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Executive Order Establishes White House Security Partnership Council

The President has issued an executive order creating the White House Security Partnership Council. The order states that the Council was established to “foster local partnerships” between the federal government, the private sector, NGOs, foundations, community-based organizations, and state, local, tribal, and territorial government and law enforcement to address homeland security challenges. According to the […]

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Oct 31st, 2012 Current Affairs, Inteligence

UN to Investigate Targeted Killings

The New York Times reported that the United Nations is organizing a unit to investigate drone strikes initiated by the United States as well as targeted killings carried out by other nations. Specifically, the article states that the unit will explore civilian casualties caused by the strikes and “seek explanations” from the countries responsible. You […]

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Guantanamo Prisoner Alleges Guard Mistreatment

The Miami Herald reports that Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, the alleged USS Cole bomber, is threatening refusal to appear in court because he is being mistreated by Guantanamo guards. Specifically, the article states Nashiri complains that military transport has been so uncomfortable that it causes him to throw up, an alleged result of a […]

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Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty

The New York Times reports that John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism operative, pleaded guilty to violating the Intelligence Identity Protection Act. As the article describes, during a 2007 interview with ABC, Kiriakou disclosed the name of a fellow CIA officer and portrayed waterboarding as a necessary torture technique. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the […]

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Oct 25th, 2012 Current Affairs, Inteligence

Judge Denies Detainees’ Requests for Hearing

The New York Times reports that a judge has denied requests for hearings by three men who have been imprisoned by the U.S. military in Afghanistan for nearly ten years but have not yet been afforded trials. The article also explains that, although a court ruled in favor of allowing the hearings in 2009, that […]

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Judge Considers U.S. Constitution’s Application at Guantanamo

A recent Reuters article calls into question the authority of the U.S. Constitution as applied to matters at Guantanamo Bay, noting that the forum was chosen as a military prison primarily because it would put detainees outside the reach of U.S. law. The article further reminds readers of the 2008 Supreme Court decision (Boumediene v. […]

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Oct 23rd, 2012 Military tribunals

Prosecutors Will be Held to Lower Standard in Kiriakou Case After Court Ruling

In the case against former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is accused of leaking the names of covert operatives to journalists, The Miami Herald reports that the court has ruled prosecutors will not have to prove Kiriakou intended harm against the United States. Rather, the article explains, prosecutors will only have to show Kiriakou had […]

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Oct 23rd, 2012 Current Affairs, Inteligence

Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Kill Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S.

A press release published earlier this week reports that Manssor Arbabsiar, a 58-year old naturalized United States Citizen (USC) holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, was arrested on September 29, 2011 for his participation in a murder plot targeting the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. while the diplomat was at a restaurant. According to […]

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Oct 21st, 2012 Current Affairs

Iraqi-Born Canadian Citizen Faces Possible Extradition to U.S.

BBC News reports that Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, an Iraqi-born Candian citizen, is accused of assisting Tunisian jihadists kill five American soldiers and seven civilians during two attacks on an Iraqi police station. The article further states that Sharif, who is also known as Furuq Muhammad Isa, is facing extradition to the U.S. following phone call […]

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Oct 21st, 2012 Current Affairs

Bangladeshi Man Arraigned After Attempted Terrorist Attack on Lower Manhattan

The Wall Street Journal reports that 21-year old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanui Ahsan Nafis was arrested after allegedly attempting to repeatedly detonate 1,000 pounds of bomb material located outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in lower Manhattan.   Similar to the attempted terrorist attack in Chicago a number of weeks ago, the WSJ article […]

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Oct 18th, 2012 al-Qaida, Current Affairs

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