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Raffaela Wakeman
Monday, September 19, 2011, 1:37 PM
Charlie Savage at the New York Times reviews the debate in the Obama administration over how to define the limits of the use of lethal force in the war against al Qaeda.

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Charlie Savage at the New York Times reviews the debate in the Obama administration over how to define the limits of the use of lethal force in the war against al Qaeda. Jack wrote about this already, as did Ben. Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post writes on the hack on the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a group composed of former government, military and intelligence officers. The organization had, ironically, just released a report calling for a government strategy to prevent cyber attacks. Over at the National Law Journal, Allison Lefrak writes about the continued detention of Ravil Mingazov. District Court Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. found that the government failed to prove that Mingazov was a part of or a supporter of al Qaeda 18 months ago, but Mingazov remains  unreleased because the government has appealed the decision. For people interested in reading more about the appeal, read Larkin's post about the government's brief here. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Karachi that has killed eight people. Salman Mashood at the Times reports. A report that the U.S. and South Korea are negotiating a deal to provide for drone surveillance in the DMZ comes from Stars and Stripes, a military-oriented newspaper. A drone attack this week has killed Abu Hafs al-Shariri, a member of al Qaeda responsible for plotting terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Mark Mazzetti at the Times has the story. NPR covers the Intelligence Squared debate on ending the war on terror, which we earlier summarized in a guest post by John Mattiace. Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald interviews David B. Woods, the commander of the Guantanamo detention center, about his new position, and preparing for the trials of the five 9/11 conspirators which will take place there. The Weekly Standard's Thomas Joscelyn writes on the increasing recidivism rate for former Guantanamo detainees, which James Clapper, the DNI, discussed at a hearing earlier this week on Capital Hill. John W. Snow, the Secretary of the Treasury from 2003-2006, writes at the Politico on the success of the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in helping to defeat al Qaeda. The Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, and others, all covered John Brennan's speech at the HLS-Brookings conference this weekend. Follow us on Twitter for interesting law and security-related articles, and email me noteworthy articles that I may have missed at

Raffaela Wakeman is a Senior Director at In-Q-Tel. She started her career at the Brookings Institution, where she spent five years conducting research on national security, election reform, and Congress. During this time she was also the Associate Editor of Lawfare. From there, Raffaela practiced law at the U.S. Department of Defense for four years, advising her clients on privacy and surveillance law, cybersecurity, and foreign liaison relationships. She departed DoD in 2019 to join the Majority Staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she oversaw the Intelligence Community’s science and technology portfolios, cybersecurity, and surveillance activities. She left HPSCI in May 2021 to join IQT. Raffaela received her BS and MS in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, where she was recognized for her commitment to public service with the Joyce Chiang Memorial Award. While at the Department of Defense, she was the inaugural recipient of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s General Counsel Award for exhibiting the highest standards of leadership, professional conduct, and integrity.

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