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Stories with subject: Intelligence agencies
  • Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot story has video
    Updated: May-06-15 2:42 am

    PHOENIX - About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

  • Austria files criminal complaint over alleged NSA snooping 
    Updated: May-05-15 2:10 pm

    VIENNA - Austria is asking for a legal investigation of allegations that the German intelligence service helped the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdrop on the country's political leaders.

  • Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists.

  • Ex-CIA official: GOP distorted agency analysis of Benghazi 
    Updated: May-04-15 12:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - A former CIA deputy director says Republicans repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012 that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. He also says U.S. intelligence agencies failed to recognize that al-Qaida would rapidly regain strength after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • Under-fire German spy chief says his agency not a 'US tool' 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:07 am

    BERLIN - Germany's top spy has rejected opposition charges that the country's foreign intelligence agency acted against national interests in cooperating with U.S. counterparts.

  • Summer camps with a mission: To create cybersecurity experts story has photos
    Updated: May-02-15 12:11 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the chance to fly drones and earn special patches.

  • Congressman pushes for hostage czar to ensure coordination 
    Updated: May-01-15 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The congressman who represents the Maryland district of the family of an American captive killed in a drone strike is pushing for the creation of a hostage czar to coordinate government efforts to free those held.

  • Airbus to take legal action over alleged German, US spying 
    Updated: May-01-15 12:25 pm

    BERLIN - European aviation company Airbus said Friday it is taking legal action following reports that it was targeted by German and U.S. intelligence agencies.

  • Ex-FBI agent pleads not guilty to lying during Bulger trial 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 5:19 pm

    BOSTON - A former FBI agent lied to jurors during mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's trial and overstated his professional accomplishments, including falsely claiming to be the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr., federal officials said Thursday in announcing a perjury case against him.

  • White House: Facilitating ransom not the same as paying 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 4:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - Despite a U.S. ban on ransom payments to terrorists, the White House said Thursday that federal officials helping to facilitate a payment is not the same as actually paying a ransom.

  • House reaches deal on bill to end NSA phone collection 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 1:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that would end the National Security Agency's controversial collection of American phone records, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

  • FBI: Florida man jailed on gun charge claims terror sympathy 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 5:13 pm

    MIAMI - A South Florida man jailed on weapons charges allegedly told an FBI informant he sympathized with the Islamic State terrorist group and wanted to shoot people.

  • CIA manager who had been removed from his job is back 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:49 am

    WASHINGTON - A top CIA manager who had been removed from his job last year for abusive management has been named to a senior role in the agency department that conducts drone strikes.

  • Feds say Ohio man wanted to follow brother's terrorist path 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 2:59 pm

    Some events leading to the indictment of an Ohio man on charges he trained with terrorists as part of a plot to return to the U.S. to kill Americans, according to an April 16 federal indictment and documents filed by the FBI in support of search warrants on Sept. 18, 2014 and Jan. 30, 2015:

  • Ex-president OK'd CIA site, denies knowing what it was for 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 11:47 am

    BUCHAREST, Romania - A former Romanian president has acknowledged approving the CIA's request for a site in Romania, but said he would have refused had he known how it would be used.

  • Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:31 pm

    MCLEAN, Virginia - A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.

  • Mistaken killings by US drone show limits of spycraft 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of al-Qaida hostages in Pakistan by a U.S. drone, which President Barack Obama called a regrettable mistake, illustrates the limitations of U.S. intelligence even in a region that has been closely watched for more than a decade.

  • Experts say drone strikes appear in bounds of US law story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-23-15 4:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Thursday that recent U.S. strikes that killed Americans were consistent with guidelines for counterterrorism efforts, and experts say the attacks appear to have been within the bounds of U.S. law despite what the president called "deadly mistakes."

  • Minnesota mother shocked that 2 sons face terror charges story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 8:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Adnan Abdihamid Farah's parents took his passport away last year when it came in the mail, and his mother would later tell authorities she feared her son would "disappear."

  • Man seeks to erase terrorism conviction, blames attorney 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 5:37 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faced a key courtroom test Wednesday.

  • Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 2:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness.

  • Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 11:25 am

    WASHINGTON - Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American.

  • Where US sees terror prevention, some Muslims see profiling story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-15 12:18 pm

    MISSION VIEJO, California - Sameer Mohiuddin grew more confused by the second as panelists speaking at his Southern California mosque trumpeted a new national initiative to prevent violent extremism.

  • AP Was There: Original AP report of Oklahoma bombing 
    Updated: Apr-17-15 3:58 pm

    EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.

  • Kansas imam: Man accused of bomb plot had mental problems 
    Updated: Apr-10-15 7:31 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - The imam of a Topeka mosque says a 20-year-old man accused of planning a suicide attack at Fort Riley was mentally ill and was brought to the mosque by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for counseling.