Nelson Mandela died yesterday. We mourn his loss with deep appreciation and recognition of his unparalleled dedication to bettering the lives of others. The New York Times’ obituary has a detailed history of his life that honors him appropriately.… Read more »
At least 29 people are dead and more than 70 are hurt after a series of attacks on Yemen’s defense ministry early this morning. The attacks were two-pronged: a suicide bomb blew open the gates and front entrance of the … Read more »
In breaking news, the Washington Post‘s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani kick us off with more Snowden leaked documents, which reveal that the NSA is gathering “5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the … Read more »
Carrie Johnson of NPR speaks on Morning Edition today to assess what we’ve learned from all the NSA surveillance program declassifications. And the U.N.’s Ben Emmerson will launch an investigation into the Snowden leaks, writes the Guardian.
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Let’s start by acknowledging the seasonal:
Stun-gun fights, knife fights, human-trampling, mass evacuations—as expected, the national security threat known as the period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday proves the tragicomic stuff of reality TV. The … Read more »
Your pre-Turkey Day news roundup begins with the NSA. Shane Harris at Foreign Policy gives us the scoop on Fran Fleisch, the woman behind the scenes who has kept the wheel greased as Gen. Keith Alexander and Chris Inglis have … Read more »
Let’s take a brief detour from Iran, Syria and NSA surveillance, and talk about GTMO: Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo write, for the Associated Press, about “Penny Lane,” a secret site at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility from 2003-2006 … Read more »
It’s all about Iran this news cycle. Yesterday morning, Iran signed off on a historic interim deal to temporarily halt—or slow—its nuclear development program.
Yesterday came news that the United States has been collecting British citizens’ phone and email information. The reactions followed quickly. Sir Malcom Rifkind, chair of the parliamentary intelligence and security committee, demanded an urgent report from the U.K.’s own surveillance … Read more »
The Times is reporting that an American drone has hit an Islamic seminary in northwest Pakistan early this morning. This is the first American drone strike outside of Pakistan’s more turbulent tribal regions. According to the Times, the strike … Read more »
Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address. Here’s some bits and bobs from around the internet: a republication of AEI scholar Leon Kass’s 2007 remarks, the remarks of Lincoln Scholar Allen Guelzo at … Read more »
Would a cyber attack on the most vulnerable nodes of the U.S. power grid paralyze us, or would we be prepared? That’s what 10,000 war gamers tried to assess in a simulation this week. Have a glimpse through a New … Read more »
We begin with security concerns posed by rebel groups in Paraguay, like the Paraguayan People’s Army, who are making headway and intensifying their operations against security forces in the country. The New York Times reports.
Congratulations! Mullah Fazlullah has … Read more »
While everyone is still talking about the National Security Agency, other arms of the American intelligence community are bulking up their technologies. The elusive Intelligence Advance Research Projects Agency is launching a new project that will radically expand the capabilities … Read more »
SecDef Chuck Hagel has sent more American troops to assist with the recovery efforts in the central Philippines. Here’s The Hill.
On Iran, the New York Times editorial today expresses the paper’s support for continued negotiations. The Senate, meanwhile, … Read more »
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced this morning that the main Syrian opposition group has refused to participate in talks with the Syrian government that would have taken place in Moscow. This is a serious blow to efforts by the Russian … Read more »
The NSA isn’t the only organization interested in metadata. The CIA pays AT&T more than $10 million per year to access its vast database of phone records—which the phone company has voluntarily agreed to share. And when phone records are … Read more »