| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:57 PM
WASHINGTON — As they prepare for battle over the new deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, the accord's supporters and foes are calibrating strategies based on their reading of Americans' conflicted views about the Islamic Republic.
| Nov 5, 2013
Five months after Americans learned that information about their telephone calls was being indiscriminately scooped up by the National Security Agency, Congress seems poised to place limits on the bulk collection of telephone "metadata" —...
| Aug 14, 2013
The detention facility on our military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is holding 166 individuals. Most of them have been there a decade or more.
Operating Guantanamo costs about $450 million a year — or about $2.7 million a detainee, according to...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 12:45 PM
WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers quickly called for action after the White House informed members of Congress on Thursday that American intelligence agencies now believe the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple President...
| May 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
A 100-day-old hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison for suspected terrorists has agitated international human rights advocates anew, prompting fresh calls worldwide for closure of the detention center that President Obama vowed to shutter more than...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 4:32 PM
I invite my most clever, lawyerly comment contributors to make the case that National Intelligence Director James Clapper (right) did not brazenly commit perjury during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 12. Oregon Democrat Ron...
| May 1, 2013
Barack Obama really, really does not want to get tangled up in Syria.
For almost a year, Obama's secretaries of State — first Hillary Rodham Clinton, now John Kerry — have pressed the president for more aid to the insurgents who are fighting...
| Nov 25, 2012
Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.
It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his...
| Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:10 PM
Congressional leaders on intelligence issues are questioning why they were not told before the election about the FBI investigation into CIA chief David Petraeus’ affair. "We should have been told," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 1:05 AM
WASHINGTON - The government knows who you're calling.
Every day. Every call.
Here's what you need to know about the secret program and how it works:
Q. What happened and why is it a big deal?
A. The Guardian newspaper published a highly classified...
| Feb 10, 2013
It has been 11 years since the United States began using missile-firing drones to attack Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. But only now are we beginning a full public debate on this new form of warfare, and it took the nomination of...