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Drawn By Twitter And Trained In Syria, Terrorists Could Turn West

The conflict in Syria has created a new threat: Terrorist groups working there might turn their sights on Europe or the U.S. Syria might be changing terrorism; does this pose a threat to the West?
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Latest Leak: U.K. Spied On Webchats, Grabbed Millions Of Images

According to more secrets spilled by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Britain's cyber spies downloaded snapshots of innocent Yahoo users. Much of what they saw was for adult audiences.
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Hagel Proposes Cuts To Size And Spending of Armed Forces

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has outlined his military spending priorities. His proposed cuts signal that the size of the armed forces, which grew to fight two wars, can't be sustained.
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Top Justice Dept. Official Quietly Stepped Down In December

Virginia Seitz, who led the influential Justice Department office that offers legal advice on surveillance, drones and other issues, resigned after 2 1/2 years on the job.
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Pentagon Officials To Outline Defense Budget Priorities

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will outline budget priorities during a news conference on Monday. A key question for the Pentagon: How to curb growth of military pay and benefits?
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New Military Ethics Chief Will Face A Full Plate

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to appoint a senior officer to oversee military ethics, in response to recent high-profile ethics problems. Whoever takes the job will face a stiff challenge.
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U.S. Official: Beijing Preparing For 'Short, Sharp' War With Japan

A senior intelligence officer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet says China has been wargaming a conflict in the East China Sea that might center around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain.
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U.K. Court OKs Detention Of Reporter Glenn Greenwald's Partner

David Miranda was stopped and held at London's Heathrow Airport for nine hours in August. Authorities seized a hard drive that had materials provided by "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.
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Debate: Was Edward Snowden Justified?

Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
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Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of

Federal authorities have arrested a Chinese national who is accused of trying to buy accelerometers from a company in suburban Seattle. Certain kinds of accelerometers are subject to export controls, because they're used to guide missiles and spacecraft. The U.S. has been trying to keep accelerometer technology under wraps for half a century. Even as some accelerometers were used to guide Cold War missiles into space and around the world, today's technological descendents allow you to play racing games on your iPhone.

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