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 … Read more »
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 … Read more »
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. … Read more »
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: … Read more »
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 … Read more »
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 … Read more »
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).
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 … Read more »
As the New York Timesreports, 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 … Read more »
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 … Read more »
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 … Read more »
The recent controversy about the Justice Department White Paper and the closely related Senate confirmation hearings for CIA director-nominee John Brennan have raised the profile of congressional intelligence oversight. A brief summary of some of these issues is this Politico … Read more »
They are available here. Lots of interesting stuff on a first quick read, but two thing stand out. First, in response to the question “Could the Administration carry out drone strikes inside the United States?,” Brennan gave this non-response, … Read more »
Nelson Mandela died yesterday. We mourn his loss with deep appreciation and recognition of his unparalleled dedication to bettering the lives of others. The New York Times’ obituary has a detailed history of his life that honors him appropriately.
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