A little present from Big Brother
If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time's better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency's thinking. Last night, the NSA released reports detailing all the times they've illegally spied on American citizens. Ho ho ho
Los Alamos Scientist Once Advised a U.S. Sentry to Shoot at and Disable Nukes on West German Aircraft if There Was a Danger of Unauthorized Use
Concern About Nuclear Accidents Persisted After The Cold War
Ordered to Declassify Human Rights Information, Prosecutor Releases First Document from San Fernando Case File
Accused Cop: Instead of Jail, Police Delivered Detainees to Los Zetas
Proceso Article Explores Similarities between San Fernando, Ayotzinapa
Arizona is changing the mixture of drugs it uses for lethal injections after an execution this summer left an inmate alive for almost two hours, the Associated Press reports. In a letter to Governor Jan Brewer, Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan said that the state would be abandoning its current sedative and painkiller combination, potentially replacing it with an older alternative.
Last year people couldn’t stop talking about twerk, selfie, and cronut, but what words captured people’s curiosity in 2014? To isolate the words that garnered new attention in 2014, we looked how this year’s lookups shifted in rank compared to 2013. Here are 11 that piqued our interest
Prominent apologists for harsh CIA interrogations keep invoking a scenario that everyone agrees never happened.
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, when almost no one had pondered the possibility of the U.S. starting a torture program, citizens could be forgiven for briefly pondering the "ticking time-bomb" scenario in conversation. What's nonsensical is its reemergence in the wake of the Senate torture report. There never was a ticking time bomb. A prisoner never gave up the "abort" code to a nuclear weapon or "dirty bomb" thanks to torture. No one claims otherwise.
The mission is scheduled for Friday and has a 50 percent chance of success
SpaceX has announced its next major challenge: landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean. The barge in question (as everyone but Elon Musk is calling it) measures just 300 feet by 100 feet across, and the company claims the odds of successfully landing on it are no better than 50 percent, comparing the feat to "[balancing] a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a wind storm."
National Security Archive hails efforts by investigators, victim's families to uncover truth
Obama Administration to Declassify Hundreds of Secret U.S. Records For Report Follow-up
Report released on International Human Rights Day; names hundreds of perpetrators
Greenpeace apologized to Peru today for placing a gigantic banner promoting renewable energy on the site of the Nazca Lines, an ancient heritage site, reports the BBC. The damage caused by the environmental group's actions will be long-lasting, officials say, so the country is now planning to file criminal charges against the activists.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were "never given the chance to mount a defense" of torture.