Liz Cheney: Heir to a New Dynasty?

When the Republican Jewish Coalition hosted its annual winter conference at Las Vegas's splashy Palazzo hotel earlier this month, party luminaries such as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham showed up to hobnob with some of the GOP's most generous donors.

'I Was Disgusted,' Says Former Bush Official About Liz Cheney Ad

Nine former Bush administration officials who played major roles in shaping counterterrorism policies today released a statement condemning as "shameful" recent attacks by Liz Cheney's advocacy group on Justice Department lawyers who had previously represented Guantánamo detainees.

New Details of Elaborate Dubai Assassination Emerge

A chart released by the Dubai police shows the travel ports of entry and exit of suspects in the murder of Hamas officer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.The assassins who killed Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh at a five-star Dubai hotel in January made one mistake: their work was too perfect.

American Companies Issued Debit Cards to Alleged Dubai Assassins

Some of the alleged assassins of a Hamas leader in Dubai obtained debit cards through two U.S. financial companies—one of them headed by a former member of the Israeli special forces—according to a statement by one of the companies released Tuesday.    The company, MetaBank of Storm Lake, Iowa, confirmed that it had provided "prepaid" debit cards to a number of the suspects being sought by Dubai police for the alleged asphyxiation of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

Civil Liberties Board Goes Vacant Under Obama

When President Bush two years ago failed to name members to a federal board to monitor the protection of civil liberties, Democrats and activist groups were duly outraged, seeing it as one more example of his administration's indifference to the subject.

Did Suspected Dubai Hit Men Really Visit U.S.?

The international mystery over the murder of a senior Hamas leader deepened Monday when U.S. law-enforcement officials said they were unable to find any records to corroborate assertions by Dubai police that two suspected hit-squad members fled to the U.S. following the slaying.

The Growing Mystery of the Missing E-Mails

How big is the Justice Department's missing e-mail problem? That may be the key question arising from the disclosure—in last week's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) report—that the e-mails of Justice Department lawyers who crafted memos on torture and other controversial issues had mysteriously disappeared.

Exclusive: Archives Demands DOJ Explain Missing E-Mails

The National Archives is pressing the Justice Department to investigate the "possible unauthorized destruction of e-mail and other records" within the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel during a crucial time period, when the office's lawyers wrote hotly disputed memos about torture, Guantánamo, and warrantless wiretapping.  Paul M.

Zazi Guilty Plea a Boon for Obama Officials

Today's guilty plea by Najuibullah Zazi to terrorism charges in federal court provides fresh ammunition for Obama administration officials to argue that traditional law enforcement methods can be just as effective, if not more, in questioning terror suspects than subjecting them to "enhanced interrogation techniques." By pleading guilty to plotting what he called a "martyrdom operation" and agreeing to cooperate about his Al Qaeda contacts in Pakistan, Zazi becomes the fourth major terror...

Zazi Guilty Plea a Boon for Obama Officials

Today's guilty plea by Najibullah Zazi to terrorism charges in federal court provides fresh ammunition for Obama administration officials to argue that traditional law-enforcement methods can be just as effective, if not more, in questioning terror suspects than subjecting them to "enhanced interrogation techniques." By pleading guilty to plotting what he called a "martyrdom operation" and agreeing to cooperate about his Al Qaeda contacts in Pakistan, Zazi becomes the fourth major terror...

Justice Report Provides Gruesome New Details About CIA Program

The long-awaited Justice Department report on the lawyers who wrote the so-called torture memos provides gruesome new details about the CIA's harsh interrogations of high-level Qaeda suspects, highlighting issues that could ultimately complicate the Obama administration's efforts to try the detainees in federal court or even before military commissions.

Report: Bush Lawyer Said President Could Order Civilians to Be 'Massacred'

The chief author of the Bush administration's "torture memo" told Justice Department investigators that the president's war-making authority was so broad that he had the constitutional power to order a village to be "massacred," according to a report released Friday night by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Can the FBI Secretly Track Your Cell Phone?

The Justice Department is poised this week to publicly defend a little-known law-enforcement practice that critics say may be the "sleeper" privacy issue of the 21st century: the collection of cell-phone "tracking" records that identify the physical locations where the phones have been.

White House Casts Brennan in Unusual Political Role

Michael Isikoff reports on the Declassified blog: White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan played an unusual role Sunday when he swiped at congressional Republicans for bashing the administration's handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect.

Brennan Plays Unusual 'Attack Dog' Role

White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan played an unusual role Sunday when he swiped at congressional Republicans for bashing the administration's handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect.

White House Pushes Back on Bioterror Report

The Obama White House is pushing back against a federal panel's "report card" giving it an F for failing to prepare the country's defenses against a bioterror attack. "We think it's absurd," said a White House official, who didn't want to be publicly identified criticizing the commission in public. "We think we've done a lot." And while the official says the timing is purely a coincidence, Obama plans to address the issue in the State of the Union tomorrow night.

Intel Chief's Comments Infuriate Obama Officials

Obama administration officials were flabbergasted Wednesday when Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair testified that an alleged Qaeda operative who tried to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day should have been questioned by a special interrogation unit that doesn't exist, rather than the FBI.

Al Qaeda Whack a Mole

The news has been filled of late with dramatic accounts of a stepped up Yemeni campaign—backed by the U.S. military—that, one by one, is supposedly killing (or capturing) the leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP.) But, to a striking degree, these reports are turning out to be bogus.

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