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Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

Obama Cautions Against 'Overreach' In National Security

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama released an updated national security strategy on Friday comm...

The Upcoming Battle Over Iran

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

When Netanyahu makes his third appearance in the House Chamber, the political and strategic gap between Obama and himself will again be thrown into stark relief, with ramifications echoing in both countries' foreign and domestic policies.

Jennifer Bendery

Not Much Debate As Congress Girds For War With ISIS | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a rare day in Washington when lawmakers in both parties agree on something. But when it comes to the Islamic State, members of Cong...

Paige Lavender

Obama: 'Russia Is Responsible For The Violence In Eastern Ukraine' | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama made a statement Thursday on the situation in Ukraine, saying he spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and that the two ag...

A Constitutional Scandal Worse Than Iran-Contra or Watergate

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The stark admission by the CIA's inspector general that the agency had broken into a classified computer network used by its overseers at the Senate Intelligence Committee violates the core principle of separation of powers of governmental branches enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Obama: Religious Freedom Key To National Security, U.S. Diplomacy

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tells a non-denominational gathering of political leaders that freedom of religion across the world is impo...

The NSA's Telephone Meta-Data Program: Part III

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Intelligence Community needs to win back the trust of the American people. It can do that, not by being defensive, but by acknowledging that periodic review, reexamination and recalibration are healthy and constructive in a self-governing society, and by bending over backwards to embrace reforms that will help restore the public's trust.

Obama Meeting With National Security Team On Syria

AP | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syrian President Bashar Assad unleashed a deadly chemical weapons...

NSA: We 'Touch' 1.6 Percent Of Internet Information

Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics

On the day President Barack Obama proposed reforms to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the National Security Agency shared a paper ...

Matt Sledge

Pentagon Doc Sets Outrageous Standard For Identifying 'Insider Threats' | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

Watch out for "Hema." A security training test created by a Defense Department agency warns federal workers that they should consider the hypotheti...

The Precarious State of Our Civil Liberties

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

What worries me about programs like the NSA's PRISM is that human judgment comes into play too far down the line. Vast computers are collecting electronic communications data, and, by extension, data on people, and it is possible that millions of those people are law-abiding Americans.

Surveillance: The God That Failed

Jason Ditz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jason Ditz

Murders, kidnappings -- in fact, all the violent and non-violent crimes in the United States are being committed by people who, if they are on the Internet, were under surveillance. Yet PRISM failed to detect any of these other plots ahead of time.

Obama Says America Has To Make Choices Between Privacy And Security

AP | LARA JAKES and DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared Friday that America is "going to have to make some choices" balancing privacy and security, launchi...

Sam Stein

Congress, White House Point Fingers In Snooping Scandal | Sam Stein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Revelations of massive data mining by the National Security Agency have prompted a blame game between the White House and Congress over ...

We the Sheeple

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The government is not above the people, but below it. "We the people" created this government; when it encroaches on our freedoms, it is our constitutional right and duty to encroach on its freedoms.

You Have No Privacy. So What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

We can, and should, be angry to learn that all of our communications and movements have been secretly monitored for years. But we can't escape our own responsibility by claiming to be surprised.

Obama Continues Controversial Bush Policies

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Five years into his presidency, Barack Obama presides over a national security apparatus that in many ways still resembles the one ...

Howard Fineman

Dare I Make A Phone Call | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's surveillance of tens of millions of Verizon phone calls is questionable at best and illegal at worst, a top p...

Al Gore: NSA Phone Records Collecting 'Obscenely Outrageous'

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

Al Gore had some harsh words for the Obama administration in response to the news, first reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, that the National Secu...

THEY'RE WATCHING: NSA Collecting Millions Of Verizon Phone Records

Reuters | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers under a secret ...

What Liberals Ignored About Obama

Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

Liberals who criticize President Barack Obama for what they perceive as a bait and switch on national security "just weren't really listening that clo...

Winning the Ideological Battle Against Terrorism

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Salam Al Marayati

Al-Qaeda made war rather than let Muslim communities survive, and mainstream Muslims must accept this challenge rather than let the union of God's religions break up and let extremists define Islam.

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

Gingrich: Obama's National Security Speech Was 'Astoundingly Naïve'

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

Former House Speaker and one-time presidential candidate Newt Gingrich did not mince words on Tuesday when asked to critique President Barack Obama's ...