The seven SEALs are charged with releasing classified information while working as consultants on Medal of Honor: Warfighter. One of them was involved in the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. All have received letters of reprimand and the loss of pay for two months.
It's the first indication that the Army private will acknowledge that he leaked classified information to the whistle-blowing website Wikieaks. The government could still try him on the 22 counts with which he is charged, including aiding the enemy. He faces life in prison.
The war in Afghanistan has gone largely unmentioned by both presidential campaigns. With a withdrawal scheduled for 2014, public opinion has turned ever more negative on America's longest war. Amid continued insider attacks, many ask why we continue to risk American lives.
The rest of the government was shut down, but the Supreme Court justices were in court Monday to consider a challenge to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. At issue was whether the case could be brought at all.
The Supreme Court will consider whether to allow a challenge to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Monday. Opponents of the law call it unnecessarily intrusive, but that's not actually what's at stake. Rather, the court will examine whether a challenge can be made in the first place.
Over the past decades, officials have been quick to look for an al-Qaida link in terror attacks. But as Islamist groups spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa, their relationships with — and differences from — al-Qaida are growing increasingly complex.
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