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Jun 6, 2013

White House defends Verizon phone record collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate over privacy even as it defended the practice as necessary to protect Americans against attack.

The admission comes after the Guardian newspaper published a secret court order related to the records of millions of Verizon Communications customers on its website on Wednesday.

Jun 4, 2013

Few Americans among foreigners fighting with Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite media attention surrounding the death of an American woman in Syria, only a few U.S. citizens have joined the ranks of foreigners fighting there to oust President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. government officials and private experts monitoring the conflict say.

Nicole Mansfield of Flint, Michigan, a convert to Islam, was killed last week in the company of Syrian rebels in Idlib province, Syrian state media said.

Jun 1, 2013

U.S. militants jailed for Internet threats are still posting from prison

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Islamist militants jailed for threatening violence over the Internet are still posting political writings on the Web – while serving time in federal prison.

Jesse Curtis Morton, a convert to Islam who writes under the name Younus Abdullah Muhammed, posted a lengthy tract opposing U.S. drone policy, on May 21, on the www.islampolicy.com website that he launched in 2010.

May 31, 2013

Texas man investigated over ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are investigating a Texas man over threatening letters containing a deadly poison mailed to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a law enforcement official said on Friday.

The probe comes as FBI officials continue investigating a separate batch of ricin-laced letters sent earlier this month from Washington state to the president and four other targets, including the CIA and a military facility.

May 29, 2013

Attorney general signed off on Fox phone records subpoena

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, officials said on Tuesday.

The Justice Department did not mention the subpoena when it issued a statement on Friday describing how Holder had vetted a decision to seek a search warrant for the contents of an email account used by Fox News reporter James Rosen.

May 29, 2013

U.S. attorney general signed off on Fox phone records subpoena

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News
telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an
unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, officials said on
Tuesday.

The Justice Department did not mention the subpoena when it
issued a statement on Friday describing how Holder had vetted a
decision to seek a search warrant for the contents of an email
account used by Fox News reporter James Rosen.

May 28, 2013

Attorney general signed off on Fox phone records subpoena: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Justice Department did not mention the subpoena when it issued a statement on Friday describing how Holder had vetted a decision to seek a search warrant for the contents of an email account used by Fox News reporter James Rosen.

May 28, 2013

U.S. attorney general signed off on Fox phone records subpoena -sources

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News
telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an
unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, according to two
sources familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Justice Department did not mention the subpoena
when it issued a statement on Friday describing how Holder had
vetted a decision to seek a search warrant for the contents of
an email account used by Fox News reporter James Rosen.

May 24, 2013

U.S. drone guidelines could reduce ‘signature strikes’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. guidelines for conducting armed drone operations overseas set a higher bar for attacking non-Americans and could reduce controversial “signature strikes” targeted at suspicious groups rather than individuals.

But the drone guidelines announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday still include vague language and loopholes that officials could use to conduct more expansive operations.

May 23, 2013

FBI reviews death of Chechen man shot during Florida questioning

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special FBI team from Washington on Thursday began reviewing the death of a Chechen immigrant linked to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, a day after he was shot by an agent during questioning in Orlando.

The dead man, mixed martial arts fighter Ibragim Todashev, 27, was a friend of suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Several media reports citing law enforcement officials said Todashev was also being investigated for alleged ties to a drug-related triple homicide in Massachusetts in 2011.