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Office of the Director of National Intelligence Now Requires Employees To Pretend Leaks Never Happened

May 9, 2014 The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has an interesting new policy regarding all that leaked information that's been going around lately: pretend it doesn't exist. Yes, according to Instruction 80.4 (Pre-Publication Review of Information To Be Publicly Released), all ODNI employees (both current and former) may not use ...

Phoenix VA Director Put on Leave After Secret Wait List, Patient Death Allegations

May 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phoenix VA Health System director Sharon Helman and two other officials were placed on administrative leave today following allegations that the VA hospital had a secret wait list that prolonged patient care and may have led to the death of 40 veterans. The accusations come from Dr. Sam Foote, who ...

Former Blue Angels Commander Allegedly Condoned Lewd Speech, Pornography

April 24, 2014 In yet another example of rampant sexual misconduct and harassment in our nation's armed forces, the Navy has reportedly relieved Capt. Gregory McWherter of command while it investigates a complaint that he tolerated and even encouraged a hostile work environment. McWherter's reassignment was announced last Friday, though few details were ...

Brazil Is About To Have an Internet Bill of Rights

April 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A first-of-its-kind bill spelling out internet users' rights to access and privacy is set to become law once Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff signs off on it. The Marco Civil da Internet, which has been hailed by open internet advocates such as Mozilla and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was unanimously approved by ...

Cause of Deadly Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Remains a Mystery

April 18, 2014 A year ago, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, caught on fire. As volunteer firefighters rushed to the scene, the 30 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in wooden bins exploded. What have we learned from this disaster? Nothing. Fifteen people died (most of them firefighters), at least 160 were injured, ...

Fort Hood Shooting May Have Been Over Leave Paperwork

April 7, 2014 Wednesday's mass shooting at Fort Hood, in which Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three soldiers and wounded 16 more before turning the gun on himself, may have been caused by an argument over leave forms. A New York Times article quotes an anonymous "law enforcement official" who said Lopez requested leave ...

Safety Agency Decided Not to Investigate Faulty Ignition Switches That Killed 13 People

March 31, 2014 General Motors is sure to bear the burnt of the responsibility for the faulty ignition switches that killed 13 people and led to the long-delayed recall of millions of vehicles, but it turns out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed us, too. According to a House memo in ...

The Secret Service Partied Too Much in Amsterdam

March 26, 2014 That nonstop party that is the people entrusted with protecting the life of our nation's president raged on in Amsterdam last weekend. Three Secret Service agents were sent back to the United States and put on administrative leave after a night of drinking, the Washington Post reports. The agents were ...

After Tweeters Allege Government Corruption, Turkey Bans Twitter

March 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have made good on his vow to wipe out Twitter in his country, as Turkish tweeters are reporting that they are unable to access the service. Audio recordings that appear to be of Erdogan involved in government corruption were posted on Twitter ...

Navy Destroyer Will Stop Looking for Flight 370

March 18, 2014 Navy destroyer USS Kidd will stop looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370and return to its normal duties, according to the AP. The ship spent the last seven days looking for the plane, most recently in the Indian Ocean. The Navy decided that, with the search area broadened significantly, long-range ...