Larry Abramson

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In Qatar, Hagel Tours Command Center That May Or May Not Exist

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The "CAOC" as it's known in Pentagonese, ...


Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

When U.S. troops entered the basement of Saddam Hussein's secret police building in Baghdad a decade ago, they were looking for weapons of mass destruction. They didn't find any.

But they did discover a trove of documents from what was once a thriving Jewish community in Baghdad. Those documents


Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Friday, November 01, 2013

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.

The Pentagon started to recognize same-sex marriages soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But ...


READ: Bipartisan Bill To End NSA's Domestic Bulk Collection

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bipartisan concern on Capitol Hill about data from Americans' phone and Internet records being vacuumed up by the National Security Agency has led to an unusual alliance involving a prominent House Republican and a veteran Senate Democrat.

NPR's Larry Abramson writes that:

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, ...


Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.

Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, says ...


West Point Women: A Natural Pattern Or A Camouflage Ceiling?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

At the 200-year-old U.S. Military Academy at West Point, tradition dictates everything. That includes the habit of having freshmen stand in the yard everyday and call cadets to lunch. It's also tradition that the overwhelming majority of the graduating class will be white, and 84 percent male.

Some say those ...


U.S. Mulls Over More Possible Targets For Syria Strike

Monday, September 09, 2013

As U.S. lawmakers weigh whether to support an attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, military planners have expanded the target list for a potential strike.

The Pentagon had been focused on attacking Syria with so-called standoff weapons — cruise missiles, for example. Launched from ships, they can ...


The Drums Of War, Poolside Edition

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NPR's Larry Abramson is traveling with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is in Brunei's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus, or ASEAN Plus. Larry sent us this dispatch:

You cannot hear the drums of war here in Brunei, but you can ...


Hagel's Indonesia Trip Consumed By Thoughts On Syria

Monday, August 26, 2013


How A Look At Your Gmail Reveals The Power Of Metadata

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The NSA says it's only examining traffic information, not the content of Americans' phone calls. How much can that information tell you? Quite a lot, and in some ways it's more useful...

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