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Intelligence Chief: Shutdown Makes America More Vulnerable

A Senate hearing on surveillance raised alarms about the impact of the federal government shutdown on intelligence gathering. Intelligence chiefs said 70 percent of civilian workers at their agencies are being furloughed, and said they could not guarantee the US is safe during the shutdown.
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Clapper: Shutdown Hurts Intelligence, Counterterrorism Efforts

The director of national intelligence says that with 70 percent of spy agency staff on furlough, essential staff are being stretched thin.
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Marine Generals Forced To Retire A Year After Taliban Attack

Two Marine Corps generals have been asked to resign over an incident in Afghanistan a year ago. Taliban insurgents made their way onto a sprawling base and attacked NATO forces. Two Americans died and six Marine fighter jets were destroyed. The two generals reprimanded in the matter were found to bear responsibility for underestimating the threat to base security.
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Claim: Leaks About Al-Qaida Do More 'Damage' Than Snowden's

In August, there were reports that the terrorist network was planning new attacks. Since then, officials tell The New York Times, there's been a sharp drop in the number of messages being passed between al-Qaida operatives. They think the leaks lead terrorists to go quiet.
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The F-35's History Of Costly Problems

The Joint Strike Fighter is the largest and most expensive weapons program in history. It is suppose to be a "cheap" replacement for a number of fighters flown by every U.S. military service, but it's years behind schedule and billions over budget. Host Rachel Martin talks with Adam Ciralsky, who wrote an article in Vanity Fair about the troubled history of the F-35.
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Ex-U.S. Army Sniper Instructor Nabbed In Thai 'Hit Squad' Sting

The former sergeant allegedly helped recruit others from Europe and the U.S. to help carry out contract killings.
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Study: Effectiveness Of U.S. Drone Strikes Doubtful

The meta-analysis suggests that such attacks that kill militant leaders in Pakistan have little or no effect on the level of insurgent violence in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Are Somali-Americans More Likely To Be Radicalized?

Some experts in the U.S. say Somali-American young people are at greater risk of religious radicalization. Host Michel Martin speaks with homeland security advisor Mohamed Elibiary, and Mark Brunswick of Minnesota's Star Tribune about homegrown terrorism.
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Syrian Rebels: U.S. Distracted By Focus On Chemical Weapons

Syrian rebel groups say the pipeline of weapons, ammunition and nonlethal aid pledged by the U.S. has slowed in recent weeks, as the Obama administration has shifted focus to destroying President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons. The rebels have a broader goal: destroying the Assad regime.
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State Department Renews Global Terrorism Alert

Current information, the department said, indicates al-Qaida and its affiliates are still planning attacks on Americans.

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