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Bradley Manning To Appear In Court In Leaks Case

Supporters say the Army private is a whistle-blower and a hero, but prosecutors will make the case that Manning is responsible for one of the biggest leaks in decades. During the proceedings, which begin Friday at Fort Meade, Md., both sides have an opportunity to make their case.
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The Technology Helping Repressive Regimes Spy

As protesters in the Middle East use social media to communicate, the regimes they're battling are using sophisticated technology to intercept their emails and text messages. Journalist Ben Elgin details how Western companies are providing software and equipment to help Middle Eastern governments crack down on dissidents.
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As U.S. Departs, Iraq Faces An Uncertain Future

As the final U.S. troops prepare to leave, Iraq remains divided politically. Despite the country's oil wealth, its economy is weak. And U.S. officials are concerned about the role that Iran will try to play in Iraq.
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Brennan Discusses Defense Authorization Bill

Robert Siegel speaks with John Brennan, chief counterterrorism adviser to President Obama, about why the administration is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization bill if it contains certain sections passed by the Senate.
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Congress Pushes Bills To Promote Cybersecurity

Congress isn't doing much — with the major exception of cybersecurity. Citing rare bipartisan agreement and a common sense of purpose, members of both parties are advancing bills designed to protect American businesses and government agencies from hackers and intellectual property pirates. The proposed laws allow the government to block Americans' access to certain overseas websites, as well as make it legal for Internet service providers to share with the government information about emails and other traffic traveling their networks, in the interest of detecting and stopping cyberattacks. Sponsors of the bills say they're necessary to protect the U.S. from hacker disaster. But skeptics say the fears are overblown, and the legislation could take the U.S. closer to having its own version of the Great Firewall of China.
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Questions Surround FBI Agent's Disappearance

The case of a former FBI agent who disappeared from an Iranian resort island nearly five years ago has come back into the headlines. His family has decided to tell the media, for the first time, about some developments in the case that occurred last year — including a video of the former agent, Robert Levinson, who is shown asking the government to work for his release. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks to Lynn Neary about the questions surrounding the case and the family's efforts to bring Levinson home.
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White House Issues Plan To Fight Terrorism At Home

The White House released a plan Thursday that is meant to beef up the fight against homegrown terrorism in this country. The strategy depends on recruiting local partners who are better positioned to identify people who might be violent extremists in their communities. The plan is innovative. But it depends on training a roster of federal and local partners to recognize the signs of violent extremism — and it is precisely that training that has some experts concerned.

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