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Edward Snowden Took Data from NSA
Computers the NSA Wasn´t Watching

Atlantic Wire, by Connor Simpson

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 12/15/2013 4:34:27 AM

By now we know the National Security Agency watches nearly everything on the Internet, with a few exceptions. But apparently Edward Snowden was able to steal the information he did because the NSA failed to monitor its internal networks. A security failure allowed Snowden, the former contractor now living in asylum in Russia, to move around the NSA´s computer system and steal an unimaginable trove of top-secret documents without leaving a trail behind, senior administration officials told The New York Times´ Mark Mazzetti and Michael Schmidt. Officials have literally no idea what Snowden stole, or how much, or from where, because computers

      


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Edward Snowden Took Data from NSA
Computers the NSA Wasn´t Watching
Atlantic Wire, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:34:27 AM     Post Reply
By now we know the National Security Agency watches nearly everything on the Internet, with a few exceptions. But apparently Edward Snowden was able to steal the information he did because the NSA failed to monitor its internal networks. A security failure allowed Snowden, the former contractor now living in asylum in Russia, to move around the NSA´s computer system and steal an unimaginable trove of top-secret documents without leaving a trail behind, senior administration officials told The New York Times´ Mark Mazzetti and Michael Schmidt. Officials have literally no idea what Snowden stole, or how much, or from where, because computers

   

 

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‘Stand down’: CIA Benghazi team
clash led to controversial order
Associated Press, by Kimberly Dozier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:30:20 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it. The Obama administration has been dogged by complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough before and during the attack to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and by accusations that it later engaged in a cover-up. One allegation was

On Selfies and Shackleton
American Spectator, by Marta H. Mossburg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:20:36 AM     Post Reply
Leadership can mean many things to many people. But its absence is obvious, as it was with President Barack Obama, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron snapping a “selfie” Tuesday like teenagers at a rock concert and not dignitaries celebrating the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela at his funeral. His funeral. And this was not just any funeral. It was one for a man who led the fight to end apartheid in South Africa and “the great liberator” who “makes me want to be a better man” in Mr. Obama’s soaring words

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CNN Bleacher Report, by Ben Kercheval    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:15:58 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/15/2013 4:10:23 AM     Post Reply
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No sign Rep. Bobby Rush paid rent
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Chicago Sun-Times, by Chuck Neubauer & Sandy Bergo    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 12:04:55 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 11:56:15 AM     Post Reply
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Will DNC Repudiate the Clintons?
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ObamaCare blowin’ in the wind
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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 5:11:26 AM     Post Reply
Back in the 1960s, the rallying cry of the counterculture was coined by Timothy Leary: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Today America’s young are also rebelling against the establishment. But this time their target is ObamaCare, and their rallying cry is “Opt Out!” The battle is being fought across smart phones, social media and Internet sites by organizations such as Generation Opportunity, a self-described “free-thinking, liberty-loving, national organization of young people promoting the best of being American.” Generation Opportunity sponsors OptOut.org, where visitors can watch videos of a Creepy Uncle Sam trying to get unsuspecting



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