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Wrong, Mr. Snowden, Just Wrong.

I’ve tried to stay out of this, but now Snowden has blundered into areas of my expertise and about which he either knows nothing or chooses to lie.  This is not a matter of policy or morality or political persuasion.  This is just something he asserts as a fact that simply is not true. As […]

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Judge Raises Prosecutor’s Burden in Espionage Act Case

Col. Denise Lind ruled during a pre-trial hearing last week in the case against Bradley Manning that military prosecutors must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Manning had “reason to believe” the leaked secret government files could be used to harm the United States or aid a foreign power, The New York Times reports. Manning […]

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Apr 16th, 2013 Current Affairs, Inteligence

USS Cole Conspiracy Trial at Gitmo Postponed Due to Apparent Security Breach

The Miami Herald reports that Gitmo chief judge Army Col. James L. Pohl ordered a two-month delay in pre-trial proceedings in the USS Cole conspiracy case “in the interest of justice” following reports that portions of the Pentagon computer system housing defense and prosecution court documents is not secure. After certain defense documents disappeared from […]

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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 […]

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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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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

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l: Plaintiffs Lack Standing

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court (USSC) issued a decision in the much talked about case Clapper v. Amnesty International. As you may recall, the respondents in this case (petitioners below)—attorneys and human rights, labor, legal, and media organizations—challenged the constitutionality of §1881(a) of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. Two such respondents included Scott McKay, […]

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High Court Refuses to Hear Drone Case

Noor Khan, a Pakistani man whose father was killed in a drone strike, is attempting to force the UK Government to disclose whether it is providing intelligence to the United States for the purpose of aiding in drone strikes, according to the BBC. However, the High Court refused to hear Khan’s claims, stating that the […]

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