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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing to discuss potential revisions to the 2001 AUMF. The Hill’s Jeremy Herb reportshere’s the hearing announcement. Jack is set to testify.

Chris Strohm of Bloomberg writes that the SEC is mulling its possible role—if any—in the cybersecurity practices of SEC-regulated companies.

In a letter to the Editor of the New York Times, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Calabrese react to the news that policymakers may revise U.S. wiretapping laws.

Over at Wired’s Threat Level blog, David Kravets has this post.  It seems the federal government won’t say whether it wiretapped suspects charged with plotting to attack a New York City landmark.

Ethan Chorin, a former Foreign Service officer who served in Libya, penned this New York Times op-ed.  He argues that the U.S. underestimated the costs and difficulty of intervention there.  The error, he claims, in turn lead policymakers to focus excessively on Tripoli, and to ignore the country’s volatile eastern region.

The Wall Street Journal reports on Russia’s detention, for several hours Monday evening, of Ryan Fogle, a Moscow-based U.S. diplomat. Russia says that Fogle is a CIA officer, and further that he attempted to recruit a Russian intelligence official.  More detail from The Washington Post: Russia has ordered Fogle’s expulsion from the country.

The GTMO hunger strike drags on, and that’s motivated British officials to lobby for the release of Shaker Aamer, once a UK resident and these days a Guantanamo detainee.  The rigor of that lobbying effort is a matter of dispute, as this Guardian story explains.

Afghans now say they have a video of a member of U.S. Special Forces torturing civilians.  See Spencer Ackerman’s post at Wired.

Relatedly, ISAF commander General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. categorically denies the Afghan government’s allegation that U.S. or NATO forces are responsible for an April airstrike.  The attack killed 17 women and children in Kunar province. General Dunford instead blames the Taliban, stating that “it’s been investigated ad nauseam.” Alissa Rubin has more in this Times story.

After a 26-year effort, Canada has deported Issa Mohammad.  He was convicted in Greece for participating in a 1968 airplane hijacking, but long Canadian immigration proceedings prevented Mohammad’s immediate ejection, following his arrival in Canada under a false alias in 1987. Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Vieira.

Over at the Truman National Security Project’s Doctrine blog, Scott Bates writes on a new challenge facing local law enforcement: global threats.

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