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Somalia: Resurgent al-Shabaab targets president 'dead or alive'

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Al-Shabaab Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida say their suicide attack on the presidential compound in Mogadishu was aimed at killing or kidnapping the country's Western-backed president, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, heightening concerns the group's on the offensive again after heavy military setbacks.
Kerry says he's not interested in a political bid in 2016

Kerry says he's not interested in a political bid in 2016

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has no plans "whatsoever" to jump back into the political pool once his time as the nation's top diplomat ends.
Obama briefed on Olympic security

Obama briefed on Olympic security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama was briefed Tuesday in the White House Situation Room about security at the Olympics and American cooperation with Russian authorities.
JC Finley

Obama: U.S. offers full cooperation to Russia for Olympic security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama held a meeting in the White House Situation Room Tuesday on the U.S. government's security efforts at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

NSA leaks will lead to Pentagon changes, intelligence official says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Substantial changes will have to be made in the wake of National Security Agency leaks, a leading U.S. intelligence official told a House committee Tuesday.
Hobbling the NSA

Hobbling the NSA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency -- pummeled by political attacks, legal challenges, calls for reform and a highly critical review board report demanding an end to its massive surveillance program -- still must pursue its counter-terror campaign, especially in the run-up to the Super Bowl at home and the Sochi Games abroad.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Intelligence officials tell Senate U.S. is "less safe" after Snowden leaks

Intelligence officials tell Senate U.S. is "less safe" after Snowden leaks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Wednesday that leaks by Edward Snowden have left the United States “less safe and its people less secure.”
Cat Zakrzewski -- Medill News Service
Clapper: Syrian jihadi group wants to attack U.S.

Clapper: Syrian jihadi group wants to attack U.S.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A militant Syrian Islamist group tied to al-Qaida wants to attack the United States and is training fighters, the top U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers.
Sen. Wyden presses James Clapper about surveillance

Sen. Wyden presses James Clapper about surveillance

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. grilled Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on warrantless searches of Americans' data in a Senate intelligence hearing.
Aileen Graef
Feinstein: 'Greater terrorist presence' in Mideast

Feinstein: 'Greater terrorist presence' in Mideast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The head of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday instability after the Arab Spring has led to a "greater terrorist presence" in the Mideast.
House members don't want Clapper handling NSA reforms

House members don't want Clapper handling NSA reforms

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Monday they don't want intelligence chief James Clapper overseeing reform of the nation's surveillance programs.
King: Rand Paul 'doesn't deserve' to be in Senate

King: Rand Paul 'doesn't deserve' to be in Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Rand Paul "doesn't deserve to be in the United States Senate" based on his claims about National Security Agency spying, fellow Republican Rep. Peter King said.
NRO uses Earth-devouring octopus logo for latest classified satellite launch

NRO uses Earth-devouring octopus logo for latest classified satellite launch

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The US National Reconnaissance Office chooses planet-eating giant octopus for logo of latest classified satellite mission.
Ananth Baliga
CIA said to pay AT&T $10 million for call data

CIA said to pay AT&T $10 million for call data

LANGLEY, Va., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A reported CIA-AT&T deal to get phone records of suspected terrorists outside the United States would be "completely lawful and proper," an AT&T spokesman said.
White House mulls civilian leadership at NSA

White House mulls civilian leadership at NSA

FORT MEADE, Md., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The White House may place the National Security Agency under civilian leadership and end dual leadership of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, officials said.
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