The Plum Line: national security


Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Yes, we have Snowden to thank for NSA surveillance debate

It’s hard to imagine the debate would have unfolded as it did without Edward Snowden’s revelations.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:54 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Right-sizing the security state

It’s time for a serious rethinking of NSA surveillance.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:40 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/24/2013

What the heck is the point of snooping on Angela Merkel?

It’s time for a more streamlined surveillance system, for the good of the country.

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 08/30/2013

The case for Syria may be worse than Iraq

Obama is in a weaker position today that Bush was when he took us into Iraq

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  10:09 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national security, National security state

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Obama embraces NSA surveillance reform, but how deep will it go?

Congress still has a responsibility to ensure that reform ends up being meaningful.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:54 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Reform of NSA surveillance is probably inevitable

What's striking is the amount of different ways in which lawmakers are taking aim at the once seemingly impregnable NSA surveillance monolith.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:14 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Keep chipping away at NSA secrecy

For all the media attention to NSA surveillance, there's been startlingly little attention to the policy fixes that would actually do something about the secrecy shrouding it.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:11 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 07/12/2013

On civil liberties, uphill struggle continues

A bit of movement when it comes to the Justice Department's treatment of the media, but not much else.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:09 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Dem leaders must step it up on NSA surveillance

Most Democratic leaders still are not prepared to back a bill that would declassify FISA court opinions creating a body of secret surveillance law.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:29 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/05/2013

Even without evidence of a scandal, Republicans press on with IRS controversy

By Jamelle Bouie  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS, National Security Agency, Repbulicans

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Glenn Greenwald pushes back hard on latest Edward Snowden "revelations"

Snowden says in an interview that he got the job at Booz Allen to get access to documents to prove surveillance. But what does that really tell us?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:17 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Keep pushing for declassification of secret court opinions on surveillance

A bipartisan group will introduce a measure in the House to declassify the FISA court opinions that make the secret NSA surveillance programs possible.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:46 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Yes, we could have that `debate' about NSA surveillance

Couldn't the Obama administration declassify the court opinions that authorize surveillance if it wanted to?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Glenn Greenwald to Pete King: Bring it on

The journalist at the center of the NSA stories vows to keep it up in the face of threats of prosecution.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:16 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 06/11/2013

A good start in bringing transparency to NSA spying

Can the emerging alliance between the civil liberties left and the libertarian right gain any results?

By Greg Sargent  |  03:06 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013

How to get that `balance' right on NSA spying

We don't need to completely end the surveillance that the government says is necessary to keep Americans safe, in order to better safeguard their constitutional rights.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Does Obama really believe NSA programs have the "right balance"?

The President says it's time for a big "debate" about the proper balance between civil liberties and national security, but he already seems to think he's got it right.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/06/2013

We need more transparency and debate around NSA phone records program

The first step in having a debate about the NSA story is for the administration to reveal more about it.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National security state

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Obama's speech: An imperfect effort to reconcile national security with American values

The President tries to recalibrate drone and detention policies to bring them more in line with the rule of law, but only in incremental ways.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:48 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national security

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Brennan nomination should ignite debate about drones, torture

Senators should use his confirmation hearings to press for a full accounting of Bush era torture and Obama era drone strikes.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  chuck hagel, CIA, John Brennan, national security