- 2 men charged in California in terrorism probe Updated: May-22-15 7:28 pm
SANTA ANA, California - Two California men arrested by the FBI aspired to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, federal prosecutors said Friday.
- What happens to collection of phone records if law expires? Updated: May-22-15 3:45 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists.
- Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol Updated: May-22-15 10:29 am
WASHINGTON - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.
- Prosecutors: Minnesota men who tried to join IS made threats Updated: May-22-15 12:22 am
MINNEAPOLIS - One Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he'd kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he'd "spit on America" at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document filed Thursday by prosecutors.
- Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority Updated: May-21-15 10:10 pm
WASHINGTON - The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.
- German spy chief says mistakes made in cooperation with NSA Updated: May-21-15 6:23 pm
BERLIN - Germany's foreign spy chief said Thursday that his agency made mistakes in its dealings with U.S. counterparts, but warned that probes intended to shed light on possible wrongdoing could threaten intelligence cooperation with allies.
- 2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change Updated: May-21-15 2:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African-Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform.
- For US allies, paradigm shift in intelligence collection Updated: May-20-15 10:25 am
PARIS - Fearful of an expanding extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities with new technology, new laws and - in at least one case - a searing debate on how much the American government should be allowed to spy on their own citizens.
- Christie call for larger military, more US intervention Updated: May-18-15 3:16 pm
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made the case Monday for a more active U.S. presence overseas, including a larger military and defended the government's intelligence-collection efforts in a speech laying out his foreign policy platform.
- Upstate NY post office to be named for fallen CIA officer Updated: May-18-15 3:04 am
MONROE, New York - An Orange County post office is being named in honor of a hometown hero who was killed while serving as a CIA officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- McConnell: House phone records bill could make US "go dark" Updated: May-17-15 12:19 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says House-passed legislation effectively could cause the country to "go dark" when it comes to collecting Americans' phone records.
- Ohio cases highlight challenges in domestic terror probes Updated: May-16-15 11:31 am
CINCINNATI - The father of one of the men described him as a stay-at-home "Mommy's boy," while the other young man's attorney said he was "a normal 23-year-old kid."
- Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions Updated: May-15-15 11:49 am
WARSAW, Poland - Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country - prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing.
- House Roll Call: Ending bulk collection of US phone records Updated: May-13-15 6:46 pm
The 338-88 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records and replace it with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis.
- Top senator: Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up Updated: May-13-15 11:21 am
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks.
- Regents OK deal with NSA for credits toward DSU degree Updated: May-12-15 10:58 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - National Security Agency employees will soon be able to count their cybersecurity training at the agency toward college credit at Dakota State University under a proposal the state Board of Regents approved at a Tuesday meeting.
- Police say they didn't see FBI bulletin before Texas attack Updated: May-11-15 8:40 pm
GARLAND, Texas - Hours before two would-be terrorists attacked a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, the FBI sent local authorities the license plate number and photo of one of the shooters, who had a prior terrorism-related conviction, but police said Monday they didn't see the intelligence bulletin in time.
- Lawmaker attacks torture defense by former CIA leader Updated: May-11-15 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON - A new book by a former CIA leader seeks to "justify the CIA's failings" with inaccurate criticisms of the Senate intelligence committee's investigation into the agency's use of torture, the key senator behind the investigation said Monday.
- FBI says U.K. man accused of rape may have more victims Updated: May-09-15 5:20 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - A man from Wales accused of traveling to Oregon to rape a 10-year-old girl he met through an online chat program has previously traveled to other states in the United States, and there might be other victims, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Utah's Lee fundraises off NSA spying Updated: May-08-15 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee is raising money off his opposition to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.
- 5 things to know about the NSA court ruling Updated: May-08-15 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the program before June 1, when the legal provisions authorizing it expire.
- New push to give Pentagon the lead on drone strikes Updated: May-08-15 10:26 am
WASHINGTON - The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan - and the rhetorical contortions required of the president when he informed the world - have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled plan to give the Pentagon primacy over targeted killing of terrorists overseas.
- Germany: no damage to US relations from spy affair Updated: May-08-15 8:29 am
BERLIN - The German government said Friday that it doesn't expect questions about its spy agency's cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency to damage relations with Washington.
- FBI sent out bulletin about gunman before Texas attack Updated: May-08-15 1:39 am
WASHINGTON - Federal investigators learned several hours before a provocative cartoon contest in Texas that a man under investigation for extremist activities might show up and alerted local authorities, but had no indication that he planned to attack the event, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.
- Missouri lawmakers OK bill in bid to keep federal spy agency Updated: May-07-15 3:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers have endorsed a plan to keep a federal intelligence agency in the St. Louis area.