Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1:07 PM

President Trump emphasized his desire for diplomacy with Iran instead of a military response in the wake of reports suggesting Iranian culpability for attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Trump said, “I know they want to make a deal,” according to the New York Times. However, the Times also reports that Iranian leaders rejected a potential meeting with President Trump in conjunction with the UN General Assembly sessions next week.

Hours before his scheduled testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Corey Lewandowski tweeted that he was “excited about the opportunity to remind the American people today that there was no collusion no obstruction.” Lewandowski was subpoenaed to appear in what is anticipated to be a combative hearing, according to the Washington Post.

A Spanish court rejected a U.S. request to extradite Venezuela’s former intelligence chief General Hugo Carvajal on drug trafficking charges, reports the BBC. In April, Carvajal was arrested in Madrid, where he had fled after turning against the Venezuelan regime. Carvajal was released from a Spanish prison on Monday.

Farooq Abdullah, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and current member of the Indian Parliament, was arrested under the so-called Public Safety Act, a controversial law which allows India to imprison arrested individuals for up to two years without trial or formal charges, reports AP.

The Islamic State published an audio recording which appears to feature the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, encouraging followers to attack security forces, prisons and camps in an effort to free the group’s many detained adherents, according to the Washington Post.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Wyatt Hoffman and Ariel E. Levite presented a strategy for future private sector involvement in active cyber defense.

Evelyn Douek explained Facebook’s recent ‘values’ update and what it reflects about the direction that Facebook is heading in terms of content moderation.

Stewart Baker shared the latest episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, which includes, among other things, a discussion on how a U.S. cybersecurity regime might be in violation of World Trade Organization agreements.

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