Victoria Clark

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Victoria Clark is an intern at Lawfare. She was formerly a national security intern in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She is a senior at Georgetown University studying Government and History.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

A Turkish court ordered the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson after two years in Turkish custody, reports the New York Times. Brunson was arrested in 2016 on charges of aiding the failed military coup that attempted to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Upon leaving the courthouse, Brunson returned to his home in Izmir and is expected to return to the United States on Saturday.

Cybersecurity

Document: GAO Report on Defense Department Weapon Systems Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its report for the Senate Committee on Armed Services examining the Defense Department's weapon systems cybersecurity. GAO investigators "routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities" in Defense Department systems, despite high levels of confidence from Pentagon program officials who claimed the systems were secure.

Case Coverage: Military Commissions

Document: Oral Argument Date Set for Guantanamo Detainee al-Baluchi

Ammar al-Baluchi is one of five Guantanamo detainees accused of planning the 9/11 attacks. In March, his counsel filed a motion for a permanent injunction with respect to unlawful trial by a capital military commission. The government cross-moved to hold al-Baluchi's habeas petition in abeyance until the military commission proceedings were completed. On Wednesday, Judge Friedman scheduled oral arguments on the two motions for Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will be held in open court. 

The documents are available in full below: 

International Law: Self-Defense

Document: Sen. Tim Kaine Presses the Pentagon on the Legal Definition of Collective Self-Defense

Sen. Tim Kaine has released a letter he sent to the Pentagon on Oct. 2 requesting further clarification on the Department of Defense's legal understanding of collective self-defense under international law. Specifically, Sen.