MacBride Leaves US Attorney Post After 4 Years

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Neil MacBride, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is leaving his post after four years of overseeing numerous high-profile cases.

MacBride said Thursday his resignation is effective Sept. 13. He was appointed to the post in 2009.

Under MacBride, the Alexandria-based office pursued terrorism, corruption, human trafficking and white-collar prosecutions, and increased its emphasis on cases with international connections, including drug trafficking, arms dealing, and piracy.

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Brazil Says US Spy Program Violates Sovereignty

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s foreign minister says U.S. surveillance programs violate the sovereignty of countries whose emails and telephone calls have been targeted by the National Security Agency.

Antonio Patriota Thursday tells a Congressional committee the spying could create a “cloud of mistrust between countries.”

He said Thursday that “No one questions that fighting terrorism is legitimate.” But he added that “resorting to tactics that affect the good relations among states must be questioned.”

The NSA operations were revealed in stories written by Brazil-based American journalist Glenn Greenwald based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Bradley Manning Sentence Is Long and Short

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Private First Class (PFC) Bradley Manning received his sentencing today for leaking over 700,000 secret military and diplomatic documents- most of them unclassified. Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled not 90 years, not 60 years, but only a 35-year prison term. At age 25, Manning could get out at age 60.

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The Petulant Child that is North Korea

By Dr. Stephen Schwalbe
Program Director, Political Science at American Public University

On December 28, 2011, Kim, Jong-Un became the third Supreme Leader in North Korea’s dynastic succession of Kim’s, starting with Kim, Il-Sung in 1948. At 30 years old, he became the world’s youngest leader of a country. Being relatively new to the position, Kim needed to prove himself to the domestic stakeholders within North Korea (such as the military) and to foreign powers including South Korea, Japan, and the U.S.).

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Russia Ignores own Law on Refugees to Grant Snowden’s Asylum

By Dr. Stephen Schwalbe
Program Director, Political Science at American Public University

Recently, Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden is wanted by U.S. authorities for revealing Department of Defense classified intelligence about surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. The Russian Federation’s Law on Refugees defines who is eligible to obtain asylum in the country. 

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