Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Friday, July 29, 2011, 10:40 AM

Congressional reporters may have been left with nothing to write about last night, but we sure have plenty to read about today in the world of national security, the war on terror, and cybersecurity.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence met Thursday evening in "secret" to consider renewing the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which authorized President George W. Bush's warrant less wiretapping program. Wired's Spencer Ackerman reports. Ackerman also links to a letter written to the Committee in June by Robert Litt, the DNI's general counsel, regarding the renewal of the law (which expires in 2012), calling it "critically important."

Linda Greenhouse's column in the Times focuses on last week's horrifying mass murder in Norway, and draws upon the U.S. experience in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. She focuses particularly on the impact the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 on habeas corpus practice in "garden-variety" cases.

Clifford May writes in the National Review on Jay Bahadur's new book, called The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World.

Josh Gerstein over at Politico covers former DNI Dennis Blair's interview at the Aspen Security Forum, which is causing a bit of a to-do.

Save the date: By September 26, the Pentagon and CIA must disclose their legal bases for not disclosing photos and video of the raid that killed bin Laden. Gerstein covers this story at Politico as well.

The Economist weighs in on the debate over the ethics of using drones in warfare.

Yesterday, I reported on the letter sent from national security officials to Republican senators defending the decision to try Warsame in a civilian court, but hadn't been able to track down a copy. The letter is available here.

For more news and analysis links, see Today’s Terrorism News over at the CenterLine.

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