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Report: Spy Agencies' 'Black Budget' Reveals Intelligence Gaps

The Washington Post reports on documents sourced to former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that indicate critical shortfalls in information.
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The Drums Of War, Poolside Edition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will help direct an attack on Syria, if and when it happens. But for now he's in Brunei for the ASEAN Plus meeting, far from the drums of war. It's an opportunity to build military-to-military ties — and sell weapons. But the prospect of action in Syria is never far away.
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Limited U.S. Strikes ... Followed By Major Attacks On U.S.

When U.S. presidents opt for limited military action, the aim is to prevent drawing the U.S. into a larger conflict. But on several occasions in recent decades, such strikes have been followed by devastating attacks against U.S. targets.
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Outage Summer: What To Know About The Syrian Electronic Army

The New York Times website reportedly was under attack by hackers on Tuesday. Here's a primer on the Syrian Electronic Army, the activist hacker group that's responsible for taking down or taking control of the sites of major news organizations.
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Facebook: U.S. Wanted Data On 20,000 Of Its Users This Year

Governments in 74 countries wanted information on 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, according to a report released by the social media giant.
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Snowden's Flight To Russia May Not Have Been Such A Shock

According to a Russian newspaper, the NSA leaker lived for a couple days at the Russian consulate in Hong Kong before his late June flight to Moscow. That raises questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Snowden's arrival was a "complete surprise."
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'I'd Tap That' And Other NSA Pick-Up Lines Are All The Rage

Revelations that national security officials have used their agency's eavesdropping power to spy on love interests has sparked a new meme: #NSAPickupLines
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U.S. Weighs Options On Syria After Reported Chemical Attack

President Obama is meeting with his national security team to discuss reports of Syria's use of chemical weapons, as the U.S. "repositions" warships armed with cruise missiles in the Mediterranean.
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Gunman Found Guilty On All Counts In Fort Hood Murder Rampage

During the court martial, Maj. Nidal Hasan acted as his own attorney and seemed intent on seeking the death penalty. The military jurors begin the sentencing phase on Monday.
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Tech Week That Was: National Security, Privacy And Ballmer

Further fallout from the National Security Agency leaks dominated the news as the partner of a Guardian reporter was detained in the U.K. and word emerged that hard drives at the newspaper had been destroyed. And Steve Ballmer's departure announcement raised speculation about who will succeed him as Microsoft's CEO.

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