Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Ritika Singh, Lawfare Staff
Friday, April 6, 2012, 3:30 PM

Let's begin with Guantanamo Bay news. McClatchy Newspapers is reporting that news organizations such as itself, the New York Times, and the Washington Post are complaining about the fact that Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged USS Cole bomber, will testify in military commission proceedings on April 11 in secret as a consequence of national security concerns.

In Khalid Sheikh Mohammed news, the Miami Herald reports on his upcoming military commissions trial. Bloomberg has an editorial arguing that a military tribunal is the right option for KSM, and the Telegraph discusses the political wrangling behind the case in an election year. Meanwhile, William Shawcross, author of Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed--which Wells reviewed here--has a piece in the Times of London arguing that a military commission proceeding at Guantanamo Bay will be fairer than was Nuremberg.

The Times informs us that the Pakistani government and opposition alike unleashed more criticism at the United States for its $10 million bounty for Hafiz Saeed, the alleged orchestrator of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The Washington Times also has the story. Saeed, meanwhile, has mocked the bounty publicly, which doesn't bode well for the State Department.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Viktor Bout, the Russian weapons trafficker dubbed the "Merchant of Death"  has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Los Angeles Times also has the story.

As Bobby reported yesterday, CNN's Security Clearance blog tells us that former CIA officer John Kiriakou has been indicted for "allegedly disclosing classified information to journalists" and faces up to 45 years in jail if convicted on all five charges.

From the Frenemy Press: According to the Pakistani Express Tribune, Hafiz Saeed--bounty and all--called for jihad against America today. Some money quotes include: “Come to us. We will teach you the meaning of jihad.… The time to fight has come," and “They [US] are even scared of my name.”

And be careful of what you dig up in your backyard--it just might your Moment of BOOM for the weekend.

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