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** FILE ** Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden

An eavesdropping phoenix, NSA arose from ashes of 9/11

The start of the National Security Agency's rise in power can be traced to the first years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when new laws, secret presidential orders and lots of cash emboldened it to sweep up billions of communications. Published July 23, 2013

** FILE ** The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was gutted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack by Islamic extremists. (Associated Press)

Emails reveal how accuracy was scrubbed out of Benghazi 'talking points'

As the hour grew late on the night of Sept. 14, the White House wanted to make one thing clear to the State Department and the CIA as the three collaborated on what would come to be known as the Benghazi "talking points," designed to be used by Congress and administration officials to explain what had happened three days earlier at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** This Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

The (spy) game's afoot in hunt for NSA leaker Snowden

One twist in the fugitive hunt for asylum-seeking Edward Snowden is that the man who has revealed the most secrets about the National Security Agency in history now is undoubtedly one of its chief targets. Published July 13, 2013

Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith (right) became the military's first openly gay flag officer when she was promoted to her current rank in an Aug. 10, 2012, ceremony. She received her new decorations from her wife, Tracey Hepner (left). (Servicemembers Defense Legal Network)

Pentagon celebrates gay troops

The Pentagon on Tuesday toasted gays in the military, with a top adviser to President Obama declaring the country is "safer" now that they may serve openly in the ranks. Published June 25, 2013

** FILE ** Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a media conference after a G-8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

Russia's Putin hangs tough on Syria at G-8 summit

Outnumbered at the just-completed G-8 conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not give an inch on Syria, preferring to maintain one of Russia's most valuable, though unpopular, alliances. Published June 18, 2013

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has included in the defense budget an order for the Army to consider ready-made systems for processing battlefield data. (Associated Press)

Congress gives an order to Army on battlefield processor

Congress is set to intervene for the first time in how the Army is developing its prized battlefield intelligence processor, which soldiers and the Pentagon's top operational tester have deemed ineffective. Published June 4, 2013