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Obama signs first intelligence authorization bill in five years

October 7, 2010 President Obama Thursday signed the fiscal 2010 intelligence authorization bill into law, the first time such a bill has been enacted in five years. Although the bill technically applies to the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, lawmakers and intelligence officials say it includes many provisions that will have an ...

FBI says Miranda readings don't hurt Bureau

October 6, 2010 Senior FBI officials Wednesday asserted that giving terrorism suspects Miranda warnings does not impede the government's ability to gather critical intelligence. "I do believe that if you look at the number of recent cases we've had, Miranda has not stood in the way of getting extensive intelligence," FBI Director Robert ...

Clapper: Obama has 'great angst' about leaks

October 6, 2010 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday he was "ashamed" of leaks about U.S. intelligence operations, adding that the disclosure by the website WikiLeaks of war-related documents "will have a very chilling effect on the need to share." Speaking at a conference in Washington, Clapper said President Obama expressed ...

Terrorist threats not yet an issue in Hill races

October 5, 2010 Despite increased reports of terrorist plots, a State Department warning for Americans traveling in Europe, and the arrest Tuesday of 12 people in France suspected of having ties to Islamic militant networks, the Obama administration's counterterrorism efforts have not become an issue in the congressional races this fall. At least, ...

Senators lay down marker with detailed immigration overhaul bill

September 30, 2010 Two key Democratic senators have introduced comprehensive legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration laws, giving Latino voters and immigration advocates a parting gift heading into November's midterm elections. The bill, introduced late Wednesday by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ...

House Democrats bar floor amendments to authorization bill

September 29, 2010 House Democrats on Wednesday were poised to push through a major bill authorizing programs and spending for U.S. intelligence agencies, after denying Republicans any chance to alter the legislation. The House voted 234-183 to approve a rule governing debate on the fiscal 2010 intelligence authorization bill and two other bills ...

Speaker allows vote on intelligence authorization bill

September 28, 2010 House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will let the fiscal 2010 intelligence authorization bill advance to the House floor for a vote this week even though the measure will not guarantee that every lawmaker on the House and Senate intelligence committees will be included in administration briefings on covert intelligence ...

Security policy conflicts would intensify under GOP control

September 24, 2010 House Republicans plan to launch an assault on several Obama administration counterterrorism policies if they win a majority in November's elections, including efforts to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and bring terrorism suspects to the United States for civilian trials. But they will likely find resistance ...

Officials warn of more terrorist threats within U.S.

September 22, 2010 The heightened pace of attempts by terrorists to attack the United States is not a fluke and is likely to continue, senior Obama administration officials told a Senate panel Wednesday. "We are all seeing increased activity by a more diverse set of groups and a more diverse set of threats," ...

Immigration advocates huddle after setback, might push stand-alone bill

September 22, 2010 Immigration reform advocates will huddle this week to plot their next steps after being dealt a major setback, which could include asking Senate Democratic leaders to bring a stand-alone bill to the floor that would allow young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Groups that favor immigration reform acknowledged Tuesday ...