Stories by Tim Starks:
Feb. 27, 2013
House Judiciary Committee members differ over whether an after-the-fact review of drone strikes targeting U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas was preferable to a court review beforehand.
Feb. 26, 2013
Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee saw some of the documents they wanted Tuesday about last yearís attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, but they were not sufficient to clear a path for President Barack Obamaís CIA director nominee.
Feb. 25, 2013
The Senate Intelligence Committee is all but certain to vote Feb. 28 on the nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the CIA, and the panelís chairwoman predicted the committee would vote to support him.
Feb. 15, 2013
In written answers to Senate Intelligence Committee questions released Friday, CIA director nominee John Brennan would not say whether the U.S. could conduct drone strikes inside the United States ó only that it did not intend to do so.
Feb. 13, 2013
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he plans to place a hold on the nomination of John O. Brennan to run the CIA until he receives information related to the administrationís use of armed drones.
Feb. 12, 2013
Senators donít just want Justice Department legal opinions on drone strikes or documents about last yearís attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as they consider whether to confirm John O. Brennan as CIA director.
Feb. 10, 2013
With 19 days to go, the sequester standoff hardened Sunday. Congressional leaders from both parties said the deep automatic spending cuts must be prevented from taking effect, but Republicans drew a line in the sand against making tax increases part of any stopgap alternative, and Democrats did the same in vowing to protect entitlements and social programs.
Feb. 10, 2013
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, offered new details Sunday about his ideas for creating a special court to oversee drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism, which has gained momentum as senators consider John O. Brennanís nomination to run the CIA.
Feb. 8, 2013
John O. Brennanís nomination for CIA director has fueled a surge in congressional exploration of legislation to rein in the use of drones, both abroad and domestically.
Feb. 8, 2013
Senate Intelligence Committee member Angus King on Friday asked the leaders of the panel to incorporate language into the fiscal 2014 intelligence authorization bill setting up a court to review targeted killings of U.S. citizens in foreign countries.
Feb. 7, 2013
At a spirited confirmation hearing Thursday, CIA director nominee John O. Brennan staunchly defended the Obama administrationís drone strike policy, as well as his own record on the subjects of harsh interrogation methods and leaks.
Feb. 6, 2013
In a reversal on the eve of John O. Brennanís confirmation hearing to lead the CIA, and with pressure mounting from Congress, the White House said Wednesday that the administration will provide classified Office of Legal Counsel legal documents about targeted killings of U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism to the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
Feb. 6, 2013
Senate Intelligence Committee members are closely guarding how they might vote on the nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the CIA, but one thing is for sure: He will catch heat from Democrats and Republicans alike at his confirmation hearing Thursday.
Feb. 5, 2013
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that a Justice Department legal memo on using drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism has allowed her panel to conduct oversight of the controversial practice.
Jan. 23, 2013
As the Senate Appropriations Committee prepares to appoint its subcommittee chairmen, one thing is already clear: Barbara A. Mikulskiís takeover of the full panel should be a boon to the National Security Agency, the largest of the U.S. intelligence agencies and one of the largest employers in her state of Maryland.
Nov. 28, 2012
Sen. Ron Wyden insists he doesnít have a grudge against fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California. What he does have, though, is a hold on her two legislative priorities of the lame-duck session ó and he has, in fact, placed a hold on every major bill coming out of her Intelligence Committee in the past two years.
Nov. 16, 2012
Republicans said Friday after closed-door House and Senate Intelligence Committee meetings with David H. Petraeus that CIA talking points on the Benghazi, Libya, consulate attack mentioning terrorist connections were altered to delete those references, raising questions of politicization.
Nov. 14, 2012
Many lawmakers from both parties say they consider the extramarital affair of David H. Petraeus and his retirement from the CIA a distraction from a more meaningful spy-related investigation: what happened in the lead-up to and fallout from the September terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Nov. 13, 2012
Leaders of the Intelligence committees are meeting with the acting CIA director Tuesday and Wednesday to get briefed on what happened with Gen. David H. Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA last week following a scandal that emerged from an FBI investigation into his extramarital affair.
Sept. 18, 2012
In the seven years that Porter Goss chaired the House Intelligence Committee, the Florida Republican thought he was getting all the information he needed from the CIA to do his job.