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David Ignatius: Obama's cautious policy on global challenges

WASHINGTON — In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?

July 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Over the past year, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps. In response, the Air Force is now undertaking a series of management changes.

July 08, 2014 6:45 am Related Loading…
A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

The Air Force's nuclear missiles have stood ready for war on short notice for more than 50 years. Americans tend to assume the missiles are safe, if they even remember they exist. But safety cannot be taken for granted.

July 08, 2014 6:42 amLoading…
Panetta: America's greatest threat is from within

Panetta: America's greatest threat is from within

MISSOULA — The power to hunt down a terrorist like Osama bin Laden may not be enough to protect the United States from the folly of its own spending problems, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a Missoula audience Thursday.

April 24, 2014 7:24 pmLoading…

Riverton police like their own dispatch system

RIVERTON - Officials at the Riverton Police Department say they aren't interested in using a new national dispatch program recently purchased by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office Communications Center.

January 28, 2014 9:02 amLoading…

Jury clears police in deadly Great Falls shooting

GREAT FALLS  — Law enforcement officers who shot and killed a Great Falls man have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in a coroner's inquest.

January 25, 2014 9:41 amLoading…
Pentagon chief in rare visit to Wyoming nuke missile base

Pentagon chief in rare visit to Wyoming nuke missile base

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making a rare visit to an Air Force nuclear missile base, hoping to boost morale among the men and women who operate, maintain and safeguard the nation's Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles.

January 09, 2014 10:15 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Hidden consequences of Snowden revelations

WASHINGTON — There is more than a little hypocrisy to the outcry that the government, through the National Security Agency, is systematically destroying Americans’ right to privacy. Edward Snowden’s revelations have been stripped of their social, technological and historical context. Unless …

January 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Felony charge for Butte man accused of grappling with police officers

BUTTE — A 27-year-old Butte man is accused of grappling with police officers and attempting to pull a knife during the altercation.

November 23, 2013 10:07 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Obama must reform NSA, quell allies’ outrage

U.S. intelligence agencies’ failure to “connect the dots” before 9/11 precipitated a rush to collect vast amounts of electronic information. That pursuit of information led to egregious overreach by the National Security Agency to gather vast amounts of electronic data from America and all o…

October 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Worldwide surveillance: Less privacy outside U.S.

WASHINGTON — With the global furor over the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, you might think that other governments are refraining from such intrusive monitoring. But recent reports by U.S. technology companies make clear that foreign governments are aggressively compellin…

September 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: What privacy? Practical fallout of Snowden's leaks

WASHINGTON — Congress and the courts will sort out the big questions about privacy and surveillance posed by Edward Snowden’s disclosure of National Security Agency monitoring programs. In the meantime, there are some nagging smaller questions raised by this hemorrhage of secrets.

June 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Justice official: Complaint filed against Edward Snowden

Justice official: Complaint filed against Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property in the NSA surveillance case.

June 21, 2013 5:32 pm Related Loading…
Virginia man gets life term in Montana pipe bomb chase

Virginia man gets life term in Montana pipe bomb chase

GREAT FALLS — A Virginia man convicted of trying to kill seven Montana law enforcement officers by throwing pipe bombs at them during a chase last November was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

June 20, 2013 5:37 pm Related Loading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Time to lean more toward liberty

WASHINGTON — The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths. We know that our government will continue with large-scale surveillance programs to prevent future terrorist attacks. We also know that such programs have operated up to now with too little public scrutiny and …

June 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Monumental monitoring calls for public accountability

Americans are looking at their telephones in a new light. Now we know every call we make, every minute we talk is logged by the National Security Agency.

June 13, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Jounalists should beware of misplaced idealism

WASHINGTON — Journalists have a professional commitment to the idea that more debate is better, so we instinctively side with leakers. But I’m skeptical about some of the claims of Edward Snowden, the young NSA contractor who leaked secrets about that agency’s surveillance programs to The Wa…

June 13, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Stay calm and let the NSA carry on

After 9/11, there was a widespread expectation of many more terrorist attacks on the United States. So far that hasn’t happened. We haven’t escaped entirely unscathed (see Boston Marathon, bombing of), but on the whole we have been a lot safer than most security experts, including me, expect…

June 13, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: DOJ lost its balance with secret AP subpoena

Finally, an issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on: The Justice Department went too far in secretly obtaining phone records from the Associated Press that covered parts of two months and more than 20 separate lines.

May 19, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Stopping domestic terrorists within surveillance limits

WASHINGTON -- America's top intelligence official said Thursday there isn't any evidence so far that the Boston Marathon bombers had help from foreign terrorist networks.

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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