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Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra is military affairs and Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Maggie Ybarra

FBI Director James Comey speaks at agency headquarters in Washington on March 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

James Comey, FBI chief, says his own info was hacked in OPM breach; it was 'enormous'

The White House is expected to announce that the cyberhack into the Office of Personnel Management allowed a government adversary to obtain data on "millions and millions" of government background records, some that date back to two decades, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told lawmakers Wednesday. Published July 9, 2015

FBI Director James Comey speaks at agency headquarters in Washington on March 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

FBI director James Comey flags dangers of encryption services

FBI Director James B. Comey will be arguing for a robust debate on message-encryption technology to lawmakers Wednesday, as he takes to Capitol Hill to plead his case that terrorist groups such as the Islamic State could take advantage of such technology to recruit Americans into their organization. Published July 7, 2015

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House panel's 'Terror Threat Snapshot' shows sharp uptick in Islamic State plots

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. Published July 2, 2015

Tim Walberg, Congressman MI-07 (screenshot)

Congress examines plans to reform justice system

Lawmakers on Thursday peddled their ideas to the House Judiciary Committee on how to reform the criminal justice system, which spanned from preventing police departments from investigating their own officers to limiting the amount of property that cops are able to seize and sell for a profit. Published June 25, 2015

FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. law enforcement officials expressed concern Wednesday about the growing use of encrypted communication and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State, saying the technology was complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Rep. Mike McCaul to float bill to counter homegrown terrorism

Rep. Mike McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will introduce a bill Thursday to establish a full-time federal office dedicated to combating violent extremism on U.S. soil and developing a counter-messaging program aimed at dulling Islamic State propaganda. Published June 24, 2015