David Welna

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


If The NSA Can't Keep Call Records, Should Phone Companies Do It?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The House bill to halt the NSA's collection of call data would force the agency to request records from phone companies. But if companies don't keep those records, the NSA's efforts could be crippled.


Senators Get Background Briefing On Sgt. Bergdahl's Release

Thursday, June 05, 2014

With criticism mounting on Capitol Hill of a prisoner swap that traded 5 jailed Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some military, intelligence and diplomatic officials briefed senators.


Congress Furious At White House Over Prisoner Swap

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Lawmakers don't much like the deal, which traded five Taliban fighters held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. They are also mad about how it was done behind their backs.


House-Approved USA Freedom Bill Disappoints Original Supporters

Friday, May 23, 2014

A year after President Obama urged for more safeguards for civil liberties in intelligence collection, the House passed new guidelines. But civil liberties watchdogs say they no longer support it.


House Passes Measure Reining In Government Surveillance

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lawmakers passed a bill ending the NSA's practice of collecting phone records of Americans. Instead, phone companies would hold the data and the NSA would face additional legal barriers to search it.


House To Vote On Fate Of A-10 Warthogs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Faced with tight budget requirements, the Pentagon wants to retire the jet fighters known as tank-killers for their ability to attack enemy forces at close range. Lawmakers want to keep the warthogs.


Feinstein Wants CIA To Speed 'Torture Report' Release

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

With a bipartisan vote in April, the Senate Intelligence Committee told the CIA to declassify and make public parts of the "Torture Report." The agency isn't exactly rushing to do so.


Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts.


Bipartisan Bill Would Stop NSA's Bulk Phone Data Collection

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The White House and members of Congress agree that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone logs, disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has to end.


Sanctions Put Pentagon's Business Deals With Russia Up For Debate

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The U.S. wants Europe to enforce economic sanctions against Russia over its push into Ukraine, but the Pentagon itself is reluctant to stop trading with Moscow.