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The U.S. Files Its First Benghazi Criminal Charges

August 6, 2013 The U.S. filed the first criminal charges stemming from an investigation into the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Ahmed Khattalah, a Libyan militia leader long-believed to be a key player in orchestrating the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others, will face unspecified ...

U.S. Officials Are Worried About a New and Improved Liquid Explosive

August 6, 2013 U.S. officials are worried that Al Qaeda has a new liquid explosive technique that can't be detected by current security measures, according to the latest trickle of U.S. official-sourced stories in the wake of the unprecedented embassy closures across the Middle East this week. The story, up at ABC, adds ...

Slain Tsarnaev Friend's Father Will Sue FBI for Wrongful Death

August 6, 2013 The father of Ibragim Todashev, the 27-year-old friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was killed during an FBI interrogation in Florida, will sue the agency for wrongful death. That's according to a TIME scoop, which notes that Abdulbaki Todashev's case is getting help from the ACLU. The FBI still doesn't really ...

Embassy Closures Extended in Wake of Al-Qaeda Threat

August 5, 2013 The State Department will keep 19 U.S. embassies closed for the next week "out of an abundance of caution", officials announced on Sunday. The department, in a statement, said that the extension wasn't "an indication of a new threat stream," indicating that it's a continuation of the U.S. response to ...

FBI Report: Bureau Couldn't Have Prevented the Boston Bombings

August 2, 2013 The FBI's internal investigation into the lead-up to the Boston Marathon Bombings concluded that the agency couldn't have done very much to prevent the attacks, according to a report from the New York Times. That's despite a congressional probe into the agency's handling of a security review of Tamerlan Tsarnaev ...

Al Qaeda-Linked Threat Prompts U.S. to Close Middle East Embassies on Sunday

August 2, 2013 The United States will temporarily shut down all of its embassies in the Middle East (and some in Asia) on Sunday in response to a possible threat connected to al-Qaeda, NBC News is reporting. They're not specifying which embassies will be closed, or how many. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf ...

The Government Can't Connect a Single Death to Bradley Manning's Leaks

August 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After Tuesday's verdict, the sentencing hearings for Bradley Manning got underway on Wednesday with something of a setback for the government's prosecution: the counter-intelligence official in charge of investigating the impact of the Wikileaks disclosures couldn't find a single instance of someone getting killed because of Manning's leaks. That admission, ...

The D.C. Vandalism Suspect Was Found With a Soda Can of Green Paint

July 31, 2013 The woman believed to be responsible for vandalizing the a series of significant sites in D.C. made her first court appearance Tuesday, and now we know her name. Jia M. Tian, 58, was found in the National Cathedral's Children's Chapel on Monday afternoon, holding a soda can filled with the ...

Justice Department Will Work Around the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Ruling

July 26, 2013 Following the Supreme Court's partial dismantling of the Voting Rights Act in June, the Justice Department is now going to go ahead and try to get its oversight power back in some states using what's left of the law, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday. First up: Texas. Speaking ...

Halliburton Will Plead Guilty to Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence

July 26, 2013 Halliburton will plead guilty to a charge of destroying evidence related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will pay the maximum $200,000 statutory fine under the deal, face three years of probation, and be required to continue to participate in a federal ...