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International and Foreign

The Global Reach of the U.S. Position on Torture

The U.S. government’s public pronouncement that the Convention Against Torture (CAT) applies beyond U.S. borders and in situations of armed conflict—its unequivocal “yes” that torture is prohibited as a matter of law anytime and anywhere—turns an important historical page. In her opening statement before the Committee Against Torture and in response to questions posed by the Committee, Acting State Department Legal Adviser Mary McLeod clarified the U.S.…   continue »

Takeaways from the House Intelligence Committee Cybersecurity Hearing

On Thursday morning, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on “Cybersecurity Threats: The Way Forward,” featuring testimony by Adm. Michael Rogers, the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency. The hearing hit hard on the need for a way forward–but revealed little about what that way might be.…   continue »

The End of the Snowden Affair

Sometime around 7:30 p.m. (EST) last night, the 17-month-long national conversation over how to reform U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance authorities effectively ended when the Senate failed to clear a crucial procedural step en route to what would otherwise have been the near-certain passage of the Senate version of the USA FREEDOM Act—the surveillance reform bill that has been in the works for well over a year.…   continue »