President Barack Obama said the broad war powers Congress approved to fight al-Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks shouldn’t continue forever and that he’s reining in drone strikes and paving the way to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
President Barack Obama announced he’s redefining U.S. counter-terrorism strategy to reduce the reliance on drone strikes and the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, policies which he said carry an international backlash that over time makes the U.S. less safe.
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.
It’s hard to feel comfortable with the Barack Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of national security leaks. Last week, the Justice Department acknowledged seizing phone records from Associated Press reporters in connection with a leak concerning a 2012 counterterrorism operation in Yemen. This week, we learned that Fox News correspondent James Rosen’s e-mail was examined to track down unauthorized disclosures about North Korea. In this case, the Justice Department went so far as to call the reporter a “co- conspirator.”
Tunisia’s Ansar al-Sharia, which clashed with police today after its spokesman was arrested, is an illegal organization with terrorist ties and must comply with the law or cease to exist, the country’s prime minister said.