MHN: Manning Prosecutors Make Case, Congress Holds Line on TRICARE Fees

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Military Headline News – Rick Rogers

 
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* Prosecutors in the ongoing Bradley Manning case are accusing the Army private of helping the enemy by divulging code words and other sensitive military information.
Manning is on trial for giving the website WikiLeaks more than 700,000 battlefield reports and government cables.
If convicted of aiding the enemy, Manning could get life in prison.
* More than a decade ago the military increasingly turned to private contractors to handle its intelligence needs. In the wake of Edward Snowden scandal, that move is drawing attention.
Nearly 70 percent of the money spent by intelligence agencies now goes to contractors, according to the Baltimore Sun.
* A Senate panel has voted to remove commanders from making decisions about sexual assault cases and other alleged serious crimes.
But any definitive decision on the future of the military justice system is weeks if not months away.
* The House and Senate have joined to oppose any Defense Department proposal to increase TRICARE healthcare fees for 2014.
Rick Rogers, Military Headline News.

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