June 10, 2013 |
The important thing right now isn't whether Edward Snowden should be labeled a hero or villain. First, let's have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy. Then we can decide how history should remember him. Snowden is the 29-year-old intelligence analyst and computer geek who leaked some of the National Security Agency's most precious secrets to journalists from The Post and the Guardian. He is now on the lam, having checked out of the Hong Kong hotel where he holed up for several weeks as he orchestrated a...
November 11, 2012
As President Obama reflects on how to fill the vacancy created by the abrupt resignation of CIA Director David H. Petraeus [front page, Nov. 10], he should think about how to lift this position above the maelstrom of day-to-day partisan politics. One way would be the model adopted for the FBI, whose responsibilities in many ways mirror domestically those that the CIA has abroad. That is to say, make the CIA appointment for 10 years. Too often in the past, not only have political pressures buffeted CIA...
October 20, 2012 |
1 The Pope's Jews: The Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews From the Nazis , by Gordon Thomas (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $27.99). Pius XII, the pope during World War II, supposedly did little as Europe's Jews were exterminated wholesale. But in "The Pope's Jews," Gordon Thomas sets out to debunk that notion. Rather than stand idly by, he argues, Pius XII oversaw a covert network of priests, nuns and Roman citizens who forged documents and smuggled Jewish refugees safely to Switzerland, the United States and Palestine while Vatican infirmaries became...
September 21, 2012 |
Iran recently has mounted a series of disruptive computer attacks against major U.S. banks and other companies in apparent retaliation for Western economic sanctions aimed at halting its nuclear program, according to U.S. intelligence and other officials. In particular, assaults this week on the Web sites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America probably were carried out by Iran, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Friday.
June 13, 2012 |
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project. At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat...
June 12, 2012 |
A group of Senate Republicans introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to appoint a special counsel to investigate the leaks to reporters of classified national security information about U.S. military and intelligence operations. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), came on the heels of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which several GOP lawmakers argued that the two U.S. attorneys appointed by Holder to investigate the...