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Archive for February, 2013

Al Qaeda Operatives Out of Kentucky Convicted, Sentenced

CNN reports that Mohanad Shareet Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, Iraqis who were living in Kentucky, have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in a plot aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. In August, Hammadi pleaded guilty to charges that included four counts of aiding al Qaeda in Iraq, according to CNN, and the 31-year […]

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Man Sporting Fourth Amendment Across His Chest in Protest of Airport Security Wins Lawsuit

Wired reports that a man named Aaron Tobey stripped to his shorts in a security screening area at a Virginia airport revealing an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment that he had scribbled on his chest. Tobey was detained for disorderly conduct prompting him to sue Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of Homeland Security, for improper […]

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Feb 20th, 2013 Current Affairs

Key White House Posts Announced

The White House published the following press release a few weeks ago:   President Obama Announces Key White House Posts WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced the following individuals will serve in key White House posts: • Denis McDonough– White House Chief of Staff • Rob Nabors – Assistant to the President and Deputy White House […]

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Feb 19th, 2013 Current Affairs

U.S. Recognizes Somali Government

After more than twenty years, the United States has officially recognized the Somali government in Mogadishu, according to BBC News and CNN. In 1991, Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted from power, sending Somalia spiraling into political uncertainty. Civil wars broke out throughout the nation and a series of unstable transitional regimes made unsuccessful attempts to […]

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Feb 18th, 2013 al-Qaida, Current Affairs

U.S. Military Halts Detainee Transfers to Afghan Prisons Fearing Human Rights Abuses

The International Security Assistance Force, led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), reports that the United States military has suspended the transfer of detainees to certain prisons in Afghanistan out of growing and continued concern for human rights abuses and torture, according to The New York Times. The article further states that, during the […]

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Feb 17th, 2013 detention

OSJI Releases Report on CIA Rendition Program

The Guardian reports that a document was recently published by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) detailing the extent of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.     According to the report, at least fifty-four countries were involved in the global kidnapping, detention, and torture operation that followed the 9/11 attacks. The report further states: There […]

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