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Topic - Dennis C. Blair
A Chinese warship fired a high-powered beam of light that disrupted the vision of crew members aboard a U.S. Navy surveillance ship operating in international waters in 2008.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Tuesday rejected calls for the United States to throttle back the aggressive military campaign of drone strikes against al Qaeda and other targeted terrorists in Pakistan's tribal areas, in response to criticism of the strikes by a retired head of U.S. intelligence.
U.S. intelligence agencies have wasted many billions of dollars by mismanaging secret, high-technology programs, the deputy chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence says.
President Obama's nominee to be chief of U.S. intelligence, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper, was unanimously approved Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
President Obama's choice to head the intelligence community pledged to tighten controls over budgets and programs for the far-flung 16 U.S. spy agencies that the director of national intelligence (DNI) is charged with overseeing.
The president's most senior adviser on counterterrorism and homeland security says in an exclusive interview that citizens who pose a threat to the country are being tracked.
President Obama for the first time Tuesday opened the door to prosecuting former Bush administration officials, saying those who approved harsh interrogation techniques may be subject to criminal charges.
In his memo, Mr. Blair wrote that "high-value information came from interrogations" and said they provided a better understanding of the al Qaeda terrorist network.
He said the president was focused on looking forward, not backward.