The Huffington Post has this story on the never-ending saga of the leaks, which provides a thorough assessment of the government’s charging options and a historical context of prior leak investigations, among other things.
Never fear, Rand Paul is here! The Hill reports that the senator from Kentucky has introduced legislation requiring the government obtain a warrant before using drones to surveil Americans.
Rand Paul also tried to block U.S. aid to Pakistan through an amendment to–of all places–the farm bill. According to The Hill, Harry Reid didn’t quite let him get away with it, but Paul said:
I have an amendment that’s very important. . . . It’s not germane, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. It’s very important that we send Pakistan a signal that we are not willing to send a welfare check when they’re holding in prison a political prisoner who helped us get bin Laden. This amendment is of the utmost urgency — would only require 15 minutes of the Senate’s time.
Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s last ambassador to the United States, has been found guilty of treason. Haqqani resigned last November in the wake of the “Memogate” scandal in which he was accused of asking U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen for American help to reform Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies. Here are the Indian newspaper Zee News and the Pakistani news service AAJ TV on the breaking news.
Haqqani writes in today’s Post about his guilty verdict, saying that he is “saddened but not surprised.”
Katrina vanden Heuvel argues in the Post that the reactions to President Obama’s “kill list” have been misguided and that the “problem isn’t the leaks, it’s the policy.”
The Associated Press discusses the prosecutions of the three terrorist suspects who were rounded up last month at the NATO summit in Chicago. The case is an anomaly because it is being prosecuted by state officials instead of federal prosecutors.
Donald Rumsfeld writes in the Wall Street Journal about why the United States shouldn’t ratify the Law of the Sea treaty.
The Los Angeles Times editorial board criticizes the Supreme Court’s decision to deny cert to several detainees at Guantanamo Bay, saying “the justices have abdicated their authority and devalued their own achievement.”
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