Tales from the Trail

Obama admits security “screw up,” but some wonder who’ll pay

January 6, 2010

President Barack Obama may have hoped to limit the political fallout from last month’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner by admitting there was a “screw up.” Will firings follow? Some think Obama’s unusually sharp rhetoric raises the odds that heads will roll.

How much power should the CIA have?

August 25, 2009

In the alphabet soup of government national security agencies, the letters CIA seem to be sinking.

Spy turf fight being umpired by White House

July 7, 2009

The daggers are out in the U.S. spy world — for each other.

And the job of breaking up the fight in the ring of shadows has gone to the White House, which is expected to rule soon.