Larry Abramson http://kgou.org en Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement http://kgou.org/post/air-forces-beloved-warthog-targeted-retirement Jeff Duford is standing next to an A-10, one of the most beloved planes of all time. It's painted green, a clue that it was designed for a threat that has disappeared — it was built at the height of the Cold War.<p>"The reason why it's painted this way is because at that time, this airframe was expected to stop Soviet tanks from rolling through Germany," says Duford, curator of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19816 at http://kgou.org Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement Obama Panel: NSA Phone Record Surveillance Should Be Limited http://kgou.org/post/obama-panel-nsa-phone-record-surveillance-should-be-limited Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>After recently revelations about the National Security Agency, the Obama administration came up with a soundbite: Just because we can gather information, the White House said, doesn't always mean we should. That did not answer whether the U.S. would continue gathering telephone data on Americans or spying on foreign leaders. Now a presidential panel says, in most cases, the NSA shouldn't. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 19526 at http://kgou.org In Qatar, Hagel Tours Command Center That May Or May Not Exist http://kgou.org/post/qatar-hagel-tours-command-center-may-or-may-not-exist U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.<p>The "CAOC" as it's known in Pentagonese, is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital of this wealthy emirate that sits on a peninsula jutting off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Qatar is a close U.S. ally that is happy to host this high-tech command center. But they want to keep that fact on the down low, so U.S. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 18867 at http://kgou.org U.S. Flies Bombers Through East China Sea Air Space China Claims http://kgou.org/post/us-flies-bombers-through-east-china-sea-air-space-china-claims The United States military flew two B-52 bombers into air space that China recently designated as an air defense identification zone. The showdown is part of a larger dispute involving China and Japan and territorial rights in the East China Sea. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 17986 at http://kgou.org Google Says It's Getting Far More User-Data Requests From Government http://kgou.org/post/google-says-its-getting-far-more-user-data-requests-government Google says the number of requests it gets from the U.S. government for user information is rising — fast.<p>The company released new <a href="http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/userdatarequests/US/#FISA_requests">details</a> Thursday showing such requests have more than doubled since 2010. From January to June of this year, Google received 10,918 government orders in criminal cases, compared with 4,287 three years ago. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 17171 at http://kgou.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? http://kgou.org/post/who-owns-archives-vanishing-iraqi-jewish-world <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7TGYTOlMgs</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 16735 at http://kgou.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? A Controversial Week For The NSA http://kgou.org/post/controversial-week-nsa Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This week, the National Security Agency fought back against criticism of it's operations following leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that have revealed some of the scale of the agency's surveillance of Americans and people overseas, including heads of state of U.S. allies. NPR's Larry Abramson has been covering the story and joins us. Larry, thanks so much for being with us.<p>LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: Hi Scott.<p>SIMON: Bring us up to date. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 16439 at http://kgou.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kgou.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 16424 at http://kgou.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples NSA Chief: We Did Not Collect French, Spanish Phone Data http://kgou.org/post/nsa-chief-we-did-not-collect-french-spanish-phone-data Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Intelligence chiefs told Congress today reports of the U.S. monitoring European phone traffic are false. The officials insisted that most of the data in question was collected by allied intelligence agencies and then shared with the U.S. They also weighed in on reports that the U.S. has been spying on dozens of world leaders. Instead of denying that claim, they argued that spying on leaders is a key tool and that everybody does it. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 16196 at http://kgou.org READ: Bipartisan Bill To End NSA's Domestic Bulk Collection http://kgou.org/post/read-bipartisan-bill-end-nsas-domestic-bulk-collection Bipartisan concern on Capitol Hill about data from <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=193049240" target="_blank">Americans' phone and Internet records being vacuumed up by the National Security Agency</a> has led to an unusual alliance involving a prominent House Republican and a veteran Senate Democrat.<p>NPR's Larry Abramson writes that:<p><blockquote><p><a href="http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/" target="_blank">Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner</a>, R-Wis., and <a href="http://www.leahy.senate.gov/" target="_blank">Sen. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:29:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 16154 at http://kgou.org