David Welna http://www.kunc.org en Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans http://www.kunc.org/post/advocates-say-military-dogs-arent-pets-theyre-veterans It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.<p>Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.<p>Congress passed a law last year saying the military <em>may</em> bring back its working dogs to the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:19:00 +0000 David Welna 59052 at http://www.kunc.org Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://www.kunc.org/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 59013 at http://www.kunc.org The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil http://www.kunc.org/post/snowden-whistleblowers-who-tried-lift-veil Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 58991 at http://www.kunc.org Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq http://www.kunc.org/post/congress-keeping-close-watch-obamas-plans-iraq After bowing out of Iraq when the last American forces left two and a half years ago, the U.S. military is back.<p>Up to 300 military advisers started arriving there this weekend. President Obama said he sent them to help Iraq's military confront the Sunni militants who've overrun much of northern Iraq. He said Thursday that U.S. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 David Welna 58087 at http://www.kunc.org Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil? http://www.kunc.org/post/what-exactly-are-us-interests-iraqs-turmoil As the U.S. steers warships closer to Iraq and beefs up its embassy's security in Baghdad with nearly 300 troops, a nagging question has resurfaced.<p>What compelling interests does Washington still have in a nation where all U.S. forces were pulled out 2 1/2 years ago?<p>Three days after Sunni militants calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, President Obama paused on the White House lawn and issued a warning.<p>"Terrorists," he said, were being allowed to overrun part of Iraq's territory. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:43:00 +0000 David Welna 57896 at http://www.kunc.org What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?