Dec 23, 2013 -The U.S. government has declassified more documents outlining how the NSA was first authorized to conduct widespread surveillance. A timeline is issued for states and federal agencies to issue secure IDs. A unit of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has admitted to bribing Ukrainian officials in exchange for tax refunds.
Dec 19, 2013 -The payment data for approximately 1 million consumer cards has been stolen from a major retailer. Antifraking activists have been charge with "fake biochemical assault." Harvard suffered false bomb threats from a student who didn't want to take a final exam.
Dec 18, 2013 -Contract guards that protect federal facilities around the country are not sufficiently trained on screening or active shooters, a GAO report found. The Federal Election Commission site was attacked by Chinese hackers during the government shutdown. And NORAD is relying on special software to track Santa this Christmas Eve.
Dec 17, 2013 -A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program is likely unconstitutional. A report details attacks on critical infrastructure worldwide. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is asked to hold a classified briefing about the risks posed by disclosing sensitive documents related to Healthcare.gov.
Dec 16, 2013 -The United Nations has requested $6.5 billion in aid for Syria and neighboring countries, the largest such request for a single crisis ever. Forbes has published an article detailing Edward Snowden from a coworker's perspective, who describes him as a "genius among geniuses." Two Lebanese soldiers are shot after an Israeli soldier was killed along the border.
Dec 13, 2013 -North Korean leader Kim Jong Un orders execution of his uncle for traitorous acts, a presidential advisory committee says NSA can continue to collect phone metadata, and a budget deal passes in the House of Representatives.