| Aug 31, 2013
| 12:02 PM
WASHINGTON -- Immediate reaction to President Obama’s surprise announcement that he would seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria was largely positive among members of Congress, but offered little indication of whether a vote...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 11:09 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There was a time when the U.S. National Security Agency was so secretive that government officials dared not speak its name in public. NSA, the joke went, stood for "No Such Agency."
That same agency this month held an on-the-...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 11:12 AM
As the U.S. moved toward a possible military strike, President Barack Obama said even limited retaliation for Syria’s alleged chemical weapons use would send a “strong signal” to its vulnerable government. The administration scrambled...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Many of our virtues are having a rough go of it these days. Patience has been battered by the Internet's lightning-quick pace, and reality television and Facebook have largely eviscerated humility.
Also struggling: honesty.
There are many virtues...
| Jul 30, 2013
Edward Snowden's renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance is being vindicated — even as Snowden himself is being vilified.
Intelligence officials in the Obama administration and...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 9:18 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration has joined with GOP leaders in a furious lobbying effort against a measure up for a vote late Wednesday in the House of Representatives that would curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:39 PM
WASHINGTON — I don't believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency's surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn't believe them, either.
I promise I'm not wearing a tinfoil hat or...
| 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...
| Jun 10, 2013
Did Edward Snowden do the right thing? He’s the 29-year-old who revealed the vast extent to which the National Security Agency collects information on phone calls made by Americans. He said he did so because he was appalled by the broad sweep of the...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble.
If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our voluntary system of citizens computing their own taxes implodes.
Yet Lois Lerner, one of the...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 8:33 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday the government's sweeping surveillance programs have foiled some 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange, in a forceful defense...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 5:42 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent — even though they are authorized in secret.
"It is transparent," Obama...