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    Reid ups stakes in CIA-Senate clash with request for forensics test

    Majority Leader Harry Reid escalated the Senate's battle with the Obama administration over CIA snooping this week, saying he's ordered a forensic examination to try to get to the bottom of accusations that the spy agency improperly searched congressional computers.

  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, says it's too early to reach any conclusions after allegations were made that the CIA snooped through Congressional computers. He said there are a lot of unanswered questions that must be addressed. (Associated Press photographs)

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss urges caution in CIA-Senate clash

    The top Republican on the Senate intelligence committee pushed back Wednesday against accusations that the CIA snooped through congressional computers, saying that the facts are still too murky to draw any firm conclusions and a special investigator may have to be enlisted to sort it all out.

  • CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Brennan: Russia 'absolutely' could invade eastern Ukraine

    CIA Director John O. Brennan said Tuesday that the Russian military "absolutely" has the capability to invade eastern Ukraine and that only Russian President Vladimir Putin knows whether such an invasion will occur.

  • Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-CA, and CIA Director John O. Brennan.

    Intelligence chairwoman accuses CIA of intimidation, snooping on Congress

    In a stunning public accusation Tuesday, the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee said the CIA snooped through congressional computers and is trying to intimidate Congress into backing off a report looking into charges of torture during terrorist-linked interrogations.

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks to reporters as she leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. The issue stems from the investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    EDITORIAL: Feinstein late to the party on misbehaving spies

    Ask CIA Director John O. Brennan "Who watches the watchers?" and his answer will be "Nobody." Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday applied a hot hand to the seat of the spy agency's pants after catching it snooping on the Senate.

  • CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    CIA chief Brennan 'determined' to speak out more this year

    Beyond making occasional and mandated appearances before congressional oversight committees, CIA directors are known to remain generally behind the scenes while serving a given administration.

  • **FILE** John Brennan (Associated Press)

    CIA appoints new spy chief, bypasses woman who ran secret jails

    CIA Director John O. Brennan has selected a new head for the agency's spy service, passing over the acting director, a woman considered by many as tainted through her leadership of the agency's abandoned program for detaining and interrogating suspect terrorists.

  • President Barack Obama attends the memorial for firefighters killed at the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama's scrub of Muslim terms under question; common links in attacks

    Before the Boston Marathon bombings, the Obama administration argued for years that there is a big difference between terrorists and the tenets of Islam.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    NAPOLITANO: Drones, guns and the president

    Does the government work for us, or do we work for the government? How can the president claim the lawful power to kill whomever he wishes and at the same time ask Congress to incapacitate our ability to defend ourselves against those who might seek to kill us?

  • Drones, guns and the president

    Does the government work for us, or do we work for the government? How can the president claim the lawful power to kill whomever he wishes and at the same time ask Congress to incapacitate our ability to defend ourselves against those who might seek to kill us?

  • Illustration by William Brown

    MCCARTHY AND PILLAR: Shedding light on targeted killing program

    Late last week, a long-standing struggle between Congress and the Obama administration over access to the legal opinions that are being used to justify the targeted killing of suspected terrorists overseas finally came to a head. Faced with the prospect that John O. Brennan’s confirmation as the new director of the CIA might stall, and under growing bipartisan pressure both inside and outside government, the administration partly relented and provided some of the relevant documents -- the opinions justifying targeted killing specifically of American citizens -- to members of the Senate and House intelligence committees.

  • The Washington Times

    TYRRELL: Rand Paul comes of age

    When Sen. Rand Paul took to the floor of the United States Senate the morning of March 6, he really -- as they say -- may have made a difference. It is a difference in our awareness of the issues facing the country. It is a difference in our perception of the man who is leading the country, President Obama.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    NORTH: Thinking the unthinkable

    In my New York Times best-selling novel "Heroes Proved," the president of the United States orders the execution of an American citizen in the United States by using precision munitions fired from a remotely piloted aircraft, or RPA -- incorrectly referred to by our media as a drone.

  • Associated Press

    PAUL: Rising in defense of the Constitution

    On Wednesday, I rose to begin a filibuster on the nomination of John O. Brennan to be director of the CIA. I stood up with the intent of speaking until I was no longer able to speak. I vowed to speak as long as it took, until an alarm was sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important.

  • The Wrap: From canceled White House tours to snowed-out global warming hearings, the week that was

    Here's a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:

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