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Experts warn Syria attack could escalate violence and further destabilize region

Some Middle East experts are throwing cold water on the Obama administration’s contention that a limited missile strike on Syria won’t actually result in more violence and a further destabilization of the region. According to an article at the top of the New York Times website, even a well-executed strategic…

Obama administration hints it could act alone on Syria

The United States hinted Thursday it could act alone to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack, following hesitation by its closest ally Britain and a deadlock at the United Nations. The Obama administration also denied that public skepticism dating to an Iraq war intelligence debacle was complicating its effort…

Obama administration asks court to force New York Times reporter to reveal source

The Obama administration is trying to dissuade federal judges from giving the New York Times reporter James Risen one last chance to avoid having to disclose his source in a criminal trial over the alleged leaking of US state secrets. The Department of Justice has filed a legal argument with…

Yemeni journalist who reported U.S. drone strike released from jail

A Yemeni journalist who was kept in prison for years at the apparent request of the Obama administration has been released in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, according to local reports. Abdulelah Haider Shaye was imprisoned in 2010, after reporting that an attack on a suspected al-Qaida training camp in…

Obama administration appears to have filed first legal defense of NSA phone data spying

The new National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center in Bluffdale is expected to open this fall. It will store massive amounts of data. (National Security Agency/Reuters) The Obama administration has filed what appears…  …

Justice Department backs off on secret seizure of reporters’ records

Under heavy criticism from media organizations and others, the Obama administration has pulled back on one important aspect of its crackdown on government leaks: the ability of prosecutors to secretly seize reporters’ records while investigating leaks…  …

IRS suspends two employees for taking conference gifts

By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has suspended two employees – including one working on President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative – for improperly accepting gifts at an agency conference, two congressional staff members briefed on the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The…

Obama may back FBI proposal for expansive Internet wiretapping powers

The United States may soon require Internet companies to build in the capacity to let federal investigators wiretap their users, according to The New York Times. The Obama administration is weighing a proposal that would fine companies that do not comply with wiretap orders. An earlier proposal by the Federal…

‘President Hillary Clinton’ wallops the competition in mock election

Clinton is working on a memoir and policy book about her years with the Obama administration. The book is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.(Marc Bryan…  …

Obama plan would give spymasters access to Americans’ bank accounts

The Obama administration is planning a proposal to open up the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Center (FinCEN) to spies at the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, Reuters reported Wednesday. The move would ensure that counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering efforts conducted by the nation’s spy agencies…

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