National Security

1:41am

Mon February 18, 2013
National Security

Hints Of Progress After Investigation at Guantanamo Court

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 5:52 am

The most dramatic moment of the week's hearing at Guantanamo Bay's military commissions was when a one-legged man stood up and began to berate the judge.

The one-legged man, Walid bin Attash, is one of the defendants in the high-profile Sept. 11 case, and his complaint was a throwback to a time when the tribunal first opened.

He was upset because guards had taken the opportunity while he was in court to ransack his cell and take letters from his attorney. It had happened to three of the other Sept. 11 defendants as well.

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3:21am

Sun February 17, 2013
Around the Nation

'Time And Casualties': Gen. Dempsey On Cost Of Sequester

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 10:28 am

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before a Senate panel in Washington last Tuesday on the looming cuts to the defense budget.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

It's been about a year and a half since Gen. Martin Dempsey left his job as chief of staff of the Army and became President Obama's top military adviser as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dempsey is now responsible for reshaping the U.S. military after 10 years of war, which means scaling the forces down. At the same time, he's fighting to stave off across-the-board cuts to the defense budget — the so called sequester — that could happen in a couple weeks if Congress fails to reach some kind of budget deal.

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11:21am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

From Desmond Tutu, A Scathing Rebuke Of U.S. Drone Program

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:28 pm

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

10:40am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Feinstein Says Intelligence Committee Reviews Drone Attacks

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:24 pm

When President Obama used his State of the Union address to affirm "we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts" to target terrorism suspects overseas, national security experts wondered exactly who on Capitol Hill got the scoop about secretive U.S. drone strikes.

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7:09am

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 11:22 am

A protest against drone strikes outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington last week.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

In an apparent reference to U.S. drone strikes, President Obama in his State of the Union speech defended the administration's continued use of "direct action" against terrorists and promised to work with Congress to ensure such targeting is lawful and transparent.

The president said that "where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans."

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