A U.S. service member was killed yesterday in an operation against al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab in Somalia, the Washington Post reports. The incident comes several weeks after the White House approved an expanded role for U.S. forces in the country, allowing military members to routinely accompany local forces on offensive operations against the extremist group.
Helen Klein Murillo is a student at Harvard Law School, where she is an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Helen holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of California, Irvine.
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The National Security Agency will end “about” collection under Section 702, involving the collection of emails and text messages to and from U.S. persons and people overseas that mention targeted foreigners, reports Charlie Savage in the New York Times. The halt in collection appears to be due to the Agency’s difficulty in complying with regulations imposed by the FISA Court.
The Washington Post reports that Department of Justice officials are considering bringing criminal charges and seeking the arrest of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. CNN sources claim the charges have already been prepared.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts today released its statutorily mandated annual report on activities of the FISA courts.
This morning, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department sought to prevent former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
On March 11, the Court of Military Commissions Review (CMCR)—the appellate court sandwiched between the military commissions and review at the D.C. Circuit court of appeals—issued a two-pronged order in the long-simmering appeal of the 2012 military commission conviction of Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi.
We kick today’s session off as usual with attendance. Defendants Walid Bin’Attash, Mustafa al Hawsawi, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammad have all waived their right to be present at today’s sessions; only Ramzi Binalshibh and Ammar al Baluchi chose to attend.