National Security


Sat April 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombings Point To Growing Threat Of Homegrown Terrorism

U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with a 2009 killing spree that killed 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas. Homegrown terrorism by Muslim Americans has been growing over the past decade.
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U.S. security officials have been warning for years that one of their biggest challenges is detecting homegrown terrorists — extremists who grow up in America, or have lived here for years, know the customs, speak the language, blend in easily and can fly below the radar of law enforcement.

As details of Boston bombing suspects emerge, reports point to two young men of Chechen origin who had been in the U.S. for up to a decade and were seemingly fully integrated into American society.

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Sat April 20, 2013
NPR Story

Boston: A Real-World Test Of Homeland Security

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 3:57 pm

An armored vehicle is driven near Mount Auburn and Melendy streets in Watertown.
Essdras M Suarez Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Boston Marathon's medical tent last Monday was filled with exhausted and dehydrated runners, but the atmosphere had started to turn festive as the race wound down.

Then the bombs went off.

"The first patients you see are a double amputee and this woman they were doing compressions on," says Emi Larsen, a nurse who volunteered at the tent. "It was sheer panic."

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Sat April 20, 2013
National Security

U.S.-Russia Relations Highlighted In Bombing Aftermath

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:57 am



Tracing the Tsarnaev family roots back to Russia is going to require cooperation between Washington, D.C., and Moscow and of course, as we just heard, this comes at a frosty time in relations between the two countries. NPR's diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen joins us. Thanks for being with us.


SIMON: And first, any signs of cooperation so far?

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Sun March 31, 2013
NPR Story

How A 'Drone Court' Might Work

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 8:25 am

In recent months, there have been bipartisan calls for more transparency in the Obama administration's drone program. Host Rachel Martin talks with Gregory McNeal, a professor of national security law at Pepperdine University's School of Law, about proposals to bring more openness and accountability. One idea is the creation of a "drone court" that would review decisions to target and kill suspected militants.


Mon March 25, 2013
National Security

As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:59 pm

Army recruits perform exercises as part of a demonstration for tourists in front of the military-recruiting station in New York's Times Square.
Mark Lennihan AP

When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace.

But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it's increasingly harder to find them among men.

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