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      by Published on 05-22-2014 08:25 AM

      White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with a bipartisan delegation of senators late Tuesday for secret talks focused on foreign policy, several sources with knowledge of the discussion told Yahoo News.

      Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, alluded to the meeting on Wednesday, as the panel held a hearing on whether and how to overhaul the signature law of the global war on terrorism.

      “I know we both attended sort of a discussion last night that I found to be one of the most bizarre I've attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country,” Corker said at one point, referring to himself and Sen. Bob Menendez (D.-New Jersey), the committee’s chairman.

      “I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion,” Corker said at another point.

      Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-ho...211842750.html
      by Published on 05-04-2014 09:41 AM

      National Security and Double Government: Analysis by Professor Glennon
      http://harvardnsj.org/volume5/

      National security policy in the United States has remained largely constant from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration. This continuity can be explained by the “double government” theory of 19th-century scholar of the English Constitution Walter Bagehot. As applied to the United States, Bagehot’s theory suggests that U.S. national security policy is defined by the network of executive officials who manage the departments and agencies responsible for protecting U.S. national security and who, responding to structural incentives embedded in the U.S. political system, operate largely removed from public view and from constitutional constraints. The public believes that the constitutionally-established institutions control national security policy, but that view is mistaken. Judicial review is negligible; congressional oversight is dysfunctional; and presidential control is nominal. Absent a more informed and engaged electorate, little possibility exists for restoring accountability in the formulation and execution of national security policy.

      Few who follow world events can doubt that the Obama Administration’s approach to multiple national security issues has been essentially the same as that of the Bush Administration.2 The Obama Administration, like its predecessor, has sent terrorism suspects overseas for detention and interrogation;3 claimed the power to hold, without trial, American citizens who are accused of terrorism in military confinement;4 insisted that it is for the President to decide whether an accused terrorist will be tried by a civilian court or a military tribunal;5 kept the military prison at Guantánamo Bay open,6 argued that detainees cannot challenge the conditions of their confinement,7 and restricted detainees’ access to legal counsel;8 resisted efforts to extend the right of habeas corpus to other off-shore prisons;9 argued that detainees cannot invoke the Geneva Conventions in habeas proceedings;10 denied detainees access to the International Committee of the Red Cross for weeks at a time;11 engaged the United States in a military attack against Libya without congressional approval, in the face of no actual or imminent threat to the nation;12 and continued, and in some respects expanded, the Bush Administration’s ballistic missile defense program.13

      The Obama Administration, beyond ending torture, has changed “virtually none” of the Bush Administration’s Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) programs

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      by Published on 09-14-2013 07:05 AM



      A higher percentage of troops, about 80 percent, say they do not believe getting involved in the two-year-old civil war is in the U.S. national interest.

      The results suggest that opposition inside the military may be more intense than among the U.S. population at large. About 64 percent of Americans oppose air strikes, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll published Monday.

      http://www.militarytimes.com/interac...-by-3-1-margin
      by Published on 09-09-2013 02:21 PM

      MOSCOW, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Syria welcomes a Russian proposal to place the nation's chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday after talks in Moscow, praising the Kremlin for seeking to "prevent American aggression".

      Moualem, who spoke to reporters through an interpreter after Russia expressed hope the proposal could avert military strikes against Syria, stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.

      Full Story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3894302.html
      by Published on 12-13-2010 08:02 AM

      On the third Wednesday of every month, the nine members of an elite Wall Street society gather in Midtown Manhattan.

      The men share a goal: to protect the interests of big banks in the vast market for derivatives, one of the most profitable -- and controversial -- fields in finance. They also share a common secret: The details of their meetings, even their identities, have been strictly confidential.

      Drawn from giants like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, the bankers form a powerful committee that helps oversee trading in derivatives, instruments which, like insurance, are used to hedge risk.

      In theory, this group exists to safeguard the integrity of the multitrillion-dollar market. In practice, it also defends the dominance of ...
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