Seyfarth Shaw LLP hired Steven R. Meier for its corporate department in Chicago. Meier joins Seyfarth from Jenner & Block LLP, where he was the co-chairman of the real-estate securities practice and a member of its tax department, the firm said in a statement.
President Barack Obama today will provide new details justifying the targeted killing of terrorists overseas and announcing steps toward his goal of shutting the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. drone strikes have killed four American citizens in counterterrorism operations overseas since 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said today, the Obama administration’s first public acknowledgment of those killings.
Media groups and government watchdogs said the U.S. Justice Department interfered with press freedom when it secretly collected telephone records from Associated Press reporters and editors over a two-month period last year.
John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, picked an undercover officer as the new head of the agency’s national clandestine service, passing over a woman who had been serving as the acting chief.
Senate Democrats are pressing for a vote on John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director as soon as today, a day after the Obama administration shored up support by letting lawmakers see legal opinions justifying drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of al-Qaeda ties.
Senator Richard Durbin faulted the Obama administration for failing to participate in what he described as the Senate’s first hearing on the use of unmanned aircraft for targeted killings of suspected terrorists.
Senators challenged John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA, about leaks of classified information to journalists, harsh interrogation methods and the legality of targeted drone strikes against U.S. citizens linked to al-Qaeda.
Four years in President Barack Obama’s White House and a role in overseeing the killing of Osama bin Laden have helped CIA Director-nominee John Brennan overcome a political taint from agency use of interrogation methods that once doomed his prospects for the job.