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Are Micro Blogs a Right When It Comes to Freedom?

By   /  February 21, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

On Sunday, a U.S. based website, Boxun.com, called for protests in Shanghai and 11 other cities. Anonymous online activists called for a “Jasmin Revolution.” Almost instantly, Chinese authorities deployed police authorities to the sites of the planned protests. Chinese authorities also blocked word usages on twitter and other micro blog sites, temporary blocked mass short-messaging […]

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The Obama Administration's FY 2012 Defense Budget

By   /  February 20, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on The Obama Administration's FY 2012 Defense Budget

While most of the attention devoted to the Obama administration’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2012 has focused on its apparent failure to tackle the pressing problems of Social Security and Medicare, the administration’s specific request for the FY 2012 Defense budget has been met with critiques as well.  The budget request proposes $553B in […]

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Special Tribunal for Lebanon Defines "Terrorism"

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This past week, the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) handed down a unanimous decision answering several key legal questions posed by the Pre-Trial Judge. Of particular importance, the Appeals Chamber decided that (1) the tribunal will apply the Lebanese domestic definition of the crime of terrorism, while expanding certain elements of […]

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Contracted National Security Software may be a "complete fraud"

By   /  February 19, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on Contracted National Security Software may be a "complete fraud"

Dennis Montgomery described himself in an official statement as “a patriotic scientist who gave the government his software 'to stop terrorist attacks and save American lives.'”  Now, under the auspices of the state secrets privilege, the Justice Department is trying to keep information dealing with the alleged fraudulent software developed by Mr. Montgomery and the […]

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Bloomberg Reports U.S. "Secretly Negotiating" With Taliban

By   /  February 19, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

The U.S. is in talks with the Taliban to produce a “more fruitful result than recent contacts” between Taliban and the Afghan governments. This puts an interesting new spin on the U.S.'s Afghanistan strategy. With the Taliban being a fractured and separatist acting g roup – is this new strategy, of negotiating with terrorists, really […]

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