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UN considers panel of governments to set policies for policing the Internet

A United Nations task force formed last week said it was considering the creation of a new inter-governmental working group to help further international cooperation on policies to police the Internet. The discussion was undertaken to “enhance” and extend the work of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a UN-sponsored organization…

Air Force blocks New York Times, Guardian over WikiLeaks: report

The United States Air Force has blocked access from its computers to news websites that have published State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks, the Wall Street Journal reports. As a result, Air Force staffers who want to check out the news will no longer be able to access the New…

Unmanned US spacecraft returns after 7-month trip

Air Force unmanned reusable spacecraft returns to Earth after 7-month voyage The U.S. Air Force’s secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth early Friday after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission, officials said. The winged craft autonomously landed at at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the…

ACLU challenging half-pay for discharged gays

ACLU sues government over policy mandating half-pay for discharged gay service members The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force…

Pentagon official ran private spy network, lied to investigators: report

A senior Pentagon official broke Department of Defense rules and lied to military officials when he set up a network of private contractors to spy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The New York Times reported Friday. The Times cited an internal investigation stating that the official, Michael Furlong, set up an…

Editor: UFOs aren’t as ‘scary’ as ex-military men who believe in them

A story that most would probably call silly has more serious implications, the Strategic Events Editor for a UK paper writes. “The story that senior US military personnel claim aliens have landed on British nuclear bases and tampered with the weapons is genuinely scary,” Tom Chivers — a self-confessed “science…

Surveillance satellite in orbit after Calif launch

US surveillance satellite in orbit after ‘picture-perfect’ launch from Calif. Air Force base A new Space Based Surveillance satellite is orbiting Earth after a successful launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. Diana Bell — a spokeswoman for the satellite’s builder Boeing — said Sunday it…

McCain proven ‘flat out wrong’ on DADT after scolding reporters

Senator John McCain’s remarks to two reporters after he had voted to block the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Tuesday have already drawn widespread attention for their rambling and almost incoherent nature. Now an officer who says he was discharged from the Air Force even though he was…

Air Force sergeant with HIV charged with assault for sex

HIV-positive airman charged with aggravated assault in Kansas case linked to ‘swinger’ parties An airman in Kansas has been charged with assault and related crimes for having unprotected sex without telling his partners he was HIV positive, the Air Force said Tuesday. Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez, 43, is accused of…

Air Force: Sergeant may have exposed others to HIV

Air Force says it’s investigating whether sergeant exposed others to HIV at ‘swinger’ parties The military has arrested an Air Force sergeant and accused him of having unprotected sex with partners he met at “swinger” parties in central Kansas even though he knew he was HIV positive, according to a…

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