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  • Lawyers Discuss Privacy Concerns in Modern Era
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    Modern Surveillance and Privacy

    Lawyers and former security officials talked about how consumers, corporations, and governments approach surveillance, privacy, and national security. Toward the end of the discussion, the…

  • Senators Seek Answers on Monitored Calls with Foreign Leaders at FISA Hearing
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    FISA Reauthorization

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Section 702 permits intelligence agencies to access…

  • Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Part 1
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    Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Part 1

    The Atlantic hosted a series of conversations with current and former senior government officials about the state of national and homeland security 15 years after the September 11, 2001,…

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on FISA Reauthorization
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    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, National Security and Privacy

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act, which was up for reauthorization in 2017. Former national security and…

  • George Washington University National Security and Cybersecurity Conference
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    George Washington University National Security and Cybersecurity Conference, Part 2

    Representatives from the U.S. government, the French government, and the private sector discussed tracking and preventing terrorist travel. Then, three former government intelligence officials discussed the…

  • Discussion on the Role of Intelligence
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    Intelligence and National Security

    The Heritage Foundation hosted a day-long event on the role of intelligence in national security and counterterrorism efforts. In the first panel discussion, former defense and intelligence…

  • Hearing on Global Terrorist Threats
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    Global Terrorist Threats

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen testified at a House Homeland…

  • Discussion on NSA Surveillance Programs
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    Consequences of Surveillance

    Panelists talked about the political and public consequences of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance programs. Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center,…

  • Matthew Olsen on ISIS and AlQaeda Threat
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    ISIS and Al-Qaeda

    Matthew Olsen talked about the threat of ISIS* and al-Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East, and efforts being made by U.S. and international community to curb those threats. He said there was no…

  • Hearing on Ukraine Syria and the Middle East
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    Syria, Ukraine, and the Middle East

    Officials from the State and Defense Departments and foreign policy scholars testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the growing threat of terrorism in Syria and sectarianism…

  • Hearing World Wide Threats
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    Global Threats to the U.S.

    Intelligence officials testified on global threats to the U.S. Topics included the operation of al-Qaida training camps in Syria and Iraq, the impact of NSA wiretaps by Edward Snowden, the…

  • Hearing Global Security Threats
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    Global Security Threats

    Directors from four intelligence agencies gave their annual assessment of global threats to the United States. James Clapper in his testimony urged former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward…

  • Georgetown Law Hosts Discussion on Intelligence Gathering
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    National Security Agency Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering

    Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), gave the keynote address at a Georgetown University Law Center discussion on proposed changes by Congress to National Security Agency (NSA)…

  • Senators Consider Threats to the US
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    National Security Threats

    FBI Director James Comey, National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, and acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers testified on national security threats. They said that cyber attacks…

  • Counterterrorism
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    The current and former directors of the National Counterterrorism Center talked about current terrorism threats, intelligence oversight, data collection and surveillance, and civil liberties. They responded to questions from…

  • Senate Intelligence Cmte Hearing on Worldwide Threats to the US
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    Global Security Threats and Intelligence Operations

    James Clapper and other intelligence officials testified about current and future threats to the United States. Among the topics they addressed were cybersecurity threats, the Obama…

  • Homeland Security Threats and Response
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    Homeland Security Threats and Response

    Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins, and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Matthew Olsen testified in an annual hearing on security…

  • Homeland Security Threats
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    Homeland Security Threats

    Secretary Napolitano and Matthew Olsen updated the committee on current and emerging terrorist threats. Among the issues addressed in the hearing were cargo security, domestic radicalization, and…

  • Threats to US National Security
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    Threats to U.S. National Security

    Intelligence leaders testified at an annual hearing about security threats facing the U.S. at home and abroad. Among the issues they discussed were al-Qaida, Iran, Pakistan, and cyber…

  • FBI Counterterrorism and Intelligence Operations Part 2
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    FBI Counterterrorism and Intelligence Operations, Part 2

    Robert Mueller and Matthew Olsen assessed current terrorism threats against the U.S. They focused on the threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which remained despite the death of…

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