Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 10:39 AM

And we're back.

Ibrahim al-Rubeish, a senior member of Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, who is also a former Guantanamo detainee has recommended to UAE interior minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud to expel non-Muslims from the country, reports the AFP.

Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald reports on the first days on the job for Rear Adm. David B. Woods, the new Commander of Guantanamo.

Thomas Wallner, a German filmmaker, has made a documentary about Guantanamo, from the perspective of four different people. Deutsche Welle has this review of the film.

Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic writes about Thomas Drake's op-ed late last week regarding the Obama administration's efforts to silence its critics on national security policy.

Nick Adams, Ted Nordhaus, & Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute have a lengthy piece in the Atlantic reflecting on 9/11, its aftermath, and arguing that the War on Terror is over (despite the remaining threat of terrorist attacks).

YouTube has posted a leaked video of a Chinese officer discussing espionage, an unusual secrecy breach from the Chinese military. The AP has the story, which is available on the New York Times. The YouTube video is here.

David Hicks will tell his story on ABC on September 20th.

The Washington Post has this story on a suspected North Korean cyber attack on a South Korean bank.

Mark Mazzetti of the Times writes on the expected announcement by al Qaeda of its replacement in Libya for Atiyah abd al-Rahman, who was killed last week. Mazzetti's article also raises questions about the unity and cohesiveness of al Qaeda, which has been a topic of discussion since the death of Osama bin Laden.

Slate and Intelligence Squared are hosting a debate at NYU over the question of whether it's time to end the war on terror. Read more about it at Slate here.

Jalal Ghazi at New American Media writes about how journalists are targets in the war on terror (a Sudanese journalist, Sami al Hajj of Al Jazeera, was released from Guantanamo in 2008).

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