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Obama, Putin discuss Olympic security

Obama, Putin discuss Olympic security

SOCHI, Russia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on security for the Sochi Olympics and other issues, the White House said.

Leahy says Senate will still legislate on NSA spying procedures

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden said Sunday he is concerned about the courts' involvement in President Barack Obama's new security plan.
What Snowden hath wrought

What Snowden hath wrought

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- If President Obama adopts the recommendations of his blue-ribbon panel on the reform of the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, will the political and legal challenges to that program evaporate like the last few drops of single-malt whiskey in a glass?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer
Former NSA head Hayden calls Snowden 'traitor'

Former NSA head Hayden calls Snowden 'traitor'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The former head of the National Security Agency and the CIA referred to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a "traitor" in a Sunday interview.

Former NSA head opposes amnesty for Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Former NSA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday he "strongly" opposes an amnesty deal for Edward Snowden.
Former NSA director's train conversation live-tweeted

Former NSA director's train conversation live-tweeted

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's phone conversation about the Obama administration was live-tweeted by a liberal activist on the same train.

Michael Hayden: Terrorists prefer using Gmail

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Former National Security Agency and CIA director Michael Hayden says terrorists prefer using Gmail.
GOP lawmakers balk at privacy advocate in FISA Court

GOP lawmakers balk at privacy advocate in FISA Court

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A White House idea to add a privacy advocate in the secret court overseeing National Security Agency phone-data logging is a mistake, key U.S. Republicans said.

Former NSA head Hayden warns against metadata changes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The former head of the CIA said Sunday the changes to the NSA metadata surveillance proposed by Congress would turn the valuable program backwards.

Ex-intel chief accuses Chinese telecom firm of spying for Beijing

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- A former U.S. intelligence official accused Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies of spying for the Chinese government, which the company denies.

Former top U.S. spy chief says time for debate on spying

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The former head of the National Security Agency said the United States should hold a public debate on electronic surveillance in order to preserve the programs.

Aggressive strikes to protect private data

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Cybersecurity experts say the U.S. Congress and the courts need to clarify what private firms can and cannot do to protect themselves from computer hackers.

Israel to need U.S. backup in nuke attack

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A former U.S. spymaster says Israel will need assistance from the United States to carry out and maintain attacks against Iran's nuclear facilities.
Commentary: Romney's competing teams

Commentary: Romney's competing teams

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The jockeying for position in a Romney presidency is well under way. Dark horses and gray eminences are vying for position with the new neocons.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Iran plans new naval exercise near Strait of Hormuz

Iran plans new naval exercise near Strait of Hormuz

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Iran's saber rattling is far from over as it scheduled new naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, a major choke point for the world's oil tankers.

Terrorists yet to turn to cyberattacks

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Despite their prevalent, tech-savvy online presence, terrorist groups may not have demonstrated the ability to launch cyberattacks.
AUSTIN B. SMITH and LAURENNE WALLMAN, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Written for UPI

Study focuses on genetic discrimination

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 16 (UPI) -- A Canadian study finds people with a family history of genetic disease are at risk of discrimination from insurance companies and even relatives and friends.
Memos: Waterboarding used extensively

Memos: Waterboarding used extensively

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. interrogators used waterboarding 183 times in a month on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who has said he planned the 2001 terror attack, federal records indicate.

Hayden blasts Obama over memo release

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has compromised the nation's security by releasing four terror memos from the Bush administration, a former CIA chief said Sunday.

Hayden defends harsh interrogation methods

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Departing CIA Director Michael Hayden defended harsh interrogation techniques some groups call torture, saying the methods produced results.

Experts warn Obama of future terror threat

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Security experts in Britain and the United States say President-elect Barack Obama must be aware of a looming terror threat from al-Qaida militants.

CIA director: Bin Laden alive

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Terror leader Osama bin Laden is alive, CIA Director Michael Hayden said Thursday in a speech in Washington.
Top intel chiefs expect to be out soon

Top intel chiefs expect to be out soon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The top two U.S. intelligence officers are prepared to be replaced by President-elect Barack Obama soon after he takes office, intelligence officials said.
Al-Qaida, top threat, CIA's Hayden says

Al-Qaida, top threat, CIA's Hayden says

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida is the top priority for U.S. spy agencies, while Iran and North Korea are threats because of their nuclear resources, CIA chief Michael Hayden said.

Hayden calls for continued dedication

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The head of the Central Intelligence Agency promised Wednesday before the Sept. 11 anniversary that the agency is dedicated to protecting the United States.
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