WorldViews: National Security


Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013

U.S. intel ‘black budget’ concedes ‘critical’ ignorance on North Korea, other crucial threats

China's next-generation fighter jet progress, how Russia would react to a crisis and other things we don't know.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security, North Korea

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Edward Snowden, patriot?

Three points on Obama's comment that he does not consider the NSA leaker a patriot.

By Max Fisher  |  04:58 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Is this $8,500 wire transfer really the NSA's best case for tracking Americans' phone records?

The intelligence community is citing a five-year-old case against a Somali cab driver to justify NSA programs.

By Max Fisher  |  11:37 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Read and watch: Obama talks about Putin, Snowden and terror threats on Jay Leno

Transcript and video highlights from an interview with lots of foreign policy and national security talk.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, National Security, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 08/05/2013

This map of U.S. embassy and consulate closures raises more questions than it answers

Why would so many Mideast diplomatic buildings stay open, while four in sub-Saharan Africa be closed?

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burundi, National Security, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Is XKEYSCORE still active? Defense contractor posted a job listing for it 2 weeks ago

The latest NSA program to be unveiled appears to involve lots of database work and Linux experience.

By Max Fisher  |  12:36 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 07/30/2013

The free Web program that got Bradley Manning convicted of computer fraud

Wget, which dates to 1996, has a function so simple you probably didn't realize you needed a program to do it.

By Max Fisher  |  02:12 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Top secret clearance holders so numerous they include 'packers/craters'

As many as 4 million people hold top secret clearance. Is that information really still secret?

By Max Fisher  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Why Iceland might not be willing to shelter Edward Snowden

The NSA leaker has said the country would be his first choice, but it's not clear they would take him.

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iceland, National Security

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Could Bradley Manning help Edward Snowden win political asylum?

The NSA leaker has a difficult case to make for political asylum, but he could cite Manning's mistreatment as evidence of persecution.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013

'This is the definition of heroism': Snowden lauded in China

Web users in the country seem to see him as both a fellow activists against corruption and a repudiation of Western lecturing.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, National Security

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Edward Snowden could strain to qualify for asylum under international law

The 29-year-old NSA leaker says he will seek asylum, but would he be able to?

By Max Fisher  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iceland, National Security

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013

What the NSA can and can't learn about your calls from its Verizon court order

The U.S. intelligence agency can see who you called and for how long but not what you said.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/06/2013

NSA chief, two weeks ago: 'We're the only ones not spying on the American people'

General Keith Alexander made some awkwardly timed comments in the agency's defense.

By Max Fisher  |  11:09 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Expert: NSA phone data collection has likely been ongoing since 2006

The just-leaked order appears to be renewable every 90 days.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Obama's case for drones

The president's speech on counterterrorism laid out a "just war" rationale for using drones.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Pentagon finally releases some pre-trial documents from Bradley Manning case

The partial release is a symbolic but important step toward transparency in the case.

By Julie Tate  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 09/23/2011

FBI removes instructor who called mainstream Muslims ‘violent,’ but anger remains

Some American Muslims are not happy with the FBI’s statement over a trainer at Quantico who made insulting remarks about Islam.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:24 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, National Security, FBI, Islam