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Dem Considered Revealing NSA Program

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a fervent opponent of the National Security Agency's surveillance program, admitted that he considered leaking the program in...

How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Michael Shank | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Allege 'Troubling' Lawbreaking In NSA Snooping | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency's massive collection of all Americans' phone records breaks laws without making the country safer, two memb...

Another Senator Thinks Snowden Deserves Treason

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

Another United States senator has said he thinks the actions of National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden may constitute treason, just on...

Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein About the Bill of Rights

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The greatness of the Fourth Amendment explains why so many Americans treasure it today. But along with other high-ranking members of Congress and the president of the United States, you have continued to chip away at this sacred bedrock of civil liberties.

What You Should Know About the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

Seriously, do you have any idea how frustrating it is to have your boss ask you to get reporters to write about something he can't tell you about? I did it for years and let's just say, it stretches you as a communicator.

Bipartisan Support for Releasing the Torture Report

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The United States has a history of providing important moral leadership in many areas. But by shrouding our tortured past in secret, we endanger both our country's moral legacy and our national security.

Gerry Smith

Senate Will Not Vote On CISPA, Dealing Blow To Controversial Cyber Bill | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology

The Senate will not vote on a cybersecurity bill that passed the House earlier this month, according to two Senate staffers, dealing a blow to a measu...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lawmakers On Boston Marathon Bombing: All We Know Is It's Terrorism | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional lawmakers said Tuesday they had no intelligence on the Boston Marathon bombing, and most declined to speculate on potentia...

Toward Ensuring an End to U.S.-Sponsored Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

A non-governmental, bipartisan task force recently completed a two-year investigation into the U.S. government's treatment of 9/11 detainees, concluding indisputably that the United States government engaged in illegal torture.

Ryan Grim

Obama Confronted On Drones By Senate Dem | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama faced a tough question on drone policy from a fellow Democrat during a Senate meeting Tuesday and defended his ad...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumst...

CIA Director Nominee Passes Hurdle

Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

By RICHARD LARDNER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — John Brennan is one step closer to becoming director of the CIA. The Senate Intelligence...

Could We Move Dianne Feinstein on CIA Oversight?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

What if we could get a bunch of people in California to call one of Dianne Feinstein's California offices during the recess, urging her to publicly commit to holding a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA drone strikes?

Could the Senate Intelligence Committee Do Oversight of CIA Drone Strikes?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

The question of civilian casualties is crucial to whether the current drone strike policy is a policy that the public would support. Why don't we ask the Senate Intelligence Committee to do its job of overseeing the CIA?

Controversial Obama Pick Faces Senate

Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA faces a Senate Intelligence Committee confi...

For Obama's Nominee to Head CIA: Questions on Use of Drone Strikes

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

How does the administration know that its targeted killings and use of armed drones have not merely exchanged one terrorist threat for another that will be bigger, longer-lasting, and more dangerous?

The Perks of Being an American

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

Intelligence officials may very well know what's best for the American people, but government agents -- regardless of whether they work at the CIA or the USDA -- don't have the right to govern without the consent of the governed.

Senate Panel To Examine 'Zero Dark Thirty' Filmmakers' CIA Contacts

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

* What filmmakers were told about interrogations at issue * Feinstein incensed by film's depiction of "torture" * Acting...

Zero Dark Thirty Account of Torture Verified by Media Record of Legislators and CIA Officials

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
G. Roger Denson

In the weeks surrounding the raid on bin Laden, the government, the intelligence community, the media, and the public displayed a wide variance of views on waterboarding. The intelligence community in particular seems marked by inconsistency and outright contradiction.

Zero Dark Thirty: Why the Film's Makers Should Be Defended and What Deeper bin Laden Controversy Has Been Stirred

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson

To those critics of Zero Dark Thirty who claim the film misleads the public on the role that waterboarding and other torture played in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, I suggest they look forward to the making of some other film that represents their ideals rather than make Zero Dark Thirty their scapegoat.

An Auspicious Day

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Whether the movie actually implies that torture led to bin Laden, or whether, as the filmmakers suggest, that idea is completely outlandish, it is true that a significant portion of the public continues to believe that torture is effective.

Senate To Vote On Interrogation Program Probe

Reuters | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball Dec 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate intelligence committee plans to vote next week on whether to approve findings of a...

Lucia Graves

Congress To Investigate Watered-Down Benghazi 'Talking Points' | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that Congress has called on the White House to explain who created the ...

Petraeus Reveals His View On Benghazi Behind Closed Doors

Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

By KIMBERLY DOZIER AND NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Testifying out of sight, ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress Fri...