This story broke on March 15th.
Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill MilitantsThe above quote is from Democracy Now, but here is a link to the story in the New York Times.
The Pentagon has launched a criminal investigation of a Defense Department official who set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected militants. The New York Times reports the official, Michael Furlong, has been accused of running an off-the-books spy operation with the help of private contractors who gathered intelligence on the whereabouts of suspected militants and the location of insurgent camps. It is generally considered illegal for the military to hire contractors to act as covert spies. Two of the contractors hired by the military were the writer Robert Young Pelton and Eason Jordan, the former chief news executive for CNN. Pelton said he and Jordan were hired by the military to run a public website to help the government gain a better understanding of the region but that their reporting was then used to kill people.
Of course the most interesting set of events this past month has been the passage of the long-awaited Health Care Bill by the House of Representatives, without a single Republican vote. The invective and posturing surrounding this effort were massive, with some representatives insulted by racial slurs as they showed up to vote for the bill on this recent historic Sunday, March 21st. This was just the time that the Sun reached the second degree of Aries, opposing Saturn and triggering the Saturn – Uranus opposition. This opposition, getting closer by the day now, was exact at the time of the last election, and is moving into another exact alignment by the end of April. This is another entirely appropriate set of astrological symbolism, since Saturn opposed to Uranus represents polarity of a massive kind, the motivation to hold back versus the urge to go forward.
Since Uranus is continuing to oppose Saturn even more closely at the end of this next month and also over the summer, we might expect that these types of controversy will become even more heated as the weeks go by, both in the collective and in our personal lives. It is essential in these times of conflicting ideas that we each and all of us attempt to take the high road, honoring the other one’s opinion no matter how diverse. Only by finding a third point of view that rises above seeming conflict will we be able to find some modicum of peace in these troubled times.