Category: Joseph Wippl

Richard Burr, incoming head of Senate intelligence, plans scrutiny of CIA

December 13th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, McClatchy Newspapers, Newsmakers 0 comments

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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says he plans a new approach to keeping close tabs on the nation’s spy agencies when he becomes chairman of the Senate committee that’s charged with making sure the intelligence community operates within the law…

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“The advantage of real-time oversight is that the Congress knows what the intelligence community is doing and assisting it any way that it can to achieve the results, and also to say, ‘Excuse me, guys. That’s not going to work,.”

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Senate CIA torture report release: expert reaction

December 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US 0 comments

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The US Senate has released the executive summary of a long-withheld report on harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the post-9/11 era…

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The timing of the issuance of the Senate report on the use by CIA of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 was under discussion in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for an extended period of time…

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Plot alert amps up T patrols

September 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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State and transit police are beefing up patrols along T routes and at commuter lots out of “an abundance of caution” after the Iraq prime minister warned yesterday that captured Islamic State terrorists told his intelligence agents of a plot to attack U.S. and Paris subways…

Expert quote:

“This is just the beginning, and it will remain that way for a long time. We have an extensive presence in the Middle East and that will make us the subject of an attack by people who are opposed to the governments we are supporting.”

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Crisis in Syria

August 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, NECN, Newsmakers 0 comments

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White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

March 25th, 2014 in 2014, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure the public following revelations about widespread surveillance…

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“There is nothing here which protects foreign nationals, which is the way it has always been.”

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LETTERS: A world of difference between political, career diplomats

March 23rd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Daniel Benjamin’s defense of political appointees to US ambassadorships is based on the belief that political appointees bring needed insights and momentum into our international relations…

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Nasty CIA/Senate Spying Showdown Could Get Uglier

March 14th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, Newsweek 0 comments

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In the early 1980s, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence discovered that a staffer had taken home hundreds of pages of highly classified documents covering decades of CIA operations…

Expert quote:

“Getting into a feud with any member of Congress is a bad deal. They have a way of getting retribution because they are there a long time and tend to have long memories.”

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Intelligence Expert: Obama’s NSA Reform Promises Are the First Step

January 18th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Boston Magazine, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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In an effort to restore the confidence of the American public, and calm fears that bulk metadata collected by some of the administration’s top intelligence agencies is being used to snoop on people’s private emails and phone conversations, President Barack Obama vowed to put additional protections in place to ensure nobody’s civil rights are violated through the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts…

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“It’s a political issue and the president is trying to find the middle way. If there is some kind of terrorist attack against Americans—and there almost certainly will be in the next years ahead—they don’t want to say ‘we reduced our capabilities to monitor these people, and didn’t know about it.”

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Snowden, Seeking Asylum, Offers to Help Brazil

December 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Brazil’s biggest newspaper published an open letter from Edward Snowden in which the former National Security Agency contractor offers to assist Brazil in uncovering potential U.S. espionage crimes against Brazilians and makes another plea for asylum…

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“Will Brazil, which has a great deal of equity with the U.S., provide him asylum? I doubt the Brazilians are prepared to do so.”

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Maine online gamers shrug at NSA spying

December 13th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Players of online video games such as “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life” hardly raised an eyebrow when news broke this week that the National Security Agency took steps to monitor communications and plant spies in the games…

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“They’re just trying to get a grip.”

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