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Lots to report on Afghanistan today: According to a classified coalition report given to the New York Times, NATO-trained Afghan soldiers are killing the very people who trained them at an rising rate. France is contemplating, the Times also reports, a withdrawal of troops after the deaths of four of its own on the battlefield from one of these attacks. Rod Nordland and Graham Bowley at the Times tell us, meanwhile, that Hamid Karzai's Chief of Staff is displeased with the U.S. role in negotiations with the Taliban and its lack of transparency with the Afghan government regarding the details of any discussions. The U.K. is abandoning its intelligence-community-led inquiry into alleged interrogation abuses by MI5 and MI6 officers in favor of a police investigation, which human rights group prefer because of its higher chances of being independent and transparent. The LA Times reports, as does the AP. Read the AFP and NPR stories on the Al Nashiri trial. The Washington Times's Rowan Scarborough takes a look at the national security advisors to the Romney campaign. Big surprise: lots of Dubya advisers in the Romney camp. In the Bradley Manning watch, Josh Gerstein reports that Col. Carl Coffman, who is in charge of Fort Meyer-Henderson Hall, has recommended to Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington that Manning be court martialed. Linnington is the official responsible for making the final decision. Reuters confirms reports that a Pakistani killed in the first drone strike since the U.S. took a pause was indeed senior Al Qaeda leader Aslam Awan, one of the few remaining "core leadership" in Al Qaeda. Scott Shane at the New York Times also reports. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights are collaborating in an effort to persuade the United Nations to launch an investigation into allegations that the U.S. pressured Spanish officials from pursuing investigations into allegations of torture. Readers may remember that we reported that last week, Spanish judge Pablo Rafael Ruz Gutierrez agreed to seek additional information into allegations of torture by former Guantanamo detainees. Read the Miami Herald's Rachel Roubein's update here. Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post updates us all on the trajectory of cybersecurity bills in Congress. Harry Reid indicated he plans to bring the Senate's Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act to the floor during its first work period. Former deputy Director of the CIA John McLaughlin has big concerns over AQAP, despite the targeted killing of Anwar Al-Aulaqi, and the conviction of the underwear bomber. Jason Ukman at the Post reports on McLaughlin's remarks at the Woodrow Wilson Center. For more interesting law and security-related articles, follow us on Twitter, visit the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law’s Security Law Brief, today's LWOT and Fordham Law’s Center on National Security’s Morning Brief. Email us noteworthy articles we may have missed at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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