July 18, 2013 |
ROME -- A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in absentia in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric from the streets of Milan, has been arrested, an Italian Justice Ministry official said Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to say where and when Robert Seldon Lady's arrest took place. The Italian news agency Adnkronos quoted police in Panama as saying that Lady was taken into custody near the border with Costa Rica.[Link in Italian]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 |
David H. Petraeus, the former four-star U.S. Army general who resigned as head of the Central Intelligence Agency last year after confessing to an extramarital affair, will teach part-time at USC and help mentor students who are veterans, officials are announcing Thursday. Petraeus, who commanded coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will teach and participate in seminars on such issues as international relations, government, leadership, information technology and energy, according to USC. The retired general last month also accepted a visiting faculty position at the City University of New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 |
Signaling a desire to return to public life, retired Gen. David H. Petraeus offered an apology Tuesday for the scandal that led to his resignation as director of the CIA and brought an illustrious career to an abrupt end. Petraeus has kept a low profile since admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, in November. The speech, at a USC dinner honoring veterans and ROTC students, is the first step in what appears to be a carefully choreographed comeback attempt.
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ending weeks of delay as lawmakers sought access to secret Obama administration documents about the targeted killing of militants overseas and the Sept. 11 attacks last year that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The 63 to 34 vote came a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a rare and dramatic form of filibuster - talking for nearly 13 hours Wednesday on the Senate floor - to express concerns that the Obama administration had not categorically ruled out authority to use a drone to target an American on U.S. soil.
March 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Can the president legally order a drone strike to kill an American on U.S. soil? Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. wrote this week in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that he could envision "an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate" to use such lethal force. Those words touched off a heated debate Wednesday in the Senate over when and where the president can order the killing of U.S. citizens designated as "enemy combatants. " President Obama and his aides have said that targeted killings of Americans must be governed by some due process.
January 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama tapped two controversial figures to lead his national security team Monday, and warned that any delays caused by a confirmation fight would put the safety of the country at risk. When it comes to national security, Obama said, “we don't like to leave a lot of gaps between the time that one set of leaders transitions out and another transitions in.” But a fight was unfolding even as Obama made official the announcements of Chuck Hagel as his choice for Pentagon chief and John Brennan as head of the CIA, despite Obama's efforts to package them as a bipartisan pair.