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Math Behind Leak Crackdown: 153 Cases, 4 Years, 0 Indictments

The deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency predicted that the Syrian conflict could continue for years. He warned that al Qaeda in Iraq will emerge stronger as a result of the conflict, and said sooner or later the West will have to confront the growing radical Islamist elements in Syria. Gen. Dunford, head of Coalition operations in Afghanistan, criticized talk of a "zero option" in Afghanistan as "unhelpful." The US is shifting some of its drone aircraft to reconnaissance missions beyond traditional, declared combat zones. Terrorism charges were filed yesterday against Mokhtar Belmokhtar, head of the al Qaeda-linked Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, for the attack at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria.

NSA surveillance program extended by court, intelligence officials reveal

US charges Belmokhtar with murder of Americans in Algerian gas plant attack

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgThe Justice Department charged Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al Qaeda's al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, or Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, with eight terrorism-related charges.

State Department agency deemed 'critical' to information security is a mess, report shows

Ex-CIA Milan base chief convicted of kidnapping 'detained in Panama'

Boston bombing suspect photo taken by Massachusetts police photographer

Drones increasingly opposed: Poll

The government is revising intelligence procedures in the wake of the Snowden affair to make sure all information is not accessible in one place, and to implement a "two-man rule." Shelton Thomas Bell, of Jacksonville, Fla., was indicted for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a.k.a. Ansar al Sharia. Bell had trained for jihad with others, made jihadist recruitment propaganda, solicited others to travel with him to join AQIM, and tried to travel to Yemen with a juvenile to join AQIM.

U.S. overhauling intelligence access in bid to prevent another Snowden

Military to Deploy Units Devoted to Cyber Operations

Obama's secret kill list - the disposition matrix

Huawei spies for China, says ex-CIA head

Beware of Hez in NY

The Arab League issued a statement endorsing Secretary of State Kerry's latest effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; Kerry did not reveal details of the proposals made to the Arab League. A dispute between the Afghan government and the US over taxation is slowing down the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. A federal appellate court upheld a law dealing with the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects.

Russia's Putin puts US ties above Snowden

Iranian Economists Call For 'Civil Movement' To Counter US-Led Sanctions

The CIA's New Black Bag Is Digital

Sweden - Stefan Svallfors Nominates Edward Snowden For Nobel Peace Prize

NSA leaker Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia. Emerson Begolly, 24, of Redbank Township, Pa., was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for promoting terrorist attacks over the Internet against US targets. Daniel Morley, a Boston area man who claimed to be an acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has been accused of threatening to blow up an airplane; he allegedly had materials for a pressure cooker bomb before the April 15 attacks. Secretary of Defense Hegel announced a 20 percent cut in top Pentagon staff for the period 2015-2019. Last week furloughs began for some 650,000 civilian Defense Dept. employees; $37 billion was slashed from defense spending this year.