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Dina Temple-Raston

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Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


 

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Yemeni Officials Claim To Have Foiled Al-Qaida Terror Plot

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Days after the U.S. announced it would close its diplomatic missions across the Middle East and Africa, Yemeni security officials said that they had foiled a plot by al-Qaeda to attack fuel pipelines and two of the nation's ports. It is unclear if this plot is the same as the one that was alluded to in al-Qaeda communications U.S. intelligence officials intercepted earlier this month.

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What You Need To Know About Al-Qaeda Today

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

With this week's terror alerts bringing al-Qaeda back into the spotlight, Dina Temple-Raston, NPR Counterterrorism and National Security correspondent, discusses the state of the organization, and why Yemen continues to be a hotspot.

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Intercepted Al-Qaida Communication Prompts Warnings

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The State Department on Tuesday advised all U.S. citizens to leave Yemen because of "extremely high" danger there. This comes as 19 U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed across much of the Middle East and Africa because of a security threat. Al-Qaida chatter picked up by intelligence sources suggested a major attack was in the works.

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Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates

Monday, August 05, 2013

Interpol has issued a global alert asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who have escaped from prisons over the past month. The global police organization's alert came just days after the State Department announced that it is closing nearly two dozen diplomatic missions in a roster of Muslim countries. But officials say the two security alerts aren't directly related.

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Iraq Prison Break Worries Counterterrorism Officials

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Al-Qaida operations around the world have used prison breaks as a method to beef up their ranks. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist group's arm in Yemen, came into being shortly after a 2006 prison break. That history explains why officials are so worried about a jailbreak this week in Iraq. More than 400 prisoners are thought to have escaped, and many of them are key operatives with the group al-Qaida in Iraq.

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How Secret Does A Secret Court Need To Be?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court, is the legal body that decides whether wiretaps and other surveillance methods used by the intelligence community are legal. Officials seem to agree that the procedures need to be more transparent, but how that would happen is anything but clear.

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'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance

Friday, June 21, 2013

Two documents provide new details about the procedures the National Security Agency follows when sifting huge volumes of email. The Justice Department documents were made public by The Guardian newspaper. They help explain the steps the NSA must follow when it inadvertently comes across the communications of Americans.

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NSA Leaker Snowden Defends Actions In Live Web Chat

Monday, June 17, 2013

The man who leaked secret National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden, defended his decision to reveal details of U.S. surveillance programs in a web chat on Monday. Snowden said he's still in Hong Kong and claims he wouldn't get a fair trial in the U.S. He also said he has not been in contact with the Chinese government and that there are more disclosures to come.

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FISA Court Appears To Be Rubber Stamp For Government Requests

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been under fire since one of its classified orders was leaked by a former National Security Agency analyst. Detractors have focused on the fact that nearly all the warrant applications brought before its judges have been approved.

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After Obama's Speech, Guantanamo Shows Few Signs Of Closing

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

President Obama has promised again to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But since he delivered a major speech two weeks ago, there's been little follow-up and few signs that any detainees are closer to being released.

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Secrets Just As Hard To Maintain As Privacy In Digital Age

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It isn't just privacy that is at risk in this new era of Big Data collection. Secrecy is a casualty too. It used to be classified documents were kept in a safe and seen by a select view. Now a top secret document can be accessed by hundreds, if not thousands, all with the click of a mouse. Because of that the modalities of spying have changed. Now analysts can take an infinite number of secrets with them by just putting them on a thumb drive, but it's a counter-intelligence nightmare.

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NSA Leaker Checks Out Of Hong Kong Hotel

Monday, June 10, 2013

Investigators are trying to learn all they can about the American intelligence contractor who says he leaked sensitive documents to reporters. The 29-year-old Edward Snowden said over the weekend that he was behind the disclosure of two secret U.S. government surveillance programs. Now Snowden has reportedly checked out of his hotel.

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Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The news that the National Security Agency has been collecting reams of telephone data and internet surfing both at home and abroad has rattled civil liberties groups. Amid the concerns about privacy and possible abuse, the revelations are an indication of something important: the intelligence community's move into the new frontier of Big Data.

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Intelligence Community Mines Phone Records, Internet Data

Friday, June 07, 2013

Over the past two days, there have been revelations about the way the National Security Agency is gathering information for intelligence. While details of both programs are still coming out, the data collection practice appears to be legal. But it could be the beginning of something new in the intelligence community. And that is, the use of data to find patterns analysts might have missed.

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Digging The Depth Of The NSA Phone Data Program

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The White House and lawmakers are defending a secret program that collects data on phone calls made by ordinary Americans. It was revealed Wednesday that the National Security Agency obtained data on calls from Verizon, including calls made locally, inside the United States and calls between the U.S. and overseas. Officials defend the program as necessary for fighting terrorism. Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the program, its scope and civil liberties implications.

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NSA Collects Verizon Customers' Records

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans for three months. The news was first reported by the Guardian newspaper. The request for the records was placed with a special intelligence court days after the Boston bombings.

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U.S. Drone Strike Said To Have Killed Taliban Leader

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A U.S. drone strike in the tribal regions of Pakistan appears to have killed the number two man in the Pakistani Taliban. The strike is the first in Pakistan since President Obama announced last Thursday that he would put new restrictions on drone attacks.

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Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism

Friday, May 24, 2013

President Obama discussed America's counter-terrorism strategy — including the use of drones and the prison at Guantanamo Bay — during an address at the National Defense University on Thursday. He rejected the idea that the country can fight an open-ended "global war on terror."

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Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On Thursday, President Obama is expected to explain how the fight against al-Qaida has changed, and how the U.S. will adapt its counter-terrorism policies to the evolving threat. The president will speak at the National Defense University.

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