In a recent Washington Post article covering the drone war, White House counterterrorism “czar” John Brennan was quoted as saying, “There are aspects of the Yemen program that I think are a true model of what I think the U.S. counterterrorism community should be doing” to fight the spread of al-Qaeda in Northern Africa.
North Carolina Representative Sue Myrick (R) has been very vocal in warning of a Hezbollah presence in Mexico, and in urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to step up surveillance of terrorists there. She joins a host of concerned Americans who are worried about the porosity of the nation’s southern border-and continually cautions that border issues aren’t just about immigrants seeking a better life, but about easy access that terrorists have to America.
The belated release of State Department e-mails shows that the Obama administration knew, while the attack on the American consulate was still underway, that it was a coordinated, armed terrorist attack. They were getting reports from those inside the consulate who were under attack, as well as surveillance pictures from a camera on an American drone overhead.
A retired senior military official said he has been told by “sources” that President Barack Obama was at the White House watching in real time as the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, took place September 11.
In a statement released to the press, Wikileaks has announced a new plan to publish over 100 classified documents relating to standard operating procedures (SOP) established by the Department of Defense pertaining to the treatment of detainees at military prisons. The New York Daily News reports that in the statement accompanying the latest document dump, “WikiLeaks criticized regulations it said had led to abuse and impunity.”
On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces issued an order indefinitely postponing the court martial of Nidal Hasan, the Army major charged with the Ft. Hood shootings. In its order, the court offered very little explanation for its decision other than to say that the proceedings were to be continued “pending further review of the court.”
The Washington Post is reporting that CIA officials are leaning on President Obama to green light the expansion of the intelligence agency’s fleet of drones. The increasing militarization of the CIA has accelerated its “decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force” according to a government official quoted in the Post article.
CIA Director David Petraeus claims that a beefed up drone presence would help his agents keep up with the “threats in North Africa,” a region the government insists is attracting al-Qaeda militants fleeing from the constant barrage of Hellfire missiles fired from drones patrolling the skies over Pakistan and Yemen.