August 12, 2013 |
Afew weeks from now, a military judge will probably sentence Bradley Manning to serve several decades in prison for violating the Espionage Act of 1917. I feel a kinship with him. My parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were convicted of violating the same act in 1951. They were executed two years later, when I was 6. That's only the beginning of my sense of connection with Manning. The prosecutors, and now the judge, have labeled his actions espionage, theft or other unsavory terms.
August 6, 2013 |
"More Than Honey" is an extraordinarily shot but meandering survey of the world's bee population: how they work (and boy, do they ever), why they're critical to the survival of many ecosystems, and the possible reasons they've been dwindling in alarming numbers. Producer-director Markus Imhoof tackles a hugely vital subject, but the film's loose structure and lack of a specific through-line don't make for the clearest intake of its, well, swarm of information. The Swiss-born Imhoof, whose canner grandfather's fruit gardens and orchards were sustained by honeybees (and whose daughter and son-in-law, seen here, are bee researchers)
August 6, 2013 |
When Thomas Trappler talks clouds, companies listen. But he's not warning about rain. Rather, Trappler is a "cloud" consultant, who tells attorneys, executives and fellow information technology experts what to look out for when they put company databases in the so-called cloud. As more companies rely on remote cloud servers to store their files, Trappler has become a highly sought-after security advisor, a celebrity of sorts in the rapidly growing cloud computing industry. "No one's teaching people about this," Trappler said.
August 2, 2013 |
The debate in Congress about cutting the food stamp program has sparked predictable clashes between those who want to help the poor and those who want to cut government spending. But strangely missing from the arguments is a shocking fact: The public, including Congress, knows almost nothing about how the program's $80 billion is spent. What foods are being purchased by the 47 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (the official name for food stamps)
August 1, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - A career U.S. diplomat testified Thursday that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's unauthorized release of classified material horrified the State Department and jeopardized relationships with U.S. allies overseas. Elizabeth Dibble, principal deputy U.S. assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs who next week becomes deputy chief of mission in London, testified about the damage she says was inflicted when Manning gave the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks more than 700,000 diplomatic cables, combat reports and other highly classified documents in 2010.
July 26, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Young, naive and well-intentioned, wanting to save lives in a combat zone, feeling responsible for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens and hoping they all make it home safely - that is the true Bradley Manning, his lawyer asserted Friday as deliberations began on the fate of the 25-year-old private. Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge who is hearing the case without a jury at Manning's request, must decide whether Manning is guilty of espionage and aiding the enemy in providing more than 700,000 confidential records, videos and other material to WikiLeaks.
July 25, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Bradley Manning purposely joined the Army and deployed to Iraq to parlay his extensive computer skills into disclosing a treasure trove of protected U.S. secrets that he knew would assist terrorist organizations in their efforts to attack the United States, the chief prosecutor in Manning's military court-martial said Thursday. "WikiLeaks was merely the platform that Pfc. Manning used to make sure all the information was available to the world, including the enemies of the United States," Army Maj. Ashden Fein said in his closing argument near the end of Manning's trial here.
July 23, 2013 |
In the movie "Animal House," the Deltas are put on trial for their antics. When offered a chance to defend themselves, the best argument the fraternity's president can come up with is, "But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence to its members and to the community at large. " The line came to mind as I read through the obituaries for Helen Thomas, the longtime White House correspondent for United Press International and, for a decade, a left-wing columnist for the Hearst newspapers.
July 22, 2013 |
Apple over the weekend announced that it had to take down its developer website after an "intruder" attempted to steal the personal information of Apple third-party developers. The Cupertino tech giant said the incident occurred on Thursday. "Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers' names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed," Apple said in an email sent to developers.
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July 20, 2013 |
TIJUANA - The informant paid his own way to Mexico City and strode into a hotel room in an upscale neighborhood, willing to end the reign of one of Mexico's most brutal crime bosses. He wanted money, he told four Drug Enforcement Administration agents, but that wasn't his primary motivation. The Tijuana drug cartel insider said he had grown disgusted by the savagery of Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental - the pudgy kingpin whose criminal mayhem was generating headlines around the world.