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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Yesterday evening, the NYPD announced that it would shutter the Demographics Unit, the controversial program that sent plainclothes detectives to collect information about Muslim communities in the New York City area. The program has been largely inactive since the NYPD’s new police commissioner, Bill Bratton, took over in January. Speaking of shuttering the unpopular, Abu Ghraib . . .
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Today is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The New York Times gives us an update on Dzhokar Tsarnaev and the ongoing preparations for his November trial. The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight went underwater yesterday, although the submarine’s first look at the seabed of the Indian Ocean was cut short because . . .
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Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Last night, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the worsening crisis in Ukraine, reports CNN. The Ukrainian government set a Monday 9 a.m. deadline for pro-Russian militants to vacate buildings across eastern Ukraine, reports the New York Times; the deadline was ignored. The country’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has requested the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops for . . .
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Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM

In the wake of 9/11, the FBI dramatically shifted its focus from a fighting domestic crime to preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. The Washington Post digs deeper into the FBI’s counterterrorism policy, revealing a lesser known side of their efforts: aiding in secret operations against al Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan. As Yishai explained . . .
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Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The New York Times gives us a sneak peak at Attorney General Eric Holder’s much awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s profiling rules. Although the draft expands the definition of profiling, the rules still allow the FBI to continue using most of its current methods including the use of nationality in mapping neighborhoods. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth . . .
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Edward Snowden is back with more inflammatory revelations. Speaking via video to the Council of Europe yesterday, Snowden said the United States has spied on staff members of prominent human rights organizations, explains the Guardian. He said: “The NSA has specifically targeted either leaders or staff members in a number of civil and non-governmental organizations . . .
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Today is the one-month anniversary of the day MH-370 went missing. Reports surfaced over the weekend that Chinese, then Australian ships, picked up underwater signals that could be from the flight’s black box recorders. Here is an inside look at three members of Australia’s antisubmarine force who have been searching for the missing plane. Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post describes the soldiers and their . . .
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Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

The crisis in Ukraine has spread beyond the Crimean peninsula. Reuters reports that pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in three eastern Ukrainian cities yesterday. Members of the Ukrainian government are blaming President Vladimir Putin and ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovich for helping to coordinate the attacks. The interim Ukrainian president has called an emergency meeting of . . .
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Friday, April 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s tragic shooting at Fort Hood, we begin to consider how this could have happened. The New York Times explains that Wednesday’s deadly shooting is eerily reminiscent of a shooting at Fort Hood in 2009. The article points to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s commitment to further secure military installations; but it . . .
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Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The leading, and tragic, news is a shooting yesterday at Fort Hood by an Iraq War veteran who killed three and wounded sixteen before killing himself. According to reports, the shooter, Ivan Lopez, was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder; there is no evidence of a political or ideological motivation. The New York Times, Wall . . .
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled his visit to Israel last night after President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority signed documents to join 15 international agencies—despite earlier having vowed that he would not do so. The pow wow over Jonathan Pollard continues: USA Today tells us that people on all sides of the debate are . . .
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The CIA misled the government and public about its enhanced interrogation program, according to officials with knowledge of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the program. The Washington Post tells us that the CIA proceeded by “concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces . . .
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Monday, March 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

We begin the week with cybersecurity. On Friday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a lengthy speech on cyber policy at Gen. Keith Alexander’s retirement ceremony. The Secretary stated that the Pentagon is dramatically increasing its cyber capabilities, and that U.S. Cyber Command will include 6,000 individuals by 2016. He also sought to assure people . . .
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Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Russian troops are amassing and gathering at the Ukrainian border. The Washington Post reports that U.S. is worried that Russia is preparing for another “major incursion” and not preparing for simple military exercises, as Russia is claiming. Both chambers in Congress have passed their own versions of a comprehensive aid package for Ukraine. The bills . . .
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Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Jon Kamp and Jennifer Levitz of the Wall Street Journal kick us off today with a report from the House Committee on Homeland Security about the missed opportunities to apprehend Tamerlan Tsarnaev before the Boston Marathon bombing. NBC first reported the news, saying that Tsarnaev was supposed to be pulled aside for questioning at JFK coming back from militant training . . .
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Suliman Abu Gaith was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans today. The Al Qaeda spokesman was also convicted of providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. The jury returned its verdict after less than two full days of deliberations. The New York Times covers the story.  As Ritika noted yesterday, a . . .
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Besides everyone being in a tizzy about President Obama’s proposal to end bulk metadata collection—and a competing proposal announced today, by the House Intel Committee—it turns out there’s a lot going on. Yesterday, the Group of 8 booted Russia and boycotted the group’s summit scheduled for later this month in Sochi. Although no sanctions were slapped . . .
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Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Winston Churchill famously declared, “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Almost 80 years later, that’s President Putin in a nutshell: the Russian leader has totally baffled three U.S. Presidents to date, the New York Times writes this morning. The U.S. continues to ratchet up economic sanctions . . .
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Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

President Obama has expanded sanctions on Russia just as President Putin formally completed Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The New York Times reports that Obama has blacklisted a bank and “several wealthy businessmen” that have close ties with Putin. Meanwhile, military officials are warning the President Putin is seeking to expand Russian influence in Latin America. Russia . . .
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The Australian government recently announced that satellite images indicate objects in the southern Indian Ocean that may be connected to the still-missing flight MH370. Aircraft and vessels have been rerouted to the area in order to begin a search. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are covering the story—along with everyone else. Russia released Ukrainian naval . . .
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