The NSA survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives last week, but defenders of the
agency face an uphill battle to convince the public that the agency’s p
rograms can improve security without imperiling civil liberties.
In today’s Washington Post,
on vital NSA programs. He
writes: “When terrorist attacks succeed, members of Cong
ress are the first to demand that intelligenceofficials explain why they failed to
connect the dots.
Well, if Congress ends the metadata program, those
intelligence officials will have a simple answer: because you took away the field of dots.”
discusses a new RAND study about al Qaeda’sexpanding capabilities and scope. He concludes: “The fa
ct is, al Qaeda is not decimated, it is growing. Andif we want to find out what they are planning, we need to maintain a robust NSA terrorist surveillance
The Syrian state broadcaster is reporting that the Syrian army has recaptured the key rebel district of Khaldiyeh in the central city of Homs. If confirmed, this event would represent a major coup for the Assad
regime as the city links Damascus to the Alawite hinterland of Assad’s minority community.
will testify before the House Subcommittee on the Middle East
and North Africa at a hearing called “Th
Syria nexus and its implications for the region.” Click
tolivestream his testimony at 2:30 p.m. on July 31.
On Sunday, Pope Francis ended his trip to Brazil with a Mass before more than a million people gathered on
a beach in Rio de Janeiro, reflecting the Vatican’s ambition to arrest the loss of worshipers in Latin America.
weighs in on Peru’s progress under President Humala in
Humala is interested in is popularity he could follow the examples of populists in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador,and Venezuela who pander to their base to consolidate power. He has not done that. As long as Humala
continues to put his country’s progress ahead of his own interests he deserves the encouragement of those
who want Peru
Citing widespread voting irregularities, Cambodia’s opposition party has rejected the ruling party’s victory announcement in this weekend’s parliamentary elections.
released a research paper that analyzesthe impact of resource security concerns on Japanese foreign policy. See the full text of the paper,
“Ensuring Japan’s critical resource security: Case studies in rare earth element and natural gas supplies,”
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