Today's Headlines and Commentary

Raffaela Wakeman
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:42 AM
While Ben and Ritika continue their live-blogging experiment today, take a look at today's news roundup. Carol Rosenberg reports on the al Nashiri hearing, focusing on the Rear Adm.

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While Ben and Ritika continue their live-blogging experiment today, take a look at today's news roundup. Carol Rosenberg reports on the al Nashiri hearing, focusing on the Rear Adm. Woods' testimony on monitoring detainees' correspondence at the Miami Herald. In court documents filed recently in the Northern District Court of of Baltimore, the NSA argues that information seized from the home of a retired member is classified as "top secret" and should not be returned to Kirk Wiebe, the former NSA analyst in whose possession the files were found, writes Josh Gerstein. Shawn Pogatchnik of the AP (courtesy of the Boston Globe) reports that police investigating the Irish Republican Army's 1972 murder of a mother of 10 from Belfast are working to acquire taped interviews of IRA members located in Boston College's archives. Canadian naval officer Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle has been charged with breach of trust and sharing government secrets to a "foreign entity." Apparently, Delisle's spying lasted for four and a half years, writes Ian Austen of the New York Times. China's efforts to control and monitor its citizens' internet activities are taking a big step: requiring all microbloggers to register their identities with the government in order to post online. Chinese officials say that this effort to register 250 million bloggers is a trial, Michael Wines indicates in his Times article. Craig Whitlock is following theU.S. Air Force's investigation into an incident in which Ahmed Gul, an Afghan helicopter pilot, shot and killed 8 Americans and then himself. Read Whitlock's coverage of the report released by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at the Post. Toy and war memorabelia afficionadoes, keep your eyes peeled for these playthings modeled after the U.S. drone that crashed in Iran recently. The  head of cultural production for the company manufacturing them says it is saving a pink one for President Obama. Thomas Erdbrink writes at the Washington Post. 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 and the Fordham Law Center on National Security's Morning Brief. Email us noteworthy articles we may have missed at and

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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