Group Wants Special Court to Release Ruling on Unlawful U.S. Surveillance

By Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

A civil liberties group is set to file a motion Thursday asking a special federal court to allow the release of a classified opinion that found the government engaged in unlawful surveillance on Americans.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is turning to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court after the Justice Department refused to release the court’s opinion under a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Iran Paves Over Suspected Nuclear Testing Site Despite U.N. Protests

By Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Iran has begun paving over a former military site where its scientists are suspected to have conducted nuclear-weapons related experiments, according to a new U.N. report, a move that could doom efforts to reconstruct a critical part of Iran’s nuclear history.

Satellite photos of the site, known as Parchin, show fresh asphalt covering a broad area where suspicious tests were carried out several years ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in an internal report that was prepared for diplomats.

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It’s Not Just China: Indian Hacker Group Spied On Targets In Pakistan, U.S. And Europe

By Andy Greenberg, Forbes
Special to In Homeland Security

Chinese hackers may have become the bogeyman of cybersecurity nightmares, but it’s worth remembering that they don’t have a monopoly on digital espionage. In fact, researchers have now tied a series of attacks on hundreds of targets over the last three years to a more unusual suspect: India.

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Fine Print: The Press and National Security

By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Whoever provided the initial leak to the Associated Press in April 2012 not only broke the law but caused the abrupt end to a secret, joint U.S./Saudi/British operation in Yemen that offered valuable intelligence against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

One goal was to get AQAP’s operational head, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso.

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Chinese, Indian Leaders Discuss Border Dispute

By William Tucker

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi today to discuss a range of economic issues, but it was the discussion of the shared/disputed border in Aksai Chin that was the most pressing. Just a few weeks ago, Chinese troops positioned along the Line of Control, the present boundary that separates the two nations, drove some 19 kilometers into Indian controlled Ladakh.

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Burma’s Thein Sein Says Military ‘Will Always Have a Special Place’ in Government

By Anne Gearan, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The military that ran Burma for decades will continue to play a major role in the country, the former Burmese general who has presided over the transformation of a nation that only three years ago was considered one of the world’s most repressive said Sunday.

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