Rajiv Chandrasekaran over at the Washington Post has this breaking news on the just-released report by the inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. Read the full report here, previous reports to Congress here, the Post story here, a New York Times story here
Lots of reports from our friends at The Hill on the cybersecurity legislation, with a special focus on all those amendments that are being tacked on by concerned lawmakers. Senator Ron Wyden plans to introduce an amendment that would require a warrant prior to obtaining GPS tracking information from a personal cell phone, laptop or other technology. Senator Patrick Leahy wants his amendment that would make it a crime for someone to conceal a data breach from customers should that data breach cause financial damage.
A guard at the Italian Embassy in Yemen, who also was a member of Italy’s paramilitary police force, was kidnapped yesterday. Michael Schwirtz of the New York Times reports.
The AP reported late last week that British security forces have acknowledged operating U.S. drones over Libya last year.
Last week, Jurist shared the news about a lawsuit filed seeking details about the U.S. Navy’s funeral arrangements for Osama bin Laden.
More scary news about Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons: thanks to Iran and EU funding earmarked for civilian purposes, it’s been expanded in recent years. James Ball of the Post has the story.
The U.N.’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict is now repeating her calls for Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr to be finally transferred to his homeland of Canada. Jurist reports on that development.
In advance of an intelligence summit here in D.C. between Pakistan and the U.S., Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. said that Pakistan will be seeking an end to drone strikes, and refused any compromise on the issue. The AP reports. Meanwhile, a drone strike killed at least seven militants in Pakistan, says the AFP. And Elisabeth Bumiller has this piece in the Times on drone pilots’ job responsibilities.
On that topic, over the weekend the LA Times Editorial board lamented the lack of judicial review in the Obama administration’s targeted killing strategy, and the ACLU’s lawsuit seeking details about the killing of Anwar Al-Aulaqi.
In response to the attacks last week in Iraq that killed at least 160 people and wounded more than 200 others and claimed by al Qaeda in Iraq, the DoD says it will be “unrelenting” in its efforts to respond to this new effort by AQI to assert control over the country. Carlo Munoz at The Hill has the story.
Ben noted the government’s filing the other day on the on GTMO counsel access. That was followed by an order from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth announcing that he will resolve the matter. Here’s Josh Gerstein’s take on it at Politico, and Lyle Denniston’s analysis at SCOTUSblog.
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