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Archive for December, 2012

Pres. Obama Signs FISA Extension — AP

Although the White House “Signed Legislation” page is not reporting it and CNN is not reporting it, as of 22:17 on 12/30/12, the Associated Press is reporting that President Obama has signed the legislation extending those few provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveilance Act that were scheduled to sunset tomorrow.  It was a foregone conslusion […]

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Countering Online Radicalization in America – New Report From Bipartisan Policy Center

The Bipartisan Policy Center has realeased a new report enttitled Countering Online Radicalization in America.  From the Center’s December 5, 2012, press release announcing the report: The report found that restricting freedom of speech and removing content from the Internet is the least desirable and least effective way to deal with online radicalization.  As such, the […]

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Bank to Pay $300K+ to Patco After Security Breach

People’s United Bank in Maine will pay $345,000 to Patco Construction Company to cover losses incurred after an online security breach, according to Wired. This decision follows a court determination deeming the bank’s security practices “commercially unreasonable” under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). The article further reports that the hackers installed malware on Patco’s computer […]

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Dec 28th, 2012 Current Affairs

Former Bin Laden Aide Requests Hasty Sentencing

Jamal Ahmed al Fadl, former aide to Osama bin Laden and crucial U.S. Government (USG) witness in the case concerning the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, has asked to be sentenced for his al Qaeda affiliation without further delay, The New York Times reports. Al Fadl has proclaimed he fears for his children’s safety […]

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Secret Service Mistake Comes Under Investigation Five Years After the Fact

CNN reports that five years ago, a U.S. Secret Service contractor left a pouch containing two computer backup tapes with very sensitive personnel and investigative information on a subway train in Washington, D.C. The tapes, the article explains, were to be transported from Secret Service headquarters to Maryland. An investigation and search for the tapes […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee Approves “Highly Critical” Report on CIA Detention Program

The New York Times reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee approved findings in a classified and “highly critical” report on the CIA’s detention program. The article states that a 9-6 majority approved the document, which details the brutal treatment of Qaeda captives following 9/11. Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein issued a statement, saying: [The report] uncovers startling […]

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Al Nusra Front Formally Designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Last Monday the United States formally declared the Syrian militant group, the Al Nusra Front, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), according to The New York Times. The Times further reports that the decision was made in an effort to build Western support for the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad and was disclosed just prior to […]

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Dec 18th, 2012 Current Affairs

European Court of Human Rights Holds CIA Rendition Program Violated Man’s Rights

According to The New York Times, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the rights of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, were violated by the CIA’s rendition program. This decision, The Times reports, cannot be appealed. The article goes on […]

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Deputy Secretary Comments on State of Counterterrorism Efforts at Global Counterterrorism Forum Plenary

The U.S. Department of State released a transcript of remarks made by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns at the Global Counterterrorism Forum Plenary in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 14. The Deputy Secretary emphasized that the meeting took place “at a pivotal moment in our fight against violent extremism . . .  Al-Qaeda […]

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Dec 15th, 2012 al-Qaida, Terrorism

Sensitive Information Found in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Confetti

CNN reports that sensitive, shredded documents were found amid the confetti used in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Such sensitive information included names, dates of birth, social security numbers, banking data, and full sentences and license plate numbers, as well as notes about Mitt Romney’s motorcade from the final presidential […]

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Dec 6th, 2012 investigations

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