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Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says

A former Republican member of the 9/11 commission, breaking dramatically with the commission’s leaders, said he believes there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers and that the Obama administration should move quickly to declassify a long-secret congressional report on Saudi ties to the 2001 terrorist attack.

Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives

New video footage has been released for the first time of the moment Guardian editors destroyed computers used to store top-secret documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Under the watchful gaze of two technicians from the British government spy agency GCHQ, the journalists took angle-grinders and drills to the internal components, rendering them useless and the information on them obliterated.

Court orders release of secret US drone killing documents

Today, a federal appeals court ordered the official release of a Department of Justice memorandum justifying the 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki. The strike was the first targeted drone killing of a US citizen, made independent of the courts system and without due process, so the memorandum stands as the only legal justification for the killing. Many worry that standard sets a troubling precedent as the US drone program expands. The new documents are expected to shed more light on the case.

A white paper from the Department of Justice that leaked last February described the killing as justified if the target was a “senior operational leader of al-Qaida” or an “associated force” who “poses an imminent threat” to the United States. Still, lawyers and activists have been clamoring for more information about the Department of Justice’s work on the case. It’s still unclear when and how the documents could be made public, but after the latest ruling, it seems likely that the bulk of the memorandum will eventually see the light of day.