Archive | July 2013

Bradley Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy

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FORT MEADE, Md. (CBS/AP) — U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, deliberated for about 16 hours over three days before reaching her decision in a case that drew worldwide attention as supporters hailed Manning as a whistleblower. The U.S. government called him an anarchist computer hacker and attention-seeking traitor.

Manning stood at attention, flanked by his attorneys, as the judge read her verdicts. He appeared not to react, though his attorney, David Coombs, smiled faintly when he heard not guilty on aiding the enemy, which carried a potential life sentence.

When the judge was done, Coombs put his hand on Manning’s back and whispered something to him, eliciting a slight smile…

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Obama Proposes ‘Grand Bargain’ For Jobs

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, seeking to break Washington’s fiscal stalemate, is proposing cutting corporate tax rates in exchange for more spending on jobs programs. But his offer was immediately panned by congressional Republicans, casting doubts about its prospects.

The White House painted the new offer as a way for Washington to create jobs and generate short-term economic growth even as hopes for a grand deficit reduction deal fade. Obama was to announce his proposals Tuesday during a trip to an Amazon.com distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

“We should be looking for other avenues of progress, other ‘grand bargains’ that can be for middle class job growth,” White House economist Gene Sperling said.

The president has previously insisted such business tax reform be coupled with an individual tax overhaul. His new offer drops that demand and calls only for lowering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, with…

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Whistle-blower or traitor? Bradley Manning to learn fate

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(CNN) — After spending three years in custody, the man accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history will learn Tuesday whether he has been found guilty of aiding the enemy.

A verdict from the judge in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning will be announced at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the military district of Washington.

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The Arab Spring And The Role Of Social Media In Future

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What the Arab Spring Tells Us About the Future of Social Media in Revolutionary Movements

By Richard A. Lindsey

Journal Article | Jul 29 2013 – 9:53pm

http://smallwarsjournal.com/ jrnl/art/what-the-arab-spring- tells-us-about-the-future-of- social-media-in-revolutionary- movements

Introduction

The Arab Spring spawned a series of revolutionary movements that are unique in that they utilized social media as an effective means to spread information and promote insurgent agendas. This revelation deserves consideration in all future discussions of revolutions and the concepts of ideology, narrative, momentum and unifying motivations. The Arab Spring uprisings are the first collective movements of their kind in the Middle East after the internet and social media revolutions of the late 20th/early 21st centuries, and tactics, techniques and procedures utilized by resistance populations during the Arab Spring may affect future movements. The factors of social…

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President to propose ‘grand bargain’ on jobs

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Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET on 7/30

(CNN) – A new plan from President Barack Obama that would alter the corporate tax code while investing in job creation is a deal that any “serious” lawmaker could sign onto, the president argued in Tennessee Tuesday.

What Obama called a “grand bargain” is being proposed in a bid to break partisan gridlock currently plaguing attempts to pass major legislation in Washington, though congressional Republicans signaled on Tuesday they were unlikely to back the plan, which the president announced at an Amazon.com distribution center in Chattanooga.

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