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Opinio Juris. Hard National Security Choices. Lettre d'informations stratégiques et de défense. European Interagency Security Forum. Pnyx - comment on global security and politics - Pnyx. Defining Ideas by topic: National Security. By Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith (Senior Fellow and Member of the Task Force on National Security and Law), Matthew Waxman (member of the Task Force on National Security and Law), and Benjamin Wittes (member of the Task Force on National Security and Law) Image credit: Wikipedia Commons The "Authorization to Use Military Force" serves as the primary legal foundation for the ongoing conflict, but it is now obsolete.

Defining Ideas by topic: National Security

What should replace it? Clausewitz. By T.C.


MILITARY snipers are competitive types. There is an ongoing and grisly contest between them to see who can kill an enemy soldier from the farthest distance away. The present record is held by Craig Harrison, a corporal in the British Army's Household Cavalry, who managed to kill two Taliban soldiers from 2,475 metres in November 2009. That was a slight improvement on the previous record, held by Rob Furlong, a Canadian soldier also fighting in Afghanistan, who managed to shoot his enemy in the chest from a distance of 2,430 metres in 2002. Such long-range killings are the exception rather than the norm, as long-distance shooting is extremely difficult. US Air Force: Counter Terrorism Strategy.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,in Washington, D.C., New York City, andPennsylvania were acts of war against theUnited States of America and its allies, andagainst the very idea of civilized society.

US Air Force: Counter Terrorism Strategy

Nocause justifies terrorism. The world mustrespond and fight this evil that is intent onthreatening and destroying our basic free-doms and our way of life. Freedom and fearare at war.The enemy is not one person. It is not a singlepolitical regime. Certainly it is not a religion.The enemy is terrorism—premeditated,politi-cally motivated violence perpetrated againstnoncombatant targets by subnational groupsor clandestine agents.

“No group or nation should mistake America’s intentions:We will not rest until terrorist groups of global reachhave been found, have been stopped, and have been defeated.” Smart Influence. The Cost of America's Secret Wars, Then and Now. The constitutional distance between what President Obama is doing and "The Enterprise," which was the Reagan administration's term for the foolishness from El Salvador's death squads all the way through Iran-Contra, is not vast.

The Cost of America's Secret Wars, Then and Now

Photos by Gamma-Keystone via Getty (top); Alex Wong/Getty (left) On Sunday, I went to early Mass at Gesu Church, the baronial old Jesuit pile on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, and the place I would go on Sundays during college to ask the Lord for forgiveness for whatever several commandments I may have left in the shebeen the night before. Zone Militaire. Alex Jones. Experts Say Technology Is Widely Disseminated Inside and Outside Military. Danger Room. "So, You Ever Kill Anybody?" Very few screenwriters get kidnapped.

"So, You Ever Kill Anybody?"

In Hollywood, where most of them live and work, they're considered low-value targets. But moments after arriving in Beirut in 2002, Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning writer of Traffic, found himself in what seemed to be a hostage situation. His cell phone rang, and the voice on the other end said, "I've got something really special you can do, but you have to do it right now and I can't tell you what it is.

" Gaghan walked out of the airport and got into a car with a stranger. As they drove, he was stripped of his... Subscribe Now Get TIME the way you want it One Week Digital Pass — $4.99 Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS — $2.99 One Year ALL ACCESS — Just $30! In quotes: Excerpts from Nato report on Taliban. 1 February 2012Last updated at 08:52 The quotations are reflections from fighters detained by Isaf in Afghanistan A secret Nato report seen by the BBC suggests the Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly helped by the Pakistani security service (ISI).

In quotes: Excerpts from Nato report on Taliban

Here are excerpts from the report, based on interrogations of more than 4,000 captured Taliban, al-Qaeda, foreign fighters and civilians. "Reflections from detainees indicate that Pakistan's manipulation of Taliban senior leadership continues unabatedly. " "In the last year there has been unprecedented interest, even from GIRoA [Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan] members, in joining the the insurgent cause. "ISI is thoroughly aware of Taliban activities and the whereabouts of all senior Taliban personnel. "While they [the Taliban] are weary of war, they see little hope of negotiated peace. 'More confident' "The Taliban leadership controls nearly all insurgent activity in Afghanistan.

Pakistan 'knows everything' Narcotics trade. Breaking International Defense News.