David Welna

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Next President To Face Challenges On Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The presidential campaign has gone nuclear. A hacked recording of a Hillary Clinton fundraiser reveals her questioning a program putting nuclear warheads on cruise missiles. A question about the nuclear triad seemed to stump Donald Trump. And a very expensive nuclear stockpile modernization plan awaits whoever wins in November.


U.S.-Saudi Relations Appear To Enter A New Phase

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The vote to override Obama's veto of a Sept. 11 lawsuit bill pits lawmakers from both parties against Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, the Senate has cleared the way for arms sales to the kingdom.


Russian Hackers Doxxed Me. What Should I Do About It?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

NPR's David Welna was recently hacked by a pro-Kremlin website when he applied for press credentials in Ukraine. He's hardly alone. But it's an issue the U.S. government is reluctant to discuss.


Obama Vetoes Bill To Allow Sept. 11 Victims To Sue Saudi Government

Friday, September 23, 2016

The president warned that the bill could undermine government actions to fight government-sponsored terrorism and threaten the immunity that protects many U.S. citizens, including military, overseas.


Obama Faces Possible First Veto Override Of His Presidency

Friday, September 23, 2016

Obama plans to veto a bill allowing relatives of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for allegedly helping the hijackers. The White House says it could lead to reprisals by nations against the U.S.


House Intelligence Committee Reviews Classified Report On Edward Snowden

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A classified congressional report on Edward Snowden's stunning 2013 removal of top secret National Security Agency documents was approved Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee. It was just hours before the Oliver Stone biopic, Snowden, is set to hit theaters nationwide. Panel members say their report paints a far less favorable portrait of Snowden and his motives than the new movie does.


Activists Launch Campaign Urging Obama To Pardon Edward Snowden

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Supporters of National Security Agency data leaker Edward Snowden launched a campaign Wednesday urging President Obama to pardon Snowden from a possible 30-year prison sentence. Snowden has been exiled in Russia since making off with a trove of NSA files in 2013, and he spoke from there via video link to his supporters Wednesday. The campaign coincides with the release of an Oliver Stone biopic titled, Snowden.


New President Will Inherit The War In Afghanistan

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fifteen years after being touched off by the Sept. 11 attacks, Afghanistan has become America's longest war. It's also become the forgotten war, all but absent from the presidential campaign.


Obama Administration Convenes More Review Boards For Gitmo Prisoners

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Obama administration is increasing the number of review boards it convenes for Guantanamo Bay detainees as it works to empty the detention facility of as many people as possible.


American Charity Helps To Repair War-Ravaged Music School In Ukraine

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fixing up the school is part of an ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of a people whose ethnic ties are with Russia but whose military and leaders identify with the West.


American Charity Backs Military Radio Station In Ukraine

Monday, August 01, 2016

An information war is underway on Ukraine's troubled eastern flank, with pro-Russia radio and TV dominating the airwaves. But with key help from an American charity that makes no claim to neutrality, Ukraine's military now has its own FM radio station for its troops on the front. The reach of Army FM is limited, but Spirit of America's Jim Hake is determined to change that.


Can Russia And The U.S. Really Work Together In Syria?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Some national security leaders are skeptical about Washington's attempted overtures to Moscow to establish better coordination in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.


A Look At Donald Trump's Ties To Russia

Monday, July 25, 2016

Donald Trump and top advisers have business ties with Russia and its leaders going back many years. Moscow has a distinct point of view about the U.S. presidential election and cause to support Trump.


Congress Releases Long-Classified 29 Pages Of 9/11 Report

Friday, July 15, 2016

Congress released 29 long-classified pages of a report about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that detail connections to Saudi Arabia.


Growing Evidence Points To Single Gunman In Dallas Attack

Friday, July 08, 2016

Five police officers were killed and another seven wounded by gunfire on Thursday at the end of a march protesting the deaths of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.


Police Identify Lone Gunman In Dallas Shooting

Friday, July 08, 2016

The only known assailant in the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers has been identified as a 25-year-old former member of the U.S. Army Reserves. Before he was killed by a robot-delivered bomb, Micah Xavier Johnson told police he was acting alone and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.


NATO War Games In Poland Get Russia's Attention

Friday, June 17, 2016

Some 30,000 troops from 20-plus nations took part in Europe's biggest military exercise since the Soviet Union collapsed. It was meant to send a message to Russia, but critics warn it could backfire.


Gitmo Detainees Likely To Be Released Under Parole Board Panels

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The Obama administration is accelerating the process by which it screens Guantanamo detainees for possible release, part of its concerted strategy to empty the prison and, if it can, close it down. One such panel convened on Thursday, and NPR joined observers at the Pentagon.


Obama Lifts Arms Export Embargo On Vietnam

Monday, May 23, 2016

Obama is in Vietnam to support its resistance to China's aggressive aims in the Western Pacific. He lifted the U.S. embargo on selling weapons to Vietnam, something former POW Sen. McCain supports.


The Renewed Sept 11 Debate Over The 'Missing 28 Pages' And Saudi Arabia

Monday, May 16, 2016

Part of the congressional inquiry into the attacks remains classified. There are now renewed calls to make it public, which could complicate U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia.