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The Navy's quixotic quest to bury an unclassified laser leak

August 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bookmark this for a fun lunch read: Wired's Danger Room blog has a lengthy, entertaining report on its wrangling with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service over an unclassified document describing a fictional laser weapon, that NCIS insists was "leaked." The Navy's interest in who shared a five-year-old document, marked For ...

Reuters blogs hacked with fake story about Syrian rebel retreat

August 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reuters became involved in the Syrian conflict in a way it didn't intend to on Friday, when someone hacked into its blogging site and published a fake post purporting to quote a Syrian rebel leader saying his forces were withdrawing from Aleppo. Reuters indicated several incorrect stories went out, but ...

What Iraq vets have to say about Iraq

August 1, 2012 A feature that ran Tuesday on The Associated Press, in which combat veterans share their impressions of the war in Iraq now that the U.S. mission there is over, does exactly what that wire service is best at: Collect interesting information and present it simply and directly, without editorial comment. ...

Feinstein regrets her loose lips after suggesting White House leaks

July 25, 2012 After Sen. Dianne Feinstein blamed national security leaks on the White House, Mitt Romney naturally picked up her criticism for his campaign, and now the senator says she's the one who shouldn't have spoken so freely. It's not really a walk-back because Feinstein didn't disavow her suggestion to the World ...

Report: Russia stopped Syria from gassing rebels

July 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Syria's public position is that it won't use its chemical weapons unless some outside state attacks it, but a Reuters report by Samia Nakhoul on Tuesday included some scary news that Bashar al-Assad's regime was close to using them on rebels two weeks ago, but Russia stopped it. The story ...

Maine governor again compares IRS to Gestapo

July 12, 2012 Maine Gov. Paul LePage apparently cannot help comparing parts of the U.S. government to Nazis, to the point where even when he backtracked on his original comment Thursday, he wound up doubling down. Ever since the Republican governor called the IRS "the new Gestapo" during his weekly radio address on ...

Large, jet-powered Navy drone crashes in Maryland

June 11, 2012 A drone that crashed in an uninhabitable, marshy area of Maryland Monday afternoon was no model plane but a 44-foot-long jet-powered Navy aircraft. Read the whole story at The Atlantic Wire.

Now that Google has camera planes, Street View cars are so passé

June 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google's just-announced 3D maps sound awesome, but they also include a serious downside for the privacy crowd: Anybody who got creeped out by Street View cars shooting their block will now have to worry about Google's camera-toting fleet of airplanes. And those creeped out by Google's camera cars did not ...

Video: SpaceX has docked: 'Looks like we caught a dragon by the tail'

May 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's official: The first private mission to the International Space Station is a success. The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which blasted off on the Spacex Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday, successfully docked with the space station at 9:56 a.m. EDT, when a robotic arm grabbed it and secured it. In classic quotable ...

Women soldiers sue military to remove bulletproof glass ceiling

May 24, 2012 The U.S. military doesn't allow women to serve in front-line combat roles, which is not only sexist, it's not realistic, say two women who are suing to get the ban removed. The interesting part of the argument from Army reservists Jane Baldwin and Ellen Haring is their point that there's ...