Today's Headlines and Commentary

Raffaela Wakeman
Thursday, December 20, 2012, 12:44 PM
Today was the big Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Benghazi attack. You can watch it  on C-SPAN here.

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Today was the big Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Benghazi attack. You can watch it  on C-SPAN here. Here are a number of stories about the 4 State Department employees who have lost their positions: NPR, the Washington Post and the New York Times. And don't forget the New York Times editorial today on the report. Senator Kerry says that Secretary Clinton will testify on the issue before the committee in January. Former Senator Chuck Hagel is getting support from Obama administration officials in response to the attacks on rumors of his nomination. Mike Allen of Politico reports that a White House official says that Obama "honestly has not decided who he's going to pick" but that Chuck Hagel "would walk into the Pentagon and command immediate respect based just on his resume...the attacks on him as somehow anti-Israel are patently unfair and can be explained..." Paul Rosenzweig isn't the only one disappointed in the results of the WCIT negotiations in Dubai. U.S. ambassador Terry Kramer voiced his reaction over at American University this week. Here's Jennifer Martinez of The Hill on his remarks. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who suffered from a stroke this week, is going to Germany for medical treatment, and is in stable condition, write Chris Cottrell and Duraid Adnan of the Times. The Army has decided that it will seek the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians back in March. Here's the AP story and The Hill on the announcement. Senators Feinstein, Levin and McCain are calling on the producers of Zero Dark Thirty to warn viewers that the torture scenes are "not based on facts, but rather part of the film's fictional narrative." Here's the Washington Post story on that. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras has ordered that a Navy linguist charged with two counts of felony for taking classified documents to his personal quarters in Bahrain be released from jail and placed in home detention and forced to wear a GPS monitoring device. Here's Josh Gerstein on that decision. The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote on authorizing an African military force to Mali. Rick Gladstone reports on the draft resolution offered by France. Meanwhile, over in Mali, the Islamist group Ansar Dine, whom this U.N.-sanctioned force would be attacking, is planning an expansion of its forces farther into the country. Here's the AP on that announcement. 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, Syracuse’s Institute for National Security & Counterterrorism’s newsroll, and Fordham Law’s Center on National Security’s Morning Brief and Cyber Brief. Email Raffaela Wakeman and Ritika Singh noteworthy articles to include, visit the Lawfare Events Calendar for upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings at the Lawfare Job Board.

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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