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DronessurveillanceThursday, January 8, 2015

Vice News Quotes Bill French on Drones on the Border

US Drone Border Patrol Program a Huge Waste of Money, Homeland Security Report Reveals By Meredith Hoffman January 8, 2014 | Vice News The US may have wasted millions of dollars on drones that have ineffectively patrolled the Mexico border, a scathing Homeland Security report has revealed. The US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) drone surveillance program — which allegedly helped law enforcement make only 2 percent of its border arrests in 2013 — follows a distressing pattern of rapid border security investment with little oversight, analysts told VICE News. The report, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Inspector General Tuesday, found that CBP spent at least $62.5 million on the program in one year… But analysts maintain that using drones in border policing is an… Read More ›

AUMFCubaIranIslamic StateRussiaT-TIPTPPUkraineTuesday, January 6, 2015

Morning Briefing Interviews John Bradshaw on 2015 Foreign Policy Challenges

January 6, 2015 | POTUS, The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley John Bradshaw discussing foreign policy challenges of 2015 – reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, authorizing use of military force against the Islamic State, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, U.S.-Russian relations and Ukraine, and trade – with Tim Farley on the Morning Brief. To view the original posting, click here.  Read More ›

SyriaWednesday, December 24, 2014

CFR Features NSN Brief on Arming Syrian Rebels

Top of the Agenda, Jordanian Fighter Pilot Captured by Islamic State December 24, 2014 | Council on Foreign Relations A Jordanian fighter pilot crashed while flying a mission over northern Syria (BBC) and has been captured by Islamic State militants, the government of Jordan confirmed on Wednesday. It is the first coalition aircraft to be lost in ISIS territory since the beginning of the air campaign in September, and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that ISIS used an anti-aircraft missile (NYT) to down the plane. Analysis “Immersing the United States deeper in Syria’s civil war was a bad idea three years ago, it was a bad idea in August, and it’s a bad idea today. America has one vital interest in Syria: preventing the Islamic State from staging… Read More ›

North KoreaMonday, December 22, 2014

Bill French Quoted on North Korea Cyberattack by IBTimes

Is The North Korea Cyberattack On Sony An Act Of War? By Horward Koplowitz  December 22, 2014 | International Business Times President Barack Obama’s declaration Sunday that the North Korean attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment was an act of “cyber vandalism” and not an act of war has far-reaching implications for the U.S. response to the crippling hack that led Sony to cancel the release of the comedy film “The Interview.” Not only was the president correct in his assessment of the incident, experts said, but characterizing the attack as “cyber vandalism” and not war minimizes the chances of escalation between the two countries. The North Korean cyberattack wasn’t an act of war because no violence was inflicted and Americans’ physical security wasn’t in danger by Sony… Read More ›

Cubaprisoner rightsWednesday, December 17, 2014

John Bradshaw Discusses U.S.-Cuba Prisoner Transfer with Thom Hartmann

December 17, 2014 | Thom Hartmann  In the aftermath of President Obama’s announcement that the United States will begin to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba after 53 years, NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw appeared alongside Senior Associate at the Latin America Working Group Mavis Anderson in an interview with Thom Hartmann.  When asked what positive changes could come out of this development, Bradshaw responded that the most positive changes will be for the Cuban people, as well as for the economies of both countries.  Further, he stated that reengagement with Cuba will take away the Castro regime’s ability to blame the U.S. for the nation’s economic woes, which may prompt greater political change in Cuba.  As for the many Republican politicians, particularly of Cuban-American heritage, who have come… Read More ›

CubadiplomacyWednesday, December 17, 2014

NSN Statement: Plans to Normalize Relations with Cuba

National Security Network Statement on Plans to Normalize Relations with Cuba FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014  Washington, DC — Along with the release of  USAID contractor Alan Gross and an unnamed U.S. intelligence asset, President Obama announced today sweeping changes in U.S. policy with Cuba, normalizing relations after half a century of Cold War isolation. National Security Network’s Executive Director John Bradshaw today issued the following statement: President Obama’s bold action in restoring relations with Cuba is more likely to lead to positive changes in the lives of the Cuban people than current policy. The new opening gets beyond rigid Cold War mindsets of the past and looks at the practical realities of the current situation, recognizing that our estrangement from Cuba is not changing the… Read More ›

AUMFTuesday, December 16, 2014

NSN’s AUMF Paper Discussed in Just Security

The Washington Post Editorial Board’s (Mis)Conception of Congress’s Role in War Authorizations By Ryan Goodman December 16, 2014 | Just Security It is unclear how the Post derives its understanding of the proper role of Congress—but if its assessment is based on a sense of historical practices, that view is deeply misguided. Consider the history of AUMFs. According to a recent study by the National Security Network, “Of the 35 instances that Congress has authorized the use of military force, 60 percent contained geographic limitations, 43 percent named the enemy, 37 percent limited the kinds of military operations or forces authorized to be employed, and 23 percent contained an expiration date.” As one example: in the 1983 AUMF for Lebanon, Congress stated that the force “shall be limited… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiaSyriaSaturday, December 13, 2014

Paul Eaton quoted by Sputnik International on Possible Syrian Peace Talks with Russia

US ‘Better Off’ Negotiating Syrian Peace Talks With Russia: Major General December 13, 2014 | Sputnik International “The US administration should use every opportunity to negotiate a Syrian peace deal with Russia, retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton has told Sputnik. ‘Any opportunity that you can sit down and talk, and negotiate with your friends or opponents, the better off we are,’ Eaton said Friday when asked whether the Obama administration should take up the recent Russian offer to relaunch talks to settle the conflict in Syria. ‘Any opportunity you can to sit down with Russian negotiators should be taken [because] the outcome can always be a negotiated result,’ Eaton stressed, saying ‘it is better to jaw-jaw, than to war-war’, referring to a quote by former British prime minister Winston Churchill. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday that if Syrian officials wanted to meet in Moscow, he would discuss the issue… Read More ›

AUMFThursday, December 11, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul cites NSN Paper in Foreign Relations Committee Meeting

Photo Credit: Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 12/11/14 During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup session focused on an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) cited a recent study by the National Security Network in offering an amendment that would limit the use of force to Iraq and Syria: “Many have made the argument that we’ve added too many limitations, there should be no limitations, they’ve argued historically that we haven’t done this. Well, the National Security Network looked back at all of the uses of authorization of force since the beginning of the republic, and they found that 60% of those actually did have a geographic limitation on them.” The full paper written by NSN Executive… Read More ›

CIAtortureThursday, December 11, 2014

Paul Eaton Discusses CIA Torture Report on Newsmax

Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton: Torture Endangers National Security December 11, 2014 | Newsmax “[W]e are not involved in situational ethics … and what we expect our soldiers to do is to obey the law and obey their training,” said Eaton. “We have our values and we will treat prisoners with the appropriate safeguards that we teach our every young soldier going through basic training,” he said, citing the Army’s field manual on intelligence and interrogation of detainees. To see the full interview, click here. Read More ›

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