The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown appears to apply to U.S. President Barack Obama, a constitutional lawyer coming to grips with government policies that keep prisoners of war incarcerated without hope of release and executes U.S. nationals overseas without benefit of trial.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Basketball elbowing injures Obama

Basketball elbowing injures Obama

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Rey Decerega earned himself a footnote in U.S. history Friday by cutting President Obama's upper lip while playing basketball, the White House said.
First family stuffs backpacks

First family stuffs backpacks

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. first family was at Fort McNair in the District of Columbia Thursday to help assemble thousands of backpacks for children of military personnel.
Obama dedicates Defense U.'s Lincoln Hall

Obama dedicates Defense U.'s Lincoln Hall

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Honoring Abraham Lincoln at the National Defense University is apt since his tenure was marked by war as he worked for peace, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

General to testify in Abu Ghraib trial

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The latest military trial in Washington into alleged abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison is the first to include testimony of a key military officer.

68 nations plan war on terror

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 24 (UPI) -- Military planners from 68 nations met in Bucharest Tuesday to plan cooperation in the war on terror.

Egypt dismisses U.S. democracy claims

CAIRO, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. assertions that democracy is blooming in the Middle East are fallacies, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told the Washington Post.
Fort McNair
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Ft. McNair Army Base in Washington to play basketball on July 24, 2010. UPI/Martin H. Simon/Pool

Fort Lesley J. McNair is a United States Army post located on the tip of a peninsula (Greenleaf Point) that lies at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. To its west is the Washington Channel, while the Anacostia River is on its south side. It has been an Army post for more than 200 years, third only to West Point and Carlisle Barracks in length of service.

The military reservation was established in 1791 on about 28 acres (110,000 m2) at the tip of Greenleaf Point. Maj. Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant included it in his plans for Washington, the Federal City, as a major site for the defense of the capital.

An arsenal first occupied the site and defenses were built in 1794. The fortifications did not halt the invading British in 1814. Soldiers at the arsenal evacuated north with as much gun powder as they could carry, hiding the rest in a well as the Redcoats came up the Potomac from burning the capitol. About 47 British soldiers found the powder magazines they'd come to destroy empty. Someone threw a match into the well and "a tremendous explosion ensued," a doctor at the scene reported, "whereby the officers and about 30 of the men were killed and the rest most shockingly mangled." The remaining soldiers destroyed the arsenal buildings, but the facilities were rebuilt after the war.

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