Bruce Auster http://publicradioeast.org en U.S. Monitors For Cyber Operations In Crimea Standoff http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-monitors-cyber-operations-crimea-standoff Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>In its standoff with Ukraine, Russia has imposed its will but it's tried to hide its hand. Russian troops moved into Crimea but in uniforms bearing no Russian insignia. And there are other tools Russia's is believed to have used that leave virtually no trace: cyber operations. They're part of the modern arsenal. Now U.S. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Bruce Auster 36409 at http://publicradioeast.org Drawn By Twitter And Trained In Syria, Terrorists Could Turn West http://publicradioeast.org/post/drawn-twitter-and-trained-syria-terrorists-could-turn-west Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Syria, some 1,500 groups make up the insurgency. Among them, according to U.S. intelligence officials, are 7,500 foreign fighters from more than 50 countries. They include al-Qaida veterans from Afghanistan and Pakistan and they may be taking aim beyond Syria.<p>JAMES CLAPPER: And they do harbor designs on attacks in Europe and the homeland.<p>BLOCK: That was James Clapper, the head of all U.S. intelligence agencies testifying before Congress earlier this month. But how exactly do terrorist fighting in Syria pose a threat to the U.S. homeland? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Bruce Auster 35404 at http://publicradioeast.org With A Citizen In The Crosshairs, Where's The Line Drawn For Drones? http://publicradioeast.org/post/citizen-crosshairs-wheres-line-drawn-drones Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The public is getting a glimpse of what's been a top secret debate in the Obama administration: Whether to target and kill a suspected terrorist with a drone strike. The administration hasn't revealed the suspect's identity, but he's reported to be an American citizen living in Pakistan. Among the many legal questions that raises is this one: Does a U.S. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Bruce Auster 34294 at http://publicradioeast.org A Possible Explanation For How U.S. Diplomat's Call Was Tapped http://publicradioeast.org/post/possible-explanation-how-us-diplomats-call-was-tapped An American diplomat got in trouble for saying something, well, undiplomatic.<p>Victoria Nuland, a top State Department official, thought she was having a private phone conversation. She was speaking about developments in Ukraine with the U.S. ambassador to that country, Geoffrey Pyatt. And she was speaking bluntly, even using a not-so-choice word about America's European allies.<p>It turned out their conversation <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/06/272556045/leaked-phone-call-offers-not-so-diplomatic-u-s-view-of-eu">was being recorded</a>. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Bruce Auster 33865 at http://publicradioeast.org A Possible Explanation For How U.S. Diplomat's Call Was Tapped The Sky Isn't Falling Over The Korean Peninsula — Yet http://publicradioeast.org/post/sky-isnt-falling-over-korea-yet Almost every day, there's <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=126922963" target="_blank">some new threat out of North Korea</a>.<p>It's hard to determine how seriously to take these threats. War on the Korean Peninsula could be catastrophic, so the bluster can't be dismissed. On the other hand, North Korea has a long history of hyperbole, of making threats it doesn't follow through on.<p>This week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government upped the ante. The country's military claims to have "ratified" or approved the idea of striking the U.S. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:08:00 +0000 Bruce Auster 10959 at http://publicradioeast.org The Sky Isn't Falling Over The Korean Peninsula — Yet