Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
The Chief Prosecutor in the 9/11 case has appointed Justice Department lawyer Fernando Campoamore-Sanchez as Special Trial Counsel to investigate the alleged attempt by the FBI to recruit a defense team security officer as a secret informant [Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg]. Independent defense counsel has also been appointed to advise two detainees on whether the alleged actions by the FBI have compromised their defense.
Although meeting for four days this week in the 9/11 case, the military commission held barely four hours of court time in total. Pre-trial motions hearings have been ongoing for nearly two years, and while the prosecution seeks jury selection in early 2015, that date now seems unlikely given the recent delays [Associated Press].
Meanwhile, in the al Nashiri case, Judge Pohl has ordered the CIA to provide a detailed account of the detention and interrogation of Mr. al Nashiri in the agency’s so-called secret “black sites” [The Guardian]. Also see our coverage yesterday on the development.
Relatedly, the Miami Herald has updated their interactive timeline of the hunger strikes at Guantanamo.
Surveillance, Privacy, & Technology
The Washington Post has released an e-book of their complete, Pulitzer prize-winning coverage of the NSA surveillance programs, titled NSA Secrets. Meanwhile, The Guardian has a new interactive feature “NSA Files Decoded” on what the NSA revelations mean to you as an individual.
In what some are calling a highly questionable decision [Washington Post], Edward Snowden participated in a live Q&A session with Vladimir Putin, asking the Russian President whether Russia intercepts communications of its citizens, to which Putin replied that his country does not conduct “mass-scaled, uncontrolled” surveillance.… continue »