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$3.3M and Two Years Later: Still No Benghazi Scandal

$3.3M and Two Years Later: Still No Benghazi Scandal
The House Select Committee on Intelligence, following almost a two-year intense investigation, unanimously determined there is no basis for what has become known as the Benghazi Scandal. Although there was confusion, and the Obama administration didn’t have all the facts when it began to inform the American people about the events and the causes, there was no evidence of anything even remotely linked to a scandal.
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US Tops the List of Countries Asking for Ever-Increasing Twitter Account Info

US Tops the List of Countries Asking for Ever-Increasing Twitter Account Info
Over half of all requests for personal information from Twitter came from the United States, and that doesn't even include requests made under the 'national security' designation that forbids Twitter from releasing that information. And overall requests continue to increase.
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Anonymous Hacker Sabu Won't Go to Prison After Ratting Out Lulzec Friends

Anonymous Hacker Sabu Won't Go to Prison After Ratting Out Lulzec Friends
Hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Anonymous-Lulzsec-turned-FBI Informant Sabu, will not be going to prison thanks to his cooperation with the US government in outing Jeremy Hammond and many other Lulzsec hackers.
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Clean Sweep? White House Wants Phone Companies, Not the NSA, to Store Calls

Clean Sweep? White House Wants Phone Companies, Not the NSA, to Store Calls
The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they do now.
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Eileen Sullivan
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Path to Citizenship Central to Border Security, Says New Homeland Security Secretary

Path to Citizenship Central to Border Security, Says New Homeland Security Secretary
The new Homeland Security secretary says an earned path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally is a matter of national security. The Defense Department's former top lawyer said offering a path to citizenship would encourage such immigrants "to come out of the shadow, to be accountable, to participate in the American experience."
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Alicia A. Caldwell
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Chief Justice Roberts Seeks Unilateral Power to Fill Secret Court Vacancies

Chief Justice Roberts Seeks Unilateral Power to Fill Secret Court Vacancies
Supreme Court Chief Justice penned a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee petitioning them not to change his ability to unilaterally select judges for the secret FISA courts. He also wants to establish an advocate that could intervene on cases 'at will'.
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Newly Declassified NSA Files Censor One of Two Justifications for Agency Spying and Data Collection

Newly Declassified NSA Files Censor One of Two Justifications for Agency Spying and Data Collection
The National Security Agency reported its own violations of surveillance rules to a U.S. intelligence court and promised additional safety measures to prevent similar missteps over and over again, according to more than 1,000 pages of newly declassified files about the federal government's controversial program of collecting every American's phone records during the past seven years.
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Eileen Sullivan
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'Secret Criteria' for Immigrants Seeking US Citizenship Disproportionately Flags Muslims

'Secret Criteria' for Immigrants Seeking US Citizenship Disproportionately Flags Muslims
A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the previously undisclosed program instructs federal immigration officers to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they didn't receive sufficient information from the immigrant.
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Amy Taxin
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Amendment to National Defense Bill Would Require Feds to Review HIV Crimes

Amendment to National Defense Bill Would Require Feds to Review HIV Crimes
A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV. The amendment would be the first time Congress has voted on HIV-criminalization matters since the passage of the 1990 Ryan White CARE Act, which required states to certify they had a process to prosecute deliberate transmission of HIV.
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Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions

Colorado Senator Warned of Patriot Act's Potential for Privacy Invasions
He made impassioned speeches on the Senate floor, held press conferences and appeared on the Sunday talk shows. For years, Colorado Senator Mark Udall has been telling anyone who will listen that key provisions of the Patriot Act are being used by the the government to tread on citizens’ constitutional rights to privacy. This week, they started listening.
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