David Welna

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In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Personal data of at least 18 million federal workers may have been accessed via the OPM computer system. Some officials quietly blame China; others want to avoid upsetting this major trade partner.


Veterans Affairs Urges Congress For Help In Closing Budget Gap

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The VA has seen an increase in demand for health care services all while facing a $2.6 billion budget shortfall. Officials told members of Congress Thursday it needs help in closing the budget gap.


Senate Considers Anti-Torture Measure

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Key U.S. senators are pushing for a bill that would outlaw torture. It would do so by making all U.S. security agencies abide by interrogation methods laid out in the U.S. Army manual.


U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Conviction Of Guantanamo Detainee

Friday, June 12, 2015

In a blow to U.S. military commissions trying Guantanamo Bay detainees, a U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a Yemeni man tied to al-Qaida. The court said the special military tribunal on the naval base did not have the authority to charge Ali Hamza al Bahlul with conspiracy — as it is not a crime under international law of war — and that the commissions themselves are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.


Senate Compromise Could Help Obama Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Senate is debating a defense policy bill that would make it virtually impossible for President Obama to close the war captive lockup at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the bill has an escape clause.


Latest Domestic Surveillance Issues Conjure Up Church Committee's Probe

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Overreach by U.S. intelligence agencies and calls for more oversight — may sound like recent headlines but it happened 4 decades ago. The response: a landmark Senate inquiry by the Church Committee.


New Snowden Documents Reveal Government Collection Of Online Data

Thursday, June 04, 2015

New documents from Edward Snowden were issued Thursday about the government's surveillance of Americans' international Internet traffic to allegedly track foreign hackers.


NSA Bulk Collection On Hold As Senate Considers Bill

Monday, June 01, 2015

The U.S. Senate is racing to move forward a bill that, had it been passed in time, would have kept key provisions of the Patriot Act from expiring Sunday night.


Senate To Vote On Patriot Act As Expiration Nears

Friday, May 29, 2015

The U.S. Senate meets for a special session on Sunday to deal with a national security program that is set to expire on June 1. The program has allowed the National Security Agency to collect and store a vast amount of phone records. NPR explains what is at stake and what the Senate is expected to do this weekend.


State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

Friday, May 22, 2015

The State Department released the first batch of emails from when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on Friday. They relate to Benghazi, Libya, and the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate there.


Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Friday, May 22, 2015

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.


U.S. Releases Documents From 2011 Osama Bin Laden Raid

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday released a collection of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.


The Man Who Keeps Tabs On U.S. Money Spent In Afghanistan

Thursday, May 14, 2015

John Sopko says the Afghans still do a poor job of managing the billions they get from the U.S. and he has documented the abuses. Still, he supports the ongoing U.S. efforts there.


House Considers Bill To Stop NSA Bulk Collection Program

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Republicans and Democrats are expected to come together in the House Wednesday to pass legislation prohibiting the National Security Agency from its ongoing massive collection of phone records.


Appeals Court Rules NSA's Bulk Collection Program Is Illegal

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records — which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — is illegal.


Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

President Obama said Tuesday he will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest-ranking military officer.


Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.


House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill To Limit NSA Spying

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The House panel voted Thursday to advance a bill that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.


GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One of President Obama's first promises in office was to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Congress, however, is trying to shut down the effort to empty the camp of all its inmates.


Hostage Deaths Call U.S. Drone Program Into Question

Friday, April 24, 2015

The unintended deaths of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike has reignited the debate over the tactic. President Obama said the program would be reviewed though it's not clear what that means.