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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It’s official: the Pentagon said yesterday that Matt Bissonnette’s book did reveal “sensitive and classified” information, and Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, who heads up the Naval Special Warfare Command, sent a letter to those under his command that “We owe our chain of command much better than this.” The AP has the story, as does Jeremy Herb at The Hill.

A drone strike in eastern Yemen killed five suspected Al Qaeda members, reports the AFP.

Micah Zenko writes at CFR on a new report by the Defense Science Board (which advises the DOD) dealing with autonomous systems. Zenko focuses on two findings: one deals with how to reduce the number of personnel required to maintain one combat air patrol, and the other considers how adversaries of the U.S. might leverage autonomous systems. Check out the report here.

At least 25 mourners were killed by a suicide bomber at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan. The bomber is believed to have been targeting the district governor, say Khalid Alokozay and Rod Nordland of the Times.

Hundreds of Afghan troops have been expelled or arrested as part of the Afghan Defense Ministry’s efforts to stem the deadly insider attacks that have killed 45 NATO troops this year, reports Sayed Salahuddin and Richard Leiby of the Washington Post.

And John Wendel wrote this Time article that shows just how challenging vetting Afghans is.

AntiSec, a hacking group affiliated with Anonymous, claims that the 1M Apple IDs that they leaked yesterday came from a hack they perpetrated on an FBI agent’s laptop which gave them over 12M UIDs. The FBI says that that is “totally false,” reports the Economist. Read Nicole Perlroth’s New York Times Bits blog post, as well as The Hill‘s stories here and here. This claim only feeds the fire for Congressman Ed Markey, who’s been aggressively looking into the government’s requests for personal cell phone data and who said that it “raises questions about why the FBI had this information in the first place.” Brendan Sasso at The Hill reports.

The Democrats announced their official stance on cybersecurity policy at the DNC, and it’s not surprising that it is quite different from that of the GOP. Jennifer Martinez of The Hill describes the two parties’ stances on how best to improve security of our critical infrastructure and computer systems.

Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic adds his voice to those displeased with the Democrats’ apparent abandonment of criticism of the GWOT.

From Colombia: it seems that the government of Colombia will be re-opening peace talks with the FARC, as William Neuman and Jenny Carolina Gonzalez of the Times report.

The residents of Kismayo, Somalia have fled their homes as the Kenyan Navy prepares to capture it, reports the AP. Kismayo is the primary remaining stronghold of the Shebab in Somalia.

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