David Welna http://northernpublicradio.org en Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions http://northernpublicradio.org/post/bipartisan-board-oks-nsa-surveillance-program-suggestions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A controversial NSA surveillance program that sweeps up volumes of communications - emails, photos, videos and more is constitutional. That's the unanimous conclusion today of the bipartisan privacy and civil liberties oversight board. The so-called 702 surveillance program, named for a section in the law, is designed to target foreigners. But civil liberties advocates say it captures the communications of Americans too. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 David Welna 50025 at http://northernpublicradio.org Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq http://northernpublicradio.org/post/congress-keeping-close-watch-obamas-plans-iraq After bowing out of Iraq when the last American forces left two and a half years ago, the U.S. military is back.<p>Up to 300 military advisers started arriving there this weekend. President Obama said he sent them to help Iraq's military confront the Sunni militants who've overrun much of northern Iraq. He said Thursday that U.S. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 David Welna 49486 at http://northernpublicradio.org Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/exactly-what-could-or-should-us-achieve-iraq As the U.S. steers warships closer to Iraq and beefs up its embassy's security in Baghdad with nearly 300 troops, a nagging question has resurfaced.<p>What compelling interests does Washington still have in a nation where all U.S. forces were pulled out 2 1/2 years ago?<p>Three days after Sunni militants calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, President Obama paused on the White House lawn and issued a warning.<p>"Terrorists," he said, were being allowed to overrun part of Iraq's territory. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:13:00 +0000 David Welna 49241 at http://northernpublicradio.org What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil? Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle http://northernpublicradio.org/post/defending-bergdahl-deal-hagel-faces-critics-both-sides-aisle Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:16:00 +0000 David Welna 48918 at http://northernpublicradio.org House-Approved USA Freedom Bill Disappoints Original Supporters http://northernpublicradio.org/post/house-approved-usa-freedom-bill-disappoints-original-supporters Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH: We're going to consider now changing perceptions toward fighting terrorism. President Obama has suggested that eventually the war on terror must end and that the nation must think about the tools used to fight it. Here he is speaking a year ago today at the National Defense University.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: From our use of drones to the tension of terror suspects, the decisions that we are making now will define the type of nation and world that we leave to our children.<p>CORNISH: In the year since, public attitudes have changed and people are more skeptical. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:43:00 +0000 David Welna 48000 at http://northernpublicradio.org Feinstein Wants CIA To Speed 'Torture Report' Release http://northernpublicradio.org/post/feinstein-wants-cia-speed-torture-report-release It's been well over a month since the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11 to 3 to declassify and make public the executive summary and findings of its "Torture Report."<p>But it's not likely that will actually happen anytime soon.<p>The reason? Wed, 14 May 2014 22:22:00 +0000 David Welna 47508 at http://northernpublicradio.org Feinstein Wants CIA To Speed 'Torture Report' Release Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers http://northernpublicradio.org/post/faced-pentagon-budget-cuts-congress-finesses-numbers The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts in order to preserve items cherished by individual lawmakers. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:31:00 +0000 David Welna 47277 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sanctions Put Pentagon's Business Deals With Russia Up For Debate http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sanctions-put-pentagons-business-deals-russia-debate Washington has imposed a number of economic sanctions on Russia in retaliation for that country's push into Ukraine.<p>Getting European allies to do the same has not always been easy, since many of those nations trade with Russia and fear getting hurt themselves.<p>But the Europeans are not the only ones balking: The Pentagon also buys Russian military hardware.<p>When U.S. military and intelligence satellites are shot into space, all the rocket engines that propel them are made by a state-owned enterprise in Russia. Sat, 03 May 2014 15:31:00 +0000 David Welna 46969 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sanctions Put Pentagon's Business Deals With Russia Up For Debate In Sex Assault Report, Pentagon Sees Progress — And A Long Way To Go http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sex-assault-report-pentagon-sees-progress-and-long-way-go The Pentagon issued a study on sexual assaults in the military, reports of which have jumped 50 percent in the past year. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says this is a positive sign that more victims trust the system. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:04:00 +0000 David Welna 46876 at http://northernpublicradio.org What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors http://northernpublicradio.org/post/whats-nsa-doing-now-training-more-cyber-warriors The U.S. needs more cyberwarriors, and it needs them fast, according to <a href="http://www.defense.gov/Speeches/Speech.aspx?SpeechID=1837" target="_blank">Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel</a>. He plans to more than triple the size of the Pentagon's Cyber Command over the next two years.<p>But where will they come from? These are not the kind of skills you can teach in basic training.<p>Enter the embattled National Security Agency. Its new director, Adm. Michael Rogers, also directs the Cyber Command. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:57:00 +0000 David Welna 46797 at http://northernpublicradio.org What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors