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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

Federal agents charged with stealing digital currency

Two former federal agents were charged Monday in federal court of stealing digital currency, known as bitcoins, during a probe of an online black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions. Published March 30, 2015

Con man with fake gov't IDs sentenced to prison

A federal judge sentenced a 55-year-old Florida man to a year and a day in prison for possessing fake government identification badges, including one designed to help him pass as a special agent for the Pentagon's Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Published March 27, 2015

FBI Director James Comey speaks during a news conference at agency headquarters in Washington on March 25, 2015, after the release of the 9/11 Review Commission report. (Associated Press) **FILE**

FBI needs better intelligence analysis: report

The FBI has a hard time keeping up with evolving terrorist threats because of the agency's slow pace in improving its intelligence-collection abilities, according to a new Sept. 11 Review Commission report. Published March 25, 2015

FBI director James Comey gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after the release of the 9/11 Review Commission report. The report says the FBI must speed up the pace of its improvements to deal with the evolving terrorist threat around the world. The group was established last year to measure how well the FBI had followed an earlier set of recommendations in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Intel community wary of Islamic State influence on U.S. citizens

The intelligence community's inability to identify Americans who are susceptible to the "siren song" of the Islamic State before they make their way to Syria to fight alongside the extremist group is troubling lawmakers and the country's top spies. Published March 25, 2015

The FBI headquarters in Washington is seen here on Feb. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

Former Army finance officers sentenced for embezzlement

A federal court has sentenced two former Army finance officers to four years and nine months in prison for embezzling more than $2.7 million that was supposed to pay for a U.S. military training mission in Saudi Arabia. Published March 23, 2015

Islamic State chemical attack may be possible in U.S.

Lawmakers and municipal officials are growing increasingly concerned about the Islamic State's efforts to obtain and use chemical weapons to attack soft targets within the United States. Published March 19, 2015