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Archive for March, 2012

Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues — CRS

Someone has leaked a March 14, 2012, Congressional Research Service report entitled Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues.  (Such leaks are a daily occurrence and likely done by a member of Congress, but the institution as a whole has never authorized the routine release of CRS reports to the taxpayers.) Topics include: Legal Issues Related to Protecting […]

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Mar 29th, 2012 Current Affairs

State Dept to court: Don’t meddle with terror list decisions – CNN

On March 27, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that the U.S. State Department has asked a court to "deny a suit that would force Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide, within 30 days, whether to remove an Iranian opposition group from the U.S. list of foreign terror organizations."  The group in question, the […]

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Mar 28th, 2012 Current Affairs

U.S. drone strikes in sharp decline in Pakistan – CNN

On March 27, 2012 CNN's national security blog provided a summary of a recent study conducted by the New American Foundation that concluded that "The past year has seen the number of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan plummet."  According to the article, "In the first three months of 2012, there were 11, compared with 21 […]

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Treasury Dept. goes after Iranian arms shippers – CNN

On March 27, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that the U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned an "Iranian airline, three Iranian officials, a trading company and a shipping agent" for providing support to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a designated foreign terrorist organization.  According to the article, the entities engaged in the shipment of […]

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Iran has conducted surveillance in NYC – AP

According to a March 21, 2012 article by the Associated Press, a senior New York Police Department official announced that "Authorities have interviewed at least 13 people since 2005 with ties to Iran's government who were seen taking pictures of New York City landmarks." The announcement comes in the wake of recent discussions of a […]

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Mar 28th, 2012 investigations

At CIA, a convert to Islam leads the terrorism hunt – Washington Post

On March 24, 2012 the Washington Post featured an article on the chief of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC).  In the article, "Roger" (the individual's real name was withheld for security reasons) is described by those who know him as a "irascible" and "surly," often known for his brutal style of leadership. However, the article […]

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International Criminal Court hands down first verdict – ICC

On March 14, 2012, the International Criminal Court announced that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was found guilty of war crimes of "conspiring and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate in hostilities…"  Dyilo is the first individual to be found guilty by the court.  According to the press release, Dyilo, a […]

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Mar 23rd, 2012 Current Affairs

‘Millennial bomber’ Ressam’s term too short, appeals court says – Seattle Times

On March 12, 2012, the Seattle Times reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had "rebuked longtime U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour for sentencing 'millennial bomber' Ahmed Ressam to a relatively light sentence of 22 years in prison and has ordered Ressam to reappear before Coughenour for resentencing." Ressam, an Algerian national […]

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Counterterrorism center can keep data on Americans for longer – CNN

On March 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that the Obama Administration has "revised guidelines to allow the National Counterterrorism Center access to data about Americans that it can search and store for a longer period of time, even if that information is not related to terrorism." According to the article, the center would […]

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Consequences for security as NYPD-FBI rift widens – AP

A March 21, 2012 article by the Associated Press examines post 9/11 relations between the FBI and the NYPD.  The article highlights a "dysfunctional partnership" between the two entities surrounding counter-terrorism efforts. Describing this relationship, the Associated Press notes "As the NYPD has transformed itself into one of the nation's most aggressive intelligence agencies and […]

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Mar 22nd, 2012 Inteligence

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