WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI needs to strengthen its intelligence programs and information sharing to counter the diverse and fast-moving national threats that have evolved since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a new U.S. report said on Wednesday.
The 9/11 Review Commission report said the bureau’s progress in developing key intelligence programs, analysis and human intelligence collection lags behind its law enforcement capabilities.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States expects the next Israeli government to end nearly 50 years of occupation and clear the way for a Palestinian state, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told Jewish Americans on Monday.
To cheers from the liberal Jewish group J Street, McDonough vowed to safeguard Israel and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s abandonment of a Palestinian state in the run-up to his re-election on March 17.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from pre-election comments that deepened a rift with Israel’s ally the United States.
But the White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s post-election effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against the Israeli leader and signaled that Washington may reconsider its long-standing policy of shielding Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A civil liberties group on Thursday sued the U.S. government for information about a program that screens airport passengers using behavior detection techniques that it says is a vehicle for racial and religious profiling.
The effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration program, which uses thousands of TSA employees to screen nearly 2 million airline passengers daily for fear, stress and other behavior, has been questioned by government watchdogs and in congressional hearings.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans on Tuesday asked the State Department to hand over numerous documents related to Hillary Clinton’s use of private email while she was secretary of state.
Clinton, the presumed front runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and Republicans’ top target in the run-up to the election, has come under scrutiny for using a personal email address to conduct government business, as well as a private computer server to store that correspondence.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate majority leader said
on Sunday he would not schedule a vote to confirm President
Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch,
until Democrats stop blocking an unrelated human trafficking
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell told CNN’s “State of the
Union” program he had planned to take up Lynch’s nomination this
week but may put it off if an anti-human trafficking measure
does not pass first.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that President Barack Obama was on the verge of making a “very bad deal” on Iran’s nuclear program and made clear that Congress will weigh in on any agreement.
“Apparently the administration is on the cusp of entering into a very bad deal with one of the worst regimes in the world that would allow them to continue to have their nuclear infrastructure,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We’re alarmed about it.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The radicalization of Americans by Islamic State and other groups, particularly through sophisticated use of social media, is a top concern for the FBI as it grapples with evolving terrorism threats, Director James Comey said on Thursday.
Like other militant groups, Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has called for lone wolf attacks in Western countries and has specifically encouraged attacks on soldiers, law enforcement officers and the intelligence community, Comey said at an appropriations subcommittee budget hearing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States offered $5 million on Monday for help in finding an American who disappeared in Iran eight years ago and appealed to Tehran to cooperate in the search for the former FBI agent, Robert Levinson.
“We ask the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us on the investigation into Robert Levinson’s disappearance so we can ensure his safe return,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A quarter of Democratic U.S. lawmakers will not attend Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will escalate his campaign against President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy in an address that has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders’ already strained ties.
Although given the cold shoulder by the administration, Netanyahu has offered an olive branch, saying he meant no disrespect to Obama by accepting an invitation to address U.S. lawmakers that was orchestrated by the president’s rival Republicans.