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U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

The Senate Intelligence Committee points to a failure by the State Department to provide adequate security. The panel also says that some members of Congress have mischaracterized the Obama administration's statements in the days immediately after the 2012 attacks.

NSA Reportedly Can Monitor 100,000 Computers Worldwide

Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.

'Technologist' Could Assist Secret Court That Oversees NSA

On Morning Edition last week, retiring NSA official Chris Inglis said the agency is considering leaving telephone records in private hands. Steve Inskeep talks to Barton Gellman of The Washington Post about Inglis' recent remarks on phone and Internet data the agency has been gathering.

Congress Weighs In On NSA Overhaul Proposals

As President Obama prepared to announce changes to surveillance programs done by the National Security Agency, Congress heard from members of the panel that recommended major restructuring of NSA efforts.

Gates 'Immediately' Became Emotionally Attached To Troops

Steve Inskeep continues his conversation with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about his new memoir, Duty. Gates discusses his personal relationship with the armed forces and the intense emotional toll of being secretary of defense at a time when the nation is conducting two wars.

Surveillance Controversy: NSA Versus Tech Companies

National Security Agency officials say their relations with tech companies have been strained by the news of the agency's surveillance programs. Tech fortunes rest on the ability to keep their users' data secure, but the NSA wants access to that data.

Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR

Full transcript of unedited interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement

In Duty, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes that the Obama team was always "suspicious" of the military and never trusted senior leaders. The memoir is a case study in a long-standing cultural divide between the White House and the military.

Gates Memoir Could Prove Helpful To Hillary Clinton In 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a hit in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But she also receives high praise, which could prove very helpful.