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#National Security

# national-security - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Biden says his team will show the US is back on the world stage

Joe Biden said that his team would ’embody my core beliefs that America is strongest when it works with its allies’.

# national-security - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

UK intelligence report finds 'credible' evidence Russia sought to influence Scottish independence vote

The Intelligence and Security Committee published its long-awaited report on Russia this morning.

# national-security - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

How John Bolton fell out of favour in the Trump White House

The national security adviser had increasingly clash with the White House on foreign policy.

# national-security - Thursday 2 May, 2019

Explainer: Why a former British minister is 'swearing on his children's lives' over latest scandal

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been fired over the latest scandal to rock the British government.

# national-security - Saturday 9 December, 2017

Boris Johnson in Iran to push for Briton's release

The case has become highly politicised, especially after a “slip of the tongue” by Johnson last month.

# national-security - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Trump appoints his third pick as national security advisor

McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military.

# national-security - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

'Just the beginning': Trump facing headache after security advisor quits over Russian links

Trump had asked General Michael Flynn for his resignation, after news emerged of his calls to the Russian ambassador.

# national-security - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

'The vast majority of Muslims would not be affected': Judges grill lawyers over US travel ban

During a hearing yesterday, government lawyers argued that Trump’s immigration curbs were motivated by national security concerns.

# national-security - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Is Ireland adequately prepared to defend a terrorist attack? 91% say No

The government has said that such an attack on Ireland is “possible, but not likely”.

# national-security - Thursday 7 May, 2015

The NSA's massive collection of people's phone records is illegal

A US appeals court made the judgement today.

# national-security - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Opinion: Australian gagging order has major implications for press freedom

A censorship order sought and secured by the Australian government sets a precedent for all common law countries – including Ireland.

# national-security - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Met Police will 'neither confirm nor deny' if undercover officers spied on Hillsborough campaigners

Scotland Yard said they did not answer an FOI on the issue as it was a matter of “national security”.

# national-security - Friday 16 August, 2013

Column: Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?

Detainees eligible for release from Guantanamo Bay are caught in limbo: the US won’t accept them and foreign countries are reluctant to take in refugees who have been incarcerated with terrorists, writes Scott Fitzsimmons.

# national-security - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Column: Bradley Manning broke the law, but he placed more value on morality than legality

Watching ‘Collateral Damage’ – footage that shows US military opening fire on men and children in Baghdad – one can see why Manning wanted the American people to see what was happening in their name, writes Neil Walsh.

# national-security - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Column: As an American, I’m still not entirely sure about Edward Snowden

Is Edward Snowden a heroic whistleblower or a far less noble character? I think we’re still waiting for that question to be answered, writes Larry Donnelly.

# national-security - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Column: How to protect your private data in a digital world

With Snowden, Prism and national security secrets in the news, it’s clear that technology has made privacy harder to ensure. Renaat Verbruggen gives a run down of how cryptography can protect your private information.

# national-security - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Phone records 'critical' to war on terrorism, says White House

Obama administration collects telephone records of citizens even if they are not suspected of terrorism.

# national-security - Thursday 30 May, 2013

New York mayor receives suspected deadly poison letters

The letters contained “anonymous threats” and when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin, police said.

# national-security - Monday 27 August, 2012

Pentagon checking Bin Laden raid book for leaks

Officials have received the manuscript and are checking for any classified information, said Pentagon spokesperson.

# national-security - Thursday 30 June, 2011

Irish authorities asked Google to remove mystery content

Google launches its transparency report to highlight government removal requests: guess which country submitted most removal requests?

# national-security - Monday 19 July, 2010

AN INVESTIGATION INTO America’s intelligence network says it is now so big that its effectiveness is compromised. The Washington Post conducted a two-year investigation into the intelligence services put in place by the US government after the 9/11 attacks.

Among the developments documented by the newspaper are the 33 building complexes set aside for top-secret intelligence work which have been built or are being built since 11 September, 2001. Over three-quarters of a million people currently have top-secret security clearance, “nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, DC,” the report writes.

The volume of reports produced by people engaged in intelligence work is so high that it many are simply ignored. The Washington Post writes that it was lack of focus, not lack of resources, which allowed the Fort Hood shooting in Texas last year and the Christmas Day attempted plane bombing to happen.

The CIA had been warned about the attempted bombing when the bomber’s father alerted the US embassy in Nigeria about his sons inclinations.

Today’s article suggests that the intelligence system has grown so big and unwieldy, no one really knowns how many people are involved – or how much it all costs. But US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told the Post he didn’t believe the system had grown too large too manage, but conceded that accessing specific information can sometimes be difficult.