FBI Secret Probes: 3,501 Targets in the U.S

FBI Secret Probes: 3,501 Targets in the U.S.

The Department of Justice says it secretly sought phone records and other documents of 3,501 people last year under a provision of the Patriot Act that does not require judicial oversight. (ABC News)

U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords in Somalia

U.S. secretly supporting secular warlords who are fighting Islamic groups for control of capital. (Washington Post)

Verizon Denies Turning over Local Phone Data

Verizon, the country's second-largest phone company, said yesterday that it had not provided local phone records to the National Security Agency as part of efforts to compile a database of calling records to track terrorist activities. (NY Times)

Pentagon Releases 9/11 Security Video

Pentagon Releases Security Camera Images of Plane Hitting Building on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP)

New Tape Stirs Up 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

The minute the Pentagon released images of the Sept. 11 attack on its building, the message boards at ABCNEWS.com lit up with conspiracy theories. (ABC News)

C.I.A. Making Rapid Strides for Regrowth

For all its dysfunction and recent failures, the Central Intelligence Agency that Gen. Michael V. Hayden stands to inherit is far along a path toward rebuilding its network of foreign stations and replenishing ranks that were eviscerated during the years after the cold war. (NY Times)


German MPs Vote to Release Secret Report in Spying Scandal

Did BND agents spy on journalists? (Deutsche Welle)


Iran Rejects Potential European Incentives

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday rejected a possible European offer for incentives, including a light-water nuclear reactor, in return for giving up uranium enrichment. (AP)


Darfur's Rebel Forces Turn On Each Other

With Darfur's remaining rebels still refusing to sign a peace deal, fighters once united against the Sudanese government turn on each other. (The Guardian)

Obstacles Test African Force in Grim Darfur

The African Union force in Darfur has been hamstrung by inadequate equipment, too few troops and a limited mandate. (NY Times)


Gunman Shoots Turkey Court Judges

A gunman opens fire inside Turkey's highest court, leaving a number of judges seriously injured. (BBC)


5 Days of Violence by Gangs in São Paulo Leaves 115 Dead Before Subsiding

The scale of the fighting has prompted many to question an already shaky faith in Brazil's public security forces. (NY Times)


Serbia Cannot Escape Curse of Mladic

If Montenegro were to vote to secede from Serbia at the weekend, General Ratko Mladic would be an apt choice as pallbearer and gravedigger-in-chief. (The Guradian)


Guantanamo Prisoners' Papers Get Closer Look

More than four years after the U.S. military began sending captives to the Guantanamo prison camp, intelligence analysts at the base said on Tuesday they are still going through the prisoners' notebooks and papers to figure out exactly who they are. (Reuters)


Driver of Kidnapped Diplomat Dies In Iraq

A Sudanese driver for an Arab diplomat in Baghdad has died after being shot as he tried to stop gunmen kidnapping the envoy, police said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Judge Allows Defense to Call Saddam

The chief judge agreed Wednesday to allow the defense to call Saddam Hussein and his former intelligence chief as witnesses on behalf of one of their co-defendants in their trial on charges of crimes against humanity. (AP)

Baghdad Journal: May 16, 2006

Keeping Secrets and a Big Interview. (ABC News)


Forget Privacy, We Need to Spy More

Electronic surveillance is a key weapon in the war on terror. Don't handcuff the president and the NSA. (LA Times)

Spy Tools In Need of a Law

There's one overwhelming problem with the NSA's use of phone records to identify terrorists: It may be illegal. (Washington Post)

The Truth and Legend of the Saddam Trial

Saddam's phrases, actions, upbringing and environment really make one doubt his sanity. It is not fair to treat Saddam Hussein as though he were a normal person. Consequently, the rulings of the subsequent court could be appealed on the grounds that the defendant was mentally unstable. If Saddam is executed in defiance of fundamental legal measures, he will turn into a legend in a region where superstitions are influential. (Al Hayat)

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