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Matt Lauer's Clinton-Trump Forums: He 'Totally Blew It'

Critics call 'Today' host's interviews with Trump, Clinton 'pathetic,' sexist

(Newser) - If you weren't sure what all the tweets this morning with the #LaueringTheBar hashtag were all about, you may not have seen NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" military forum Wednesday night with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, helmed by Today Show host Matt Lauer. Critics say that during the hourlong... More »

Open Letter Supporting Trump Has 88 Notable Signatures

Retired military officials: He's the one we need to protect our national security

(Newser) - National security is the theme of Election 2016 this week, with an NBC-MSNBC forum on that topic Wednesday night and lots of apparent new support on that front for Donald Trump. The New York Times reports that 88 retired military figures—described by retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn... More »

Trump About to Get His First Classified Briefing

ABC says he's bringing Chris Christie with him

(Newser) - Donald Trump's worst critics won't be happy with this piece of information from ABC News : The candidate will receive his first classified security briefing on Wednesday from the FBI. Trump will visit the field office in New York City and bring Chris Christie and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn,... More »

Area 51 Has a Top-Secret Neighbor Base

Area 6 used to test UAVs, official says

(Newser) - Twelve miles northeast of Area 51 lies Area 6—a site that might be as mysterious as its more famous neighbor. Never heard of it? That's not surprising. Government officials have long kept mum about Area 6, part of Nevada's national security site, which is home to a... More »

Chelsea Manning Tweets From Behind Bars

'Thank you all for your love and support,' she says

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning may be in prison, but she's communicating with the world at up to 140 characters a time. Yep, Manning is on Twitter while serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, USA Today reports. What's more, she's got 40,000 followers at @xychelsea... More »

New to Maryland Skies: $1B Spy Blimp

$2.8B cruise-missile system finally ready to launch

(Newser) - It's a good year for the military's spy blimp program : After years of delays, a huge blimp-like airship will take to the skies over Maryland sometime in the next week as part of a $2.8 billion project that the military says is designed to spot cruise missiles... More »

Twitter Suit: Gov't Won't Let Us Talk About Data Requests

Tech giant's complaint says restrictions violate its First Amendment rights

(Newser) - First rule about government requests for information: Don't talk about government requests for information. That's one rule Twitter doesn't want to play by, leading to a lawsuit filed today that claims the US government is violating the company's First Amendment rights by forcing it to keep... More »

China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security

Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen

(Newser) - China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters . A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “... More »

Analysis: Obama's Transparency Push a Flop

Feds cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times

(Newser) - The Obama administration pledged to boost transparency in the White House from the get-go, but it hasn't exactly been a promise kept. In virtually every category, the government's efforts to be more open about its activities in 2013 were their worst since Barack Obama first took office, the... More »

Navy Admiral Is Obama's Pick for Next NSA Director

Mike Rogers will be appointed: Hagel

(Newser) - A Navy admiral is President Barack Obama's choice to be the next head of the controversy-ridden National Security Agency. Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the Navy's Cyber Command and a former intelligence director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being appointed to lead the NSA,... More »

Feds Set to Ban Profiling by Religion, Nationality

But national security loophole may stay open

(Newser) - The Justice Department is poised to ban federal agents from profiling suspects by religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation as well as race, reports the New York Times . Sources say Attorney General Eric Holder, who has condemned profiling in the past, revealed plans to expand the ban on racial profiling... More »

FBI's Primary Mission? Not Law Enforcement Anymore

In change, it's now 'national security'

(Newser) - The FBI fact sheet used to read, "The primary function of the FBI is law enforcement." But now, Foreign Policy reports, it's been changed to read, "The primary function of the FBI is national security." It's no big surprise, considering that ever since 9/11,... More »

Amnesty for Snowden? NSA Bosses Split

They fear he could reveal 'road map' of US know-how

(Newser) - 60 Minutes last night offered a window into the NSA's thinking on how to handle Edward Snowden and his cache of information. In an interview, Rick Ledgett, head of the task force investigating Snowden's impact, didn't rule out the possibility of amnesty, per CNET : It's... More »

Guardian Has Published Just 1% of Snowden Materials: Editor

Alan Rusbridger faces questions over national security

(Newser) - The Guardian has only published about 1% of some 58,000 files leaked by Edward Snowden—and it's unlikely to "publish a huge amount more," says editor Alan Rusbridger. He spoke to a British parliamentary committee as he faces scrutiny over whether the paper had weakened national... More »

Gore Blasts NSA's 'Crimes Against the Constitution'

He predicts NSA will be forced to rein in 'absurd' surveillance practices

(Newser) - Al Gore is definitely not among those buying the line that US surveillance practices are above-board and business as usual. Among the words he used to describe the methods unveiled by Edward Snowden in a speech last night in Canada: "absurd," "outrageous," "crimes against the... More »

NSA's Aim: To 'Utterly Master' Intelligence

NY Times offers in-depth look at 'omniscient' agency's operations

(Newser) - A lengthy report in the New York Times , based on thousands of documents shared by the Guardian via Edward Snowden, offers an in-depth look at an agency that can "seem omniscient," with eyes everywhere tracking even the smallest matters. The material obtained—whether years of stored text messages,... More »

Editor: I Wouldn't Have Published Snowden's Secrets

2 UK newspapers slam the Guardian for risking national security

(Newser) - Snaring access to Edward Snowden, and all the documents in his possession, has generally been regarded a huge coup for the Guardian newspaper. But at least two other British newspapers don't agree. Following claims by MI5's new chief that the paper's exposes have been a "guide... More »

Help National Security: Curb Animal Poaching

Funds go to terrorist groups, say op-ed writers

(Newser) - The US needs to get way more aggressive in stopping animal poachers worldwide—not just for moral reasons but for its own national security, write three advocates in the New York Times . Poaching is a major source of revenue for terror organizations, and poachers' links to groups such as al-Qeada,... More »

The TSA: Now Guarding Music Festivals?

Not to mention sports matches, rodeos...

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration is turning up in some unexpected places these days. The organization was originally created for airport security, but after the Madrid train bombing in 2005, special teams known as Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response were deployed. The groups are now working in train stations, highway weigh... More »

DC's New Protectors? Blimps

Two will begin radar patrols within a year

(Newser) - At some point within the next year, DC will get a missile shield of sorts—courtesy of two white blimps. Made by defense contractor Raytheon, the $2.7 billion blimps will float 10,000 feet above the city and use their high-tech surveillance systems to keep an eye out for... More »

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