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The Watchmen at The White House

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

About 40 percent of suspects in the federal government's Terrorist Screening Database have no connection with any terrorist group. The database includes 611,000 men and 39,000 women across the U.S. The U.S. no-fly list has also expanded tenfold since President Obama took office in 2009.

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When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine, the FAA announced that no U.S. flights would be allowed to fly to Israel for a period of 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. What happens when the airspace becomes a war zone? 

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A British Spy Agency is Manipulating the Internet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From changing the outcome of online polls to artificially increasing website traffic, GCHQ has been blurring the line between online surveillance and state propaganda, according to new documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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NSA Director: Snowden Leaks 'Manageable'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It has been more than a year since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked around 200,000 thousand secret government documents, blowing the lid off of the American government's spying methods and their vast phone-data surveillance program.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Special Operations Forces and the Terrorist Threat in Africa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How the United States’ special forces are approaching extremist organizations like Boko Haram in Africa.

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What Can 300 Military Advisers Achieve in Iraq?

Friday, June 20, 2014

President Obama plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. But at least one policy analyst says the U.S. doesn't have the morale or the money to stage a third intervention, and she's skeptical that the president's plans can produce results.

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Iraq War Vets Reflect as the Nation Unravels

Friday, June 20, 2014

Diplomats, policy experts, and advisors have all weighed in on the unraveling of Iraq, but if there's anyone who has most acutely felt the anguish of the collapse of democracy in Iraq this week, it's the men and women who were on the front lines of the Iraq War.

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House Votes to Defund NSA Spying Programs

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Republican controlled House of Representatives took a surprising step to curb the federal government's power by voting to defund two key NSA programs. But the bill still has to pass the Senate.

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Iraqi Ambassador: Iraq Conflict Could Go Global

Friday, June 20, 2014

As the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily is a man in a very difficult position right now. Here, Ambassador Faily answers some tough questions about whether his government can survive.

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America's Legacy in Iraq Is Unravelling

Friday, June 13, 2014

As an Al Qaeda splinter group rapidly advances and continues to topple city after city in Iraq, many are wondering where the region is heading and what kind of action, if any, the United States needs take.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Struggles for Iraq, the World Cup, and a Teen Dad's Future

Friday, June 13, 2014

1. America's Legacy in Iraq Begins to Unravel | 2. Bosnia Heads to the World Cup for the First Time Since Independence | 3. A Teen Dad's Struggle to Become a Better Father

The Takeaway

Who Are the Taliban Fighters Released from Guantánamo Bay?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

President Obama authorized the release of five Guantánamo Bay detainees over the weekend, in exchange for an American POW. Carol Rosenberg, reporter from the Miami Herald, profiles the five released prisoners and discusses their potential future.

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Glenn Greenwald on Snowden's Latest Revelations

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The journalist who helped Edward Snowden reveal the NSA's secrets says Snowden sleeps fine at night. And he says John Kerry is sounding like Dick Cheney these days.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Silicon Valley Helps the NSA Spy on You

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tech companies are working with the government — sometimes willingly, sometimes not — to gather and warehouse our data. A new PBS Frontline documentary investigates how that happened and how the information is being used.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Silicon Valley and the NSA, and Marisa Tomei

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency, looking into how the government and tech companies are working together to gather and warehouse your data. Caroline Clarke, who was born in an era when adoptions were kept a secret, tells about her journey to find her birth mother. And Marisa Tomei discusses her role in “The Realistic Joneses” on Broadway, along with playwright Will Eno.

The Leonard Lopate Show

How the Government Came to Spy on Millions of Americans

Monday, May 12, 2014

The secret history of the surveillance program began after 9/11—and the lengths the government has gone to to keep the program secret.

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What's a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

At what point does climate change become a national security issue? One retired general explains why global climate change is not just an environmental issue but a military one, too.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Targeted by the FBI

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Mother Jones senior editor Nick Baumann discusses his article  "There's No Law For Me Here," which tells the story of Naji Mansour, an American expat who came under suspicion of having ties to terrorism. Mansour was interrogated, held in squalid conditions, and forced into exile, unable to see his children for years. Family members and recorded conversations with U.S. law enforcement agents suggest that Mansour was targeted for refusing to serve as an FBI informant. His article "There's No Law For Me Here" is in the June 2014 issue of Mother Jones.

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Report: FBI Coerces U.S. Muslims to Spy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The FBI has been coercing Muslims living in the United States to spy on other Muslims by threatening to put or keep them on the federal no-fly list.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Getting To Know Edward Snowden

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair contributing editor, discusses the magazine’s exclusive interview with Edward Snowden about his motivation for leaking tens of thousands of secret documents. 

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