Secrecy News discusses recent criticism of the DOJ National Security Division from some intelligence officials who say that it is biased in favor of
the FBI or, alternatively, that it lacks the agility that an
intelligence organization needs.
Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote a Letter to the Editor to the New York Times in response to Stephen Heifetz' op-ed about Congressional homeland security oversight. UPDATE: Homeland Security Watch discusses the letter.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, is holding an open hearing on Security Clearance Reform -- Jul 30, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. See our calendar for details. UPDATE: Witness is Brenda Farrell, GAO. UPDATE: Testimony is now publicly available.
The US District Court for DC has consolidated all the filings, rulings, and related publicly available information regarding all detainee cases past, present, and future into one clearinghouse website. We have added this page to our Links - U.S. Government.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is hosting an event on July 30, 2008, from 6:15-7:30 PM, featuring McCain advisors Randy Scheunemann, Director of Foreign Policy and National Security, and Dr. Kori Schake, Senior Policy Advisor. See our calendar for details.
National Security Advisors posts
an announcement for a New York City Bar/Human Rights First panel on
"Prosecuting Terrorists: The Prosecutors' Perspectives" to be held on
Sept. 8, 2008. See our calendar for details.
National Security Blog summarizes a recent Heritage Backgrounder in which
Homeland Security Policy Analyst Jena Baker McNeill advocates for a cooperative rather than adversarial relationship between DHS and Congressional oversight committees.
The New York Times has an op-ed endorsing Jane Mayer's recent book "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals," especially regarding its coverage of David Addington.
7/22/08: SpyTalk discusses a recent letter from Joel Brenner, the National Counterintelligence Executive, to the New York Times criticizing its publication of the name of the CIA interrogator who worked with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Secrecy News discusses it in detail, with links to relevant documents.
The New York Times has an op-ed written by Stephen Heifetz, the DHS deputy assistant secretary for policy development, arguing that Congress should consolidate its oversight of the department. Homeland Security Watch and Security Debrief discuss it.
The Chronicle Herald Canada has an article discussing concerns being raised regarding a recent agreement giving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
the go-ahead to meet with a Canadian imprisoned abroad before consular
officials do when there are "urgent national security or
National Security Advisors relays a new CFR Special Report entitled "Avoiding Transfers to Torture" that addresses the problems of extraordinary rendition and transferring Gitmo detainees back to their countries or origin.
The New York Times has an article about a report of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons asserting that Britain should no longer rely on assurances by the United States that it does not torture terrorism suspects.
Danger Room discusses a San Diego Union-Tribune article about how the Marines are charging two senior non-commissioned officers with passing secret data on potential terrorists to the Los Angeles County Terrorism Early Warning Group, one of the country's most celebrated counter-terror groups.
National Security Advisors relays a call for papers for the second English language edition of the IDF Law Review, a journal published by the IDF School of Military Law - the IDF Military Advocate General's Corps.
National Security Advisors summarizes (here and here) United States v. Wotulo (D. Maryland, July 10, 2008), United States v. Sadequee, Ahmed (N.D. Georgia, July 7, 2008), United States v. Amawi (N.D. Ohio, July 16, 2008), and United States v. Moussaoui (M.D. Fla., July 14, 2008).
DHS Undersecretary Charlie Allen argues in the DHS Leadership Journal (new addition to our Blogroll - Security/Terrorism) that the US needs the National Applications Office, and Rich Cooper responds in Security Debrief.
Secrecy News discusses a recent court order ordering Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz to appear and testify on the “newsworthiness” of his reporting in 2006 on a case involving alleged Chinese espionage.