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West Point Hosts its First Male Same-Sex Wedding

November 4, 2013 Two former West Point cadets went to the military academy's Cadet Chapel on Sunday to get married, marking the first time a male couple has wed at the school. The happy couple, Larry Choate III, class of 2009, and Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, were married in front of about...

NSA Allegedly Never Told Obama About its World Leaders Spying Program

October 28, 2013 Now that the National Security Agency's spying program on, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is causing foreign relations migraines for the United States, officials say that President Obama didn't even know about it. That's because, as the Wall Street Journal writes, "the NSA has so many eavesdropping operations under...

Stuxnet Leaker Might Be the General Credited with Getting It Started

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's investigation into the leak of classified information on Stuxnet, a U.S. cyberattack targeting Iran's nuclear programs, has zeroed in on retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright. As in, the general credited with presenting the idea of Stuxnet to the White House in the first place. NBC's scoop on...

The U.S. Warns Foreign Officials of Another Possible Snowden Leak

October 25, 2013 After nearly a week of assuring various world leaders that the U.S. isn't currently spying on their communications, the U.S. has started to warn other countries of a new perceived threat from Edward Snowden's leaked documents. That threat, apparently, is the revelation of secret agreements and collaborations, sometimes between the...

At Least Two Shot Near Millington Navy Base in Tennessee

October 24, 2013 At least two people were reportedly shot and injured near the Millington Navy Base on Thursday in Tennessee, north of Memphis. The suspect is now in custody, and the lockdown has since been lifted. The shooter and both victims are all National Guardsmen, according to police. The victims are in...

White House Staffer Fired for Running a Trollish Twitter Account

October 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House official who manned a kind of trollish Twitter account well-known in DC's national security circles lost his job last week after being outed. Jofi Joseph, also known as @NatSecWonk, was fired for running a feed that, among other things, includes criticism of and internal information from the...

NSA's Massive New Data Center Experiences Major Electrical Failures

October 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The NSA's huge Utah data center is supposed to help U.S. intelligence collect billions of bytes of data when it opens this fall. But the agency hit a snag or two in trying to take the complex live: a mysterious, repeated electrical failure keeps melting the facility's equipment. The center,...

Halliburton Will Pay a $200,000 Fine For Destroying BP Oil Spill Evidence

September 20, 2013 Halliburton's criminal liability related to the 2010 BP oil spill was resolved on Thursday when US District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo accepted a plea deal requiring the company to pay $200,000 for destroying evidence. That fine is the maximum for the misdemeanor charge, and Milazzo agreed that the punishment "adequately...

The Viral Navy Yard Photo Is Related, After All

September 20, 2013 The Associated Press dropped a rare plot twist into a story of how the facts that emerge in the first hours after breaking news are so often wrong by undoing its retraction of a photo that, it turns out, was related to the Navy Yard shootings on Monday after all....

Company That Vetted Snowden Also Ran Aaron Alexis's Background Check

September 20, 2013 The contractor responsible for vetting Edward Snowden in 2011, already under a criminal investigation for "routine" background check failures, was also responsible for vetting Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis in 2007. After initially denying involvement, USIS did some digging and discovered that it did, in fact, run the background...

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