September 23, 2013 Edward Davis became known nationally as he led his department's response to the Boston Marathon bombings. He says that after seven years in the job, it's time for him to move on. The first opportunity he may take advantage of is a fellowship at Harvard.
September 20, 2013 Critics of the NSA's secret surveillance hoped the debate that followed Edward Snowden's leaks would prompt the NSA to rethink the operation. Instead, one of the most noticeable effects so far has been a diversion of resources away from intelligence missions toward assessing damage from the leaks.
September 19, 2013 In his first remarks to reporters since taking office this month, FBI Director Jim Comey addressed security concerns following the Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead. He also talked about sequestration and leaks on government surveillance programs.
September 19, 2013 Document requests by the ACLU of Northern California have produced an inside look at the records of suspicious activity reports gathered by federal authorities. The feds appear to be keeping files on people based on tips that fall far below the threshold of reasonable suspicion.
September 18, 2013 An analysis of gun ownership, crime and mental illness in 27 countries found that firearms deaths were more strongly associated with how many people own guns. The rate of mental illness appeared only weakly correlated with firearms deaths.
September 18, 2013 Investigators have a good idea what documents NSA leaker Edward Snowden got and how he got them. Officials now tell NPR that he had access to a file-sharing site on the NSA's internal website, and it was actually his responsibility to move sensitive documents to a more secure location.
September 17, 2013 A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation's phone traffic. NPR's Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.
September 17, 2013 Aaron Alexis, who police say killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, had a troubled service record and showed signs of mental instability. But the former Navy reservist's past did not prevent him from obtaining a secret-level security clearance or access card.
September 17, 2013 President Dilma Rousseff was scheduled to visit President Obama on Oct. 23. She was set to be the first state visit of Obama's second term.
September 14, 2013 Austrian news reports say a stately villa in Vienna serves as a sophisticated listening post that spies on the city's residents. But the U.S. and Austrian governments say the facility is merely for gathering open source information.