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Jul 1, 2015

In emails, Hillary’s outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the fall of 2009, as U.S. President Barack Obama conducted a long, divisive review of whether to pour more U.S. troops into Afghanistan, an influential group of advisors were quietly pushing a hawkish line.

The advisors didn’t work for Obama’s White House, however. They were veterans of President Bill Clinton’s administration and they peppered Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, with messages urging a robust counter-insurgency effort in Afghanistan and a tougher U.S. stance toward Pakistan, according to emails released by the State Department late on Tuesday.

Jun 30, 2015

U.S. court rules NSA can temporarily resume bulk phone data collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. court has ruled that the
eavesdropping National Security Agency can temporarily resume
its bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, according
to documents made public on Tuesday.

The controversial program, exposed by former NSA contractor
Edward Snowden, was rocked in May by an appeals court decision
ruling that the USA Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to
collect Americans’ phone records in bulk.

Jun 30, 2015

Efforts to build more diverse CIA have stalled, report finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA has consistently failed to promote minorities into its leadership ranks and progress in building diversity at the top of the spy agency has largely stalled in the last decade, according to a CIA-commissioned report released on Tuesday.

“Agency leaders, managers and supervisors do not prioritize diversity in leadership,” the report said.

Jun 24, 2015

For Kerry, Iran deal would be a legacy hit after many misses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pulls off a nuclear deal with Iran, it will be a singular achievement in a long career in which the grand prize has eluded him.

His 2004 presidential election loss, lack of legislative monuments despite 28 years in the Senate, and failure, like many before, to bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians have contributed to a view that he struggles to seal major successes.

Jun 19, 2015

Terror attacks, deaths up sharply in 2014 – U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qaeda as the leading jihadist militant group, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

In its annual report on terrorism, the department also charts an unprecedented flow of foreign fighters to Syria, often lured by Islamic State’s use of social media and drawn from diverse social backgrounds.

Jun 19, 2015

Terror attacks, deaths up sharply in 2014: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qaeda as the leading jihadist militant group, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

In its annual report on terrorism, the department also charts an unprecedented flow of foreign fighters to Syria, often lured by Islamic State’s use of social media and drawn from diverse social backgrounds.

Jun 12, 2015

Documents show bitter CIA dispute over pre-9/11 performance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top CIA officials fought bitterly in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks over whether U.S. intelligence agencies could have done more to stop the deadliest terrorist strikes in American history, documents released on Friday show.

The once-secret documents include a more complete version of a 2005 report by the spy agency’s inspector general, which found that the CIA did not have a comprehensive strategy or marshal adequate resources to combat al Qaeda before hijacked planes hit New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11.

Jun 3, 2015

Obama signs bill reforming surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records.

Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill ends a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The spy agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking for terrorism leads but was not allowed to listen to their content.

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. Congress reverses post-Sept. 11 surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed
legislation reforming a government surveillance program that
swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records, sending the
bill to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into
law.

Reversing security policy in place since shortly after the
Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the bill would end a system exposed by
former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The
spy agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking
for terrorism leads but was not allowed to listen to their
content.

Jun 2, 2015

Bill to limit domestic spy programs passes U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a bill reforming a government domestic spying program that swept up millions of Americans’ telephone records, sending the bill to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Reversing U.S. security policy that had been in place since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the bill would end a system exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013. The eavesdropping agency collected and searched records of phone calls looking for terrorism leads but it was not allowed to listen to the content of calls.