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Pentagon Announces Cyber Force Expansion As Anonymous Hacks Government Websites

The Pentagon plans to expand its cybersecurity force from 900 personnel to 4,900 troops and civilians over the new several years, Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post reports.  The expansion reflects...

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The US Can Legally Spy On The Any Foreign Data Stored In American 'Clouds'

Personal information uploaded by British computer users to cloud services such as Apple’s iCloud and Google’s Drive can be spied upon by US intelligence without the need to apply for a warrant, it has...

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Chinese Hackers Could Have Disrupted The New York Times Publishing System

One thing stands out about Nicole Perlroth's report on how Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of The New York Times to steal information from journalists covering the Wen Jiabao scandal:...

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The Most Feared Syrian Rebel Group Is Once Again Undermining The Revolution

When members of Jabhat al-Nusra — the Syrian opposition's best fighting force— took control of the town of Mayadin in eastern Syria, they immediately commandeered the grain silos and the nearby...

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Hackers Post Private Data From More Than 4,000 US Bank Executives

Hackers affiliated with Anonymous seem to have published information from more than 4,000 American bank executive accounts on a government website last night, Violet Blue of ZDNet reports. The alleged...

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Lance Armstrong Under Investigation for Obstruction, Witness Tampering, and...

Federal investigators are in the middle of a criminal investigation of former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, Neal Karlinksy of ABC News reports. "Agents are actively investigating Armstrong...

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Court Hears Arguments On US Government's Ability To Indefinitely Detain Citizens

Wednesday was another key day for a challenge to the government's ability to indefinitely detain anyone under the laws of war. A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...

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CIA Finally Allows Online Filing Of Freedom Of Information Requests

In a strange twist of transparency, the CIA is allowing info-seekers to file online Freedom Of Information (FOIA) requests. Previously, requests would have to be mailed or faxed. Now one only has to...

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The US Is Launching Drone Strikes From A Secret Base In Saudi Arabia

The CIA drone strike that killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki originated from a secret base in Saudi Arabia, Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post report. The Post, at the request of...

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Lawyer Sums Up The Enormous Stakes Of The NDAA Indefinite Detention Lawsuit

Hedges v. Obama, the lawsuit challenging the indefinite detention provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), continued Wednesday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second...

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John Brennan's Hearing Underscores How Little Oversight There Is On Drones

Despite disappointing many observers, Thursday's confirmation hearing of CIA Director-to-be John Brennan laid bare how much the President's covert drone war operates without oversight. Publicly...

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MSNBC Host Gives Staunch Defense Of Drone Strikes And Civilian Casualties

Touré, co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC, took a hard line in favor of drones today. The longtime music journalist and cultural critic defended the U.S. drone war and civilian casualties caused by drone...

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Obama's Speech Exposed A 'Fatal Flaw' Of The Drone War

During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama stated that "the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self." The idea that al-Qaeda is now more idea than...

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FBI Disciplines Employees For 'Sexting, Drunk Driving, Paying For Sex And...

The reports describe a "rash of sexting cases", include examples of employees using staff Blackberry devices to send rude texts and photos Confidential internal disciplinary reports obtained by a US...

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Here's What A Post-War Approach To Drug Control Could Look Like

FROM the Colorado state capitol in Denver, head south on Broadway, one of the city’s main arteries, and before long you find yourself in "Broadsterdam", a cluster of dispensaries with names like Ganja...

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Reports That Mexican Drug Kingpin Died In Shootout Almost Certainly False

Twitter has been roiling after a Guatemala official told reporters Thursday that one of two victims of a gunfight looked like the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman. The rumor and...

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Harvard Professor Details His Radical Vision Of Legalizing All Drugs

In 2010 we wrote about Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Miron's stance that all drugs should be legalized because prohibition wastes money and doesn't work. In a recent in-depth interview with Der...

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Secret Tapes Reveal LBJ Knew But Never Spoke Out About Nixon's Alleged 'Treason'

Rumors and whispers of Richard Nixon's 'treason' — sabotaging Vietnam peace talks to help his Presidential campaign — have floated around for years, but newly released tapes from Lyndon Johnson's...

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Mexican Drug Cartels Are Sending Deputies Deep Inside The US

Mexican drug cartels are sending members of their inner circles to live and work deep inside the U.S., Michael Tarm of the Associated Press reports. The syndicates used American middlemen to become the...

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Climate Scientist Quits NASA To Testify Against The Government

Now that NASA scientist James E. Hansen is retiring, he will finally be able to pursue a longtime passion: helping climate activists suing the U.S. government.   For 46 years Hansen was a pioneering...

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