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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 3:41 PM

News has been light the last few days.

Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees as well as British activists are boycotting the British government’s inquiry into alleged torture. The BBC is covering this story along with the AP (via the Post), while the Telegraph covers the announcement that MI5 and MI6 will pay out £12 million to former British detainees currently held in Guantanamo.

The AP reports that an Army veteran who alleges he was imprisoned and tortured by U.S. military in Iraq while working as a translator for the Marines is allowed to sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Ben posted a link to the opinion yesterday.

In addition to the news that Ben already posted concerning the hacking of more than 70 American entities, including government offices and corporations, see Politico’s coverage of the same story. Vanity Fair has this report on Operation Shady RAT, the peculiar name of the hacking campaign that is credited with infiltrating more than 70 entities.

The New York Times’ Christopher Drew writes about the Global Hawk, a next-gen drone which will eventually replace the U-2.

Calling all computer geeks: The defense and intelligence communities will be recruiting for hackers at Defcon, an annual hacker convention in Vegas, says Tabassum Zakaria of the Post.

An Australian court has frozen the profits from David Hicks’ controversial book about his incarceration in Guantanamo Bay, reports The Australian, while an editorial from the same newspaper defends the decision.

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