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Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up

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A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

White House Fence Jumper Got Deep Inside The Building

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Last week’s security breach just became a lot more serious.

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

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Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks

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WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

C.I.A. Admits Spying On Senate, Senate Finally Outraged About Surveillance

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The C.I.A. has admitted spying on Senate investigators.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

All of America’s Secrets on Amazon Cloud

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The US intelligence community is gambling that it can be more efficient through a public-private partnership than going it alone.

Germany Asks Top U.S. Spy To Leave Country

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In the wake of the spying allegations I wrote about yesterday, the German government has asked the top U.S. spy in Berlin to leave the country: BERLIN — Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected U.S. spying […]

Snowden Seeks To Extend Asylum

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As expected, Edward Snowden has asked Russia to extend the asylum it granted one year ago: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency analyst who fled to Russia last year after releasing reams of sensitive American government documents, has applied to have his temporary asylum extended, his lawyer was quoted as telling Russian […]

Government Spied on American Muslims Who May or May Not Be Bad Guys

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The NSA and FBI are doing more spy stuff.

Yes, We Spy On Germany. Big Deal.

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There’s a new round of allegations about American spying on Germany.

Abu Khattala Will Be Tried In A Criminal Court, As He Should Be

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The justice system works, there’s no need to scrap it.

Former NSA Chief Cashing in Big as Cyber Security Consultant

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Retired General Keith Alexander is hawking his services to banks at princely sums.

U.S. Captures Suspect In Benghazi Attack

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Ahmed Abu Kattalah, the alleged ringleader of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, has been arrested.

Dianne Feinstein: No Evidence That Bergdahl Was In Imminent Danger

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While the Administration’s explanations for why it did not comply with the 30 day notice requirement for release of Gutantanamo Bay prisoners when making the deal that resulted in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the one that they seem to be relying upon the most is the argument that the decision was made to […]

Supreme Court Passes On Appeal From Journalist Threatened With Contempt Citation

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The Supreme Court rejected another opportunity to clarify Federal Law on testimonial immunity for journalists.

Edward Snowden: I Was More Than Just A ‘Data Analyst’

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For the first time, Edward Snowden is talking to the American media.

Nigerians Claim To Have Located Missing Schoolgirls, But Can’t (Won’t?) Rescue Them

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Some odd developments in Nigeria

Kabul CIA Station Chief Outed In Press Release On Obama Afghanistan Visit

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The President returned early this morning from a surprise Memorial Day visit to American troops stationed in Afghanistan, a non uncommon occurrence that has occurred several times during President Obama’s time in office and during the Presidency of George W. Bush, who took secret holiday trips to both Afghanistan and Iraq during his time in […]

What, If Anything, Should The United States Do About Those Nigerian Schoolgirls?

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Not every tragedy can be resolved with a military response.

Snowden Looking For A Deal?

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A report in The New York Times seems to suggest that NSA leaker Edward Snowden may be looking for a deal that will allow him to come home: WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided journalists a trove of classified documents, retained a well-known Washington defense lawyer last summer in […]

Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian

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Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

Bill Clinton Has A Different Take On Edward Snowden Than Barack Obama

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Bill Clinton seems far more understanding of Edward Snowden than the current President

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

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Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Head Of House Intelligence Committee Leaving Congress For Talk Radio

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When rumors began to spread last night that Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, would be leaving Congress some wondered whether he had reconsidered his decision not to enter the race for Carl Levin’s Senate seat. As it turns out, he’s leaving to go into the talk radio business: Rep. Mike […]

Rand Paul’s N.S.A. Lawsuit: Campaign Stunt Or Real Legal Threat? Does It Matter?

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If something is going to be done about an out of control National Security State, it’ll be because the American people demand it.

Obama’s Kill Rules Keeping Obama From Killing

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President Obama’s new rules for killing Americans with drones are proving inconvenient.

Robert Gates Hits Obama, Biden, Clinton In New Book, But Will Americans Care?

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A new book by former SecDef Robert Gates is making political waves in Washington power circles, but will it matter to ordinary Americans?

New York Times: Time To Grant Clemency to Edward Snowden

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The “paper of record” joins the call for some kind of deal with Edward Snowden.

New York Times Benghazi Story Gets Some Political And Journalistic Push Back

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The New York Times Benghazi report raises as many questions as it purports to answer.

Would N.S.A. Data Mining Have Been Able To Stop 9/11?

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.Many have tried to justify N.S.A. data mining on the theory that it could have prevented 9/11. Is that true?

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge To N.S.A. Data Mining

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Another Federal District Court ruling on the Constitutionality of the NSA’s data mining program, this time more favorable to the NSA.

Edward Snowden Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

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In a new interview, Edward Snowden explains his motives for absconding from the country with NSA secrets.

The USA v. the FARC

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Newly disclosed details about the US role in Colombia.

The NSA Is Coming To Town

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This one comes from the ACLU, and I have to admit it made me chuckle

Does Judge Leon’s Ruling On NSA Surveillance Vindicate Edward Snowden?

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Does a determination that NSA data collection practices are likely unconstitutional mean that Edward Snowden’s actions were, in some sense, justified?

Snowden Appeals To Brazil For Asylum

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Edward Snowden is offering to help Brazilian government officials in their investigation of U.S. surveillance of their country in exchange for asylum: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he would be willing to help Brazil investigate NSA spying on its soil, but could not fully participate without being granted political asylum because the U.S. […]

Federal Judge Rules That NSA Metadata Collection Program Likely Unconstitutional

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A potentially big legal setback for a big National Security Agency program.

Time To Play “Let’s Make A Deal” With Edward Snowden?

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Without a deal of some kind, it’s quite likely that Edward Snowden will remain beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement or some time to come.

Just How Bad Was Security At Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service?

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Apparently, the security at Tuesday’s memorial for Nelson Mandela was so lax as to be nearly non-existent.

Bob Woodward: Edward Snowden Should Have Come To Me

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Bob Woodward is apparently upset not that Edward Snowden took NSA secrets to a reporter, but that he took them to a reporter other than him: Famed journalist Bob Woodward lamented this week that he didn’t land the scoop on top secret surveillance programs from Edward Snowden. An associate editor at the Washington Post, Woodward said […]

Supreme Court Turns Aside Challenge To NSA Data Mining

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An unusual challenge to the NSA’s data mining program reaches its expected end in the Supreme Court.

Justice Department and Prosecution of Glenn Greenwald

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Does the Attorney General really think advocacy is a crime?

British Police: Dead Spy Whose Body Was Found In Gym Bag Probably Died “By Accident”

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So, this happened: LONDON (AP) — More than three years after the naked, decomposing body of British spy Gareth Williams was discovered stuffed inside a locked gym bag at the bottom of his bathtub, the mystery over his bizarre death lingers, and a police investigation has done little to clear it up. London’s Metropolitan Police […]

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

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The leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a U.S. drone strike: DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban confirmed the death of their leader in a U.S. drone strike Saturday, a day after he was killed, as the group’s leadership council met to begin the process of choosing a successor. The […]

NSA Spied On Pope Francis During Papal Conclave?

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A report out today claims today that the National Security Agency was monitoring communications between then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio and others during the Conclave earlier this year at which he was selected as the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church: The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at […]

NSA Chief Apparently Finds Free Press To Be Very Inconvenient

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NSA Director General Keith Alexander really doesn’t like the idea of a free press.

Obama Didn’t Know About NSA Spying On Foreign Leaders?

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According to reports, the President had no idea that the NSA was listening to the phone calls of foreign leaders until this summer.

Revelations About NSA Surveillance Souring U.S. Relationships With Other Nations

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The latest revelations about National Security Agency surveillance outside the United States have caused quite an uproar overseas.

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