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DOD to Gain Exclusive Control of U.S. Drone Program

Senior U.S. government officials reportedly disclosed to The Daily Beast that the U.S. drone program, which is currently dually run out of the CIA and Department of Defense (DOD), will soon shift such that it will be within the exclusive control of the DOD. Daniel Klaidman, contributor for The Daily Beast, offers the following likely […]

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Apr 12th, 2013 Current Affairs

Judge Rules: Participant in Bin Laden Raid May Testify in Case Against Manning

According to an article by The Washington Post, Army Col. Denise Lind ruled yesterday that a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound may testify for the prosecution in the case against former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. Manning is awaiting a court martial for his role in the WikiLeaks security breach whereby […]


U.S. Navy to Unveil Laser Attack Weapon

According to The New York Times, the U.S. Navy will soon (and for the first time) deploy a laser attack weapon reportedly capable of disabling patrol boats and destroying surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Although the laser will not be operational until next year, the Navy has released a video taken during test firing to […]

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Apr 10th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

Judge Rules: Harroun Will Await Trial From His Jail Cell

Yesterday, The New York Times published an article by Scott Shane and Rebekah Zemansky reporting that, during a hearing yesterday, Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis found probable cause to send the case against former U.S. Army Soldier Eric Harroun to a grand jury. As you may recall from a post last week, Harroun is being […]

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President Napolitano Pardons Colonel Romano in CIA Rendition Case

BBC reports that Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has pardoned U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano, one of twenty-three Americans tried and convicted in Italy for their roles in the CIA operation to abduct Abu Omar. Colonel Romano was the only one of the convicted U.S. citizens who was not a CIA employee. As the article […]

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Apr 8th, 2013 Current Affairs, Terrorism

Google Challenges Government National Security Letter

Wired reports that Google has filed a petition in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California challenging a National Security Letter (NSL) issued by the U.S. government to obtain private data about one or more Google users. As articulated by Wired, NSLs are written demands from the FBI that may be […]

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Apr 7th, 2013 AIII Courts, Inteligence

Foreign Policy Contributors Favor a Less Military-Centric Approach to U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Phillip Carter and Deborah Pearlstein recently published an article in Foreign Policy arguing, “[W]e’ve already figured out how to win the legal war on terrorism.” And how, exactly, is that? According to Carter and Pearlstein, the United States should use military force only when “necessary and appropriate,” and, in most instances, should instead rely on […]

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DOJ Arrests and Convictions in March

This month there were a number of notable arrests and convictions in connection with the Department of Justice’s fight against terrorism. Notably and in reverse chronological order: Last week, al-Shabaab operative Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed was sentenced by a Manhattan federal court to 111 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to and conspiring […]

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Warsame’s Case Provides a “Template” for How U.S. Will Proceed Against Alleged Terrorists Captured Overseas

The manner in which to proceed with the prosecution of Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame, a top facilitator between al-Qaeda franchises who was captured while on a boat in the Gulf of Aden sailing between Somalia and Yemen, sparked controversy between politicians and intelligence officials, according to The Washington Post. Generally, The Post reports that the Obama […]

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CIA Officer Who Participated in Destruction of Interrogation Tapes Moves into Coveted Agency Position

Intelligence officials reported to The New York Times that a C.I.A. officer who directly participated in the destruction of agency interrogation videotapes in 2005 has, at least temporarily, moved into a top position in the C.I.A.’s National Clandestine Service. The agent is still undercover and, therefore, she remains anonymous. The National Clandestine Service is a branch […]

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Mar 31st, 2013 Current Affairs, Inteligence

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