Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:58 AM

Eric Schmitt and Michael Schmidt write in the New York Times that the drones keeping watch in Iraq are less than welcome these days, despite their being operated by the State Department, not the military.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel's Heron TP, its most advanced drone, crashed during a test flight when one of its wing's broke off.

Matthew Wald reported in the Times over the weekend on the excruciatingly slow process involved in requesting government data through FOIA.

On the heels of the DOD's budget cuts, Joshua Foust at the Atlantic opines on the implications of a "drones-first" defense policy, and W.J. Hennigan discusses the DOD's plan to continue relying on the U-2, rather than opting for a wholesale upgrade of its surveillance fleet at the LA Times.

The AP reported late last week that the NYPD announced that a CIA officer who has been working for the NYPD's top intelligence officer will be leaving in April.

Somali pirates captured in early January are in some sort of "legal limbo," writes the New York Times' C.J. Chivers. It's unclear where they should be prosecuted.

Two men accused of plotting to attack the Danish Newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed have been found gulty. The AP (courtesy of NPR) covers the story.

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