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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, August 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Sneek Peak: The New York Times this weekend published this adaptation of Eric Schmitt’s and Thom Shanker’s forthcoming book, “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.”

Time has this analysis of the intersection between drug trafficking and terrorism, reporting on the increasingly large role the DEA has taken on in counterterrorism.

Harold Koh is going through a moral ‘flip-flop,’ according to Paul Starobin of the Times. Ben offered his thoughts, over the weekend on the piece.

In this aggregation of reports of waterboarding-like tortures at Guantanamo, Jeffrey Kaye mounts an attack against Donald Rumsfeld’s claims that the U.S. military never used waterboarding in interrogations–though he doesn’t offer any examples of the military’s using waterboarding, but refers to the repeated use of water in interrogations instead.

Guantanamo’s youngest (at the age of 15) captive, Omar Khadr, has fired his Canadian lawyers (he was born in Toronto). Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald reports.

Battleland blog’s Mark Benjamin writes on the Global Hawk, the next-gen drone that was profiled in the Times last week.

Charlie Savage at the Times picks up on a passage in Judge Leonie M. Brinkema’s opinion in James Risen’s case suggesting that a journalist who receives, without authorization or clearance, classified information could be charged with a felony under the Espionage Act. Jack posted on this last week.

Amnesty International’s YouTube channel posted a satirical video which suggests that President Obama endorses torture. The Independent’s Adam Sherwin reports.

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