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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Attorney General Eric Holder will review Justice Department policy on leaks investigations involving the news media.
    
Obama says in a speech on counterterrorism Thursday he's troubled by the idea that leaks investigations may chill the investigative journalism that he says holds government accountable.
    
In recent weeks, the administration has acknowledged secretly seizing portions of two months of phone records from The Associated Press and reading the e-mails of Fox News reporter James Rosen in separate investigations about the publication of government secrets.
    
The president says the government has to strike the right balance between security and an open society. He says Holder will meet with representatives of media organizations and report back to him by July 12.

Obama cites new framework for terror war

 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he has established a new framework to govern U.S. force against terrorists.
    
He says it includes clear guidelines as well as oversight and accountability. Obama says in a speech Thursday he put this framework into a single document by signing on Wednesday what is known as presidential policy guidance.
    
He also says he will talk to Congress about refining, and ultimately repealing, the authority it gave the president in 2001 to wage war on al-Qaida. He says he will not sign laws designed to expand that authority any further.
    
Obama cautions that terrorism will remain a national security problem. But he says it must be recognized that not every, quote, "collection of thugs" affiliated with al-Qaida will pose a credible threat to the U.S.

Anti-war protester shouts at Obama during speech

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama was interrupted three times by a woman who shouted about drones and detainees in Cuba as he delivered a speech on national security.
    
The woman was identified as Medea Benjamin from the anti-war group Code Pink. Benjamin yelled from behind a bank of cameras before she was removed from the hall at National Defense University in Washington.
    
Obama said at one point he was willing to "cut the young lady some slack" because the issues he was addressing are worth being passionate about.
    
Benjamin shouted, quote, "86 were cleared already. Release them today!"
    
That appears to be a reference to detainees who remain in Cuba despite being cleared for transfer from the facility.

Obama lifts ban on detainee transfer to Yemen

 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he is lifting his ban on the transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center to Yemen. And he is calling on Congress to lift its restrictions on detainee transfers, including limits on imprisoning them within the U.S.
    
In a wide-ranging national security speech, Obama says the Yemen transfers will now be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The U.S. does not transfer detainees to another country without receiving security assurances, including that those who remain a threat must not be released.
    
Obama halted all transfers to Yemen after the failed Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt of an airliner over Detroit.  The convicted bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, trained in Yemen.
    
Of the 166 detainees currently at Guantanamo, about 90 are Yemeni.

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