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The U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 25, 2013.

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The U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 25, 2013.

Guantanamo: No Running Milk and Honey at a Place Obama Can’t Close

This man has been imprisoned at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it opened more than a decade ago. Abdul Malik Wahab al Rahabi is among the 155 inmates still held at an off-shore lockup whose population...

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

Iraq, Afghanistan: $1.47 Trillion

Updated at 1:36 pm EST As turmoil in Iraq underscores the instability of a nation the U.S. spent a decade dismantling and then rebuilding, the Pentagon has a price tag for U.S. involvement there since 2001: $731 Billion. And as...

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President Barack Obama boards Marine One with the winning team of friends who joined him for golf on the eve of his 52nd birthday.

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President Barack Obama boards Marine One with the winning team of friends who joined him for golf on the eve of his 52nd birthday.

Barack Obama’s Camp Birthday Party — and Threat Briefings

Updated at 11:55 pm EDT On the eve of President Barack Obama’s birthday, the day started with an early-morning White House briefing on a potential threat emanating from the Arabian Peninsula that prompted several U.S. embassy closings and a travel advisory...

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A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Gitmo: You Can Go Home Again

Lost, perhaps, in the wave of cable news about accused predator Bob Filner hanging on as mayor of San Diego and the sexcapades of Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner running for mayor of New York, came this news from Washington, in...

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The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010.

PRISM ‘Targeted,’ Not Data-Mining — Disrupts Terrorism, DNI Reports

For all the denials of American Internet powerhouses that the federal government has been rummaging through their drawers — in this case, servers — the key search word in this discussion is “direct” access. As in Google CEO Larry Page’s...

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on a TV monitor as he participates in a filibuster on the Senate floor March 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on a TV monitor as he participates in a filibuster on the Senate floor March 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Paul: Next Filibuster, More Fuel — and ‘Hurrah’ for Holder’s Reply

There may be no pressing reason for Sen. Rand Paul to again embark upon an old-fashioned Senate filibuster, now that Attorney General Eric Holder has given him the answer on drone attacks he sought in launching  yesterday’s 13-hour talkfest. But if Paul does...

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on the television in the Senate Press Gallery as he filibusters to the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on the television in the Senate Press Gallery as he filibusters to the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.

Rand Paul’s CIA-Brennan Filibuster

Updated at 2:55 pm EDT Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has taken the Senate floor to slow down the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director. “I rise today to begin to fillibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the C.I.A.,” the...

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Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near Ain Amenas, Algeria. Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Jan. 20, 2013 as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery.

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Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near Ain Amenas, Algeria. Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Jan. 20, 2013 as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery.

Terrorists Tagged Twice by State — In Case They Didn’t Get the Memo

The Abdallah Azzam Brigades, a militant organization based in Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula, is a bad, bad group of terrorists. So bad, in fact, that the U.S. has officially declared them a terrorist organization – for the second time...

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Algerian men look at national newspapers headlining the terrorist attack and kidnapping in Amenas at a news stand in Algiers, on Jan. 17, 2013.

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Algerian men look at national newspapers headlining the terrorist attack and kidnapping in Amenas at a news stand in Algiers, on Jan. 17, 2013.

Obama Administration Rations Words — Algerian Terrorism Post-Benghazi

In the aftermath of a bruising partisan battle over what the Obama administration knew about an extremist attack in Benghazi, Libya, and when it knew it, officials are rationing their words for a new crisis in Algeria. White House Press...

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