Larry Abramson http://publicradioeast.org en Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement http://publicradioeast.org/post/air-forces-beloved-warthog-targeted-retirement Jeff Duford is standing next to an A-10, one of the most beloved planes of all time. It's painted green, a clue that it was designed for a threat that has disappeared — it was built at the height of the Cold War.<p>"The reason why it's painted this way is because at that time, this airframe was expected to stop Soviet tanks from rolling through Germany," says Duford, curator of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 30529 at http://publicradioeast.org Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement Obama Panel: NSA Phone Record Surveillance Should Be Limited http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-panel-nsa-phone-record-surveillance-should-be-limited Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>After recently revelations about the National Security Agency, the Obama administration came up with a soundbite: Just because we can gather information, the White House said, doesn't always mean we should. That did not answer whether the U.S. would continue gathering telephone data on Americans or spying on foreign leaders. Now a presidential panel says, in most cases, the NSA shouldn't. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 30205 at http://publicradioeast.org In Qatar, Hagel Tours Command Center That May Or May Not Exist http://publicradioeast.org/post/qatar-hagel-tours-command-center-may-or-may-not-exist U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.<p>The "CAOC" as it's known in Pentagonese, is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital of this wealthy emirate that sits on a peninsula jutting off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Qatar is a close U.S. ally that is happy to host this high-tech command center. But they want to keep that fact on the down low, so U.S. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 29506 at http://publicradioeast.org Karzai's Political Games Overshadow Hagel's Visit To Afghanistan http://publicradioeast.org/post/karzais-political-games-overshadow-hagels-visit-afghanistan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returned to the Middle East today, after a weekend tour of Afghanistan and a stop in Pakistan. Hagel's visit to Afghanistan was overshadowed by continuing difficulties with President Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan has not yet agreed to terms that would allow U.S. forces to stay there beyond 2014. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, Afghanistan is not the only country where the U.S. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 29446 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Flies Bombers Through East China Sea Air Space China Claims http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-flies-bombers-through-east-china-sea-air-space-china-claims The United States military flew two B-52 bombers into air space that China recently designated as an air defense identification zone. The showdown is part of a larger dispute involving China and Japan and territorial rights in the East China Sea. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 28577 at http://publicradioeast.org Google Says It's Getting Far More User-Data Requests From Government http://publicradioeast.org/post/google-says-its-getting-far-more-user-data-requests-government Google says the number of requests it gets from the U.S. government for user information is rising — fast.<p>The company released new <a href="http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/userdatarequests/US/#FISA_requests">details</a> Thursday showing such requests have more than doubled since 2010. From January to June of this year, Google received 10,918 government orders in criminal cases, compared with 4,287 three years ago. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 27740 at http://publicradioeast.org Senate Considers Ways To Address Military Sexual Assaults http://publicradioeast.org/post/senate-considers-ways-address-military-sexual-assaults Members of Congress are unlikely to adopt one measure that many victims say is essential: taking away from commanders the ability to decide whether to pursue assault cases. Members of Congress say that step would undermine order and discipline in the ranks, and the Pentagon agrees. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 27695 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? http://publicradioeast.org/post/who-owns-archives-vanishing-iraqi-jewish-world <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7TGYTOlMgs</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 27230 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? A Controversial Week For The NSA http://publicradioeast.org/post/controversial-week-nsa Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This week, the National Security Agency fought back against criticism of it's operations following leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that have revealed some of the scale of the agency's surveillance of Americans and people overseas, including heads of state of U.S. allies. NPR's Larry Abramson has been covering the story and joins us. Larry, thanks so much for being with us.<p>LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: Hi Scott.<p>SIMON: Bring us up to date. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 26874 at http://publicradioeast.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://publicradioeast.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 26857 at http://publicradioeast.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples NSA Chief: We Did Not Collect French, Spanish Phone Data http://publicradioeast.org/post/nsa-chief-we-did-not-collect-french-spanish-phone-data Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Intelligence chiefs told Congress today reports of the U.S. monitoring European phone traffic are false. The officials insisted that most of the data in question was collected by allied intelligence agencies and then shared with the U.S. They also weighed in on reports that the U.S. has been spying on dozens of world leaders. Instead of denying that claim, they argued that spying on leaders is a key tool and that everybody does it. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 26552 at http://publicradioeast.org READ: Bipartisan Bill To End NSA's Domestic Bulk Collection http://publicradioeast.org/post/read-bipartisan-bill-end-nsas-domestic-bulk-collection Bipartisan concern on Capitol Hill about data from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=193049240" target="_blank">Americans' phone and Internet records being vacuumed up by the National Security Agency</a> has led to an unusual alliance involving a prominent House Republican and a veteran Senate Democrat.<p>NPR's Larry Abramson writes that:<p><blockquote><p><a href="http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/" target="_blank">Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner</a>, R-Wis., and <a href="http://www.leahy.senate.gov/" target="_blank">Sen. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:29:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 26526 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been? http://publicradioeast.org/post/who-has-right-know-where-your-phone-has-been You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.<p>Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, says location tracking is key to how the cell system operates.<p>"As you move around, your phone is constantly checking to see whether the tower that it's currently registered with is the best one, or whether there's a better tower with a stronger signal coming in range," he says. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 26487 at http://publicradioeast.org Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been? West Point Women: A Natural Pattern Or A Camouflage Ceiling? http://publicradioeast.org/post/west-point-women-natural-pattern-or-camouflage-ceiling At the 200-year-old U.S. Military Academy at West Point, tradition dictates everything. That includes the habit of having freshmen stand in the yard everyday and call cadets to lunch. It's also tradition that the overwhelming majority of the graduating class will be white and 84 percent male.<p>Some say those rates are due to natural patterns of matriculation.<p>"Women will naturally matriculate — or, they have naturally matriculated — into the academy at about the 16 to 17 percent rate," says West Point admissions director Col. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 25988 at http://publicradioeast.org West Point Women: A Natural Pattern Or A Camouflage Ceiling? FISA Court: We Approve 99 Percent Of Wiretap Applications http://publicradioeast.org/post/fisa-court-we-approve-99-percent-wiretap-applications <a href="http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/courts/fisc/ranking-member-grassley-letter-131011.pdf">A letter (pdf) released today</a> by a special surveillance court clears up some misconceptions about legal oversight for government wiretap activities. Responding to a letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Pat Leahy (D-VT) and ranking member Charles Grassley (R-IA), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says, yes, it's true, we do approve 99% of all wiretap applications. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 25565 at http://publicradioeast.org NSA Head Admits Testing U.S. Cellphone Tracking http://publicradioeast.org/post/nsa-head-admits-testing-us-cellphone-tracking Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Top U.S. intelligence officials are now warning about the threat to security posed by the partial federal shutdown. It is now idling most of the civilian workforce in the intelligence community. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 24708 at http://publicradioeast.org How The Shutdown Is Affecting The Military http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-shutdown-affecting-military <em>Larry Abramson, who covers national security for NPR, sent us this missive, about how <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/01/228046160/no-end-in-sight-as-government-shutdown-begins">the shutdown of the federal government</a> is affecting the Pentagon:</em><p>If you are a soldier, sailor, airman or marine, you will be paid during a shutdown. But only half of civilian defense workers are supposed to show up for work, and the rest do not get paid.<p>That's just one of many hardships facing military families. Another is figuring out just what is open, and what is closed. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 24584 at http://publicradioeast.org Is The U.S. Collecting Cellphone Location Data? http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-collecting-cell-phone-location-data Is the National Security Agency collecting cellphone tracking information on millions of Americans?<p>After a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, we still can't be sure. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has been trying to get intelligence officials to confirm or deny the existence or nonexistence of such a program.<p>Remember, records of where your cellphone is located give a pretty good idea of where the owners are. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:19:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 24257 at http://publicradioeast.org Is The U.S. Collecting Cellphone Location Data? On Budget Issues, Pentagon's Rhetoric Is Challenged http://publicradioeast.org/post/budget-issues-pentagons-rhetoric-challenged The budget battles in Washington have inspired the need for some verbal gymnastics that have challenged even the most adept doublespeakers at the Pentagon. As one member of the House pointed out today, some Pentagonians have insisted that Congress cannot cut a single additional dollar from defense, without endangering the national defense strategy.<p>But then, when the military is tasked with planning an attack on Syria, officials insist they are ready when the White House gives the order. Perhaps that is because it is not part of the military mentality to decline a mission. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 23643 at http://publicradioeast.org Analyst Criticized For Syrian-Rebel Advocacy Connections http://publicradioeast.org/post/research-analysts-criticized-connection-syrian-rebel-advocacy-group During the run-up to possible military action in Syria, the name of an unknown researcher was catapulted into the spotlight. Elizabeth O'Bagy was on NPR, Fox and quoted by Senator John McCain during a hearing. It turns out, O'Bagy is not exactly who she said she was, and her story reveals a lot about how Washington works during times of high drama. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 23139 at http://publicradioeast.org