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U.N. envoy: Weapons inspectors confirm presence of chemical substance

U.N. envoy: Weapons inspectors confirm presence of chemical substance

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Evidence indicates a chemical substance was used to kill hundreds of people near Damascus last week, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Wednesday.

Obama meets with NSA review group

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- President Obama met Tuesday with experts leading a review of the National Security Agency to thank them for their probe of U.S. intelligence and communications.
Clapper won't lead NSA review, White House says

Clapper won't lead NSA review, White House says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper will not lead a National Security Agency review President Obama vowed would be autonomous, a spokeswoman said.
Administration says it's serious about privacy, defends NSA programs

Administration says it's serious about privacy, defends NSA programs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Obama administration says it takes privacy criticisms over its surveillance programs seriously while defending them to Congress and the U.S. public.
Leahy promises new oversight of domestic intelligence gathering

Leahy promises new oversight of domestic intelligence gathering

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., promised changes in the law as he opened a hearing Wednesday on data collection by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Report: NSA surveillance programs to be declassified

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. intelligence community plans to declassify information about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, CNN reported.
Napolitano's failing Homeland report card

Napolitano's failing Homeland report card

HERNDON, Va., July 30 (UPI) -- After heading the Department of Homeland Security for four years, Janet Napolitano announced she will depart in September. Wishing her well, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed the "American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet's leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks."
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

U.S. court renews FISA authority to collect phone, online data

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. court reauthorized collection of telephone and online data by the federal government, the office of Director or National Intelligence said Friday.
Wyden 'deeply troubled' by Clapper's domestic-spying lie

Wyden 'deeply troubled' by Clapper's domestic-spying lie

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is "deeply troubled" by the top U.S. intelligence figure's public lie about domestic spying on Americans, the senator's office said.

America strikes out

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Using a baseball metaphor, in the field of national security, when the United States comes to bat, it often starts with 2 1/2 strikes against it.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Senators skip NSA briefing to head out for Father's Day

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- More than half of U.S. senators skipped a briefing with senior intelligence officials to catch Father's Day weekend flights back home, says a senior senator.

ACLU sues Obama administration officials in NSA phone surveillance case

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- A civil liberties watchdog Tuesday sued a clutch of Obama administration officials in federal court in New York, challenging its phone surveillance enterprises.
Obama: 'Nobody is listening to your phone calls'

Obama: 'Nobody is listening to your phone calls'

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking Friday about monitoring of electronic communications, said the government is not "listening to your telephone calls."
State Department deputy recalls Benghazi attack for House committee

State Department deputy recalls Benghazi attack for House committee

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya fought for composure as he recalled the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi to a House panel Wednesday.

China, South Korea to weigh regional threats

SEOUL, April 19 (UPI) -- Talks next week between Chinese and South Korean officials are expected to feature in-depth discussions on North Korea, a Chinese diplomat said Friday.
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