National Security

4:00pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Things To Know About The Legal Reasoning For Surveillance

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
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2:54pm

Fri August 9, 2013
National Security

Susan Rice's First Month On The Job Has Been A Doozy

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:45 pm

Rice talks with Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the United States, before the start of a dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House last month.
Carolyn Kaster AP

People have been talking a lot lately about the National Security Agency. But there's another important "NSA" in the federal government — the president's national security adviser.

That person is a sort of funnel — gathering information from the military, the intelligence community, the State Department — and channeling it all to the president.

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12:17pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

President Faces Tough Questions On Latest NSA Leaks

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 1:04 pm

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President Obama talks with Jay Leno during the taping of his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Obama told Leno: "We don't have a domestic spying program."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama, appearing Friday for his first news conference in more than three months, will no doubt be fielding tough questions on a new round of revelations regarding the NSA's top-secret electronic surveillance programs.

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12:16pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

President Obama Proposes Reforms To Surveillance Programs

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:50 pm

President Obama walks out of the East Room of the White House after holding a news conference Friday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In the shadow of classified leaks that exposed some of the government's most secret surveillance programs, President Obama said he will work with Congress to reform the law governing their function.

Speaking at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Obama defended the programs but said the reforms will bring greater oversight and transparency.

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3:20pm

Thu August 8, 2013
World

Yemen Official: New Round Of Drone Strikes Target Al-Qaida

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:41 pm

A Yemeni soldier speaks with a motorcyclist amid tightened security near Sanaa International Airport on Tuesday.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

A Yemeni official says 12 suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in the Arab country in three separate U.S. drone strikes Thursday.

The Associated Press quotes the official as saying that the first drone attack killed six alleged militants in central Marib province, while the second and third killed six more in Hadramaut province.

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