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Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge

Our story on March 13 concerning Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ views on the relationship between climate change and national security was based on excerpts from unpublished written exchanges between Mattis and several Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee following his Jan. 12 confirmation hearing.

March 17, 2017

Bannon’s Dangerous Domination of National Security

Bannon’s unprecedented role as a statutory member of the NSC where he speaks as an equal with the Secretaries of Defense and State is “bizarre,” said Daniel Benjamin, a former State Department official, in an email to AlterNet.

March 17, 2017
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

The Nuclear Danger Posed by Trump Has Only Grown

Before the 2016 election, author Eric Schlosser said the notion of Donald Trump “with the launch codes, capable of devastating cities and countries, is extraordinary. It’s like the plot out of a science-fiction film.” Now that film has become reality and the opening scenes are already scary.

March 16, 2017
Trump's Response To National Security Officials

Trump’s Response To 50 Republican National Security Officials: ‘They Don’t Feel Relevant’

“They don’t feel relevant because of that and they form a group and they go out and try to get some publicity for themselves and they hope that somebody else other than Trump wins because that way they can get a job.”

August 9, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans And Democrats Reside In Different Galaxies

It’s often noted that liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. But if the Republican National Convention is any indication, liberals and conservatives inhabit not just different worlds but different galaxies—far, far away from each other.

July 22, 2016
Police cars and fire trucks outside the Pulse night club in Orlando

Orlando Is Why We Need Surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch — twice — and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so. But in this massive lost opportunity to prevent a slaughter dwells a positive sign for our ability to stop future attacks. Law enforcement at least had its eye on him. Scarier would have been that it had never heard of Omar Mateen.

June 16, 2016

The Hangover Issues For 2016 Elections

Not too long after the New Year’s champagne is popped and the parties have ended and it’s back to the business of the 2016 elections, candidates and voters will wake up to a slate of issues that have hung over from the year before.

December 31, 2015

ACLU Pushes For More Transparency On No-Fly List

In a case that could help demystify how the FBI deems somebody a terror threat, the ACLU argued in federal court here Wednesday that the government has failed to comply with an earlier court order to tell people how they wound up on the no-fly list.

December 10, 2015

Post-Paris: Which Candidates Gain, Which Don’t

Is Paris making voters think more about the commander in chief part of the job of president?If so, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are up.

November 25, 2015

Pro-Israel Groups Divided Over Iran Going Into 2016

The Israel lobby — one of the most powerful in Washington — is divided over how to deal with Iran and leaders say the 2016 elections will focus more on national security than the previous few have.

July 8, 2015

Appealing To Hawks, Lindsey Graham Jumps Into The 2016 Presidential Ring

Sen. Lindsey Graham formally launched his presidential bid with a predictably foreign policy-heavy speech in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.

June 1, 2015
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Peter Stevens/Flickr)

GOP Campaign Slogan: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

“Republicans have always been trusted more on national security,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, “and Obama has been a weaker leader than people expected.”

May 2, 2015

Privacy vs. Security: How The Debate Changes

Can we ever be truly secure without giving up some privacy?

March 31, 2015

Obama Defends $4-Trillion Budget, Cites National Security

President Obama is warning Republicans not to play politics with America’s security.

February 2, 2015

6 Takeaways From Obama’s State Of The Union Speech

Here are six key points from President Obama’s big speech.

January 21, 2015

In New Book, Guantanamo Inmate Describes Beatings, Death Threats, And Mock Execution

One of Guantanamo’s longest-held prisoners shares his experience in a new book.

January 20, 2015

Administration: Few Guantanamo Detainees Turn To Terrorism After Release

Are Republicans overstating the dangers of releasing detainees from Guantanamo?

January 14, 2015
Security before the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014

Sony Hack Leaves U.S. In Quandary On How To Deal With North Korea

How do you punish the most heavily sanctioned country in the world?

December 19, 2014
Hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea

FBI Says North Korea Played Role In Sony Hacking Case

The U.S. has officially acknowledged North Korea’s role in the cyber attack against Sony.

December 19, 2014
Security before the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014

White House: Sony Hack A ‘Serious National Security Matter’

The federal government is taking the cyber attack very seriously.

December 18, 2014

Senate Report Confirms CIA Had ‘Black Site’ At Guantanamo, Hid It From Congress

Inside one of the most shocking revelations from the CIA torture report.

December 12, 2014

Intelligence Gleaned From CIA Torture Focus Of Debate

CIA officials are pushing back against the Senate’s conclusion that torture made America no safer.

December 11, 2014
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

CIA Chief Acknowledges Some ‘Abhorrent’ Terror Interrogations

Find out what John Brennan had to say in his first press conference since the release of the Senate torture report.

December 11, 2014
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (C) speaks to reporters about the committee's report on CIA interrogations at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 9, 2014 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Will We Torture Again?

The reaction to the Senate’s shocking torture report raises troubling questions about the future.

December 11, 2014

CIA Struggled To Keep Rationalizing Brutal Interrogations, Report Shows

The CIA kept finding new reasons to keep torturing prisoners.

December 10, 2014