Today's Headlines and Commentary

Raffaela Wakeman
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:26 PM
Thankfully, the seige in the Nairobi, Kenya mall has concluded, and authorities are shifting their focus to figuring out how it happened. Here's a pair of reporters from the New York Times with that news.

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Thankfully, the seige in the Nairobi, Kenya mall has concluded, and authorities are shifting their focus to figuring out how it happened. Here's a pair of reporters from the New York Times with that news. Adam Nossiter wonders whether the "flashy" attack signals the twilight of the jihadist movement. President Obama spoke at the United Nations, and Iran's President Rouhani spoke there too, but the two did not wind up shaking hands. Various reactions: the Wall Street Journal has lots to say about President Rouhani's handshake-snub in their editorial, while the New York Times focuses on President Obama's remarks. A Wall Street Journal op-ed by Lewis Libby and Hillel Fradkin expresses confusion over the Obama foreign policy.  The Washington Post editorial today raises concerns about Rouhani's alleged "charm offensive"---which, to the editorial board's eye, lacks substance. With regards to Syria, we learn that a U.N. weapons inspection team is returning to conduct further investigations. Anne Gearan highlights the discord between the United States's and Russia's presentations of the evidence as to who deployed chemical weapons there. Erik Voeten of the newly-Washington Post-ed Monkey Cage blog takes a look at how U.S. foreign policy has jibed (or hasn't) with the rest of the U.N. General Assembly's policies over time. David Sanger assesses President Obama's remarks in relation to his foreign policy over the last five years, while his Times colleague Mark Landler notes that the Iranian and American leaders won't be meeting in person just yet. Jodi Rudoren shares Israel's response to Rouhani's attendance in New York; Israel had boycotted the appearance and denounced it as a "cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy." Another prominent foreign leader spoke at the U.N. yesterday: Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff. She spoke  in opposition to NSA surveillance of her and other foreign leaders. Here are The Hill and the Journal.  Thee Times Room for Debate also discusses who might lose in this diplomatic tussle arising from NSA surveillance.     On that topic, at a major event at Georgetown Law yesterday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy called for a cessation of bulk metadata telephony data collection, and discussed his legislative proposal to adjust Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT ACT. Here are Ellen NakashimaTony Romm, and Alex Zank. Relatedly, Dropbox and LinkedIn are the latest tech companies asking for authorization to disclose the number of national security requests they receive. Of course, with the big hearing scheduled for Thursday in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, lots are discussing Congress's options: The Nation and The Hill are just a few. Big news in the world of international treaties: SecState Kerry will sign the Arms Trade Treaty, although the Senate may not actually consent to ratification. The U.S. military is relocating its drone base in the Horn of Africa from Djibouti's capital---the city of Djibouti---to a temporary airstrip in a more remote location, report Craig Whitlock and Greg Miller in the Post. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the next national election race is heating up: the ethnic Hazara leader Mohammed Mohaqeq is throwing his hat in the vice-presidential ring, says the Journal. It seems Russia has seized a Greenpeace vessel, and announced that it plans to file piracy charges against the organization. For its part, Greenpeace International's Executive Director maintains that the vessel was clearly marked, and its passengers were participating in a peaceful protest. Shaker Aamer, British detainee at Guantanamo, filed a complaint in the British Investigatory Powers Tribunal, a court responsible for handling complaints associated with the country's intelligence and clandestine operations entities. The Guardian has this story. While we're talking about Guantanamo: the DoD is rejecting a SouthCom-proposed renovation of Guantanamo, slated to cost almost $200 million. Charlie Savage notes the awkward timing of the request, with the fiscal year about to close, a government shutdown almost upon us, and the Obama Administration's renewed effort to transfer detainees out of the prison. And the DoD is hedging its remarks about the hunger strike there, saying that the hunger strike is not, in fact, over. A frequent visitor at Guantanamo will be stirring things up more than usual: Carol Rosenberg has been selected as one of 8,000 Google "Glass Explorers." Yup, she's walking around GTMO with Google Glass on. Check out her blog on the Miami Herald. Here's one video clip, from a press briefing with Brig. General Mark Martins in advance of the 9/11 hearings last week: Hey, remember CISPA, that House-passed cybersecurity bill? It seems that the Senate is working on a new draft which, like its House counterpart, encourages (but does not require) information sharing between government and the private sector. Here's The Hill with more. 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 blog, and Fordham Law’s Center on National Security’s Morning Brief and Cyber Brief. Email the Roundup Team 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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