Inside Politics: SEAL Team 6 members punished for leaking classified info

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Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday

Four other SEALs are under investigation on similar counts, one official said. The men are accused of divulging classified information to the maker of a video game. All seven received a punitive letter of reprimand and a partial pay forfeiture for two months. Those actions generally hinder a military member’s career.

The deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, issued a statement acknowledging that nonjudicial punishments had been handed out for misconduct, but while he did not offer any details, he alluded to the importance of honoring nondisclosure agreements that SEALs sign.

He said the punishments this week “send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability.”

The punishments were first reported by CBS News.

CONGRESS

Lawmakers want more data-mining transparency

A group of lawmakers say data-mining companies that collect and sell personal information about consumers should make their operations more transparent.

Members of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus said Thursday that responses they received from nine major data brokers provided only a glimpse of a multibillion-dollar industry “that has operated in the shadows for years.” Data brokers tap a variety of sources for consumer information, including mobile phones and social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The data then is packaged and sold to advertisers and retailers seeking to tailor their marketing campaigns to specific customers.

The privacy caucus sent letters to the data brokers in July. One of the main questions it wants answered is how data brokers rate consumers and group them into categories.

CAMPAIGN

Obama youth-vote slipped compared with ‘08 count

President Obama lost ground with voters in the 18-29 age group on Election Day, in spite of his campaign’s aggressive targeting of young voters.

About 60 percent of “millennial” voters favored Mr. Obama this year, compared with 66 percent who voted for him in 2008. Republican Mitt Romney earned 37 percent of their votes; four years ago, Republican Sen. John McCain got 32 percent of the vote from this age group.

“That is an 11-point swing,” said Paul Conway, president of Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit group which engages young adults on civic issues. “The political implications for conservatives and Republicans are very stark. By the year 2020, 38 percent of the electorate will be made up of millennial voters. And it’s quite clear that young adults are not in favor of higher taxes and regulations.”

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