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ARTICLES OF THE DAY 12/22

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/22/world/meast/yemen-al-qaeda-apology/index.html?iref=allsearch

It’s something you don’t often hear from the leaders of a terrorist group known for violence: We’re sorry.

But that’s just what the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in a video message Sunday, apologizing for a hospital attack in Sanaa earlier this month that left dozens of people dead.

http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/22/dennis-blair-on-anger-towards-nsa/?iref=allsearch

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Dennis Blair, former Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command, who spoke with Fareed Zakaria about if the NSA needs reform.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/22/did-the-nsa-overreach-lawmakers-spar-over-data-collection-program/?iref=allsearch

Members of Congress are split on whether to rein in the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities after intelligence leaks revealed the extent of the government’s data-collection program.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/23/american-gets-1-year-sentence-for-video/?iref=allsearch

Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates and accused of threatening national security for a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a 10,000 UAE Dirham fine (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the United Arab Emirates has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.

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