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Raffaela Wakeman
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 10:34 AM
As Jack has already noted, Ellen Nakashima has an article in the Washington Post and a post on Checkpoint Washington reporting that the White H

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As Jack has already noted, Ellen Nakashima has an article in the Washington Post and a post on Checkpoint Washington reporting that the White House has been pushing back on NSA efforts to widen its role in monitoring private sector computer networks. Carol Rosenberg takes a closer look at the plea deal brokered with Majid Khan over at the Miami Herald, and what it might tell us about the Obama administration's new strategy in dealing with the Guantanamo detainees and the cases against them. The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on the Department of Energy's Smart Grid Security programs, reports Brendan Sasso at The Hill. Read the prepared testimony and background memo here. Those protests in Afghanistan over burning Korans are, unsurprisingly, having reverberating effects on the campaign trail, reports Mark Landler at the New York Times. And casualties in the suicide bombing that was part of those protests yesterday in Jalalabad have risen to nine, says Sayed Salahuddin at the Post. Leon Panetta's back on the Hill, according to The Hillthis week for hearings on the DOD budget. Josh Gerstein of the Politico is once again in several places at once: he reports on D.C. District Court Judge Richard Roberts' dismissal of the suit against the Obama Administration alleging a violation of the War Powers Resolution's 60-day limit in the U.S. involvement in Libya last year. Gerstein also tells us that that Judge Howell rejected the DOJ's motion to dismiss Sharif Mobley's FOIA suit, which was brought in an effort to gain information about his detention. And he reports on the recent relocation of Moussa Abu Marzouk, one of Hamas' leaders who is also under indictment in two different federal courts. Eileen Sullivan of the Associated Press tells us that grant funds administered to help law enforcement drug crime-fighting efforts are being used by the NYPD in its surveillance efforts on American Muslim neighborhoods. And Joseph Goldstein at the Times continues covering the broader story, including yesterday's remarks by NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Nina Totenberg previews the Kiobel oral arguments in the Supreme Court today at NPR (including an interview with John Bellinger III), as well as Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. Anonymous is turning its efforts to those members of Congress who supported the SOPA or PIPA proposals. Brendan Sasso at The Hill has the details. Brett Barrouquere of the AP keeps us up-to-date on the evidence piling up against Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, the Iraqi refugee in Kentucky being charged with 12 offenses, including perjury and attempted material support of a terrorist organization. Read Friday's remarks by Gabor Rona, the International Legal Director of Human Rights First, at Fordham Law School on "The Economics of Terrorism." 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, Fordham Law’s Center on National Security’s Morning Brief, and Fordham Law’s new Cyber 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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