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After 9 Detainees Transferred From Guantanamo, The Number Held There Drops To 80

The group transferred to Saudi Arabia represented just over 10 percent of the population that remained at Guantanamo. It's another step toward Obama's goal of shuttering the facility by next year.
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Bernie Sanders Looks At Foreign Policy Through An Economic Lens

Bernie Sanders has downplayed foreign policy in his presidential campaign, focusing primarily on domestic economic concerns. NPR looks at how a President Sanders might approach the world beyond our shores.
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Microsoft Sues U.S. Over Gag Orders On Government Surveillance

Microsoft is suing the Justice Department over gag orders that bar the company from informing customers when the government seeks information about them. Microsoft says the secrecy orders violate its free speech rights and customer legal protections against unreasonable searches.
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The Next Encryption Battleground: Congress

The top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel are floating a bill that would mandate cooperation in encryption cases, but critics say it creates a dangerous "back door."
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U.S.-Led Campaign Claws Back Turf From ISIS

President Obama convenes his National Security Council at CIA Headquarters on Wednesday. On the agenda: how to defeat ISIS, how to advance peace in Syria and how to achieve those two goals quickly.
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IRS Head Says Cybersecurity Problems Leave Taxpayers Vulnerable

With taxes on the minds of many Americans this week, a Senate committee looks at how vulnerable taxpayers' information is to cyber theft. The head of the IRS testifies on Capitol Hill.
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2016 Presidential Election Revives Discussion On Torture

Renee Montagne talks to ex-Rep. Jane Harman about the possibility of forms of torture now illegal in the U.S. being authorized by a future White House. Harman now heads the Woodrow Wilson Center.
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Does Carrying A Pistol Make You Safer?

Even as violent and property crimes fall, more Americans are carrying concealed handguns. Many think having a gun makes them safer, but the decision to shoot is a serious one with grave consequences.
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U.S. Navy Officer Involved With China Surveillance Charged With Espionage

The U.S. Navy charged an officer who was involved with the surveillance of China with espionage, alleging he divulged secret information that could hurt the security of the U.S. Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin is being held in pre-trail confinement as the Navy and FBI investigate the case.
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Director John Brennan Says CIA Will Not Torture Terror Suspects Again

CIA Director John Brennan says in a new interview that if he were ordered to torture detainees today — as presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would order if elected — Brennan and the agency would not comply. NPR explores the difficult legacy for Brennan and other intelligence officers of the George W. Bush-era actions by the CIA.

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