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Get ready for the post-WikiLeaks big chill

After the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the government is setting in motion a new information “big chill,” reversing almost a decade of post-Sept. 11 efforts to nudge U.S. officials into sharing sensitive documents. The Pentagon has detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to copy and reveal so many secrets. The clampdown parallels efforts at other agencies. For the military it represents a throttling back of initiatives to let other agencies see more of the vast trove of data the Pentagon collects. The new attitude may also make intelligence
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Bomber’s friends claim he was set up

A defense attorney and friends suspect that a teenager accused of plotting mass killings in Portland was set up — groomed and talked into a plot to detonate what he thought were six 55-gallon drums of explosives in a van. But prosecutors led by Attorney General Eric Holder say Mohamed Osman Mohamud plunged into a what turned out to be government sting, dismissing talk of backing out and also exhulting in the mayhem he expected as Portlanders gathered by the thousands last week for a Christmas tree-lighting celebration. Mohamud “was told that children — children — were potentially going to
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Swastika becomes race/hate issue in New Mexico town

Three friends had just finished their shifts at a McDonald’s when prosecutors say they carried out a gruesome attack on a customer: They allegedly shaped a coat hanger into a swastika, placed it on a heated stove and branded the symbol on the arm of the mentally disabled Navajo man. Authorities say they then shaved a swastika on the back of the 22-year-old victim’s head and used markers to scrawl messages and images on his body, including “KKK,” `’White Power,” a pentagram and a graphic image of a penis. The men have become the first in the nation to be
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The bull hits the fan on ‘Face the Nation’

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris didn’t think much of a question asked by Bob Schieffer of CBS News Sunday when the host of “Face the Nation” asked the often acerbic Morris, author of a new biography of Teddy Roosevelt, what he thought the former President wold think of today’s politics. “You keep asking these presentist questions Bob,” Morris replied. “As the immortal Marisa Tomei said in My Cousin Vinny, ‘that’s a bullshit question!’ because you cannot pluck people out of the past and expect them to comment on what’s happening today.” Schieffer took the question in stride and moved on although
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A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

Didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to turn the FBI‘s latest bust of an allleged would-be terrorist in Oregon into a purported government-sponsored hoax designed to drive fear into the hearts of Americans as they head into the holiday season. Depending on who you talk to, Mohamed Osman Mohamud is either a Somali-born university student who planned to blow up Portland’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies — killing hundreds of attendees — or he is just another dupe of of a government that manufactures such plots and then finds idiots like himself to be an unsuspecting part of an
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Willie Nelson busted again for pot

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana. Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested. Sheriff Arvin West didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed
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Cops claim to foil terrorist attack with a ‘sting’ operation

FBI agents claim they busted a pissed-off Somali-born teenager just as he was readying to blow up an explosive-packed ban that he hoped to use to spread death and destruction at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon over the holiday weekend. What the would-be bomber did not know was that the bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by FBI agents in an elaborate sting operation. Agents arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, at 5:40 p.m. local time Friday as he dialed a cell phone he thought would set off the device. Instead of an explosion, agents and police
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Marines most hostile towards gay troops

They are the few, the proud and perhaps the military’s biggest opponents of lifting the ban on openly gay troops. Most of those serving in America’s armed forces have no strong objections to repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, according to a Pentagon survey of 400,000 active duty and reservists that is scheduled for release Tuesday. But the survey found resistance to repealing the ban strongest among the Marines, according to The Washington Post. It’s an attitude apparently shared by their top leader, Commandant Gen. James Amos, who has said that the government should not lift the ban in
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‘Black Friday’ kicks off the Christmas season

After weeks of “Black Friday” sales pitches, the real thing is finally here. Retailers are ushering in the traditional kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season on Friday with expanded hours, deep discounts and online deals. Bargain-hungry shoppers are giving them a strong early turnout. The crescendo follows a weeks-long push to get shoppers to open their wallets with early deals. Many stores had trotted out the “Black Friday” label on sales as far back as October. In a bid to grab shoppers earlier, a number of stores including Old Navy, Toys R Us and Sears opened on Thanksgiving Day.
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The hammer comes down on Tom DeLay

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge. After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said they planned to appeal the verdict. “This is an abuse of
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