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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.

The White House’s Non-Denial Denial Of Charges That Angela Merkel’s Phone Was Monitored

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Reports began circulating today that the National Security Agency may have been monitoring the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel: The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Barack Obama after receiving information that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone. Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel made clear in Wednesday’s call […]

The Obama Administration’s War On Leaks Chills The Press And Hurts The Public Interest

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So much for the most transparent Administration in history.

Report: CIA Warned About Edward Snowden Four Years Ago

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The New York Times is out with a report that the Central Intelligence Agency warned that Edward Snowden might be a security risk some four years before he managed to abscond unknown amounts of intelligence data from the National Security Agency and leave the country: WASHINGTON — Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva […]

Brazilian President Cancels State Visit Over NSA Surveillance

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The President of Brazil has canceled a state visit to the White House over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs: Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Tuesday that president Dilma Rousseff was so miffed over the National Security Agency snooping into her communications that she decided to cancel her trip to the White House on October 23. According […]

U.S. Evacuates Two Embassies As Syria Debate Heats Up

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As Congress continues to debate whether to grant the President authority to strike Syria, the State Department is sending personnel home: The Obama administration is evacuating some of its Middle Eastern embassies amid threats of retaliation for a U.S. strike on Syria. The State Department has ordered a drawdown of non-emergency personnel in Beirut, Lebanon, […]

Boehner, Cantor, Pelosi All Support Obama On Syria Strikes

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Not surprisingly, Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are lining up behind the President in the debate over Syria.

Snowden Documents Show Pentagon Lied In Resposnse To FOIA Request Regarding Bin Laden Death

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Documents obtained by Edward Snowden and given to The Washington Post seem to establish that the Pentagon lied in a Freedom of Information Act request in connection with the death of Osama bin Laden: WASHINGTON (KABC) – Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden end any doubt that Osama bin Laden could still be alive. The Washington […]

In Preliminary Vote, British Parliament Rejects Military Action Against Syria

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After a day-long debate, the British Parliament has voted against authorizing military action against Syria: LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a preliminary vote on Syria, an early sign of the pushback Western governments may face as they prepare to launch an attack. Thursday evening’s vote was nonbinding, but in practice the rejection of military strikes means […]

U.K., France Seeking More Time For Decision On Syria Strikes

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While there had been some indications earlier this week that a strike on Syria could happen before the Labor Day Weekend, two of America’s closes allies are seeking to slow the decision making process down: LONDON — U.S. efforts to forge an international coalition to support a military strike on Syria faced fresh uncertainty Thursday, […]

Intelligence On Syrian Chemical Weapons Not Necessarily Complete

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The Associated Press is reporting that sources in the intelligence community are saying that the evidence supporting the allegations of chemical weapons use against Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria isn’t quite as solid as some of the rhetoric would lead us to believe: The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to […]

Court Approves NSA Interception of American Communications

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Courts gave the NSA broad powers to intercept overseas communications of Americans . . . 30 years ago.

Hearing Is So Secret That Its Subject Remains Secret

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There’s a hearing at Gitmo so secret that even the people having the hearing aren’t allowed to know what it’s about.

Of Course the NSA is Lying to You

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My latest for The National Interest, “Clapper’s Bodyguard of Lies,” has posted.

Most U.S. Embassies And ConsulatesTo Reopen

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All but one of the diplomatic outposts that were closed last week due to terrorism threats will be reopening: WASHINGTON — Eighteen of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates closed this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks will reopen on Sunday, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. “Our embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, […]

U.S. Embassy Staff Evacuated From Yemen

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In the latest response to intelligence apparently indicating an increased risk of terror attacks, most of the people working at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen have been evacuated: WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military evacuated non-essential U.S. government personnel from Yemen on Tuesday due to the high risk of attack by al-Qaida that has triggered […]

Some U.S. Embassies Will Remain Closed Through August 10th

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The closure of American embassies across the Middle East in response to apparent terror threats is being extended: (Reuters) – The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East – which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat – through August 10 due to caution but […]

Anonymous Republican Senator Blocking Bill That Would Require Search Warrants For E-Mail Searches

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A bill that would require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before searching email accounts has been blocked by an unknown Republican: An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) […]

FBI Review Says That Boston Bombing Could Not Have Been Prevented

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In the end, it doesn’t appear that the Boston Marathon bombings could have been prevented by law enforcement.

Senator Obama Warned About PATRIOT Act Abuses That Happened Under President Obama

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President Obama is doing precisely what Senator Obama warned us about.

Firm That Cleared Snowden Under Grand Jury Investigation

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The government contractor that conducted Edward Snowden’s background investigation faces criminal indictment.

CIA Had Dozens on Ground During Benghazi Attack

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CNN reports that CIA is going to great lengths to keep operatives from talking about what happened at Benghazi.

An Update On The “Pressure Cookers” Google Search Story

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Presumably because I blogged about the issue this morning, I just recieved the following email from the public information office of the Suffolk County, New York Police Department: (click to enlarge)   Here’s the text of the statement: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2013 As a result of numerous media inquiries, received today by the […]

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