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Did the NSA Really Ban Furbys?

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Well before wary computer users started putting tape over their webcams, Furbys were an object of great surveillance suspicion. People thought that the toys’ sophisticated programming allowed them to record and imitate the conversations of their owners. Fearing the toys would leak classified information, the NSA, the Pentagon, and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard banned them in 1999.

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The Biggest Thing to Happen in the East Room of the White House
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The East Room of the White House has been the location of many important events, but nothing will ever be as big as this one.

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Advice from the CIA's 'Simple Sabotage Field Manual'
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During WWII, the CIA published The Simple Sabotage Field Manual, which provided a number of ways to quietly disrupt the system.

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