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Archive for the ‘Current Affairs’ Category

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

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

Former Army Soldier Facing Charges for Involvement in Syrian Conflict

The New York Times reports that former U.S. Army soldier Eric Harroun, 30, has been charged with “conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States,” a charge punishable by up to life in prison, for fighting in support of a Syrian terrorist group against the Syrian government. Harroun allegedly entered Syria in January […]

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Obama Names First Female Secret Service Director

After former U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement last month following a prostitution scandal that plagued the law enforcement agency last year and forced eight employees out, President Obama has chosen Julia A. Pierson to head the 150+ U.S. Secret Service offices throughout the world. The LA Times reports that Pierson will […]

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Mar 27th, 2013 Current Affairs

Proposal Preventing US from Entering UN Arms Trade Treaty Passes in the Senate

The Hill reports that, toward the end of last week, the Senate voted on a number of foreign policy proposals, including an amendment introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would prevent the U.S. from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty would regulate international arms sales, according to the Hill’s Floor Action […]

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Mar 26th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

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