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Director Brennan on al Qaeda’s Associated Forces and Jabhat al-Nusrah

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

In an interview conducted yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, CIA Director John Brennan had an interesting exchange with Audrey Kurth Cronin on the subject of al Qaeda’s organizational scope.  Kronin asked: So my question is, we tend to use a shorthand with respect to al-Qaida, calling every group that has a Salafist agenda . . .
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Text of Senator Feinstein’s Remarks This Morning Regarding SSCI and CIA

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

You can find the Senator’s statement here.  Her speech began as follows: Over the past week, there have been numerous press articles written about the Intelligence Committee’s oversight review of the Detention and Interrogation Program of the CIA, specifically press attention has focused on the CIA’s intrusion and search of the Senate Select Committee’s computers . . .
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Senator Feinstein’s Remarks on the CIA-SSCI Document Controversy

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Right now, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Chairman, is speaking out, on the Senate floor, about a well-publicized dispute between the CIA and the SSCI—regarding the latter’s review of documents pertaining to the CIA’s interrogation practices in the years following 9/11, and the CIA’s auditing of Committee staffers’ computer use during the review. . . .
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Obama and Alexander, Bush and Tenet

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Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Over at Foreign Policy, Shane Harris has a piece suggesting that folks at NSA feel abandoned by President Obama’s failure to defend the agency aggressively: Gen. Keith Alexander and his senior leadership team at the National Security Agency are angry and dispirited by what they see as the White House’s failure to defend the spy agency against . . .
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A Meta-Study of Drone Strike Casualties

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Monday, July 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

In his widely discussed May 23 speech at the National Defense University, President Obama acknowledged that “much of the criticism about drone strikes—at home and abroad—understandably centers on reports of civilian casualties. There is a wide gap between U.S. assessments of such casualties, and non-governmental reports.” This gap is wide indeed. The range of public . . .
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Jeh Johnson Speech on “A ‘Drone Court’: Some Pros and Cons”

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Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson is, at this hour, giving this speech at Fordham Law School in New York: Keynote address at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School:  A “Drone Court”: Some Pros and Cons by Jeh Charles Johnson[1] March 18, 2013 [preliminary extemporaneous remarks] Thank you for this invitation.  Today I . . .
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Tools and Tradeoffs: A Second Call for Comments

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 4:47 PM

About a month ago, I posted a draft paper my colleague Dan Byman and I had put together about the different tools the United States uses to go after citizens waging war against it from abroad. In the crush of coverage of the White Paper controversy, the Brennan nomination, and the Rand Paul filibuster, the . . .
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The ACLU’s Limited Victory in the D.C. Circuit FOIA Case

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Judge Garland’s persuasive opinion in the ACLU FOIA case is important but narrow, and its significance for intelligence community transparency is entirely unclear. Recall that the CIA had refused to respond to the ACLU request for records pertaining to drone strikes.  The CIA’s justification for this Glomar response was that “[a]n official CIA acknowledgment that confirms or denies the . . .
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Sequestration, Cyber and the 2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

This morning was the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s open hearing on worldwide threats to the United States. Witnesses included DNI James Clapper, newly-minted CIA Director John Brennan, NCTC Director Matthew Olsen, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of the DIA Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, and Assistant Secretary of State for intelligence and research Philip Goldberg. . . .
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More New York Times Editorial Errors

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The New York Times editorial page has still not corrected its error of the other day, when it promoted John Brennan to National Security Adviser. But that hasn’t stopped our friends over there from making some new doozies in this morning’s offering, entitled “Repeal the Military Force Law.” As per my usual practice, I’m going to . . .
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Senator Paul’s Moving Target

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Senator Paul has an op-ed this morning that repeats many of the misrepresentations of the administration’s positions that were contained in his filibuster.  It also contains in a nutshell one reason why this issue has been so hard to resolve: the question changed in the middle of the conversation. Senator Paul says in his op-ed: When I . . .
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Visualizing Senator Paul’s Filibuster

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Transcripts: they’re not just for reading anymore. Yesterday, when I posted the transcript of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director, I assumed that our readers would appreciate reading what the senator and his colleagues actually said.  George Mason University’s Rajendra Kulkarni, however, chose to do something far less snooze-worthy . . .
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Publicity Stunt Postscript: Senators Cruz and Paul Propose Legislation on Targeted Killing by Domestic Drones

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Readers by now know this much: Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz harbor great anxieties about possible drone strikes against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil—chiefly against citizens who pose no imminent threat to our national security. And their concerns apparently will outlive John Brennan’s confirmation, earlier today, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (For . . .
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More from the AG in Response to Senator Paul

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

According to this Talking Points Memo piece, Attorney General Eric Holder today sent another letter to Senator Rand Paul, regarding the latter’s inquiries on the executive branch’s authority to conduct domestic drone strikes against U.S. citizens.  The note seems to have satisfied Senator Paul, who apparently no longer will seek to block a confirmation vote . . .
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Senator Paul’s Filibuster: Get Yer Transcript and Video Here!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

As you no doubt already know, Kentucky’s junior Senator, Rand Paul, on Wednesday filibustered John O. Brennan’s nomination to be CIA Director for thirteen hours (with help, in part, from his Senate colleagues). He commenced his marathon like so: Madam President, I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I . . .
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On Senator Paul’s Filibuster

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Recall that Senator Paul asked John Brennan whether he believed the President “has the authority to order lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without a trial?,” and that John Brennan and the Attorney General responded.  Brennan rightly said that CIA has no authorities in this context.  The Attorney General . . .
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Sen. Rand Paul Is Still Filibustering the Brennan Confirmation

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:09 PM

As the New York Times reports, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been speaking on the Senate floor since before noon in an effort to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan, President Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor and nominee to lead the CIA. Watch the filibuster live on C-SPAN here. In the course of his speech, Paul has admitted that his . . .
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AG’s and Brennan’s Responses to Senator Paul’s Question About Domestic Drone Strikes Against Citizens

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder and DCIA nominee John Brennan both responded, separately and in writing, to Senator Rand Paul’s inquiry regarding the government’s authority to use lethal force against an American citizen within the United States, and without trial. Though shorter and less detailed, the two letters together echo some points Jack made . . .
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Answering Emptywheel’s Question

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Over at at the Emptywheel blog, Ms. Wheel colorfully asks of yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing: “Boy, what fucking idiots run DOJ (and, presumably, the Obama Administration generally)”? She goes on, marveling at the administration’s stupidity for refusing to send an official to testify at the hearing: Whoo boy! You had Trey Gowdy, of all . . .
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Of Course President Obama Has Authority, Under Some Circumstances, to Order Lethal Force Against a U.S. Citizen on U.S. Soil (and a Free Draft Response to Senator Paul for John Brennan)

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

I noted last week than in his answer to the question whether the Obama administration could “carry out drone strikes inside the United States,” John Brennan gave this non-response: “This Administration has not carried out drone strikes inside the United States and has no intention of doing so.”  Now Senator Paul has followed up in . . .
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