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NH Public Library retracts access to TOR after DHS intervention

techdirt – First Library To Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email –  “Since Edward Snowden exposed the extent of online surveillance by the U.S. government, there has been a surge of initiatives to protect users’ privacy. But it hasn’t taken long for one of these efforts — a project to equipContinue Reading

What Does the Latest Court Ruling on NSA Telephone Metadata Program Mean?

CRS Legal Sidebar – Legal Sidebar What Does the Latest Court Ruling on NSA Telephone Metadata Program Mean? 09/03/2015 “On August 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in Obama v. Klayman, ruled for the government in the ongoing litigation over the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) telephone metadata program. TheContinue Reading

GAO Reports – 401(K) Plans, TARP, Capital Power Plant, Military Personnel Ethics

401(K) Plans: Clearer Regulations Could Help Plan Sponsors Choose Investments for Participants, GAO-15-578: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2015: “Employers who sponsor 401(k) plans report using a range of default investment types to automatically enroll employees in their plans based on each type’s design and other attributes. From 2009 through 2013, theContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Low-Income Programs, VA Health Care, Weapon System Acquisitions, Regionally Aligned Forces

Federal Low-Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs, GAO-15-516: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2015. VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Assess Decrease in Root Cause Analyses of Adverse Events, GAO-15-643: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2015 Weapon System Acquisitions: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Department ofContinue Reading

Essay – A Normal Nuclear Pakistan

A Normal Nuclear Pakistan, by Toby Dalton and Michael Krepon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2015. “This essay addresses the following questions: Where does Pakistan belong in the evolving global nuclear order? Will it always be an outlier, unable to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) because it tested nuclear devices after the treaty enteredContinue Reading

Iran Nuclear Agreement: Selected Issues for Congress

CRS – Iran Nuclear Agreement: Selected Issues for Congress. Kenneth Katzman, Coordinator Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs; Paul K. Kerr, Coordinator Analyst in Nonproliferation. August 6, 2015. “The nuclear agreement between Iran and six negotiating powers (“P5+1:” United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China), finalized on July 14, 2015, raises a wide variety ofContinue Reading

Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State

CRS – Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State. Kathleen J. McInnis, Analyst in International Security. August 4, 2015. “The Global Campaign to Counter the Islamic State – On September 10, 2014, President Obama announced the formation of a global coalition to “degrade and ultimately defeat” the Islamic State (IS, aka the Islamic State ofContinue Reading

Homeland Security Advisory Council-New Tasking

August 14, 2015 Federal Register Notice: “The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, tasked his Homeland Security Advisory Council to establish a subcommittee entitled Cybersecurity Subcommittee on August 6, 2015. The Cybersecurity Subcommittee will provide findings and recommendations to the Homeland Security Advisory Council on best practices sourced from industry, stateContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Contracts, Immigrant Investor Program, Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle

Defense Contracts: DOD’s Requests for Information from Contractors to Assess Prices, GAO-15-680: Published: Aug 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2015. Immigrant Investor Program: Additional Actions Needed to Better Assess Fraud Risks and Report Economic Benefits, GAO-15-696: Published: Aug 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2015 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: The Air Force Needs toContinue Reading

CRS – A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics

A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Hannah Fischer, Information Research Specialist. August 7, 2015. [As always, CRS reports via Steven Aftergood/FAS] – “This report presents statistics regarding U.S. military and civilian casualties in the active missions Operation Freedom’sContinue Reading

CIA Releases Declassified Documents Related to 9/11 Attacks

LANGLEY, VA — [June 12, 2015] “The CIA has released to the public declassified versions of five internal documents related to the Agency’s performance in the lead-up to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The documents can be found at CIA’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online reading room at The first of theseContinue Reading

Cyber crimes against NATO and its members

Via Atlantic Council – New Twists in Russia’s Cyber Campaign Against NATO and Its Members By Sam Jones, Financial Times: “Russia’s aggressive actions in cyber space are all carefully designed to fall short of warranting any kind of serious military or aggressive response. One of Moscow’s new favoured tactics is to arm crime syndicates withContinue Reading