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November 28, 2014

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November 25, 2014

NSA Telephone Data Collection Program Not Based on ‘Secret Law,’ Says Former Intel Staffer

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Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, followed by chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., arrives to testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” in 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

All that talk about “secret law” as the foundation for the allegedly illegal National Security Agency telephony metadata program? Hogwash, writes a former House Intelligence Committee staffer in the National Security Law Journal. Full story

November 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: F-35, Iraq Weapons, Congress, Uber

Let’s review the week that was. Would you say we would be venturing into a zone of danger? The zone will be one of danger. Full story

November 20, 2014

Nurses, Psychologists Step Up Responses to Detainee Treatment

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Protester Andrés Thomas (right, bottom) is force-fed by Dr. Terry Fitzgerald (left) during a 2013 demonstration in front of the White House in solidarity with hunger-striking inmates at Guantanamo. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Two associations representing health care professionals have, in the the past coupe weeks, gotten more active on the question of their roles in the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Full story

Which House National Security Committee Leadership Posts Are Settled, Which Aren’t

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Granger speaks with reporters as she leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on July 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated Thursday, 11:38 a.m., 1:55 p.m.]

Most of the blood to be spilled in national security and foreign policy-related House committee leadership races has now been spilled. Here’s the landscape as a result, with notes in some cases. Full story

November 19, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Fears ISIS Could Buy a Nuke

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Rogers makes his way to the Capitol across the east front plaza, Sept. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outgoing House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Wednesday that he worried that ISIS could be amassing enough cash to buy a nuclear device. Full story

Foggy Future for Surveillance Overall Legislation After Failed Senate Vote

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Paul talks with reporters after voting on Election Day at Briarwood Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., November 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Critics of the National Security Agency’s bulk telephony record collection program say they won’t give up the fight even after a Senate vote Tuesday blocked legislation that would ban the practice.

It won’t be easy. Full story

November 17, 2014

House National Security Chairmanship Races Underway

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Devin Nunes, R-Calif., photographed in April, is running for House Intelligence chairman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The search for future leadership of up to three House committees with sway over national security has begun in earnest. Full story

Helicopters, ISR & NSA in the Week Ahead

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Ayotte on the campaign trail in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a week that’s loaded up in the middle even more than usual, with less happening on Monday and Friday than Washington, D.C.’s well-established tendency toward slow beginnings and sleepy endings.  Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

November 10, 2014

James Clapper Gets a Much-Needed Win in North Korea With Prisoner Release

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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. adjusts his name plate as he arrives for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Jan. 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

James R. Clapper, Jr. has spent a lot of time on the ropes before this weekend; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (@senrandpaul), had called for his resignation last year, and as recently as two months ago there were still headlines out there like, “Why Is James Clapper Still Employed?”

His reputation should get a lift after voyaging to North Korea to serve as the Obama administration’s envoy to secure the release of Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller (no matter what Dennis Rodman [@dennisrodman] says about who really got them released). Full story

November 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: Red Senate, Camouflage Ice Cream

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Photo courtesy of Baskin-Robbins’ Facebook page.

It wasn’t a boring one.

  • Election crazy. We went nuts on election coverage and analysis here at Five By Five this week, from the altered state of the security agenda, to the key committee changes, to the reaction in various security/foreign policy spheres, to the new military experience in both the House and Senate.
  • Other parts of the world. Rachel Oswald (@oswaldrachel) had two dispatches for 5×5 about what U.S. diplomats were saying: the U.S. assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (on Zimbabwe) and the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (on Syria). Oh, and on the subject of Syria…
  • Serious coverage elsewhere. The Washington Examiner offered a contrarian point of view about how much impact the elections would have on national security. Away from the election: The Washington Post wrote about changes afoot with the Defense Clandestine Service. The Navy Times had the peculiar tale of the Navy intel chief being forbidden from viewing classified information.
  • Less serious coverage elsewhere. Navy Seal + dog rappelling into an NFL game = delirious reaction. And how does camouflage ice cream sound to you?

November 6, 2014

Security Committee Shake-Ups Ahead

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The indispensable CQ Weekly Guide to the New Congress is out for CQ subscribers, and it offers a smorgasbord of information about how national security and foreign policy committees are expected to change, plus what it means for the legislative agendas of those panels. Full story

November 5, 2014

Election Reaction From Defense Industry, Other Countries, Intel World

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Mark Udall is interviewed by Roll Call outside of a Denver Rustlers event in Greenwood Village, Colo., on Aug. 26 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We already have talked about how the 2014 elections will reshape the legislative agenda on foreign affairs and national security. But the elections will also affect things in subtler ways, as reaction from around the defense, intelligence and foreign policy communities show. Full story

November 3, 2014

Last Minute National Security + Midterm Elections Round-Up

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks with reporters following her news conference with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, N.H., on Aug. 19. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The midterm elections are less than 24 hours away. How will national security play on Tuesday? What will happen RE: national security on Capitol Hill after Tuesday?

Full story

October 30, 2014

ISIS Increasingly Learning to Become Like a Country

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Iraqi forces on an armored personnel carrier advance in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, north of the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 30 after they retook the area ISIS jihadists. (Hidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

First came word that ISIS was sorting out how to run post offices and other services. Now there’s a report that they’ve figured out how to run an advanced intelligence apparatus. Full story

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