Trying to defend a troubled intelligence system

Trying to defend a troubled intelligence system

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army’s vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son’s experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator’s tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system. This week, after an inquiry by The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged that […]

New report now claims NSA spying is legal

New report now claims NSA spying is legal

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records “lacked a viable legal foundation” and should be shut down. But in its latest study, the five-member board takes the […]

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

CIA suffers from too many intelligence gaps in Iraq

The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. The lack of clear intelligence appears to have shifted President Barack Obama’s immediate focus […]

CIA drone strikes winding down in Pakistan

CIA drone strikes winding down in Pakistan

Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants. It was an otherwise unremarkable episode in the sixth year of a relentless unmanned aerial campaign by the CIA. Unremarkable, except for this: There hasn’t been a drone strike reported […]

House ready to approve curbs on NSA spying

House ready to approve curbs on NSA spying

The House is poised to take the first significant step to change the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, a compromise bill that is displeasing many civil liberties activists. The USA Freedom Act would codify a proposal made in January by President Barack Obama, who said he wanted to end the NSA’s […]