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World Feb 20NSA helped British steal cell phone codes, latest Snowden leak reveals
WASHINGTON — Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents…
Politics Feb 08New allegations renew old questions linking Saudi Arabia to 9-11 attacks
For years, some current and former American officials have been urging President Barack Obama to release secret files they say document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Politics Feb 03Obama tightens rules on use of bulk intelligence data
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has tightened rules governing how the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies use Internet and phone communications of foreigners collected by the National Security Agency.
World Jan 25Kerry in Nigeria to urge against postelection violence
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is encouraging the main candidates in Nigeria's upcoming presidential vote to accept the results and tamp down potential postelection violence in a country reeling from an al-Qaida linked insurgency.
World Jan 23Kerry: Violent extremism is not Islamic
DAVOS, Switzerland — Violent extremists who are killing children and others in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world may cite Islam as a justification, but the West should be careful about calling them Islamic radicals, Secretary of…
World Jan 15Homegrown terrorism like Paris attacks worries analysts
WASHINGTON — U.S. and French intelligence officials are leaning toward an assessment that the Paris terror attacks were inspired by al-Qaida but not directly supervised by the group, a view that would put the violence in a category of homegrown…
Politics Dec 13CIA lied about torture, Senate report suggests
The Senate report has exposed years of such CIA misrepresentations that seem designed to boost the case for the effectiveness of brutal interrogations.
Politics Dec 10Psychologist defends harsh CIA interrogations, challenges Senate report’s accuracy
WASHINGTON — One of the two psychologists paid millions for designing the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 program of brutal interrogations defends the treatment of al-Qaida detainees and disputes a critical Senate report.
Politics Dec 09Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics — including waterboarding, sleep deprivation — didn’t work
Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with narratives of life-saving interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.
Nation Dec 07Release of report on CIA torture expected next week
U.S. officials who have read it say it includes disturbing new details about the CIA’s use of such techniques as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, humiliation and the simulated drowning process known as waterboarding.