Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 12:02 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran would increase its enrichment levels to whatever level is needed, the Washington Post reports. The move to raise enrichment levels above 3.67 percent uranium-235 follows the Iranian government’s announcement that it would increase its uranium stockpile above the 300 kg limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal. The combination of increased stockpiles and enrichment levels could reduce the time necessary to develop a nuclear weapon.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said that a recent air strike on a migrant detention facility, which killed 44 people outside the Libyan capital, could be a war crime, the BBC reports. The Libyan government has blamed rebel forces for the attack, which struck the facility holding 600 people and marks the second time this facility has been hit—despite information about its location and purpose being given to all parties in Libya’s conflict.

The Department of Homeland Security inspector general released a report with new details of “dangerous overcrowding” and squalid conditions in migrant detention facilities along the southern border, the New York Times writes.

The jury in the trial of Edward Gallagher found the Navy SEAL not guilty of the most serious charges regarding the death of an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq, according to CNN. The jury found him guilty of taking a photograph with the dead fighter, a crime which carries a maximum sentence of four months.

The Justice Department inspector general announced that he will investigate actions which led to cancelling plans for a new, more secure FBI headquarters, the Post writes.

Chinese border authorities routinely install a surveillance app on tourists’ phones when they enter Xinjiang, the Times reports. Travelers are required to turn over their smartphones, which are checked for objectionable material; the app also gathers personal data from the devices, including text messages and contacts.

A study by the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs on the security of NATO’s space-based strategic assets found that military satellites continue to be vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to the MIT Technology Review.

House Democrats ask Facebook to halt its cryptocurrency project until Congress can explore the risks it poses to U.S. and global financial stability, The Verge reports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection subcontractor that was hacked last month was suspended from federal contracting, the Post says. Perceptics is said to have conducted in a manner “indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity.”

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Eric Halliday shared an update on transnational organized crime and national security, focused Hezbollah, hacking and corruption.

Quinta Jurecic shared the House Ways and Means Committee’s complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service in order to obtain President Trump's tax returns.

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of the Lawfare Podcast titled, “WTF, Hong Kong,” a conversation with Alvin Cheung, Benjamin Wittes and Sophia Yan.

Patja Howell also shared the most recent episode of Rational Security, in which Tamara Coffman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes on the G20, Joseph Mifsud and McKinsey’s reported role in the intelligence community’s reorganization.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, in which he interviews Chris Bing, and covers recent news reports all sharing the theme of Chinese cyber activity.

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