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Trump Picks His National Intelligence Director

Former senator Dan Coats gets the gig

(Newser) - Donald Trump will appoint former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, the AP reports. The pick could be announced later this week, according to a person briefed Thursday on the decision. Coats is a conservative who spent 16 years in the Senate. He announced his retirement last... More »

US Spy Chiefs: Cyber Threat Is on Par With Terrorism

Cyber Command looks to go on offense

(Newser) - With China , Iran , and other countries increasingly hacking the United States, its infrastructure, and its companies, the Pentagon is stepping up its cyber defense operations in a major way—provided Washington's budget battles don't hamstring its efforts, reports the Washington Post . Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the... More »

Wiretaps Continue Under Lapsed Law

Nervous phone firms agree to cooperate with government

(Newser) - US spy agencies are continuing wiretap surveillance despite the fact that a law re-authorizing the administration's controversial program failed to pass a divided legislature last weekend. Telecommunications companies are cooperating with the government despite concerns, Reuters reports. Wiretaps will resume under the current law "at least for now,"... More »

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