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Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 27, Abukar Osman Beyle, 33, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 31, who were previously found guilty of piracy, murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, violence against maritime navigation, conspiracy to commit violence against maritime navigation resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death, and multiple firearms offenses, were sentenced this week. Salad, Beyle, and Abrar were all sentenced to 21 life sentences, 19 consecutive life sentences, two concurrent life sentences, and 30 years consecutive, for their roles in the February 22, 2011 murders of four Americans aboard the sailing vessel Quest. The victims included: Scott Underwood Adam, Jean Savage Adam, Phyllis Patricia Macay, and Robert Campbell Riggle.More non-NSA surveillance news: The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor won't appeal the court decision to permit Libya to try its former spy chief under the Qaddafi regime. Reuters has this story. The next questions confronting the international community regarding Syria's chemical weapons cache: how to destroy the weapons, and where to do so. Alan Cowell lays out the debate at the New York Times. A long-running program to transfer civilian nuclear fuel made from Soviet weapons to the United States is reaching its end: the last of the materials, crafted from 20,000 nuclear warheads, is heading to the United States. Here's Andrew Kramer writing in the Times on the impact of that program on the U.S. nuclear market (and potentially, your utility bill). Another big hearing besides the one on Senator Franken's FISA bill that Paul testified at took place on Thursday on the Hill. This one was before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and featured:
- Acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers (Testimony)
FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr. (Testimony)
- Director of the NCTC Matthew G. Olsen (Testimony)
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