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Checkpoint Washington: February, 2012

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012

At Guantanamo Bay, soccer is in the air again

The Pentagon has said it is restoring the glorious game to detention center with a new 28,000-square-foot “super-rec” space.

By Peter Finn  |  05:37 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 02/27/2012

When is a cyberattack a matter of defense?

Ambiguity over term complicates discussion over what actions U.S. could take to protect networks.

By Ellen Nakashima  |  03:07 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 02/24/2012

In WikiLeaks cache, echo of warnings on Iran

Document contains numerous passages that parallel the current debate in Washington and Israel

By Greg Miller  |  12:58 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012

On cybersecurity bill, battle lines forming

Some experts testified on Thursday that the legislation goes too easy on industry, while others say it is already too tough to be effective.

By Ellen Nakashima  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Levin: Partisan ‘vitriol’ risks stifling honest debate

Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee offers up a not-so-subtle critique of the media and his congressional colleagues

By Walter Pincus  |  02:33 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Budget briefings offer a lesson in Pentagon-ese

Even in a building that is world-renowned for gobbledygook and doubletalk, official this week set a new standard for heroic obfuscation in the line of duty

By Craig Whitlock  |  09:13 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 02/13/2012

As China’s Xi visits U.S., details still under wraps

Trip to U.S. this week is seen as critical to his expected ascension as China’s next president

By William Wan  |  04:43 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Navy ship to be named for Gabrielle Giffords

“Sponsor” of new vessel will be Roxanna Green, the mother of Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was killed in the Tuscon shooting

By Jason Ukman  |  03:58 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 02/10/2012

A spy swap’s legacy persists, 50 years on

Francis Gary Powers, the pilot of a CIA plane that crashed in Ural Mountains, was traded for a Soviet intelligence officer 50 years ago today.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  05:30 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/09/2012

As al-Qaeda magazine goes quiet, intelligence analysts also lose a valuable resource

“It was something that helped us gain insight into the group,” said a U.S. Defense official involved in tracking AQAP. The publication halt is “an intelligence loss for us.”

By Greg Miller  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 02/09/2012

House report criticizes Bush and Obama administrations on Guantanamo

The report examined policies that led to the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who later reengaged in terrorism.

By Peter Finn  |  09:28 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Checkpoint Washington

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Democrat balks over secrecy on Awlaki killing

Sen. Ron Wyden calls Justice Department’s decision to withhold legal rationale “unacceptable”

By Ellen Nakashima  |  06:01 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Petraeus, with plenty of practice, sticks to message

CIA director swats away lawmakers’ questions on Afghan drawdown, leaked NATO report

By Greg Miller  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Hackers release call between FBI, Scotland Yard

The first six minutes or so of the taped call consist of banter between an FBI agent and a jocular Scotland Yard detective, making cracks about cheese and the McDonalds in the Pentagon.

By Ellen Nakashima  |  01:09 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Feinstein offers peek at U.S.-Israeli talks on Iran

Senators and CIA Director David H. Petraeus acknowledge their meetings last week with the head of Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad.

By Greg Miller  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Army officer who sparked controversy with remarks on Islam pulls out of West Point address

Plans for appearance by retired Army officer who sparked controversy with remarks on Islam had drawn protest

By Greg Miller  |  10:32 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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