August 28, 2006 With diplomats at the United Nations debating how to curtail Iran's nuclear program, new questions are being raised about the quality of U.S. intelligence -- and whether it is any better than the pre-war data on Iraq. Hardliners suggest privately that perhaps the threat from Iran is more imminent than U.S. spy agencies have indicated.
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August 22, 2006 In the case of an alleged plot to attack U.S.-bound jetliners departing London, several big questions remain. Among them: Was an attack as imminent as officials described? And has al-Qaida reconstituted itself to the point where it can once again direct large-scale attacks? There's widespread debate among terrorism experts.
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July 31, 2006 Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says there will be "no cease-fire" until the threat of Hezbollah attacks is removed. Israel launches new airstrikes in south Lebanon, despite an agreement to suspend air attacks for 48 hours.
July 25, 2006 With the days dwindling before its August recess, Congress is trying to move forward on two key national security issues: detainee treatment and government eavesdropping. Hearings are to begin Wednesday in both the House and the Senate on eavesdropping and FISA, the law that normally governs it.
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July 24, 2006 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a surprise visit to Beirut on Monday, where she said she was concerned about the Lebanese people but did not agree to calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.
July 20, 2006 Legal experts testifying before Congress say the laws governing electronic surveillance needs updating to address current threats. Although the witnesses agree the laws need changing, they remain deeply divided on how to do it.
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July 17, 2006 Michael J. Sulick is a spy's spy. He cut his teeth in Latin America and Asia before rising to become CIA station chief in Russia and Poland, then chief of CIA counterintelligence and finally, the number two official in the clandestine service. He left the agency last year. As you might expect of someone trained in clandestine operations, Sulick doesn't often speak publicly about his work. But he's just penned a fascinating account of the CIA's efforts to establish contact with Lithuania's fledgling spy services back in 1991. His piece, published in the CIA's journal Studies in Intelligence, reads like a spy beach novel, full of colorful anecdotes...
July 17, 2006 New CIA chief Michael Hayden has been firming up his leadership team, and there's hardly a new face among them. For all the top jobs, Hayden has either brought back CIA veterans who had left, or elevated long-serving deputies.
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July 12, 2006 Lawyers both in and outside the Bush administration are debating how prisoners held by the CIA may be affected by this week's policy shift on detainees. The White House on Wednesday suggested that the Geneva Conventions will probably apply to those in the custody of intelligence agencies.
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July 3, 2006 Nearly five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Osama Bin Laden is still a free man. U.S. officials are not sure where he is, although it has long been assumed that he is hiding in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. Although the U.S. government says the hunt is still on, the CIA recently closed its Bin Laden unit.
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June 28, 2006 Bob Grenier was removed in February as head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. The rumor at the time was that Grenier was sacked for objecting to aggressive interrogation and rendition practices. But Grenier insists it was actually because of a personality clash.
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June 23, 2006 Bush administration officials confirm that, since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government has been tracking terrorist finances by accessing a vast, international data base known as SWIFT. The officials defend the program as "legal, targeted and effective."
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June 15, 2006 U.S. military officials believe they've identified the new chief of al-Qaida in Iraq. They've released a photo and details about the terrorist background of Abu Ayyub al-Masri. The Egyptian, who trained in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, is said to have been close to Zarqawi. But there are lots of questions about how close he may be to al-Qaida central, and whether he'll employ the same grisly tactics his precedessor did.
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June 8, 2006 Word of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death spread rapidly among his followers. By early Thursday, Internet chat rooms frequented by Islamist extremists were buzzing. Among those reading along was a young American by the name of Evan Kohlmann, who has become a sought-after expert on the sites.
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June 8, 2006 Over the past three years, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had emerged as the most feared figure in Iraq. The man reported killed in an air raid Wednesday was the suspected mastermind behind many of the kidnappings, beheadings and bombings that followed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
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