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Nation May 04Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir…
Nation May 01Americans approve of drone strikes on terrorists, poll finds
WASHINGTON — Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it’s acceptable for the U.S. to use an unmanned aerial drone to kill an American citizen abroad if that person has joined a terror organization, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Nation Apr 01Obama creates first sanctions program against cybercriminals
President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.
Politics Mar 30AP: NSA weighed ending phone program before Snowden leak
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs…
Politics Mar 29NSA considered scrapping phone program before Snowden leaks
The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the…
Politics Mar 26Is bureaucratic red tape hindering how special ops can do its job?
An Associated Press investigation reveals that government bureaucrats have blocked several requests by Army special operations troops for software they say they need.
World Mar 25Fall of Yemen government leaves U.S. with few options
he hasty maritime departure of Yemen's U.S.-backed president Wednesday illustrated how completely one of the most important American counterterrorism efforts has disintegrated, leaving the country wide open for what could be a deeply destabilizing proxy war between Saudi Arabia and…
World Mar 24U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen collapses as country descends into chaos
WASHINGTON — Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.
Politics Mar 16ACLU sues federal government for records of U.S. drone killings
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government, seeking to force a response to its request for documents about drone missile strikes against terror suspects.
Politics Mar 07CIA chief announces sweeping agency overhaul
Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency's limited insights into a series of major global developments.