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  • In this March 11, 2014, photo, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks to reporters as she leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. For President Barack Obama, a public spat between his trusted ally at the CIA and a loyal Democratic senator has put into sharp focus his complicated role in managing the post-Sept. 11 anti-terror programs he inherited from George W. Bush. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama refuses to 'wade into' CIA-Senate fight between Sen. Feinstein, Brennan

    For President Barack Obama, a public spat between his trusted ally at the CIA and a loyal Democratic senator has put into sharp focus his complicated role in managing the post-Sept. 11 anti-terror programs he inherited from George W. Bush.

  • CIA Director John O. Brennan pauses as he speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Why CIA, senators still feuding over 9/11 secrets

    The festering dispute between the CIA and Senate investigators that exploded in public this week shows just how hard it can be to learn from the past and move on.

  • CIA lawyer at center of computer snooping clash

    The top CIA lawyer accused by the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee of trying to intimidate the panel over its investigation into secret prisons and brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects was himself involved in the controversial programs, cited more than 1,600 times in the Senate's unpublished investigative report, according to the panel's chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

  • CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    John Brennan eager to put CIA Senate spying issue behind him

    He declined to comment on remarks Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, made on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, saying that he hadn't yet watched her speech.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after speaking in support of Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who accused the CIA of undermining congressional oversight and the separation of powers under the Constitution.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network

    The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush administration.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (Associated Press)

    Justice Department secretly obtained phone records for Associated Press reporters

    The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.

  • Prominent senator misrepresents the Obama administration's view on drone strikes

    Concerned about the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on U.S. soil, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke unrelenting for 13 straight hours on the Senate floor as he filibustered the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director. But a 24-word tweet from his official Twitter account is what caught the attention of truth watchers this week.  

  • John Brennan

    PRUDEN: The tall talker and the old geezers

    Nobody drones on like a U.S. senator and nobody loves the sound of his raspy voice like a U.S. senator. Rand Paul, the freshman from Kentucky who stars in the bad dreams of every Republican geezer in town, talked for almost 13 hours on the Senate floor this week to delay a confirmation vote on John O. Brennan as director of the CIA, and earned only the scorn of the geezers.

  • **FILE** John Brennan (Associated Press)

    CORTES: The spook who couldn't see the perils of jihad

    John Brennan, President Obama's nominee for CIA director, does not believe we are at war with jihadists because "jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there's nothing holy, legitimate, or Islamic about murdering innocent men and women."

  • **FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, testifies before a state legislative committee on the legalization of growing hemp at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort, Ky., on Feb. 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Rand Paul puts hold on Brennan nomination

    Sen. Rand Paul will hold up the confirmation of John Brennan until the would-be CIA director sheds light on the extent of the administration's controversial policies on drone use.

  • Illustration Muslim Hope by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    GAFFNEY: Obama's 'friends of Hamas'?

    Last week, 25 Republican senators wrote a letter to a former member of their caucus and the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department, demanding full disclosure of his financial dealings. To date, Sen. Chuck Hagel has demonstrated afresh his contempt for the legislature by declining to do so.

  • ** FILE ** White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    White House: All questions answered on Benghazi attack

    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday blasted Senate Republicans for threatening to block Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, in a quest for more information about what President Obama did on the night that terrorists killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

  • Senate Dem Ron Wyden threatens John Brennan's CIA nomination over White House drone policy

    Amid growing furor, among both Republicans and Democrats, over revelations about the Obama administration's use of drones for targeted killings, a prominent Senate Democrat on Wednesday made a thinly veiled threat to filibuster John Brennan's CIA director nomination.

  • Illustration Hagal by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    LAMBRO: Choices for a shrinking global presence

    President Obama is putting together a new national security team at the Pentagon and the CIA that is said to be designed for an era of downsizing.

  • ** FILE ** Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, in this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo. The White House says the president will announce Brennan's nomination as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency during an event Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA

    President Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.

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