Report: 2007 U.S. spying cost $50 billion

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Spending on U.S. intelligence activities more than doubled in the last decade to above $50 billion in 2007, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Fake FEMA news conference costly

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Staging a bogus news conference cost the Federal Emergency Management Agency's director of external communications a new job with national intelligence.

House panel takes up FISA review

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The debate about permanently updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewed Tuesday during a hearing before a U.S. congressional panel.

Intelligence chief retracts German claim

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. director of national intelligence retracted his claim to a U.S. Senate committee that a new law helped Germany foil an Islamic bombing plot.

New U.S. law played role in German arrests

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Claims by the U.S. director of national intelligence a new law helped Germany foil an Islamic bombing plot are being disputed, the New York Times reported.

FBI: Al-Qaida remains biggest threat

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Six years after the terror attacks on the United States, al-Qaida remains the most serious threat, two intelligence officers told a U.S. Senate panel.

McConnell sheds light on U.S. wiretaps

EL PASO, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said fewer than 100 domestic anti-terror wiretaps are in progress, compared with thousands overseas.

Report: Dems lost spy-law game of chicken

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The bill passed by Congress vastly expanding government surveillance powers was the result of time pressure and a negotiation breakdown, a report said.

Judge limits warrantless eavesdropping

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The White House is pushing legislation to broaden the U.S. wiretapping program after a federal judge ruled that part of it was illegal.

Top White House spy defends Gonzales

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The top U.S. spy says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales didn't lie when he denied talking to his hospitalized predecessor about a specific wiretapping progam.

U.S. intelligence seeks more surveillance

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- U.S. officials want to eliminate what they say are burdensome court orders that delay the interception of messages between terrorist targets overseas.

Bombs biggest terrorist threat

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Terrorists' ability to penetrate defenses and cause mass casualties is the biggest threat to the U.S. homeland, the director of national intelligence says.

White House wants more surveillance

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- The Bush administration wants to broaden surveillance of foreign communications being routed through the United States.

U.S. still seeking deputy intel chief

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Finding a deputy U.S. director of national intelligence is turning out to be a tough job as the office remains vacant after nearly a year.

Report: CIA ups pressure in bin Laden hunt

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The CIA's hunt in Pakistan for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is being beefed up based on new intelligence, U.S. officials told ABC News.
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Mike McConnell
Retired Vice Admiral John Michael McConnell is sworn-in as the second Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in Washington on February 20, 2007. McConnell replaces John Negroponte. From left, U.S. President George W. Bush, Mike McConnell, and his wife, Terry. (UPI Photo/Ron Sachs/POOL)
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