Thousands of government organizations and private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence. Last December, The Washington Post reported that this "top-secret world ... has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."
Lamar County – Lamar County deputies were able to peacefully end a hostage situation Sunday with the arrest of 25-year-old David Mitchell Skeen.
Skeen had a protective order placed against him, but allegedly entered a house and assaulted two females with a 2X4 in the Community of Direct. He was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, unlawful restraint and violation of a protective order.
Witnesses reported Skeen appeared high on narcotics.
Guidelines sent by the White House to U.S. government officials around the world about how to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks on their 10th anniversary focus on honoring the victims, stressing the need to be prepared for another attack and recognizing that other nations have also been targeted by terrorists, The New York Times reports this morning.
The news that ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children have fled to Algeria underscores "the biggest fear" for many Libyans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Tripoli — that Gadhafi will elude capture and that his forces will continue to battle for weeks, months or perhaps years.