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The Military

Submission + - US Military Requests 'National Manhunting Agency' (wired.com) 2

Philip K Dickhead writes: "The US Military Joint Operations University says that a "National Manhunting Agency” is needed to go after jihadists, drug dealers, pirates and other "enemies of the state". Revelations of a CIA program for extrajudicial executions and assassination are criticized for not going far enough in the military's position. "Such a group wouldn’t just go after terrorists. “Human networks are behind narcotics trafficking, arms proliferation, piracy, hiding war criminals from authorities, human trafficking, or other smuggling activities,” Crawford writes. “Human networks also lie at the core of national governments, offering an increased potential to nonlethally influence state actors with precision. A robust manhunting capability would allow the United States to interdict these human networks.”"
Given the military and law enforcements history of mission-creep, are "hackers" Gary McKinnon about to show up on a hit-list?"

Technology

World's First X-Ray Laser Goes Live 238

smolloy writes "The world's first X-ray laser (LCLS) has seen first light. A Free Electron Laser (FEL) is based on the light that is emitted by accelerated electrons when they are forced to move in a curved path. The beam then interacts with this emitted light in order to excite coherent emission (much like in a regular laser); thus producing a very short, extremely bright, bunch of coherent X-ray photons. The engineering expertise that went into this machine is phenomenal — 'This is the most difficult light source that has ever been turned on,' said LCLS Construction Project Director John Galayda. 'It's on the boundary between the impossible and possible, and within two hours of start-up these guys had it right on.' — and the benefits to the applied sciences from research using this light can be expected to be enormous: 'For some disciplines, this tool will be as important to the future as the microscope has been to the past,' said SLAC Director Persis Drell."

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