Newsletter | May 10, 2013


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This week’s top news:

Pakistan High Court: US Drone Strikes Illegal: Pakistani High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan has issued a ruling today declaring the ongoing US drone strikes against the tribal areas illegal under international law, adding that they amount to a “war crime” when they kill innocents.

Inspector General: Officials Trying to Silence Me on Afghanistan: In a speech at the New American Foundation, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko revealed that he has been under pressure from officials across several departments for publicizing his audits on waste and fraud in the Afghan War.

Obama May Back FBI Push for Total Internet Surveillance Law: President Obama is reportedly considering endorsing an FBI plan for a new series of laws requiring all Internet companies to build-in to all online systems a “capacity to comply with wiretap orders.”

Senators Discuss Revising 2001 AUMF: Top senators in both parties have begun talks on revising, or updating, the congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force following the Sept. 11, 2001, but signs are that any “revision” will simply expand the purview of the already expansive law.

Israel Announces More West Bank Settlement Construction: Just days after reports of a partial settlement freeze, Israel’s Defense Ministry has announced a significant new expansion of the Beit El settlement, north of Jerusalem.

Karzai: US Can Keep Nine Bases in Afghanistan: While officials have tried to mostly keep last year’s agreement to keep US troops in the nation through 2024 out of headlines, Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought considerable attention to the long-term US occupation by announcing that they will be keeping nine bases across Afghanistan.

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