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Civil LibertiesEdward SnowdenNSAWednesday, June 19, 2013

Mieke Eoyang Quoted in Talking Points Memo on Intelligence Oversight Process

Snowden Revelations Cast New Doubts On Intelligence Oversight Process By Brian Beutler | Talking Points Memo June 19, 2013 Depending on which elected official you asked this week or last, the revelation that the NSA regularly collects U.S. phone records, and can easily access some private content like emails and chat transcripts from Internet companies, was either no big deal, an enormous shock to the conscience, or an “I told you so” moment. For most members who don’t serve on one of the secretive intelligence committees and aren’t among the four highest ranking officials in Congress, the scope if not the existence of the programs came as a surprise. Those members weren’t prohibited from receiving official briefings about classified collections programs. But even if they… Read More ›

ElectionsHeather HurlburtIranPoliticsTuesday, June 18, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted in BuzzFeed About the Iranian Elections

Washington Isn’t Sure What To Make Of Iran’s Election By Rosie Gray June 18, 2013 | BuzzFeed The election of relatively moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani to the presidency of Iran has scrambled the talking points in Washington’s fraught Iran debate, which had centered for years on whether the man Rouhani will replace, the deliberately provocative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mattered. Ahmadinejad made global headlines for denying the Holocaust, calling for Israel to be eradicated, and claiming there are no gays or lesbians in Iran, and American hawks made him the poster child for their campaign for military action against the Islamic Republic. Washington’s Iran doves, by contrast, dismissed Ahmadinejad and argued that the real power lies with the Iran’s mullahs. Now, with a low-key new president, the roles… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtSyriaTerrorismSaturday, June 15, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Appears on MSNBC’s Disrupt with Karen Finney Talking War on Terror, NSA Surveillance, and Syria

MSNBC Disrupt with Karen Finney   Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Secuirty Network joins a panel of othe national security experts to discuss the changing rhetoric towards the War on Terror, the NSA surveillance programs, and Presdient Obama’s policy towards Syria. For the original piece, click here Read More ›

SyriaFriday, June 14, 2013

Paul Eaton Quoted in International Business Times about Syrian Intervention

Syrian Intervention: Risk Of Arming Radicals Depends On The Weapons By Pema Levy June 14 2013 | IBT  President Barack Obama’s decision this week to escalate the U.S. involvement in Syria by arming rebel forces comes with the serious risk that the weapons may end up in the hands of Islamic radicals and even al Qaeda — a problem the president reportedly weighed for months as he contemplated U.S. involvement in the conflict. The best way to minimize the perils of arming anti-American forces in the Middle East is simply to withhold the most powerful weapons, experts say. But that carries its own risk: providing only low-level munitions could also fail to turn the tide against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. That appears to be the path Obama is taking,… Read More ›

TerrorismFriday, June 14, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Featured on HuffPost Live Talking About the Cost of Counterterrorism

The US has spent an estimated $1 trillion on counter-terrorism security since 2001. But with only 30 Americans killed by terrorist attacks within the last decade, how effective is our counter-terrorism strategy? Are we paying too much for security? With host, Marc Lamont Hill; Doug Wilson, Former Asst. Secretary of Defense Public Affairs; Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network; and Matt Sledge, HuffPost National Reporter. For the original piece, click here Read More ›

g8Heather HurlburtRussiaSyriaFriday, June 14, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Featured on Bloomberg TV’s Taking Stock to Discuss the Syrian Conflict

  Truman Project Fellow Adnan Zulfiqar and National Security Network Executive Director Heather Hurlburt discuss the Syrian conflict with Carol Massar on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.” “Part of the game here is rebuilding momentum on the diplomatic side before President Obama meets with President Putin of Russia who has been one of the biggest obstacles to international pressure to end the killing in Syria next week.  Also next week [President Obama] will meet with British and French allies who have both said they want to move ahead with arming the rebels.  So at a moment where the rebels were not doing so well on the ground and were being pushed back by Assad and his forces, this is a way of saying, ‘hey wait, your… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtSyriaThursday, June 13, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted in BuzzFeed Concerning White House Reaction to Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

What Is — And Is Not — Likely To Happen In Syria By Evan McMorris-Santoro June 13, 2013 | BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the White House announced the red line had been crossed in Syria. President Bashar Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons, National Security Council deputy adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call, and that means “military support” for the Syrian rebels. What does “military support” mean, exactly? Rhodes was vague about what the phrase entailed for the U.S.. But experts and politicians have been kicking around ideas for how to use the American military in Syria for quite a while now, and the crossing of President Obama’s red line by Assad leads to several likely options, they say. One of those experts, National… Read More ›

Edward SnowdenHeather HurlburtNSATerrorismTuesday, June 11, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Speaks to National Journal about the source of the NSA Leaks, Edward Snowden

Breathe, People: We Shouldn’t Rush to Judgment About Edward Snowden By Matthew Cooper and Garance Franke-Ruta June 11, 2013 | National Journal Edward Snowden: Hero or traitor? Whisteblower orleaker? The national debate that began Sunday afternoon after 29-year-old former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden outed himself in a videotaped interview with The Guardian has split Democrats and Republicans alike, with civil libertarian progressives contending with security-minded ones and Paulite libertarians facing off with neocons and hawkish conservatives. The Progressive Change Committee on Monday established an Edward Snowden Legal Defense Fund, the White House is being petitioned on his behalf, and the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into his actions. While it’s true that the NSA’s PRISM and metadata surveillance programs have been hinted at, if not revealed, some time ago, the latest round of revelations have… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtSusan RiceThursday, June 6, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted in The Daily Beast on How Susan Rice’s Appoitment Will Affect White House Foreign Policy Decisons

Susan Rice and John Kerry Will Battle For Obama’s Ear By: Josh Rogin and Eli Lake June 6, 2013 | The Daily Beast Earlier this year, John Kerry seemed to prevail over Susan Rice when President Obama selected him to be secretary of State, a job they both coveted. On Wednesday, Rice regained the upper hand when she was appointed natheional security adviser, giving her a position that clearly outranks Kerry’s in the Obama power structure. Now, in an administration where all foreign-policy decisionmaking flows through the White House and the president makes key decisions personally, Rice and Kerry will be the two senior officials jockeying for influence over the remaining three-and-a-half years of Obama’s second term. They have different styles and different agendas, and… Read More ›

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