The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.
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By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times
The State Department went into damage control mode Thursday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin to explain fresh allegations that U.S. spies have eavesdropped not only on her phone but also those of dozens of other high-level German government officials. Published July 2, 2015
Historic phone records collected in bulk by the National Security Agency are poised to be purged from the NSA's database later this year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said this week.
President Obama so far has escaped a Sept. 11-style catastrophe, but his time in office still has been peppered with terrorist-related shootings from Fort Hood to Benghazi, raising complex questions about this administration's handling of the fight against Islamist terror and putting a spotlight on controversial domestic issues such as gun control.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union are asking the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
The Islamic State's deadly plots against Western targets are on the rise, spiking to 28 this year while the group is steadily expanding its supporter base in the U.S., according to a "Terror Threat Snapshot" circulated by Rep. Michael T. McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
The Pentagon's new thick book of instructions for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be journalists.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday she will work to "make safe the world of cyberspace" and to forge better relationships between police and minority communities.
Shooting and homicide rates are spiking in major U.S. cities including Baltimore and New York in the wake of nationwide protests against policing tactics such as stop-and-frisk and the questionable use of force against unarmed black men by law enforcement officers.
When Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, a decorated Green Beret, took the big step last summer of contacting a member of Congress on the gnawing question of freeing American hostages, he never suspected the bureaucratic minefield that awaited him, especially from the FBI.
Riding a wave of anti-government snooping sentiment, the House voted Thursday to stop the intelligence community from poring over Americans' emails and other data scooped up as part of its dragnet collection.
Despite China's escalating cyberattacks that are stealing massive amounts of sensitive U.S. government personnel and military data, President Obama still plans to have China's president as an honored guest in Washington this year, the White House said Wednesday.
The Transportation Security Administration failed to screen out more than 70 airport workers who appeared on terrorist-related vetting lists, the agency's inspector general reported Monday, saying officials weren't checking all of the right databases.
The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last year from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to keep out of its affairs in Ukraine.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the agency's phone snooping program in 2013, says the end of the mass surveillance of phone calls under the Patriot Act is "a historic victory for the rights of every citizen."
The National Security Agency's phone-snooping program is on its last legs after senators approved the USA Freedom Act Tuesday, rewriting the sweeping Patriot Act to ban bulk collection of Americans' data and adding more transparency checks to the secret court that oversees intelligence gathering in the hopes of heading off future surprises.
Key government surveillance powers under the Patriot Act were set to expire Monday after Republican leaders were unable to surmount the objections of Sen. Rand Paul, sending Congress careening past a midnight deadline.
Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questions about President Obama's key tactic in pushing back an enemy that continues to expand its territory in the war zone.
Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.
The FBI's push to ensure a backdoor into cellphones so that federal agents can skirt around tricky encryption technology in order to track terrorists is evoking backlash from privacy groups and technology companies.
Fraudsters stole private information from the IRS on more than 100,000 taxpayers and used it to bilk the agency of tens of millions of dollars, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday -- though he insisted the breach didn't affect most Americans.
At the end, senators were fighting over the chance to be the ones filibustering the Patriot Act in Saturday morning's dramatic session, underscoring just how unpopular the law is and how difficult a time Republican leaders will have in trying to keep it intact as they race an end-of-month deadline.
FBI agents can't point to any major terrorism cases they've cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
A government watchdog is ringing the alarm bells over the FBI's "greatly expanded" use of the investigative authority granted to it by the Patriot Act, which the law-enforcement agency has used to obtain bulk information about people who have no ties to an official investigation.
President Obama signed legislation Tuesday establishing a "blue alert" system to warn police officers more quickly about threats to themselves and other law-enforcement officials.
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