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Why the CIA Is Still Doing Drones

February 25, 2014 It's been more than a year since incoming CIA Director John Brennan signaled his intention to shift drone warfare to the Pentagon as soon as possible. Brennan, a career spook, was said to be determined to restore the agency to its roots as an espionage factory, not a paramilitary organization. ...

On NSA Reforms, Obama Passes the Buck to Congress

January 24, 2014 As he's done umpteen times before, President Obama is kicking an important issue over to Congress. The last time, it was whether to bomb Syria. Now it's about how the National Security Agency should conduct surveillance and under what rules. The NSA's supporters on Capitol Hill are not happy. In ...

Gates: I Was More Loyal to Obama Than His Own Staff

January 17, 2014 Tom Donilon, the national security advisor who is occasionally criticized by Robert Gates in his tell-all book, says that the former Defense secretary actually aired all his grievances fully in meetings at the White House and elsewhere, and the two of them worked well together in the end. "I have ...

How the Fall of Fallujah Could Be Good For the U.S.

January 8, 2014 With the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi apparently under the control of Qaida-linked militants, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki looks headed for a long, bloody slog in restive Anbar province. And President Obama is facing renewed criticism for refusing to supply more military aid to U.S.-friendly factions across the ...

Obama NSA Panel Member Mike Morell Wants More Surveillance

December 23, 2013 Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama's task force on surveillance, said in an interview on Sunday that a controversial telephone data-collection program conducted by the National Security Agency should be expanded to include emails. He also said the program, far from ...

NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection

December 23, 2013 Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama's task force on surveillance, said in an interview on Sunday that a controversial telephone data-collection program conducted by the National Security Agency should be expanded to include emails. He also said the program, far from ...

Commentary: A Narrow Victory for NSA Surveillance Opponents

December 19, 2013 Don't give up the crown jewels of America's surveillance program, including bulk collection of telephone data, but add enough new transparency and legal restrictions to fulfill the public's right to privacy and civil liberties. That's the bottom line of a 304-page report released late Wednesday by President Obama's special review ...

The NSA Report Is Only a Small Win for Opponents of the Surveillance State

December 18, 2013 Don't give up the crown jewels of America's surveillance program, including bulk collection of telephone data, but add enough new transparency and legal restrictions to fulfill the public's right to privacy and civil liberties. That's the bottom line of a 304-page report released late Wednesday by President Obama's special review ...

Bibi Netanyahu Has Never Wanted to Negotiate With Anyone

November 27, 2013 Existential issues cut both ways. That is perhaps what is most unnerving—and, for Israel and the United States, potentially dangerous—about Benjamin Netanyahu's seeming unwillingness to countenance any agreement, either with the Iranians or the Palestinians. Netanyahu wants confrontation, not negotiation, with Tehran—yet that approach has brought Tehran from a mere ...

The Next Bin Laden

November 18, 2013 Ever since the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama and his senior lieutenants have been telling war-weary Americans that the end of the nation's longest conflict is within sight. "Core al-Qaida is a shell of its former self," Obama said in a speech in May. "This war, like all ...