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Holiday Weekend Dump: Obama Reveals Drone Campaign Death Toll

The Obama administration has killed from 64 to 116 civilians, as well as between 2,372 and 2,581 combatants in drone and other lethal airstrikes targeting terrorists outside principal war zones like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, according to a much-anticipated report from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), released Friday.

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What Congress Didn’t Do This Week to Stop Terrorism

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Orlando Sunday, GOP leadership plans to take a victory lap after holding a vote on a bill that combines three counterterrorism bills that have already passed the House individually.

US Navy guards escort a detainee through Camp Delta, June 10, 2008. REUTERS/DOD/1ST LT. SARAH CLEVELAND

Reports: Obama to Liberate Up to 24 Prisoners from Guantánamo

The Obama administration is secretly preparing to transfer up to 24 prisoners out of the U.S. military detention center Guantánamo Bay in Cuba by the end of the summer, the Guardian and Fox News report, citing unnamed sources.

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Pentagon to Transfer Nearly a Dozen Guantánamo Detainees Soon

Nearly a dozen detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are expected to be transferred in the coming weeks to at least two countries, Reuters learned from a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Whistleblowers: Top Intel Official Knew ‘Optimistic’ Islamic State Reports Were Cooked

Last summer brought a surprisingly short-lived scandal about the Obama administration cooking the books to make the president’s strategy against the Islamic State look far more successful than it actually was. Now there are whistleblowers charging that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper knew the ISIS reports were excessively “optimistic.”

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Director of National Intelligence Adds Zika to List of U.S. Security Threats

The annual security briefing delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has added the Zika virus to the list of infections diseases threatening the United States, on the same list as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola.

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Spy Fridge: The Internet of Things Meets the Surveillance State

During the same laugh-a-minute Senate report where he said North Korea was a major nuclear threat, and that Iran would soon join them, and that ISIS was using the “torrent of migrants” from Syria to infiltrate the Western world, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also said on Tuesday that electronic surveillance would soon be possible through nearly every device in the home.

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Director of National Intelligence Warns ISIS May Infiltrate Syrian Refugees

Not long before President Obama declared that at least 10,000 more Syrian refugees would be flown into the United States for resettlement, his director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, warned about the dangers of ISIS operatives infiltrating Western countries through the flood of migrants.

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G.W. Bush’s CIA, NSA Director Gen. Hayden Endorses Jeb Bush

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden’s endorsement of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) seems to be playing right into the hands of critics who say the potential presidential candidate’s foreign policy will mirror his brother’s, George W. Bush.