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Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Looks like there’s another cybersecurity working group in the House of Representatives–this one appointed by Rep. Greg Walden, who chairs the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology, reports Brendan Sasso at The Hill. Sasso also notes that an alternative cybersecurity bill will be introduced today by Senators McCain, Hutchinson, and others, as Paul posted as well.

The Blog of Legal Times covers yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on Senator Feinstein’s Due Process Guarantee Act.

Lots of coverage of the Majid Khan arraignment hearing. Peter Finn at the Washington PostCatherine Herridge at Fox News, and the AP all wrote about it, as Ben did extensively herehere, here, and here.

With allies like these, who needs the enemy? Another Afghan soldier has opened fire and killed two American soldiers at a joint Afghan-NATO base, reports Graham Bowley of the New York Times.

The Al Qaeda magazine Inspire that was purportedly getting to Guantanamo detainees didn’t get past the mail screening process, says Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald. Glad we’ve got that process in place.

Here’s an AP story on Anonymous’s comments following Interpol’s arrest of 25 of is alleged hackers.

Jeremy Herb at The Hill tells us that the Pentagon will be providing more information to the families of 9/11 victims on how many victims’ remains–and which ones–were tossed in a landfill in Dover.

Pepperdine Law’s Greg McNeal writes over at Forbes on the Obama Policy Directive and Fact Sheet on section 1022 of the NDAA, as does Michael McAuliff over at the Huffington Post.

Whoops! Apparently that man who was arrested in Cairo and allegedly on the FBI’s Most Wanted list was not, in fact, the terrorist–just someone else with the same name. Karen DeYoung and Leila Fadel at the Post describe the incredible challenge that the U.S. intelligence community has in dealing with Arabic names:

Arabic names have long been a source of confusion for intelligence officials in the United States and elsewhere because different spellings — along with the use of honorifics, nicknames and noms de guerre — make for multiple variations. Lists of alleged terrorists often include many aliases under individual names.

“There are fugitives all over the place who have numerous a.k.a.’s,” said FBI spokeswoman Kathleen Wright. “Why someone chooses one name over another, I can’t answer.”

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