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David Welna

David Welna appears in the following:

Drawing On Pentagon Surplus, Police Now Wield Weapons Of War

Friday, August 15, 2014

Every year, police and sheriffs' departments receive hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of military-style equipment from the Pentagon. The equipment is passed on with the intent to fight drugs and terrorism, but it was on display in Ferguson, Mo., where it was used for crowd control during protests there.

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Hagel The Salesman Makes A Trip To India

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is in India. The visit is part of a broader U.S. strategy to strengthen alliances in Asia and the Pacific.

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As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action

Saturday, August 02, 2014

A combination of partisanship, upcoming mid-term elections and divided Republicans in the House helped mold a Congress this session that had trouble passing even must-pass bills.

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Inquiry Shows CIA Spied On Senate Panel That Was Investigating The Agency

Friday, August 01, 2014

CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.

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Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

Friday, August 01, 2014

For months, U.S. officials have said secret data from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was affecting the way terrorists communicate. A Massachusetts company says it has found proof.

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CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.

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With Congress Set To Adjourn, Border Crisis Remains Unresolved

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.

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Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.

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A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.

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Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

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Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets โ€” They're Veterans

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On Capitol Hill, dogs and their handlers have made the case that all U.S. military dogs should be brought home from war โ€” and treated with the respect they've earned on the battlefield.

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The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Congress is supposed to hold U.S. spy agencies accountable. But as Edward Snowden's disclosures revealed, intelligence officials have not always provided a full or accurate picture.

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Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Unless you have documents, nobody listens. It's a bitter lesson learned by former NSA officials who tried to work within the system to expose what they considered unconstitutional programs.

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NSA Implementing Fix To Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

Friday, July 11, 2014

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way for the NSA to be entirely secure.

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FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims, Report Says

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The latest revelation from Edward Snowden's NSA trove is a story that appeared in the online publication The Intercept. Five prominent Muslim citizens say they were spied on because they're Muslims.

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Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has offered recommendations on how to reform one of the surveillance programs deployed by the National Security Agency. The privacy board found that the program, which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is constitutional and free of abuse, but it's still proposing reforms.

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Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq

Sunday, June 22, 2014

President Obama has said that the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq to confront insurgents and that he will consult Congress. But he's said nothing about seeking its approval.

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What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Some warn that the violence gripping the country could lead to another Sept. 11. But experts are skeptical, and Americans are wary of new military entanglements.

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Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version.

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