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Douglas Ernst

Douglas  Ernst

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NSA releases privacy-violation documents on Christmas Eve

The National Security Agency released on Wednesday heavily redacted accounts of unlawful or improper surveillance conducted since Sept. 11, 2001, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. Published December 26, 2014

Motorists ride past graffiti with the date of  the Indian Ocean tsunami, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Federal agencies ill-prepared for catastrophes, watchdog warns

More than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks and a deadly tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia, federal agencies remain woefully lacking in disaster preparedness and don't even have coordination plans to close the gap, Congress’ chief watchdog warns in a new report. Published December 26, 2014