The Washington Post has more on who was behind the deadly attacks in Iraq and what they mean for country’s stability.
Reuters reports that five female detainees linked to Al Qaeda have been released by Saudi officials.
It’s not just the Haqqani network that Congress is after these days. The administration’s failure to designate Boko Haram, the Nigerian radical Islamist group, as a foreign terrorist organization has not gone over well either, says McClatchy Newspapers.
Pakistan wants to have its drone cake and eat it too. The head of the Pakistan’s spy agency will meet with CIA Director David Petraeus on August 2 and ask that the U.S. halt drone strikes and let Pakistanis attack the targets instead. Oh, and he will tell the U.S. that “it would be ideal if the U.S. provides drone technology to Pakistan,” according to CNN.
In related news, the AP reports that drones took out nine suspected militants in North Waziristan on Monday.
Fordham law professor Andrew Kent discusses the ACLU and CCR suit from last week–and more–over at Slate.
In case you’re in need of some light bedtime reading, the State Department is about to declassify some information pertaining to nuclear weapons, says the invaluable Steve Aftergood over at Secrecy News.
Lots of cybersecurity news. The Hill reports that the sponsors of the Senate’s cybersercurity bill have called for action before the August recess. And, in typical Washington fashion, here is an account of the sparring about the right time to take action on the bill. The Washington Post also has the story.
Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff talks to CNN about America’s preparedness for cyber and biological terrorist attacks. Guess what? We’re not prepared.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the State Department does not have to publicly disclose certain cables the ACLU has sued to get–even though WikiLeaks already took the liberty of disclosing said cables. The Blog of Legal Times has the details.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle, meanwhile, was not happy when the prosecutors in the case of an alleged Somali pirate told her that the pirate had only been in international waters for less than half an hour—and that there was no evidence about what he actually did constituting piracy. The Associated Press has the story.
And while I can’t compete for transcendent Zen with Clausewitz for Kids or with the fact that the Drunken Predator has agreed to be a guest on the Lawfare Podcast, Iranian Press TV’s Through-the-Looking-Glass coverage of the carnage in Syria will have to do for today’s Moment of Zen.
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