The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says.
A case in New York could shed light on a small part one of the most secretive aspects of U.S. counterterrorism operations during the Bush administration: What became of terror suspects held by the CIA in its network of “black-site” prisons around the world? Or disappeared into foreign cells in extraordinary renditions?
In 2009, ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer listed more than 30 people who had been held in CIA prisons and were still missing. Some of those prisoners have since resurfaced, but at least 20 are still unaccounted for.
CIA Director-designate John Brennan's vigorous defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects — even American citizens — overseas is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy from what has become an important weapon in the fight against al-Qaida.
Since President Obama took office, his administration has dramatically increased the use of unmanned armed drones throughout the Middle East and Africa. Congress should push for clear, public standards that can contribute to an international conversation about global standards for the use of drones.