CIA director, John Brennan disputed the claim that nothing was gained by so-called "torture" tactics. "Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom (the harsh techniques) were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives," he said. "The intelligence gained from the program were critical to our understanding of al-Qaida, and continues to inform our counter-terrorism efforts to this day."
President Barack Obama asked Congress Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of children from Central America entering the country illegally, a first step in what the White House described as a broader effort to speed deportations.
This president, who's spent much of his time pivoting away from former President George W. Bush's wars, now risks accusations of emulating the earlier efforts of Mr. Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney, to expand presidential powers in wartime. Mr. Cheney expounded the theory of "unitary power," which holds that the Constitution gives the president as commander in chief unlimited authority to protect the nation as he sees necessary.
In a public appearance in Baltimore on Thursday, National Security Agency director Keith Alexander forcefully defended surveillance methods that have come under scrutiny this year but acknowledged that some of them may need adjustments.
WASHINGTON — Speaking at an emotional hearing on federal gun control proposals, Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson urged lawmakers Wednesday to close loopholes and ban assault weapon sales or risk more tragedies like the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut.
By By John Fritze and Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun
Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the National Rifle Association must come to the table to discuss the tighter gun controls, as she works with President Barack Obama and her colleagues in Congress in the wake of the deadline Connecticut school shooting.
Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein was one of two federal prosecutors appointed by Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. Friday to "lead criminal investigations" into the recent leak of U.S. classified intelligence information.
By By Richard A. Serrano, Christi Parsons and Kevin Rector and The Tribune Co.
John Delaney, the Potomac financier running for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, is worth between $51.8 million and $232 million, which would make him the 9th most wealthy member of Congress if elected, according to a financial disclosure statement released by his campaign Friday.