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Spy Satellite Engineer's Top Secret Is Revealed

Phil Pressel designed film cameras for a U.S. spy satellite program that was declassified last month after 46 years. His cameras captured Soviet missile sites and enabled President Nixon to sign an arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union.
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U.S. Dismantles The Biggest Of Its Cold War Nukes

The B53 weighed more than 4 tons and was 600 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. It's taken the past 14 years to dismantle them.
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Gay Service Members Challenge DOMA

A group of retired and active gay U.S. military service members filed a lawsuit Thursday in Boston's U.S. district court. They are challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. They are also asking the Pentagon to recognize their same-sex marriages and to provide the same spousal benefits afforded to straight, married couples in the military.
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Terrorism Defendant Argues Free Speech Defense

Opening statements began Thursday in the trial of a Massachusetts man accused, among other things, of distributing propaganda for al-Qaida on his blog. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Tarek Mehanna became an online operative for al-Qaida after he was unable to get into a terrorist training camp in Yemen. The defense says Mehanna, who is an American, was just exercising his right to free speech. While that kind of defense is unusual in terrorism trials, there is a 2004 case in Idaho that suggests a First Amendment defense could be a winning strategy.
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In Boston Terrorism Trial, A Free Speech Defense

Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday in a terrorism trial involving a Massachusetts man accused of trying to promote al-Qaida's agenda in a blog. But Tarek Mehanna's attorneys contend he was just exercising his First Amendment rights.
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As It Turns 10, Patriot Act Remains Controversial

President George W. Bush signed the act into law 10 years ago. But in the years since, civil liberties groups have raised concerns about whether the Patriot Act goes too far by scooping up too much data and violating people's rights to privacy.
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First Black Marines Receive Highest Civilian Honor

Nearly 70 years ago, the Marines became the last branch of the American military to accept blacks into their ranks. The first to serve at the segregated Marine base at Montford Point in North Carolina are relatively little known, compared to their fellow trail blazers in the Army's Buffalo Soldiers and the Air Force's Tuskegee Airmen — until now. Congress voted Tuesday to recognize the Montford Point Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal. Historian Melton McLaurin joins Michele Norris to discuss the black servicemen of the Montford Point Marines.

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