This Week in National Insecurity

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Whichever side of the fence you land on, chances are you agree that America’s not a very secure nation these days: economically, electorally, or physically. So we grabbed our lensatic compass, rucksack, and canteen, then mounted out across the global media landscape for a quick recon. Whether you’re scared because our military isn’t good enough—or you’re scared because it’s too good—here’s all the ammunition you need, in a handy debrief.

In this installment: Zombie ants may spell your doom; explosives with no regard for your feelings; the Manchurian Obama gets a cash infusion; we “leave” Iraq, “blast” Afghanistan, and “talk” with WikiLeaks; and the Brits invent Terminator Crotch Pants!

The sitrep:

The United States government’s national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow. You’re welcome.

  • In its search for a better way to blow junk up, the Army is spurning TNT for a new explosive that “only detonates on command,” which sort of sounds like a not-bad thing. It’s called an “Insensitive Munitions Explosive,” so apparently even though it will listen to you most of the time, it still refuses to cuddle. (Wired‘s Danger Room)

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