On December 27, China’s National People’s Congress passed the country’s much-debated anti-terrorism legislation.
Ben Bissell is an analyst at a geopolitical risk consultancy and a Masters student at the London School of Economics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with majors in political science and Russian in 2013. He is a former National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution as well as a Henry Luce Scholar, where he was placed at the Population Research Institute in Shanghai, China.
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If Twitter is to be believed, the Iranian nuclear deal is already creating waves in the Middle East and upending old regional axes. Earlier today, Jacky Hugi, the Middle East editor for Israel’s Army Radio, posted a picture of a Mercedes with diplomatic license plates driving around Tel Aviv. Unremarkable, until you realize which country the car was supposedly representing: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Over the past fortnight, the Chinese government has waged a judicial blitzkrieg across the country, arresting over 190 prominent human rights lawyers. The campaign is part and parcel of Beijing’s efforts to consolidate power---which can be seen in sweeping legislation enacted last month.
This week, unsurprisingly, Lawfare spent much of its time focused on the release of the SSCI’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.
Today, the New York Times brings us news that when the CIA first received detention and interrogation authorities in 2001, the Agency initially planned to create a system of worldwide jails that would abide by the standards of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The conditions were to mirror those as maximum security prisons around the United States and interrogations would proceed in accordance with the U.S.
Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority and the CIA: Part 3
Below you will find the third in our running comparison of broad areas of agreement and disagreement as between the Executive Summary to the Senate Intelligence Committee's Study on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, the report by the Committee's Minority, and the response by the CIA itself.
The news cycle over the past day has been dominated by the release of the extensive report on CIA intelligence-gathering techniques, popularly known as the “torture report” or the “CIA report.” The New York Times writes that the review portrays a broken CIA that was devoted to a failed interrogation program.