handle its nukes?

Posted on February 01, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, The Pickle Jar

It’s no surprise that the United States remains at the top when it comes to its nuclear arsenal. That arsenal ballooned over the course of the Cold War, and despite the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States still maintains over 7,000 nuclear missiles, enough to blow up the whole world–a few times. Probably […]

The Pickle Jar: Obama’s NSA speech fails to inspire

Posted on January 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, The Pickle Jar

President Obama spoke on Jan. 17 to quell the country’s fears of domestic spying and internet surveillance brought on by Edward Snowden and his National Security Agency revelations, but in the end, he inspired little faith that he would take power back from the top-heavy, national security state. His remarks were broad, and his policy […]

Lajoie: Sneaky tactics hurt the U.S.

Posted on October 28, 2013 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, The Pickle Jar

The United States has recently come under fire from states around the world for shady intelligence gathering policies. While U.S. chief intelligence officials argue that these surveillance programs are necessary to maintain national security and the White House continues to dismiss the charges as nothing out of the ordinary, it is becoming increasingly clear that […]

Off the battlefield, drone technology helps out

Posted on October 23, 2013 by USM Free Press in The Pickle Jar

Unarmed Aerial Vehicles, more commonly known as unmanned drones, have become an integral part of the U.S. military. Their use dates back to U.S involvement in Bosnia and Kosovo, where they were strictly used as a surveillance tool for gathering important intelligence about what was happening on the ground. While drone technology is rapidly evolving, […]

Lajoie: The media got it wrong, speculating Maine Somalians terrorists

Posted on October 09, 2013 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, The Pickle Jar

  Late last month though, when a Twitter account deemed fake connected the deadly terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Kenya to Somalians living in Maine, journalists across the state began to openly speculate in their stories, blogs and columns about terrorist recruiting right here in Maine. In the process they demonized an entire community that already […]

Lajoie: Dear GOP, you’ve made your bed, now lie in it

Posted on October 09, 2013 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, The Pickle Jar

It didn’t seem like anyone expected Congress to push the U.S. into a dangerous shutdown of the federal government, but with help from Ted Cruz in the Senate, ultra-conservatives in the House of Representatives followed through on their promise. So, let them drive us over the edge. And then let their party and extremist ideology […]