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Newspapers: 'Whistle-Blower' Snowden Deserves Clemency

The New York Times and Britain's The Guardian have published editorials saying accused spy Edward Snowden has sparked an important debate about the proper limits of electronic surveillance.
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Is U.S. Ready Rethink Sept. 11 Security Policies?

President Obama will announce this year how he wants to overhaul operations at the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies. The NSA surveillance activities disclosed by Edward Snowden have been criticized by Congress and others. In the past, reports of intelligence abuses or failures have prompted significant changes.
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Dying Lawyer Convicted Of Aiding Terrorism Leaves Prison

In 2005, Lynn Stewart was convicted of helping blind Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.
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Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

Japan's tough new law protecting state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. But the controversial law has triggered widespread outrage in Japan and undermined the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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'Times' Report Finds No al-Qaida Involvement In Benghazi Attack

In a 7,000-word investigative report published by The New York Times on Sunday, David Kirkpatrick revisits last year's assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Kirkpatrick finds that — contrary to much commentary from mostly Republican members of Congress — al-Qaida was not involved. He joins Robert Siegel to talk about his reporting and the backlash against his conclusions.
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Report Details NSA's Alleged High-Tech Tricks For Snaring Data

The NSA's Tailored Access Operations division uses everything from modified USB plugs to fake cell towers to access targets' data, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. The agency's elite TAO unit focuses on producing high-quality and hard-to-gain intelligence, Der Spiegel reports.
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No Al-Qaida Link In Benghazi Attack, 'New York Times' Reports

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in the Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The newspaper says the attack was led by local fighters and was fueled in large part by anger at a video denigrating Islam.
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Four U.S. Military Personnel Held By Libyan Government Released

The Americans were detained by the Libyan government outside Tripoli and are being held in custody.
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U.S. Judge Says NSA Phone Data Program Is Legal, Valuable

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's huge telephone data collection program is legal. In a written opinion, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said the program is a valuable tool to combat terrorism specifically because the records collection is so broad.
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Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Rejecting a challenge by the ACLU to the program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said Friday that the collection of data represented "a government counter-punch" against al-Qaida. The ruling comes less than two weeks after another judge said the program violated the Constitution.

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