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NSA Still Has No Clue What Edward Snowden Took

NSA Still Has No Clue What Edward Snowden Took
About six months after Edward Snowden began leaking documents from inside the NSA, the agency still has no clue what the former contractor took with him when he tapped into classified documents. This might be the most damning element of the whole story.
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Zero Dark Dirty: Former CIA Director Revealed Secrets to Scriptwriter

Zero Dark Dirty: Former CIA Director Revealed Secrets to Scriptwriter
Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Panetta said through a spokesman that he didn't know Boal was in the room.
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Kimberly Dozier
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Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push

Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push
Security assistance – a broad category that covers about $25 billion in yearly spending – skyrocketed in the wake of 9/11, growing by 227 percent from 2002 to 2012. A slew of recent reports from government watchdog agencies have found a glaring lack of accountability around security assistance. In 2012, Congress drafted a bill that would have subjected all foreign aid, including security assistance, to stricter monitoring and transparency requirements. The Pentagon successfully opposed the effort for security aid. The bill never made it to a vote.
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Cora Currier
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Shutdown: Money For Soldiers Going to War, But Not For Their Families When They Die

Shutdown: Money For Soldiers Going to War, But Not For Their Families When They Die
Five U.S. service members were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, but thanks to the government shutdown, their families won't be receiving the $100,000 "death gratuity" normally wired within 36 hours, and is intended to help cover funeral costs, living expenses and transportation to Dover Air Force Base to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.
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Obama Close to OK'ing Expired Visas for Iraqis that Helped US During War

Obama Close to OK'ing Expired Visas for Iraqis that Helped US During War
A special visa for Iraqis that helped the US during the Iraq war expired earlier this week, but has been fast tracked so that the tens of thousands already here won't suffer any repercussions.
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Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'

Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'
Ahead of this afternoon's address from the Rose Garden, President Obama delivered a YouTube message to the American military assuring them that they would still be paid in light of the government shutdown. Naturally, he wasn't too keen on Congress when speaking to the troops.
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Casual Encounters: Soldiers in Afghanistan Using Craigslist to Find Sex Partners

Casual Encounters: Soldiers in Afghanistan Using Craigslist to Find Sex Partners
According to the MarineCorp Times, soldiers stations throughout Afghanistan are using a Craigslist site, "presumably left over from the U.S. war in Iraq," to find sexual partners on multiple major bases, including Kandahar Airfield, Bagram, Camp Leatherneck/Bastion, and Forward Operating Bases Ghazni and Salerno. Though Some ads specifically state taht the poster is looking for a female partner, the majority of users seem to be seeking sex with other men.
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How the Military Discriminates Against Transgender Individuals

How the Military Discriminates Against Transgender Individuals
A goal of both gay and transgender conversion therapy is to embrace societal gender role norms, so in my case embracing masculine norms was the goal. It should come as no surprise then that when I enlisted in the Navy in 1980, it was in part an attempt to be the man I wasn’t.
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Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria

Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria
A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
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FBI Releases Slideshow Presentation Used to Remind Gitmo Soldiers of 9/11's Evil

FBI Releases Slideshow Presentation Used to Remind Gitmo Soldiers of 9/11's Evil
Young soldiers at Guantanamo Bay would have been in grade school when the 9/11 attacks occurred. But the government is making sure the terrorist attacks are fresh in their minds. The FBI now holds briefings for military personnel stationed at Guantanamo about the attacks and their connection to the island prison.
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Cora Currier
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