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Report: Assault Team Ordered to Stand Down During Navy Yard Shooting

September 18, 2013 A tactical unit of heavily-armed Capitol Police officers was near the scene of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as it happened, ready and capable of stepping in. But according to multiple sources speaking to the BBC, that unit was ordered to stand down and leave the scene, instead of helping ...

Alleged Navy Yard Gunman Was Treated by the VA for Mental Illness

September 17, 2013 On Monday afternoon, officials identified 34-year-old Aaron Alexis as the deceased gunman in the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting. Alexis, a Navy contractor, lived in Texas until recently. He was killed in a "running gun battle with police" responding to the shooting, according to the AP. As is the pattern ...

Man Throws Firecrackers on the White House Lawn Hours After D.C. Shootings

September 16, 2013 There's no good day to throw lit firecrackers on the White House lawn. But Monday, the day of a tragic mass murder at the Washington Navy Yard, is definitely one of the worst. And yet, that's exactly what one man did on Monday evening, prompting a security alert at the ...

The CIA Begins Weapon Delivery to Some Syrian Rebels

September 12, 2013 The CIA began delivering lethal aid to some Syrian rebel groups two weeks ago, according to a Washington Post report, along with non-lethal aid from the State Department and other government agencies. That seems to end months of delays from the CIA on an authority they've had since July. Now ...

Obama Pledges to Consider Syria Plan, While Keeping Threat of a Strike

September 10, 2013 "Tonight I want to talk to you about Syria. why it matters, and where we go from here," President Obama told the nation in a prime time speech Tuesday night, where he announced that the United States will continue to pursue congressional authorization for a military strike while, at the ...

Brazil's Strategy to Evade the NSA Involves Buying a New Satellite

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Brazil will buy a new satellite and build its own fiber-optic cable to try and avoid the bulk collection of their country's communications by the NSA. The country learned from stories sourced to Edward Snowden's NSA leaks that U.S. intelligence was collecting the emails, phone calls, and texts of its ...

John Kerry Makes the Syria Case to the Liberal Public

September 6, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry brought the case for Syrian intervention to the left on Thursday night during an interview with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. As the Obama administration continues to lobby legislators on their upcoming vote to authorize a military strike on Syria, the administration's been waging a companion ...

Why the U.S. Didn't Anticipate Syria's Chemical Attack

September 5, 2013 U.S. intelligence officials had obtained, but not "processed" the intercepted communications between Syrian officials that allegedly betrayed signs of the devastating chemical attack ahead of August 21. The Obama administration has made no secret of the fact that the U.S. had intelligence detailing what they argue is the preparation of ...

National Security Adviser: Administration Has 'No Expectation' of Losing Syria Vote

September 4, 2013 Following up on a long, over 3 hour Senate committee hearing on Syria, National Security Adviser Susan Rice believes the administration will get the congressional authorization it's seeking over a limited Syrian intervention. Speaking to NBC Nightly News, Rice, who'd been involved in crafting the administration's policy towards Syria, said ...

Internal Benghazi Report Details State Department Security Flaws

September 4, 2013 So, remember the (small) part of the Benghazi conspiracy theory where "they" ignored repeated warnings of security failures at the high-risk facility in Libya? Well, it turns out that, according to an internal government report, the State Department failed to address a series of security issues at America's most vulnerable ...