July 20, 2013 |
The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrillas hiding nearby, it was an unexpected gift from the propaganda gods. Fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, filmed the charred wreckage on Sept. 18 and posted a video on YouTube . A narrator bragged unconvincingly that the group had shot down the drone. But for anyone who might doubt that the flying robot was really American,...
February 13, 2008
Legislation approved yesterday by the Senate would expand government powers to eavesdrop on terrorism and intelligence suspects. • Key provision : Expands government's authority to intercept -- without a court order -- the phone calls and e-mails of people in the United States communicating with others overseas. U.S. intelligence agencies previously needed warrants to monitor calls intercepted in the United States, regardless of whether the calls began or ended overseas.
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 patterns, and vacuum up...
June 25, 2013
Eugene Robinson was right when he said in " Disconnect this NSA program " [op-ed, June 21], "I don't believe we would be any less safe. " National Security Agency Chief Gen. Keith B. Alexander testified that surveillance that gathered U.S. phone records had helped prevent dozens of terrorist attacks. The prevention argument is an elephant whistle. In an old story, a salesman went to the jungle to sell elephant whistles to drive the pachyderms away. Frightened jungle residents asked if the device worked.
July 25, 2008
I thank The Post for the July 24 letter from Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, about Maryland State Police surveillance of antiwar protesters and opponents of the death penalty at public meetings some years ago. Mr. Cox found the police activity "shocking" and "outrageous. " And he said it was "mind-boggling" that "organizing and expressing dissent" were "treated as criminal. " But was dissent treated as a criminal activity? Can Mr. Cox identify a single dissenter who was arrested, an organizer who was indicted, a...
July 24, 2008
It is shocking that undercover Maryland State Police officers conducted surveillance on antiwar protesters and death penalty opponents for more than a year ["Police Spied on Activists in Md.," front page, July 18]. Among the targets of this surveillance were Amnesty International meetings, events and activists. Peacefully organizing and expressing dissent is a fundamental right. It is outrageous that such activity has been treated as criminal; the longevity of the program reveals a mind-boggling disregard for the rights of American citizens.