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  • ** FILE ** Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican. (Associated Press photographs)

    Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he believes that more classified information on the recent downing of the Malaysian jetliner should be released and that the incident is at least indirectly tied to the Russian government.

  • In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. Bergdahl was freed on Saturday after five years in captivity, and exchanged for the five Guantanamo detainees who were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country which has served as a mediator in the negotiations for the swap. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

    Lawmakers say fear for Bergdahl's life is no excuse for Obama's secrecy

    Obama administration officials said Thursday that they feared the Islamic militants holding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would kill him if word of their deal to exchange him for five Taliban fighters leaked — offering the latest justification in the face of growing political controversy over why President Obama sidestepped Congress to make the trade Saturday.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a Democratic caucus lunch.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Reid: Bergdahl's current health irrelevant to Taliban exchange

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that regardless of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's health, President Obama made the right call to win his release by exchanging five Taliban warriors.

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Clinton promised to consult Hill on Gitmo swaps

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees in January 2012, assuring them that the decision to release five former Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay would only be made "after consultation with Congress."

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss asks Obama to declassify detainee info

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he's written a letter to President Obama urging Mr. Obama to declassify — to the extent he can — information on the five Taliban commanders recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay in the swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., heads to closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, as the panel votes to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government's actions after the 9/11 attacks. Members of the intelligence community raised concerns that the committee failed to interview top spy agency officials who had authorized or supervised the brutal interrogations. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

    The Senate intelligence committee has voted to release parts of a classified report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11.

  • 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.

  • Chambliss inducted into Ga. Peanut Hall of Fame

    The office of Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss say the lawmaker has become the fifth person to be inducted into the Georgia Peanut Commission's Peanut Hall of Fame.

  • ** FILE ** In this March 20, 2010, file photo, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., speaks to people demonstrating against the health care bill on the U.S. Capitol steps a day before Congress is set to vote on health care reform on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama's signature law. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

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  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican (Associated Press)

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss: This is no time to ease up on Iran; sanctions are working

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Sunday he is no fan of the new deal to ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on that country's nuclear program, saying the Senate likely will move ahead to tighten sanctions that are working.

  • FILE - This file image from the FBI website shows Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the United States for more than a decade. Al-Libi was captured in a raid Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, and is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, a warship mainly used to transport troops. Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA "black" sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning them aboard U.S. naval vessels. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

    GOP lawmakers want captured Libyan in Guantanamo

    Three influential Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration's handling of Abu Anas al-Libi, the suspected high-level al Qaeda operative captured by American commandos in Tripoli on Saturday, saying the terrorist now being held and interrogated on a U.S. Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea should be quickly transferred to the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wants Abu Anas al-Libi taken to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an enemy combatant and interrogated. (Associated Press)

    Sen. Graham wants al-Libi sent quickly to Guantanamo for interrogation

    Three influential Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration's handling of Abu Anas al-Libi, the suspected high-level al Qaeda operative captured by American commandos in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday, saying the terrorist now being held and interrogated on a U.S. Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea should be transferred quickly to the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay.

  • A man walks past the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. The threat of a terrorist attack led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans, the first such alert since an announcement before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 strikes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Terror threat: Sen. Saxby Chambliss cites increased 'chatter'

    The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee calls it the "most serious threat I've seen in a number of years."

  • The Washington Times

    BARR: Learning to love the Surveillance State

    For a decade, members of Washington’s political establishment have derided civil libertarians, mocking their warnings about the slow but dangerous creep of the Surveillance State.

  • Learning to love the Surveillance State

    For a decade, members of Washington's political establishment have derided civil libertarians, mocking their warnings about the slow but dangerous creep of the Surveillance State. Sen. John McCain, one of Big Brother's most vocal cheerleaders on Capitol Hill, recently referred to his colleagues who expressed concern about the Obama administration's use of drones as "wacko birds."

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  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he believes that more classified information on the recent downing of the Malaysian jetliner should be released and that the incident is at least indirectly tied to the Russian government.

    Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin →

  • "Whether it was the Russians themselves that pulled the trigger or Russian separatists trained by Russians, it's all in the same, and it all goes back ultimately to Vladimir Putin," Mr. Chambliss said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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