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Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?

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Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

Air Force Says ISIS Has Poor OPSEC, Demonstrating Poor OPSEC

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An Air Force general is bragging about a targeting technique being used against ISIS.

Senate Renews, Modifies, Patriot Act

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The Senate passed a bill that renews, and modifies, the Patriot Act

Domestic Spying ‘Suspended’ But Almost Certainly Continues Unabated

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Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.

Patriot Act Lapses, Civilization Still Stands

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Many provisions of the Patriot Act lapsed at midnight, but apparently the world hasn’t ended.

With Hours Left, The Fate Of The PATRIOT Act Remains Uncertain

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The Senate returns tomorrow to try to pass an extension of the PATRIOT Act before it expires, but it may not be able to do so.

First Batch Of Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Reveals No Smoking Guns

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The first batch of email from Hillary Clinton regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi have been released, and they don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know.

Senate Fails To Pass PATRIOT Act Renewal

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The Senate went home last night without passing a bill to renew the PATRIOT Act, which expires at the end of the month.

The Triumph Of Bureaucracy: Al Qaeda’s Job Application

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Who knew terrorists had an H.R. Department?

Rand Paul Holds The Senate Floor To Talk About PATRIOT Act Renewal, Civil Liberties

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Rand Paul held the Senate floor for nearly twelve hours yesterday to talk about the PATRIOT Act, but it’s unclear if he accomplished anything.

House Passes Bill To Restrict N.S.A. Data Mining

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The House has passed a bill that would place real restrictions on the National Security Agency’s data mining program. Now, it moves to the Senate.

Seymour Hersh’s Osama Bin Laden Claims Don’t Pass The Smell Test

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Seymour Hersh is out with a conspiracy theory about the death of Osama bin Laden that just doesn’t make sense.

Jeb Bush: Sure, I’d Invade Iraq Just Like My Brother Did

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Like most Republicans, Jeb Bush either fails or refuses to recognize what an utter, unjustifiable disaster his brother’s decision to invade Iraq actually was.

James Clapper Tells Congress He Testified Falsely Because, ‘I Forgot’

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Director of National Intelligence now tells Congress that he testified falsely about NSA spying because he forgot the program existed.

Germans Restrict Cooperation With The U.S. On Intelligence

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Largely in reaction to revelations about N,S.A. surveillance, Germany has cut back on its intelligence cooperation with the United States.

Appeals Court Rules N.S.A. Data Mining Illegal

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A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the N.S.A.’s data mining program is illegal, but its ruling may not have a very big impact.

Jon Stewart Decimates Judith Miller

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Last night, Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show was former New York Times reporter, who was of course one of the most prominent journalists writing stories asserting that Iraq and an active WMD program in the years before the Iraq War, and the result was perhaps one of Stewart’s best interviews in some time: The Daily ShowGet […]

Two Hostages, Including One American, Killed In Raid On Al Qaeda Targets

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An attack on al Qaeda outposts in January resulted in the death of two hostages, but also resulted in the death of two high value al Qaeda targets.

China Warns U.S. About North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

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Chinese analysts are telling their American counterparts that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is far more sophisticated than previously believed.

House Benghazi Committee Won’t Release A Report Until 2016

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Not surprisingly, the Select Committee established by House Republicans to investigate something that has already been investigated multiple times, will be in operation well into the Presidential Election season.

George W. Bush Gets CIA Award

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President George W. Bush had a running battle with the CIA throughout his eight years in office. Now, they’ve given him an award.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

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Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Sharing Classified Information

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The most widely honored General from the Iraq and Afghanistan War has plead guilty to sharing classified information with his mistress.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds

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David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

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President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

F.B.I. Charges North Korea With Being Behind Hacking Attacks On Sony

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The U.S. Government has formally charged North Korea with responsibility for the hacking attack on Sony. How to respond to that attack is a more complicated question.

The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

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Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow

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What now?

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History

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A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

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The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

CIA Director Proposes Radical Reorganization

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The CIA has always separated its core spying and analysis functions; that may soon change.

Most PATRIOT Act ‘Sneak And Peek’ Warrants Used In War On Drugs, Not War On Terror

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Not surprisingly, a law passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks has been used mostly for things that have nothing to do with terrorism.

The Attack On Canada’s Parliament And The Lone Wolf Terrorist

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Yesterday’s apparent terrorist shooting in Ottawa reveals again a phenomenon that seems difficult if not impossible to stop in advance.

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.

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