The Death of Spring

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The democratic “Arab Spring” (Islamist Spring) is unraveling or tearing itself asunder with grave human rights violations and degenerating to further political oppression. The youth-bulge in highly Muslim developing nations, the poor economic performance, corruption, lack of freedoms, and abuses are all well cited reasons for the regional unrest and uprisings.

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Implanting Mice With False Memories

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

According to The Guardian, scientists at MIT have successfully implanted mice with false memories by manipulating their neurons. The said reason for research is a greater understanding of how memories of things that never took place end up inside a human brain. The implications for having this knowledge and capability are of course two fold.

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Proposal to Restrict NSA Phone-Tracking Program Defeated

Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

A controversial proposal to restrict how the National Security Agency collects Americans’ telephone records failed to advance in the House by a narrow margin Wednesday, a victory for the Obama administration, which has spent weeks defending the program.

Lawmakers voted 217 to 205 to defeat the proposal from an unlikely coalition of liberal and conservative members.

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Unbowed, Foes of Spying Program Vow to Fight On

Donna Cassata, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House.

Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to spare the NSA program.

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Guantanamo Bay Prison’s uture divides Senate panel

Alexei Koseff, The Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — Sharp disagreement over the future of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp dominated the first Senate hearing on the issue in four years.

The meeting Wednesday of a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee, held in the wake of a high-profile hunger strike by inmates and renewed calls from President Obama to close the facility, made clear that deep partisan divisions remain over whether keeping the prison open is a threat to national security or a necessity.

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Terrorists Hit ISI Building in Pakistan

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence command in Sukkur, Sindh province came under attack today killing seven and wounding 37. ISI building have come under militant attack in the past, but violence has been relatively rare in Sukkur making this attack rather notable. Thus far police have said that the attackers drove an explosive laden vehicle into a barricade outside the ISI building, while another suicide bomber detonated his vest just outside a police building.

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