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    Q&A on Embassy Closings and Terrorist Threats

    James Carafano, Heritage’s vice president for foreign and defense policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, sat down with us to answer some frequently asked questions about the recent terrorist threats, embassy closures, and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. Q. Is the threat against U.S. embassies credible? A. Yes. … More

    Morning Bell: Where NOT to Travel This Month

    The State Department closed 21 U.S. embassies over the weekend and issued a travel alert for Americans regarding the Middle East and northern Africa, warning of possible terrorist threats in the region. Where did the intelligence come from that prompted the caution? As NBC’s Brian Williams said, “It all began … More

    Snowden Asylum Is Burying Obama’s Russian "Reset"

    The Kremlin delivered a diplomatic blow to U.S.–Russian relations when Moscow granted former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a temporary political asylum. Now, the White House may cancel a U.S.–Russia summit that was scheduled for early September, and Obama’s Russian reset policy will require significant re-examination. This will be the first … More

    NSA, Immigration, and Obamacare: Here's What You Missed from Conversations with Conservatives

    Conservative members of Congress gathered Wednesday to talk with national press and bloggers about defunding Obamacare, the farm bill, immigration reform, and the National Security Agency leaks. Missed out on the live event? Don’t worry. You can watch the conversation here and read the top tweets below. Conservative forum turning … More

    Snowden “on a Leash”: The High-Stakes Game in Russia

    President Obama is considering cancellation of his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the September G-20 confab over Russia’s harboring of the American fugitive Edward Snowden. This would be the first time since the end of the Cold War that the U.S. cancels a previously scheduled summit. Snowden gave … More

    Snowden Asylum Request: Another Blow to Obama's Russia "Reset" Policy

    Last Sunday, a Russian consular official confirmed that former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden asked for political asylum in Russia. Snowden’s defection, announced after a week in Moscow, may be not an impulsive act but a thoroughly pre-planned operation. The Interfax news agency cited Kim Shevchenko, duty officer … More

    Edward Snowden Dodges Cybersecurity Regulations

    Edward Snowden, the leaker of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, was reportedly able to smuggle thousands of classified documents out of the NSA simply with thumb drives. Despite the NSA’s secret and powerful security measures, Snowden later arrived in Hong Kong with four laptops containing classified information. Three … More

    Snowden, Rafael Correa, and Ecuador

    The saga of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned “whistleblower” Edward Snowden continues to attract global attention. If press reports prove accurate, Snowden’s final destination may be Ecuador, where asylum has been requested. Ecuador is a South American nation of 15.5 million with a dollarized economy. Leftist president Rafael … More

    NSA Spying Stops Terrorism but Should Also Respect Liberties

    General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testified in an open hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence on how intelligence collection supports the national effort to fight transnational terrorism. For the first time, he revealed that more than 50 incidents of potential terrorism … More