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Administration fingers start pointing at Petraeus for Benghazi

November 2, 2012 Cracks are beginning to show in the Obama administration's united front on the Benghazi consulate as blame for security failures shifts between the State Department and the CIA. Last night, starting around 6 p.m., the CIA began circulating the most comprehensive timeline yet of its response to the September 11attack ...

This is what the National Unwatering SWAT Team does

October 30, 2012 Parts of New York City are submerged under 13 feet of water, but help is on the way: As we speak, a specialized unit called the "National Unwatering SWAT Team" is en route to Gotham. Ever heard of 'em? During a press conference in Manhattan this morning, New York Gov. ...

Pentagon denies Fox News Benghazi report

October 30, 2012 Following a pair of denials by the CIA and the National Security Council to a Fox News story published Friday, the Pentagon has come under scrutiny for its response to the assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. However, in a statement to The Atlantic Wire, a senior defense ...

Report: CIA requests for backup in Benghazi were repeatedly denied

October 26, 2012 Update (5:31 p.m.): In response to a Fox News story claiming CIA operatives in Benghazi were prevented from aiding U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens during his time of need, the CIA says it never instructed any of its personnel from helping the four Americans who died on Sept. 11. In an ...

Hillary Clinton: The U.S. doesn't rely on Facebook for intelligence

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration came under fire on Wednesday after Reuters and Fox News reported that internal State Department emails revealed that an Islamic militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the Benghazi attacks on social media platforms, but this afternoon, Hillary Clinton fired back saying U.S. intelligence isn't based on random ...

Italy's top scientists quit their government posts

October 23, 2012 On Tuesday, some of Italy's top scientists resigned from the government's disaster agency to protest the manslaughter conviction of seven geological experts for failing to predict the devastating earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009. As we noted yesterday, scientists across the world were appalled at the idea of holding scientists criminally ...

Social media led authorities to a Benghazi terror suspect

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It may be the biggest break in the international manhunt for the Benghazi killers and it's all thanks to social media. This morning, The Daily Beast's Eli Lake reports that Tunisian authorities are holding a man named Ali Ani al-Harzi suspected of participating in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed ...

The White House homebrew is delicious

October 17, 2012 Remember the public outcry for the release of the White House's secret beer recipe? It eventually led to the release of two beer recipes, White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter, in September. Now, after about a month of boiling, cooling, fermenting and settling— the verdict is in: It's delicious! ...

How Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette won the Bin Laden book competition

October 15, 2012 We may know a little more about why former Navy SEAL author Matt Bisonnette rushed to publish his memoir No Easy Day before receiving Pentagon approval: to get his book out before Mark Bowden published his own big Osama bin Laden raid book. Bowden's book, The Finish, comes out tomorrow, ...

Weapons going into Syria are arming extremists, U.S. officials warn

October 15, 2012 For months, the U.S. has been helping Arab allies coordinate arms shipments to rebel fighters in Syria. Unfortunately, most of those weapons are going to radical Islamists instead of secular opposition groups. According to a classified government report uncovered by The New York Times' David Sanger, the flood of Saudi ...