Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Raffaela Wakeman
Monday, October 8, 2012, 11:34 AM

Over the weekend, Israel announced that it had shot down a drone that had penetrated its airspace. Here's John Villasenor over at Slate on the news' implications, Bloomberg with Israel's remarks, the AP on Israel's flyover over Lebanon in response, the New York Times story on Israel's flyover, and Guy Azriel of CNN with video of the drone being shot down:

Speaking of drones, there's a protest underway led by Pakistani politician Imram Khan along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Here's Ishtiaq Mahsud of the AP, and Salman Masood of the New York Times on the protests.

Here's NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston's latest report on U.S. drone strike policy in Pakistan. She also reported today on Morning Edition on a start-up focusing on developing algorithms to find relationships between people and organizations with electronic data.

Amy O'Leary of the New York Times reports on one of the grants that DARPA has given out to California high schools to create hacker workspaces, also known as "hackerspaces."

Abu Hamza al-Masri made his first appearance in a U.S. court on Saturday after being extradited from the U.K. last week. Here's the AP's story and James Ball's in the Washington Post.

More details are coming to light regarding security in Benghazi in the lead-up to the attack on the U.S. embassy. The latest concerns Ambassador Stevens' wish that Special Forces units remain in Libya after their deployment was supposed to end in August. Here's Justin Sink of The Hill on interviews with the head of that Site Security Team that Ambassador Stevens and his staff wanted to stick around.

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice responded formally to Republican Senators John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Ron Johnson in a letter released last week. Here's Julian Pecquet of The Hill with the letter.

Here's a Washington Post editorial on the deteriorating situation in Mali.

Scotland Yard is looking into claims that British MI5 and MI6 officers knew that Shaker Aamer, a detainee who had lived in Britain, was being tortured by the U.S. The Daily Mail's Robert Verkaik reports.

Richard Brust of the ABA Journal writes on certain D.C. Circuit Court judges' objections to Boumediene.

Look out, undecided voters: Mitt Romney will be at the Virginia Military Institute speaking on foreign policy. Here’s Jerry Markon of the Washington Post, David Sanger of the Times, and the Financial Times on the speech, while AEI's Danielle Pletka has this op-ed in the New York Times urging Romney to clarify foreign policy aspects of his platform.

A Washington Post's editorial last week advocated for Congressional action (what does that look like again? It's been so long) to limit the use of the Alien Tort Statute.

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