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Is the “Covert Action” in Syria Actually a Covert Action?

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I have noted how openly the United States has been leaking information about its covert action to support moderate Syrian rebels – from its inception through the supposed recent ramp-up.  I notice via a post by Marcy Wheeler that the ostensible covert action was discussed openly and explicitly by senior Executive branch officials – the . . .
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Syria Hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

It’s happening right now, and you can tune in via the SFRC’s livestream.  The afternoon’s three witnesses: Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Update: the hearing has concluded.]      

General Dempsey on Syria Intervention

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Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

As at least some form of minimal military intervention in Syria now looks likely, it is worth reading carefully the letter that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey sent last Monday to Representative Eliot Engel.  The letter includes this passage: [T]here are certainly actions short of tipping the balance of the . . .
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The Remarkably Open Syrian Covert Action

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

There are at least three noteworthy elements in the WP’s story this morning about intelligence committee “approval” of “CIA weapons shipments to opposition fighters in Syria.” First is the fact that the intelligence committees “voted on the administration’s plan” last week.  An intelligence committee vote is not typically a prerequisite to a covert action.  Under the covert . . .
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How the Rules Changed on Women in Combat—A Legislative and Executive History Primer

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

To considerable fanfare, departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey announced this week the decision to lift the ban on woman serving in combat units. Panetta stated: “General Dempsey and I are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion rule for women and we are moving . . .
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Cybersecurity Act of 2012 — Cloture Vote Fails

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Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

And so it ends, not with a bang but with a whimper.  Despite letters from the Director of NSA, General Alexander and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey the motion to close the debate on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed on a vote of 52-46  (60 aye votes were required).  . . .
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New Army Manual on Preventing Harm to Civilians

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Over at Forbes.com, the estimable Gregory McNeal has this article about a new Army manual on preventing harm to civilians. The just-released manual, entitled “Civilian Casualty Mitigation,” was the subject of this article last year by Spencer Ackerman. McNeal writes: Today, the United States Army published what I believe is the first military manual aimed solely . . .
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