Today's Headlines and Commentary

Ritika Singh
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 2:16 PM
In breaking news, Libya's Muammar el-Qaddafi is confirmed dead.

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In breaking news, Libya's Muammar el-Qaddafi is confirmed dead. The New York Times has the story, a timeline of Qaddafi's regime, and an analysis of the Obama administration's war strategy. The Washington Post covers the story here and here, and Al-Jazeera covers it here. President Obama will make a speech on the latest developments in Libya at 2 PM EST; the live stream will be available here. In more breaking news, Basque seperatist group and terrorist organization, ETA, has announced it is laying down its arms after almost half a century of violence, according to the BBC and CNN. In a show of diplomatic force, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has warned Pakistan that it will face serious consequences for tolerating extremism within its borders, reports Steven Lee Myers of the Times. Also, Jane Perlez provides an account of the differences between the two countries on the endgame in Afghanistan, further highlighting the deep fissures in the bilateral relationship. Four former Guantanamo Bay detainees have filed a criminal complaint  in Canada alleging torture against former President George W. Bush, says Carlito Pablo of The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) issued a draft indictment available here. The court filing itself is available here. David Ignatius of the Post writes about the need to remain vigilant in stopping domestic terrorism plots--and not relying on luck in doing so. The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the legal justifications behind the government's targeting killing of three American citizens, announces Nathan Freed Wessler of the ACLU's National Security Project. Josh Gerstein at the Politico reports that the Department of Justice is pushing a federal appeals court to force James Risen of the NYT to reveal his sources at the trial of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, setting the stage for another battle between First Amendment advocates and the government over leakers. Sahar Aziz, a former DHS civil rights lawyer, called for the federal government to investigate the NYPD's undercover surveillance of Muslim communities, relates Matt Apuzzo of the AP. The Continuity of Government Commission, a joint Brookings Institution-American Enterprise Institution venture, recommended changes in federal law to allow the Supreme Court to keep running in the event of a terrorist attack.  The full report is available here. Stuxnet--or a computer virus with a very similar source code--has struck again in Europe, reports John Markoff of the Times and Kim Zetter of Wired. And, a la Jon Stewart, here's your moment of Zen. For more interesting law and security-related articles, follow us on Twitter and visit the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law’s Security Law Brief. Feel free, as always, to email me noteworthy articles I may have missed at

Ritika Singh was a project coordinator at the Brookings Institution where she focused on national security law and policy. She graduated with majors in International Affairs and Government from Skidmore College in 2011, and wrote her thesis on Russia’s energy agenda in Europe and its strategic implications for America.

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