National Security

12:17pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

President Faces Tough Questions On Latest NSA Leaks

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 1:04 pm

President Obama talks with Jay Leno during the taping of his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Obama told Leno: "We don't have a domestic spying program."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama, appearing Friday for his first news conference in more than three months, will no doubt be fielding tough questions on a new round of revelations regarding the NSA's top-secret electronic surveillance programs.

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12:16pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

President Obama Proposes Reforms To Surveillance Programs

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:50 pm

President Obama walks out of the East Room of the White House after holding a news conference Friday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In the shadow of classified leaks that exposed some of the government's most secret surveillance programs, President Obama said he will work with Congress to reform the law governing their function.

Speaking at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Obama defended the programs but said the reforms will bring greater oversight and transparency.

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3:20pm

Thu August 8, 2013
World

Yemen Official: New Round Of Drone Strikes Target Al-Qaida

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 3:41 pm

A Yemeni soldier speaks with a motorcyclist amid tightened security near Sanaa International Airport on Tuesday.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

A Yemeni official says 12 suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in the Arab country in three separate U.S. drone strikes Thursday.

The Associated Press quotes the official as saying that the first drone attack killed six alleged militants in central Marib province, while the second and third killed six more in Hadramaut province.

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12:01pm

Thu August 8, 2013
World

Al-Qaida Conference Call? It Wasn't On Phone, Reporters Say

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:16 am

"Dial 1 if you're the conference host."
Mark Memmott NPR

One of this week's most-talked-about stories is The Daily Beast's report that "the crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region."

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6:17am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: NSA Is Searching 'Vast Amounts' Of Americans' Emails

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 8:50 am

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

"The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials," The New York Times reported Thursday.

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