Dina Temple-Raston http://publicradioeast.org en Yemeni Officials Claim To Have Foiled Al-Qaida Terror Plot http://publicradioeast.org/post/yemeni-officials-claim-have-foiled-al-qaida-terror-plot Days after the U.S. announced it would close its diplomatic missions across the Middle East and Africa, Yemeni security officials said that they had foiled a plot by al-Qaeda to attack fuel pipelines and two of the nation's ports. It is unclear if this plot is the same as the one that was alluded to in al-Qaeda communications U.S. intelligence officials intercepted earlier this month. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 20517 at http://publicradioeast.org Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates http://publicradioeast.org/post/interpol-asks-help-tracking-escaped-al-qaida-inmates Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Just after the State Department announced it would close those diplomatic missions came another alert, this one from Interpol, the global police organization. Interpol is asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who've escaped from prisons in Iraq, Pakistan and Libya over the past month. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 20328 at http://publicradioeast.org Iraq Prison Break Worries Counterterrorism Officials http://publicradioeast.org/post/iraq-prison-break-worries-counterterrorism-officials Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And when we think about the future of Iraq, one big concern is al-Qaida's growing strength there. This week, al-Qaida's arm in Iraq launched coordinated attacks on two prisons near Baghdad. One was the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison. To break through the prison walls there, the group used a dozen suicide bombers, and they attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Al-Qaida has staged spectacular prison breaks in the past. It's a tried-and-true method of reinforcing their ranks. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:27:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 19477 at http://publicradioeast.org How Secret Does A Secret Court Need To Be? http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-secret-does-secret-court-need-be Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's another question Congress took up today: Do secret courts always have to be secret? The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decides whether wiretaps and other surveillance methods used by the intelligence community are legal. It's staffed by federal judges, but their work takes place in the shadows.<p>So today, Congress joined the debate over whether there's a better way. At a hearing, lawmakers and top intelligence officials all seem to agree that the FISA court could be more transparent. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18923 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance http://publicradioeast.org/post/guardian-releases-more-documents-nsa-surveillance Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Britain's Guardian newspaper has released documents that reveal more about this country's National Security Agency and its surveillance programs. The documents involve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court which is supposed to oversee and give approval to surveillance programs. That's the court that meets in secret to assess requests for surveillance against suspected foreign agents. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 16959 at http://publicradioeast.org After Obama's Speech, Guantanamo Shows Few Signs Of Closing http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-obamas-speech-guantanamo-shows-few-signs-closing President Obama has promised again to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But since he delivered a major speech two weeks ago, there's been little follow-up and few signs that any detainees are closer to being released. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 16296 at http://publicradioeast.org NSA Leaker Checks Out Of Hong Kong Hotel http://publicradioeast.org/post/nsa-leaker-checks-out-hong-kong-hotel Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Investigators are trying to learn all they can about the American intelligence contractor who says he leaked sensitive documents to reporters. Edward Snowden is 29 years old, a former tech specialist for the company Booz Allen Hamilton, which does a lot of government intelligence work. Over the weekend, he took responsibility for disclosing details of two U.S. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 16105 at http://publicradioeast.org Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs http://publicradioeast.org/post/civil-liberties-group-concerned-over-nsa-programs Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The news that the National Security Agency is collecting reams of telephone data and tracking Internet behavior has alarmed civil liberties groups. President Obama believes U.S. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15965 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-tweaks-vision-terrorism-fight Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>President Obama has outlined a new vision for the fight against terrorism. His speech at the National Defense University in Washington yesterday covered a lot of ground. Obama spoke about limiting drone strikes, working more with allies and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Broadly, the president said the terrorist threat against America has changed, and so the time has come to take a hard look at how the U.S. Fri, 24 May 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 14786 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-speech-expected-touch-drones-guantanamo Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>For months now, the Obama administration has promised to reveal more about America's secret drone program, and today could be the day. The president will speak this afternoon at the National Defense University, and he's planning to discuss America's fight against terrorism. Thu, 23 May 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 14687 at http://publicradioeast.org FBI Shoots And Kills Man Tied To Boston Bombing Suspect http://publicradioeast.org/post/fbi-shoots-and-kills-man-tied-boston-bombing-suspect Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There has been an unexpected turn in the Boston Marathon bombing case. A man who was thought to have ties with one of the bombing suspects was shot dead early this morning by authorities in Florida. He allegedly tried to attack an FBI agent who was interviewing him. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston has been following the story and is here with the latest. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 14669 at http://publicradioeast.org White House Has Renewed Resolve To Close Guantanamo http://publicradioeast.org/post/white-house-has-renewed-resolve-close-guantanamo For the first time in years, the Obama administration appears to be focused on shuttering the Guantanamo Bay prison and – at a minimum — has redoubled its efforts to reduce the number of people held there.<p>The key, officials familiar with the administration's thinking say, may lie with 56 Yemeni detainees, a group of men who have been at the island facility for more than a decade though U.S. Mon, 20 May 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 14488 at http://publicradioeast.org AP Targeted By Justice Department After Yemen Bomber Story http://publicradioeast.org/post/ap-targeted-justice-department-after-yemen-bomber-story Attorney General Eric Holder is defending the Justice Department against allegations of overreach after officials revealed that investigators had obtained phone records from the Associated Press. The unusual action is the latest in a year long investigation into a 2012 AP story that revealed details of a terrorist plot out of Yemen. Attorney General Eric Holder summed up the leak this way: "This was a very, very serious leak. It is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I have ever seen." Dina Temple-Raston talks to Audie Cornish. Wed, 15 May 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 14130 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Renews Call To Close Guantanamo Amid Hunger Strike http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-renews-call-close-guantanamo-amid-hunger-strike Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to the hunger strike underway in the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It began back in January. At first, a few dozen prisoners refused meals. Now, more than 100 of the 166 men still at the facility have joined the protest, and more than a dozen of those are being force-fed. Well today, their action drew a response from the president. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 12947 at http://publicradioeast.org Investigators Trace Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Activities Abroad http://publicradioeast.org/post/investigators-trace-tamerlan-tsarnaevs-activities-abroad The investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing continues. Investigators have spoken with the parents of the suspects in Russia. Audie Cornish talks to Dina Temple-Raston about the latest developments. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 12507 at http://publicradioeast.org Investigators Name Two Suspects In Boston Bombing http://publicradioeast.org/post/investigators-name-two-suspects-boston-bombing Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We begin this hour with a major break in the investigation into Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.<p>RICHARD DESLAURIERS: Today, we are enlisting the public's help to identify the two suspects. After a very detailed analysis of photo, video and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects. They are identified as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2. They appeared to be associated. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 12047 at http://publicradioeast.org Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court http://publicradioeast.org/post/osama-bin-ladens-son-law-set-appear-ny-court Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to appear in a New York courtroom Monday afternoon.<p>Abu Ghaith was captured by U.S. officials in February, and his arrest is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden, but also because the Obama administration has decided to try him in a federal court instead of using a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>On the surface, Abu Ghaith, 47, would appear to be a perfect candidate for a trial at Guantanamo. He is affiliated with al-Qaida, and he is a foreigner. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 11164 at http://publicradioeast.org Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants http://publicradioeast.org/post/pakistans-ambitious-program-re-educate-militants A Pakistani army officer named Col. Zeshan is giving a tour of a jihadi rehabilitation center secreted in the hills of northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley.<p>"This place was also captured by the Taliban," he says, walking me around the heavily guarded complex. "The army took over this place from them ... when the war was going on."<p>The war against the Pakistani Taliban in Swat began in 2009. It was a military offensive that took a year to drive most of the Pakistani Taliban out of the valley. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 10660 at http://publicradioeast.org Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. http://publicradioeast.org/post/bin-ladens-son-law-arrested-brought-us <strong>Update at 4:30 p.m. EST. Details Of Capture </strong><p>Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and a former al-Qaida spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is in U.S. custody and is being held in a Manhattan jail. He could appear in a federal court as soon as Friday, U.S. officials familiar with the case say.<p>His capture is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden but also because U.S. officials have decided to try him in a federal court, not Guantanamo Bay.<p>Abu Ghaith, 48, may be best known for his multiple appearances in al-Qaida propaganda videos. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 8860 at http://publicradioeast.org Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' http://publicradioeast.org/post/sept-11-trial-judge-gives-defense-attorneys-access-camp-7 Defense attorneys in the trial of the five men accused of orchestrating the terror attacks on September 11th will get to see for the first time where their clients are incarcerated.<p>The army judge presiding over<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151440655/the-sept-11-trial-khalid-sheikh-mohammeds-connections-to-terror"> the trial at Guantanamo Bay</a> said today he will allow the lawyers to visit a secret section of the prison.<p>It's known as Camp 7 and it's nestled in the crevice of a hill at Guantanamo Bay. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 7821 at http://publicradioeast.org Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7'