July 17, 2013 |
More details emerged Wednesday concerning the case of a Norwegian "black metal" musician and neo-Nazi arrested on suspicion of planning a "a large terrorist act. " French authorities arrested Varg Vikernes and his wife Tuesday at a home near Salon-la-Tour, France. They remained in custody at a local police station. French police told the Wall Street Journal that Vikernes was the "author of aggressive racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments on Internet forums. " He had been under surveillance for some time and was found with several weapons.
July 12, 2013 |
Malala Yousafzai isn't the first to proclaim the pen mightier than the sword, but she is probably the only teenager to emerge defiant after taking a bullet for the right of literacy. The Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen nine months ago for defying their ban on girls' education celebrated her 16 th birthday Friday with an uplifting appeal for universal education in a speech to more than 1,000 young delegates to the United Nations. “Let us pick up our books and our pens.
July 9, 2013 |
A report from a Canadian research organization has again raised the uncomfortable question of whether Silicon Valley's technology is being used by so-called terrorist states to repress their citizens. On Tuesday, the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab released a report that focused on Blue Coat Systems and how its technology apparently is still part of Syria's state-sponsored telecommunications networks and is being used in Sudan...
June 28, 2013 |
Think you can escape the world's troubles by heading to the multiplex this summer? Think again. Terrorist schemes have a starring role in the season's action movies, triggering an assortment of mayhem - collapsing skyscrapers, spaceships flying into densely populated cities and bombers run amok. "Star Trek Into Darkness" features two attacks on crowded offices. The apparent villain in "Iron Man 3" bears a preternatural resemblance to Osama bin Laden. The survivors of collapsing high-rises in "Man of Steel" look just like New Yorkers covered in the gray ashes of the fallen World Trade Center towers.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Suspected terrorists have changed how they communicate and have become more difficult to track as a result of former contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about U.S. surveillance operations, according to current and former officials who say that the changes have led to a significant loss of intelligence. How much that loss amounts to remains unknown as the government's classified assessment is continuing, they said. In addition, Snowden's disclosures about eavesdropping in Russia and China gave each of those countries insights that are already thought to have impaired the National Security Agency's ability to intercept their communications, the officials said.
June 26, 2013 |
"White House Down" is a hoot and a half, a shameless popcorn entertainment that is preposterous and diverting in just about equal measure. This story of "the worst day this country ever had" - a roughly 12-hour period when an armed paramilitary group blows up the Capitol and takes over the White House - is very much something you get a kick out of against your better judgment. In fact, if the amount of disbelief that needs to be suspended to enjoy this movie could be turned into dollars, it would pay off the national debt with some money left over to buy star Channing Tatum, director Roland Emmerich and screenwriter James Vanderbilt a round of beers.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified Wednesday that the controversial National Security Agency surveillance program "has been a contributing factor, one dot among many dots" for tracking terrorist plots, and he admitted for the first time that the bureau had used surveillance drones inside the U.S. The FBI uses drones "in a very, very minimal way and very seldom," said Mueller, adding that "we have very few. " Mueller's comments...
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Recently disclosed National Security Agency surveillance programs have helped disrupt more than 50 "potential terrorist events" around the world over the last 12 years, according to U.S. intelligence officials who described the spying operations as tightly regulated and extremely useful. The officials, testifying Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, identified two new cases - an alleged plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange, and a U.S. resident who helped finance a terrorist group in Somalia - that they said proved the value of collecting domestic telephone calling records and monitoring foreign Internet traffic.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The director of the National Security Agency portrayed the collection of millions of U.S. telephone records each day as a limited program designed to thwart terrorist plots, but made it clear that the NSA needed only a "reasonable suspicion" of a terrorist link to search the vast databank, not a separate court order. Testifying on Capitol Hill for the first time since news reports exposed the secret NSA program last week, Gen. Keith Alexander said the provision in the Patriot Act that authorizes collection of so-called business records, including calling records, has helped prevent or disrupt "dozens of terrorist plots.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The federal government has amassed a database for at least seven years containing details on virtually every telephone call made within the United States or between this country and telephones abroad, officials said Thursday, providing the first glimpse of a vast secret domestic surveillance operation. The data collected include the phone numbers involved, the time, date and duration of calls and the route a call takes through telephone networks. Officials emphasized that the effort did not include listening to conversations.