David Welna http://kanw.com en Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans http://kanw.com/post/military-dogs-advocates-say-canines-arent-pets-theyre-vets It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.<p>Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.<p>Congress passed a law last year saying the military <em>may</em> bring back its working dogs to the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 David Welna 46343 at http://kanw.com Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://kanw.com/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 46278 at http://kanw.com The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil http://kanw.com/post/snowden-whistleblowers-who-tried-lift-veil Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 46219 at http://kanw.com Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil FBI, NSA Spied On American Muslims, Report Says http://kanw.com/post/fbi-nsa-spied-american-muslims-report-says Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. It's been more than a year since Edward Snowden fled the country with top-secret, digital documents from the National Security Agency, and revelations about what he took keep coming. The latest appeared yesterday, in the online publication The Intercept. Its headline is, "Meet The Muslim-American Leaders The FBI And NSA Have Been Spying On," and it was co-written by Glenn Greenwald. Five prominent Muslim citizens are profiled. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 David Welna 45696 at http://kanw.com Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions http://kanw.com/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 20:06:00 +0000 David Welna 45379 at http://kanw.com Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq http://kanw.com/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 44921 at http://kanw.com Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil? http://kanw.com/post/what-exactly-are-us-interests-iraqs-turmoil 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 22:27:00 +0000 David Welna 44716 at http://kanw.com What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil? Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle http://kanw.com/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 44448 at http://kanw.com Feinstein Wants CIA To Speed 'Torture Report' Release http://kanw.com/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 22:53:00 +0000 David Welna 43216 at http://kanw.com Feinstein Wants CIA To Speed 'Torture Report' Release Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers http://kanw.com/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 43004 at http://kanw.com Sanctions Put Pentagon's Business Deals With Russia Up For Debate http://kanw.com/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 42744 at http://kanw.com 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://kanw.com/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 20:13:00 +0000 David Welna 42665 at http://kanw.com What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors http://kanw.com/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 15:22:00 +0000 David Welna 42597 at http://kanw.com What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network http://kanw.com/post/angry-hearing-hill-cockamamie-twitter-network Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was incensed that he only learned about the creation of a Twitter-like network in Cuba through press accounts. He had the chance Tuesday to vent his frustration when USAID administrator Rajiv Shah appeared before Leahy's committee. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 David Welna 41632 at http://kanw.com With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is http://kanw.com/post/1b-aid-ukraine-congress-puts-money-where-its-mouth Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The House and the Senate both voted overwhelmingly today for aid to Ukraine and sanctions for Russia's annexation of Crimea. The bipartisan response to the crisis follows weeks of partisan wrangling. Differences between the two bills still have to be ironed out. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 David Welna 41148 at http://kanw.com Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices http://kanw.com/post/out-white-house-and-congress-two-proposals-change-nsa-practices Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Public outrage over NSA surveillance programs that collect data about Americans is forcing some big change. Documents revealing the security agency's methods have been trickling out in the press for months, thanks to leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.<p>SIEGEL: One of the big revelations is that the government secretly collects records of phone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 David Welna 41037 at http://kanw.com Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors http://kanw.com/post/senate-cia-clash-goes-behind-closed-doors The dust is still settling on Capitol Hill after California Democrat Dianne Feinstein fired a verbal bazooka at the Central Intelligence Agency <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/11/289060441/cia-tampered-with-senate-panel-s-work-feinstein-says">Tuesday morning from the Senate floor</a>.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee's chairwoman — normally a stalwart of Washington's spooks — essentially accused the spy agency of illegally and unconstitutionally spying on its congressional overseers.<p>Specifically, Feinstein charged that the CIA had searched computers used by her commi Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:22:00 +0000 David Welna 40585 at http://kanw.com Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military http://kanw.com/post/hagels-hill-pushing-slimmer-military Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour on Capitol Hill, where the secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs were grilled today by lawmakers. The Pentagon leaders appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to defend the proposed cuts in military spending. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 David Welna 40159 at http://kanw.com House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill http://kanw.com/post/house-vote-clean-debt-limit-bill Tuesday saw a rarity in Congress these days: a "clean" bill.<p>The House passed one to raise the debt limit, a move that avoids a possible default later this month.<p>In the past, House Republicans have used this debate to extract concessions from President Obama and congressional Democrats.<p>But not this time. House Republicans demanded nothing in return. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:56:00 +0000 David Welna 39302 at http://kanw.com House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill House Sets Vote On Raising Debt Limit http://kanw.com/post/house-sets-vote-raising-debt-limit House leaders have had weeks to come up with a plan to deal with the nation's debt limit. Now, the day before they want to leave town for a break, it appears they've essentially decided to throw in the towel. They plan to put a bill on the House floor raising the debt ceiling for a year without any conditions attached. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:28:00 +0000 David Welna 39283 at http://kanw.com