Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Ritika Singh
Friday, April 27, 2012, 11:35 AM

According to the Washington Times, Director of Intelligence at U.S. Cyber Command, Rear Adm. Samuel J. Cox, has declared that the highest levels of government need to approve a cyberattack, and he has urged restraint in carrying one out.

David Rivkin, a partner at Baker Hostetler, and Charles "Cully" Stimson at the Heritage Foundation, have an op-ed in today's Washington Post calling Virginia's detainee law "dangerously unconstitutional."

The Associated Press tells us that five European Parliament members visited an alleged CIA black site in Lithuania as part of a probe into the torture of suspected terrorists. The visit came after the parliament criticized an investigation by Lithuanian authorities as "contradictory and incomplete," reports the AP.

Matthew Waxman, one of Lawfare's newly-minted senior contributors and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses why "civil liberties will be an important aspect of foreign policy and national security in the coming years." Watch the video here:

The AP reports on the closing arguments in the trial of Adis Medujanin, the gentleman accused of plotting to bomb NYC subways. Reuters also has the story. If you thought you knew how planning for the Osama bin Laden operation went down, think again. TIME has an incredible story by Peter Bergen and Graham Allison revealing even more details of the operation--including this: the CIA considered using a UAV that resembled a bird so closely that an eagle attacked it! Adam Levine discusses some of the other notable insights Peter Bergen gleaned from some of bin Laden's writings at CNN's Security Clearance blog. The Post's editorial board argues that the "[t]he saga of the Uighur detainees has been marked by unlucky turns and remarkable congressional cowardice." And, German analysts Markus Schiller and Robert Shmucker assert that North Korea's missiles's Moment of Zen.