News The NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Office of Tailored Operations, whose existence is rarely acknowledged by the NSA, hacks computers around the world – harvesting data, monitoring communications and even mounting its own cyber-attacks

TAO was established in 1997 to hack into global communications systems at a time when fewer than 2 per cent of the world’s population had access to the internet

Dirty Wars: Film review - criminality at the heart of the American system

(15) Richard Rowley, 86 mins

Blunders by UK border staff give terror chiefs like Abu Anas al-Libi asylum, report warns

Britain is at risk of harbouring terror chiefs such as the suspected al-Qa'ida leader Abu Anas al-Libi because of mistakes by border officials, a parliamentary report will warn.

The beard and turban costume that is causing controversy in the US

US retailers forced to withdraw 'Osama bin Laden' costume after complaints from Sikhs

The Sikh coalition argued that the costume was offensive to those who lost loved ones in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre

The article about XKeyscore drew on half a dozen documents supplied to him by Snowden in Hong Kong.

NSA uses XKeyscore program which tracks 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

The program can use almost any identifying information to track the online behaviour of a target

Osama bin Laden

Five things we learnt from the Osama bin Laden report: From his cowboy hat to his speeding offences

The 336-page report, based on testimony from more than 200 witnesses, official documents and site visits, alleges:

Locals and media gather outside the compound, pictured in May 2011, where Osama Bin Laden was reportedly killed in an operation by US Navy Seals

Osama bin Laden report: Leaked documents criticise Pakistan's security failure - and even reveal how Al-Qa'ida leader was stopped for speeding and let go

Osama Bin Laden was able to hide undetected in Pakistan for years because of a “collective failure” of the country’s “military authorities, the intelligence authorities, the police and the civilian administration,” according to a damning report kept secret by the Pakistani government.

Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada on his release from prison

Abu Qatada deportation: Cleric expected to be flown to Jordan overnight on military plane

Home Office prepares to fly radical preacher out of the country on military flight

Z-stars: some of the targets sold by Zombie Industries including their Obama-alike

The undead prez: NRA bans zombie Obama-lookalike target from its convention

For gun-toting, Republican-supporting and President-hating Americans, a 3D shooting target that looks like an undead Barack Obama could be the perfect gift. The controversial targets have, however, now been removed from sale at the National Rifle Association convention in Texas, at the request of organisers.

Nicaragua Police agents escort Eric Toth to be presented to the press at a police station in Managua, Nicaragua

Eric Toth: 'Paedophile' teacher on FBI's most wanted list is arrested in Nicaragua

Former nanny and youth counsellor had been on the run since 2008

Second suspect of Boston Marathon bombing Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev

From Boston to Chechnya to Moscow: the chain of terror that unites US and Russia

Fear of Islamic extremism is a rare bridging link between the US and Russia

Robert Fisk: At a checkpoint, watching for bombs, the talk turned to religion

Soldiers facing the threat of suicide bombers in Damascus tell The Independent's Middle East correspondent of their fears for the future of Syria

Editorial: Put Abu Qatada on trial here

Taken in isolation, few would dispute that Britain would be better off without Abu Qatada. The radical preacher has a long history of association with, and fostering of, violent Islamism; indeed, he was described, by a Spanish judge, as “Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe”. Yet the Home Secretary yesterday lost yet another attempt to deport him. And – problematic though the outcome may be – the ruling from the appeal court is still the right one.

Troops prepare for their mission in Kathryn Bigelow’s movie Zero Dark Thirty

Who really killed the al-Qa'ida leader? SEAL Team 6 member disputes interview with 'The Man Who Shot Osama bin Laden'

First one Navy SEAL writes about the deadly raid, then another contradicts him. Rupert Cornwell reports on the many versions of the terrorist’s death

Giovanni Di Stefano, the self-styled Italian lawyer who became known as the Devil's Advocate

‘Devil’s advocate’ who pretended to be a lawyer is found guilty of fraud

Giovanni di Stefano claimed he had links with Bin Laden, Mugabe and Saddam

Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada arrested over 'bail breach' days ahead of deportation hearing

Radical preacher Abu Qatada has been arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions, days ahead of the Government's latest deportation bid in court.

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