Report: Intel Agencies Failing to Track Security Contractors

Misconduct among those with top-secret clearance not investigated

The nation’s top national security agencies are failing to properly report instances of misconduct by independent contractors, many of whom hold top-secret security clearances, according to a new report by the Defense Department’s Inspector General.

Communications Crackdown

DNI directive forbids unauthorized talk with journalists
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper / AP

Members of the intelligence community are now forbidden from unapproved contact with reporters, according to a memo issued last month by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Hayden Defends NSA Surveillance

NSA employed new methods to defend national security
Gen. Michael Hayden / AP

Former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Hayden defended the agency’s contested surveillance programs on Thursday as vital tools for defending national security during an era of rapidly evolving global communications.

Congressman Urges SXSW to Cancel Snowden Speech

Intel Committee member says 'traitor' NSA leaker endangered American lives
Edward Snowden

A member of Congress on Thursday called on organizers of the technology conference South by Southwest (SXSW) to cancel a planned speech by National Security Agency leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden.

Commander: U.S. Military Not Ready for Cyber Warfare

Gen. Alexander tells Senate threat of major cyber attacks is growing
Gen. Keith Alexander / AP

The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.