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Nation Jun 17Officials say security lapses left system open to hackers
WASHINGTON — Years of fundamental cybersecurity lapses left the government's personnel agency wide open to a pair of hacks that have exposed the private information about nearly every federal employee, along with detailed personal histories of millions with security clearances,…
Nation Jun 11Union: Hackers have personal data, including SS numbers, on every fed employee
WASHINGTON -- Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, saying that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.
Politics Jun 036 things to know about the newly approved USA Freedom Act
President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S.
Politics Jun 02Senate intelligence committee rebuffs former CIA official’s defense of detainee treatment
The former deputy CIA director made a series of factual misstatements while defending the agency's harsh treatment of detainees in his recent book, Senate intelligence committee staffers assert in a 54-page document filed with citations from CIA records.
Politics May 30Will lapse in surveillance laws make the U.S. less secure?
Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday…
Politics May 24U.S. officials concerned about Iraq’s ‘will to fight’ after Ramadi
The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.
Nation May 23Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension after break
Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
Nation May 22Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records
WASHINGTON — The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.
World May 08New push to give Pentagon the lead on drone strikes
WASHINGTON — The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan — and the rhetorical contortions required of the president when he informed the world — have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled…
Nation May 085 things to know about the NSA court ruling
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline calling records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as…