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Al-Awlaki's operational role: The Government's Sentencing Memo for Abdulmutallab sheds some light

By   /  March 29, 2011  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

In the Justice Department there is a file. In that file is a memo. What that memo says is a total my stery. Well, maybe not a total mystery. One of the pieces to that mystery has (probably) revealed itself. First, some background. Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed Friday, September 30, 2011 presumably by a hellfire […]

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CFIUS & Its Chinese Counterpart

By   /  March 27, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

What is CFIUS? The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was established in 1975, and is an interagency committee which reviews the national security implications of foreign investment in the economy.[] It is most recently well known for its role in the proposed acquisition of commercial operations at six U.S. ports by […]

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“All Necessary Measures”: An "International" View on What Libya Needs

By   /  March 22, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

On March 17, 2011 the United Nations Security Council voted 10-0 in support of Resolution 1973 to administer the long-discussed “no fly zone” over Libya, coupled with the right to use “all necessary measures” to “protect civilians and civilian populated areas . . . .”  In response to this vote, Libya announced an immediate cease-fire […]

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CIA Contractor Released From Pakistani Prison

By   /  March 21, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

Amid growing tensions, Pakistan has agreed to release CIA contractor Raymond Davis. On January 21, Davis fatally shot two Pakistani men outside a gas station in Lahore, Pakistan. Despite Davis’ claim of self defense, he was arrested at the scene of the shooting and charged with two counts of murder. Initially, the United States sought […]

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Aftershocks: Post-Earthquake, Japan and the US Struggle with Nuclear Power

By   /  March 15, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

Japan was hit by the worst earthquake in recorded history last week on March 11, 2011, measured at an unprecedented magnitude of 8.9. Since then, the island state suffered aftershocks for hours, many of which were more than magnitude 6.0. The crushing devastation created by the earthquake and aftershocks was exacerbated by the tsunami, and […]

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