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By now every major media outlet has written an article about the Supreme Court's denial of cert to several Guantanamo detainees. And lots have written about the special prosecutors appointed to investigate whether laws were broken when administration officials leaked information regarding a number of national security issues. Tom Gjelten at NPR has this Morning Edition report discussing when a national security leak breaks the law. Senator John McCain remains displeased over those pesky leaks, despite AG Holder appointing special investigators late last week. He'll be offering a resolution that calls for a special counsel this week, says Jeremy Herb at The Hill. Although a U.S. negotiating team has been withdrawn from Pakistan, the U.S. says in this New York Times piece by Eric Schmitt and Declan Walsh that it is not giving up on its efforts to reopen the supply route between Pakistan and Afghanistan that was closed after that deadly NATO strike late in 2011. Jurist's Sung Un Kim covered the commencement of the Supreme Court of Canada case on the constitutionality of the term "terrorist activity" as used in sentencing procedures established by Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act. The federal government wasn't the only one to adopt anti-terror laws in the wake of September 11: 36 states did too. Michael Tarm of the AP reports on the case coming up in Illinois against three individuals who allegedly plotted to throw Molotov cocktails at President Obama's campaign headquarters. This will be the first time the post-9/11 Illinois law will be tested. Add state utility regulators to the lengthening list of those calling for cybersecurity legislation, Brendan Sasso at The Hill tells us. Declan Walsh at the Times also covers the outcome of the commission inquiring into allegations that Pakistan's former ambassador to the U.S. approached the Obama administration in an effort to stymie a military coup. The commission found him guilty and submitted its findings to the country's Supreme Court, which issued an order for his return from the United States and may charge him with treason. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula wants you! Carlo Munoz writes over at The Hill that AQAP is recruiting new members in Western nations. A Global Hawk drone crashed yesterday in Maryland. Read about it over at CNN.com. Judy Dempsey has this report in the Times about the response (or rather, lack thereof) by European governments on the use of drones in warfare. Jackie Northam at NPR reported on Morning Edition about the use of drones beyond the battlefield. Speaking of drones, the LA Times' W.J. Hennigan writes on the "pint-sized" but lethal (for the targets) drones that the Pentagon will soon be using. They're smaller, lighter, and more precise than the Predator drones, and their wings even fold into the fuselage when not in use. Gene Healy of the Washington Examiner takes a closer look at the Senate Armed Services Committee's report on the 2013 NDAA, particularly its drone provisions. And Jason Ryan at ABC News reviews DHS's Inspector General's report on Customs and Border Protection's plan for operating its drones. Read the IG's report here. A roadside bomb was set off in Afghanistan's Sar-i-Pul province, a normally calm area of the country. Sangar Rahimi and Alissa Rubin at the New York Times report. Carlo Munoz at The Hill tells us that a state-sponsored Russian defense company is supplying Iran with the components to a long-range missile system. Over at the Telegraph, reporter Sean Rayment has this piece (and accompanying video) on Guantanamo detainees, interviewing U.S. military officers stationed there. 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 Cyber 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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