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Ninth Circuit Court: Secret GPS Tracking is Legal

According to the latest ruling out of the Ninth Circuit Court, it’s perfectly legal for federal agents to secretly plant a GPS locator on your car in the middle of the night, even if it’s parked in your driveway, and then use said locator to track your movements as they …

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GAO: Information Sharing is a Sticking Point for Cybersecurity

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office found that neither the federal government nor private sector stakeholders are satisfied with the other’s performance in the public/private partnership to secure cyberspace. However, the private sector expects more from and receives less from the public sector, with only 27 percent of …

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China’s Efforts in Military Transparency Insufficient, Says Report

Although China has made some progress in military transparency, its effort are inadequate, and the nation’s decision to suspend military-to-military contacts with the United States is acting against the interests of both countries, according to an annual report submitted to Congress. Released yesterday, the “Military and Security Developments Involving the …

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Al-Qaeda Still Top Terror Threat

In its 2009 terrorism report, released last Thursday, the State Department said al-Qaeda’s core membership in Pakistan is “the most formidable terrorist organization targeting the U.S. homeland.”  Despite “significant setbacks” in 2009, al-Qaeda “has proven to be an adaptable and resilient terrorist group” and is “actively engaged in operational plotting …

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WikiLeaks Reveals Contractors Caught in Afghan Crossfire

Leaked Defense Department files from the controversial website WikiLeaks.org appear to confirm that Pakistan’s ISI spy agency attempted to poison at least one contractor using alcoholic beverages.  The incident happened in June 2007 but the bizarre story was recently lent credence by a leaked intelligence warning issued in February 2007 …

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Jacob Lew: What’s Next at OMB?

Jacob “Jack” Lew, Obama’s nominee to replace Peter Orszag as Director of OMB, has served at the State Department since the last time he served as Director of OMB for President Clinton.  Regardless of whether Orszag’s departure resulted from policy differences with President Obama, it’s clear that at least some …

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Martha Johnson: GSA ‘Stands Ready to Support Networx Transition’

Speaking at GSA’s 2010 Network Services Conference, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson told conference attendees: “There are huge benefits to government through the transition to Networx. GSA stands ready to support the transition. We provide free technical, contracting and planning support to help agencies meet their June 2011 deadlines.” The Networx …

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