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9:42 AM 4/15/2016 – When will Russia break?
mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review.

“This card the inculcation of pride that Russia is again a great country is the largest, maybe the only, one in the Kremlin deck and will need to be played again and again. In a recent essay, Robert Kaplan observes that Putins foreign policy must become more creative and calculating the more chaos he can generate abroad, the more valuable the autocratic stability he provides at home will appear. Whether or not the Russian president really does hate the West, his survival depends on acting as if he does…
A European destiny was the subtext of Mikhail Gorbachevs attempt to open up the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. It sustained, fitfully, the government of Russian President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. It was played with, then decisively ditched, in the 2000s by Vladimir Putin.

Were he to fail, it has a chance of revival. Those who wish it would need courage and strength and support. Were they to fail, wed be deeper in perilous territory than we are now.”

New Report from Chatham House: Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighborhood.

“Russia employs a vocabulary of ‘soft power’ to disguise its ‘soft coercion’ efforts aimed at retaining regional supremacy,” the authors write. “Russian pseudo-NGOs undermine the social cohesion of neighbouring states through the consolidation of pro-Russian forces and ethno-geopolitics; the denigration of national identities; and the promotion of anti-US, conservative Orthodox and Eurasianist values. They can also establish alternative discourses to confuse decision-making where it is required, and act as destabilizing forces by uniting paramilitary groups and spreading aggressive propaganda.”

“Они снова (или по-прежнему?) боятся. Только уже не улыбающихся людей с остроумными плакатами. Теперь в списке врагов  все былые «зарубежные партнеры», и едва ли не любой критик власти внутри страны, который, с точки зрения этой самой власти, самостоятельно действовать просто не способен и наверняка управляется «зарубежными партнерами». Эта картина мира так долго вбивалась в головы россиян пропагандой, что люди власти в нее и сами поверили: мир устроен так, как он устроен в России, все продается и все покупается, международные отношения  это игра с нулевой суммой, как в песенке их молодости: «кто-то теряет, кто-то находит», главная задача дяди Сэма  сбросить Путина в Москву-реку, а на его место посадить Непутина. «Путиноцентричность»  это ключ к пониманию той картины мира, которая сформировалась в голове кремлевских людей: они слышат это с экранов российских госканалов (забывая, что сами же в минувшую пятницу давали установку редакторам, какие темы поднять, а какие  затушевать) и читают в «красных папочках»  сообщениях посольств и резидентур, для которых (равно как и для их начальников в Центре) рост угроз, тем более направленных против Хозяина, означает как минимум сохранение финансирования, а удачная борьба с ними  продвижение по служебной лестнице.”

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The Early Edition: April 15, 2016
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Nadia O’Mara
Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

The ceasefire in Syria appeared to collapse yesterday under a surge in fighting between government forces and rebels. [Washington Posts Zakaria Zakaria and Hugh Naylor]

The High Negotiations Committee is willing to share membership of a transitional government with members of President Assads government, but not Assad himself, spokesperson Salim al-Muslat told reporters yesterday. [Al Jazeera]

Islamic State conducted a surprise attack on refugee camps close to the Syrian village of Dabiq today, forcing residents to attempt to flee across the Turkish border, only to be shot at by that nations troops. The attack came as part of a push by Islamic State to take the highly symbolic Dabiq, believed by the groups leaders to be the pre-ordained epicenter of a clash that will herald an apocalyptic showdown. [The Guardians Martin Chulov and Ian Black]

Ongoing clashes between previously allied groups, the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, have trapped an estimated 5,000 residents of the refugee camp Yarmouk in southern Damascus, Syria. Those inside the camp, which is largely controlled by Islamic State, have requested a temporary ceasefire between the groups to allow access for humanitarian aid, but have yet to receive a response, reports Patrick Strickland. [Al Jazeera]

US European Command has sent a squadron of Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft to an airbase in Turkey to support operations to attack Islamic States communications, the Department of Defense announced yesterday. The aircraft can protect ground forces by jamming radar and communications devices. The Pentagon has not disclosed the specifics of the operation. [CNNs Jamie Crawford]

US-led airstrikes continue. US and coalition forces carried out four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 14. Separately, partner forces conducted a further 17 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft is suing the Justice Department over its use of secrecy orders to stop the tech giant from informing users when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, which Microsoft says happens frequently. In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Microsoft asserted that the gag order statute in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act 1986 is unconstitutional. [New York Times Steve Lohr; The Intercepts Jenna McLaughlin]

US government agencies rank lowest in cybersecurity compared with major private industries, analysis from SecurityScorecard reveals. [Reuters Dustin Volz]

Four technology companies researching social media mining and surveillance are among 38 previously undisclosed companies receiving funding from In-Q-Tel, the CIAs venture capital firm, reports Lee Fang, pointing, he says, to its increasing focus on monitoring social media. [The Intercept]

EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT

Four men and a woman have been apprehended by counterterrorism police in Birmingham, UK, and are being held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. The arrests are the result of an investigation involving Belgian and French authorities. [The Guardians Jamie Grierson]

Belgians Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant has resigned over accusations she ignored security failures at Brussels airport in the lead up to the terrorist attacks there on March 22. Her successor has yet to be announced. [BBC]

A Belgian court has rejected the appeal of Khalid Zerkani, convicted of running a terrorist recruiting network that sent people to Syria, including several of the perpetrators of the November Paris attacks, and instead increased his sentence, which he received prior to the Paris attacks, from 12 to 15 years. [Wall Street Journals Matthew Dalton; New York Times Alissa J Rubin]

The EU has approved a Europe-wide system of collecting and sharing airline passengers information in an effort to improve security. The measures are an indication that safety is trumping concerns over protecting privacy and civil liberties, says James Kanter. [New York Times]

AFGHANISTAN

Islamic State is potentially an enormous threat in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, in charge of communications for the coalition, warned at a Pentagon briefing, though he did not have any specifics as to the numbers of Islamic State fighters in the country. [The Hills Rebecca Kheel]

The Talibans recently announced spring offensive is not a new tactic but this time it is a test for new leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor, whose leadership some factions of the militant group have contested. [The Daily Beasts Sami Yousafzai]

ISRAEL and PALESTINE

The Israeli soldier who featured in a video shooting an injured Palestinian man is to be charged with manslaughter, prosecutors said yesterday. The case has caused deep divisions of opinion, some condemning the soldiers actions and others hailing him as a hero. [New York Times Isabel Kershner]

Israels expansion in the West Bank has been labeled a war crime by Palestinian officials, as Israel approves a further 200 settler houses in the area. [Al Jazeeras Dalia Hatuqa]

SOUTH CHINA SEA

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea today, a course of action which is likely to stir up tensions with China, suggest Yeganeh Torbati and Ben Blanchard. [Reuters]

A high-ranking Chinese military officer visited a cluster of manmade islands in the South China Sea recently, US officials have said, the highest-level official visit to date. The visit was not publicized and is a sign of the strategic importance of the islands, suggest Jeremy Page and Gordon Lubold. [Wall Street Journal]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The Guantánamo Bay parole board has rejected the application for release of the detention centers oldest inmate, labeling him too dangerous for release. [Miami Heralds Carol Rosenberg]

The reckless and provocative behavior of a Russian plane that flew close to a US warship in the Baltic Sea on Monday would have warranted retaliation under the rules of engagement, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday. He confirmed that Moscow has been contacted. [BBC; Reuters]

President Obama is to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss counterterrorism agreements and bolstering ballistic missile defense systems next week, according to a White House official. [Al Jazeera]

Missing torture documents. The ACLU sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons yesterday for access to documents relating to its 2002 inspection of a detention center known as COBALT close to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, a CIA black site. [The Intercepts Alex Emmons]

Senior UK military officials are expected to be criticized alongside former prime minister Tony Blair in the Chilcot report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, long overdue and expected to be produced next week. [The Guardians Richard Norton-Taylor and Ewen MacAskill]

Djibouti has become a hub for the worlds superpowers, hosting military bases including the US only permanent base in Africa, Camp Lemmonier, which houses 4,500 troops and contractors whose tasks include conducting missions against al-Qaeda in Yemen and al-Shabaab in Somalia. [The Economist]

The way things get done communicates reluctance to assert American power. Bob Gates, defense secretary for both George W Bush and President Obama, provides his opinion on Obamas foreign policy. [Washington Posts David Ignatius]

The US should uphold its noble mission as a broker among European nations, says Jim Hoagland, explaining why Europe is now a sick man the US should not disown. [Washington Post]

President Obama was ultimately responsible for the messes in Libya and Syria, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  said yesterday, defending herself from the accusation of fellow candidate Bernie Sanders that she was responsible for the push to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. [Politicos Eliza Collins]

North Koreas attempt to launch a ballistic missile today was a failure, US and South Korean defense officials have confirmed. [New York Times Michael S Schmidt and Choe Sang-Hun]

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The Early Edition: April 14, 2016
mikenova shared this story from Just Security.

Nadia O’Mara
Before the start of business, Just Securityprovides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

Syria peace talks. Opposition delegates met in Geneva yesterday. There is as yet no plan for direct talks, though President Assads government has said that its delegates will arrive in Geneva tomorrow for the indirect talks. [Wall Street Journals Raja Abdulrahim and Dana Ballout]

The Syrian regime is using pretexts to avoid joining the talks, leader of the opposition group the High Negotiations Committee Asaad al-Zoubi told reporters following yesterdays discussions. [Al Jazeera]

Political transition is the priority and the agenda, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, who is mediating the peace talks, said yesterday. He also called on parties involved to reaffirm their faith and determination in protecting the cessation of hostilities. [Reuters Tom Miles]

The Syria cease-fire is tenuous and subject to repeated violation by the Assad regime, President Obama said following a meeting with the CIA yesterday. The President will discuss Syria with leaders of the Gulf States who oppose President Assad next week. [Wall Street Journals Carol E Lee]

We have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum. Obama also insisted that the US has made substantial gains against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and has reduced its forces to the lowest level in two years. [New York Times Julie Hirschfeld Davis]

Phase two in the fight against Islamic State is about to begin, the Pentagon announced yesterday, which spokesperson for the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria Col. Steve Warren explained is designed to dismantle this enemy now that it has been weakened. Phase two will focus on isolating Raqqa in Syria. [The Hills Rebecca Kheel]

Iraqs Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is pushing his country into a major political crisis while it struggles under financial pressure and the war with Islamic State, starting with his presentation in March of a new cabinet which fails to represent Iraqs major parties, warns Zalmay Khalilzad, adding that Abadi needs the US and Iran to help him to avoid it. [New York Times]  Over 100 politicians signed a petition calling for the prime ministers resignation yesterday following a day of bickering and brawls. [Washington Posts Mustafa Salim and Loveday Morris]

US-led airstrikes continue. US and coalition forces carried out two airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 13. Separately, partner forces conducted a further seven strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY

The company that created the method for unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters has sole ownership of the technique, meaning the government is unlikely to disclose it to Apple or anyone else, according to Obama administration sources. [Reuters Joseph Menn and Mark Hosenball]

Operation Trail Mix. Newly declassified and released records show that the FBIs battle with Apple is not the first time it has been unable to decode data and has found a clever workaround. In 2003, the agency convinced a judge to allow it to secretly and remotely install software on computers belonging to an animal rights group in order to get round the encryption, and intercept the groups communications. [New York Times Matt Apuzzo]

A draft of the Senate Intelligence Committee encryption bill arrived yesterday, reports Cory Bennett, and it does not differ significantly from the discussion draft that was made public last week.  It requires a vast range of companies to provide information or data to the government in an intelligible format on being served with a court order. [The Hill]

The Email Privacy Act will be taken up by the House in the last week of April, house Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed yesterday. The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill yesterday. The bill will close a loophole in existing legislation and mean that the government will have to obtain a warrant before obliging technology companies to provide customers electronic communications. [The Hills Mario Trujillo]

A Bill that would mean that the public is able to make FOIA requests for National Security Council records was also introduced in the House yesterday, as was the case until a court ruling in 1996 put a stop to it on the ground that the National Security Councils function of advising and assisting the president meant that it was not an agency under federal law and was therefore not subject to FOIA. [Politicos Josh Gerstein]

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, set up earlier this year, will include the chief executive of MasterCard Inc, the former head of the NSA and officials from Uber and Microsoft, President Obama announced yesterday. The commission is tasked with making recommendations by December for strengthening cybersecurity in the private sector and government. [Reuters Roberta Rampton]

Stopping the spread of material online is a signature element of warfare in the age of technology, and has been vital in efforts to stop Islamic State recruiting and disseminating its ideology, report Christopher S Stewart and Mark Maremont. [Wall Street Journal]

EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT

Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui orchestrated the Paris and Brussels attacks, Islamic State has announced in its magazine Dabiq, in contrast with French investigators belief that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was the ringleader.  The two brothers blew themselves up at Brussels airport and a metro stop in March. [Wall Street Journals Valentina Pop]

Prime suspect in the November Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam had documents concerning a nuclear research center in Germany in his possession, German newspapers have reported. The Juelich center is used to store atomic waste.  Printouts of internet articles and photos of the centers chairman were discovered in Abdeslams apartment in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. [Reuters]

Spanish police have arrested a Frenchman suspected of supplying arms to Amedy Coulibaly, who held up a Jewish supermarket two days after his accomplices killed 12 in an attack on the offices of Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo in Malaga on Tuesday. [Al Jazeera]

The purpose is clear: to show the West that the attackers really were sent from the heart of the groups terror machinery. Photos published by Islamic State show those who perpetrated the attacks in Brussels and Paris wearing the exact uniforms they wore during those attacks while posing for carefully choreographed scenes depicting atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria, reports Rukmini Callimachi. [New York Times]

LIBYA

The Islamic State is moving into Libya in response to US efforts to combat the group in Iraq and Syria, President Obama warned yesterday, speaking at the CIAs headquarters. [The Guardians Dan Roberts]

Italian Foreign Minister Paulo Gentiloni became the first foreign official to visit the UN-backed unity government in Libya, arriving with food and medical supplies to be distributed in Tripoli and Benghazi. He stated that he would be willing to provide military intervention if invited to do so and if Italys parliament approved, but hoped that this would not be necessary. [Al Jazeeras Barbara Bibbo]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Legislation requiring the Pentagon to publicize information about Guantánamo Bay detainees at least 21 days before release to other countries was introduced in the Senate yesterday. [The Hills Jordain Carney]

North Korea has deployed up to two intermediate-range ballistic missiles to its east coast, a South Korean news agency has reported, suggesting that the North may be intending to launch them on Friday to mark the birthday of the countrys founder. [Reuters]

Russian warplanes and a military helicopter flew dangerously close to a US Navy destroyer two days this week, according to US officials; the warship was patrolling and conducting helicopter exercises with Poland in international waters in the Baltic Sea. Speaking on the incident, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that: Any peacetime military activity must be consistent with international laws and norms. [New York Times Julie Hirschfeld Davis; Wall Street Journals Julian E. Barnes and Gordon Lubold]

Jordanian authorities shut down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in that country yesterday, the group announced in a statement. Jordan revoked the Muslim Brotherhoods official registration last year after it failed to comply with new government requirements. [New York Times Rana F. Sweis]

The UN has withheld 41 new cases of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, a US-based NGO AIDS-Free World has said, citing a leaked cable from MINUSCA to UN headquarters. [Al Jazeera] And American senators yesterday rebuked UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon for what they described as his failure to stop sexual abuse by the international bodys peacekeepers, threatening to hold back crucial funding not only to the UN itself but bilateral aid to nations which fail to hold their armed forces to account. Somini Sengupta provides the details. [New York Times]

President Obama arrived at the CIA headquarters yesterday for the fourth and likely last visit of his presidency to the agency. Greg Miller discusses the agencys present concerns over who might become the next president, particularly if it is Donald Trump. [Washington Post]

Canadas Liberal government is facing harsh criticism for proceeding with a $12 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, originally concluded by the previous Conservative administration in early 2014. Critics say the deal, which is believed to be the biggest in Canadian history, will help Riyadh to wage war in Yemen. [AFP]

Hillary Rodham Clinton versus the US Department of Justice is a theoretical showdown that few in the [Democratic] party want. Dan Roberts reports on the ongoing threat of criminal charges against the former secretary of state, and the impact that might have on the presidential race. [The Guardian]

There will be uproar if the UKs Chilcot report on the Iraq war is not released within a few weeks, said former Conservative foreign minister David Davis. The Guardian reports.

The White House is considering removing the lowest tier of information classification as scrutiny escalates on senior government officials ability to protect sensitive information. [The Hills Julian Hattem]

Still missing: most of the almost 300 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria two years ago today have yet to be found, many of their relatives and friends accusing the government of doing little to inform them of any attempts to locate them. [New York Times Chris Stein and Dionne Searcey]  A video featuring 15 girls who identify themselves as some of the abducted pupils has been released by Boko Haram. [BBC]

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices.

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama convened a high-level gathering at the Central Intelligence Agency to assess the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State. Speaking from Langley after the meeting, the president told reporters that while ISIS could still inflict horrific violence on the innocent, U.S. forces have made significant gains, noting that we have momentum, and we intend to keep that momentum.

In Iraq, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, Col. Steve Warren, elaborated on the upbeat message, saying that phase one of the military campaign is complete, and we are now in phase two, which is to dismantle this enemy. According to Warren, phase one consisted of degrading ISISs ability to operate as a conventional force. In phase two, the coalition will seek to isolate Raqqa in Syria and to recapture Mosul in Iraq. Phase three consists of the ultimate defeat of this enemy. The Hill has more.

Iraqi forces cleared the center of Hit on Monday, and now estimate that as much of 75 percent of the city is under Iraqi government control. However, the Associated Press writes today that intense fighting continues in the city, which is located in western Anbar, and that Iraqs counterterrorism forces are increasingly relying on air power in the battle to take full controlof the city. The town sits on an ISIS supply line and is pivotal in the Iraqi campaign to retake territory from the Islamic State.

Yet while Iraqi Security Forces advanced in Anbar, ISIS fighters regained a string of opposition-held villages in Syrias Aleppo province near the Turkish border. Agence France-Presse tells usthat rebels had recently made significant gains in the region before ISIS fighters pushed them back, escalating a battle between ISIS and rebel forces over the border strip, which both sides use to transport fighters and weapons.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Syrian forces and rebel fighters also exchanged fire in Aleppo. The city has recently seen a convergence of fighting forces, as the Syrian regime, rebel forces, al Nusra Front, and ISIS vie for the contested northern city. Observers worry that the sporadic fighting could undermine the broader truce that went into effect in late February.

Violence is not the only thing that could mar the ceasefire and any chance at peace in Syriaso too could voting. As peace talks in Geneva resumed yesterday, the Washington Post reports thatSyrian President Bashar al Assad took a major jab at the process from Damascus: voting in parliamentary elections denounced as a farce by the opposition. The elections, which only took place in government-controlled territory, are likely yet another signal that Assad has no plans to step aside anytime soon.

The Islamic State published the latest edition of its slick propaganda magazine yesterday, this time featuring photos of the Paris and Brussels attackers while they were in ISIS territory.According to the New York Times, before returning to Europe, both the Brussels bomber and the Paris plotters posed for carefully choreographed scenes, showing the atrocities they committed in Syria and Iraq. The magazine also carried a hit list containing the names of prominent Western Muslims that it considers overt crusaders and apostates. Among others, the list included Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), and British politicians Sayeeda Warsi and Sajid Javid.

As ISIS loses territory and cash, defections are on the rise. But would-be jihadists are finding that isnt easy to leave, with one defector recently saying People join ISIS, but nobody can defect. Buzzfeed reporters Mike Giglio and Munzer al Awad report from the Syrian border, detailing the pseudo-Caliphates twisted version of Hotel California, and how former ISIS fighters are struggling to escape the group.

Afghan Defense Minister Masoom Stanikzai told CNN yesterday that al Qaeda is very active in Afghanistan and that the group remains a big threat in certain parts the country. His comments come just days after another the Taliban, which has recently retaken broad swaths of territory, announced the beginning of their spring offensive. Stanikzai said that for al Qaeda, the big cover is the Taliban. Those comments echo those of U.S. General John Campbell, former commander in Afghanistan, who recently referred to a renewed partnership between the two groups. U.S. officials estimate that there could be as many as 300 al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan.

More cheerful news from South Asia: Elias Groll of Foreign Policy shares that according to a newly declassified State Department cable, Pakistans powerful spy agency may have provided the funding for a deadly 2009 suicide attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan that ranks as one of the deadliest days in the agencys history. According to the cable, the ISI is suspected of giving the Haqqani network $200,000 to enable the attack.

Lots of news out of the South China Sea today as U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter makes his way through the region. Yesterday, Carter announced that the United States will deploy nine aircraft and hundreds of U.S. troops and special operators to at least seven bases in the Philippines. Carter also announced that the United States and the Philippines plan to conduct regular joint patrols of the South China Sea. Stars and Stripes has the full breakdown of the hardware headed to the Philippines.

In another sign of the rising tensions in the region, Reuters writes that defense officials from the Philippines and Vietnam will meet this week to explore possible joint exercise and navy patrols, military sources said, shoring up a new alliance between states locked in maritime rows with China.

European Union privacy regulators yesterday called for changes to the newly minted EU-US Privacy Shield, saying that the agreement should include clearer limits on U.S. bulk surveillance in order to ensure that the accord is in alignment with EU privacy law. The Wall Street Journalnotes that while the regulators praised parts of the new data-sharing deal, the call for changes means that at least some EU regulators believe the deal doesnt pass legal muster, a possibility that creates ambiguity for companies attempting to operate in both Europe and the United States. The Journal quotes one privacy lawyer as saying a battle in court is all but assured.

Reuters reports that the FBI is unlikely to ever disclose the method it used to access the data on the San Bernardino shooters iPhone as the company that assisted the Bureau has sole legal ownership of the method. According to Obama administration sources, the Vulnerabilities Equities Process, a system set up to determine whether to reveal cybersecurity flaws discovered by the U.S. intelligence community, is not equipped to handle flaws discovered and owned by private companies.

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)respecively, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committeecirculated legislation yesterday that would require companies to unlock encrypted devices when served a valid court order. The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 comes in response to the ongoing FBI v. Apple battle, as the FBI attempts to push back on what it calls going dark, or an increasing inability to access encrypted data as part of law enforcement investigations. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has vowed to filibuster the bill should it come to the floor. The Journal has more on the legislation, which you can read in full at Lawfare.

Ken Dilanian of NBC News reports that the Obama administration is currently considering whether to drop the intelligence communitys lowest level of classification. The proposal, put forward by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, would eliminate the classification of confidential, with the intent of creating greater transparency regarding the ICs activities.

It seems that the floors of Congress are overflowing with new Guantanamo Bay legislation. Yesterday, according to the Hill, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill that would require the Pentagon to make information about a detaineeincluding his name, risk profile, and morepublicly available at least 21 days before his release or transfer. Some of this information is already be available on the Periodic Review Boards website, but Senator Inhofes legislation would also require the Obama administration to release information about any transfer agreement before a transfer could take place.

Parting Shot: This may only be a drill, but is is probably a treaty violation. At least, thats what some U.S. officials have suggested after two Russian Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets made 11 passes over the U.S.S. Donald Cook, coming within just yards of the bow of the Navy destoryer, which was on patrol in the Baltic Sea. The Pentagon deemed the simulated attack unsafe, which is a designation higher than previous close encounters that were called unprofessional. The Wall Street Journal has the story and some pretty stunning video footage.

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Doyle Hodges took us back to the basics in the South China Sea, explaining all those tricky maritime legal issues youve been wondering about.

Stewart Baker shared the latest Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring a discussion on how China regulates the Internet.

Cody posted the text of the Burr-Feinstein Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.

Jack brought us the news that President Barack Obama announced a new Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us onTwitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.

The Morning Vertical, April 15, 2016
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ON MY MIND

We’ve all spent a lot of time over the past day pouring over and interpreting Vladimir Putin’s words. The usual inflammatory anti-Western rhetoric was absent from his annual call-in program! He said Barack Obama was “a decent man”! He referred to the United States as a “partner”! He even indicated that he would save Petro Poroshenko and Recep Tayyip Erdogan if they were drowning! Fair enough. But perhaps we should spend as much time paying attention to what Russia is doing than to what Putin is saying. Just days before Putin’s subdued performance in his annual reality show, Russian fighter jets conducted a simulated attack on a U.S. Naval vessel in the Baltic Sea — flying 25 meters away from the American ship and at such a low altitude that they created a “wake in the water.” Pro-Moscow separatists in Georgia’s South Ossetia region, which is already under de facto Kremlin control, said they will hold a referendum on joining Russia. And as Putin spoke, the Ukrainian military reported no less than 80 attacks by Moscow-backed separatists. So Putin’s rhetoric may have changed a bit. But Russia’s behavior has not.

IN THE NEWS

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Tokyo for a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

The Federal Security Service has searched the offices of oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim Group.

The Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against Ivan Zhdanov, an ally of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. Zhdanov is a lawyer for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.

Two high-ranking officials at the state corporation Rosnano are suspected of embezzlement.

Russia has dismissed a U.S. State Department human rights report as “bossy.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called an incident in the Baltic Sea in which Russian fighter jets buzzed an American destroyer as “dangerous” and “reckless.”

The Russian Defense Ministry, meanwhile, has defended the action as within safety rules.

WHAT I’M READING

Agents Of The Russian World

New Report from Chatham House: Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighborhood.

“Russia employs a vocabulary of ‘soft power’ to disguise its ‘soft coercion’ efforts aimed at retaining regional supremacy,” the authors write. “Russian pseudo-NGOs undermine the social cohesion of neighbouring states through the consolidation of pro-Russian forces and ethno-geopolitics; the denigration of national identities; and the promotion of anti-US, conservative Orthodox and Eurasianist values. They can also establish alternative discourses to confuse decision-making where it is required, and act as destabilizing forces by uniting paramilitary groups and spreading aggressive propaganda.”

Alexander Clarkson of King’s College London takes a look at Russia is up to in the South China Sea.

“With the need to distract from the ambiguous outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine, now that Vladimir Putin has decided to limit direct Russian military involvement in Syria, there is a strong likelihood that his inner circle is looking to another geopolitical flash point in which to assert his claim that Russia truly is a global power,” Clarkson writes.

The Power Of Paranoia

A strong essay by Yevgenia Albats and Ivan Davydov in The New Times on the paranoia of the Kremlin elite.

“The patient needs to push the fear in his mind to the point of psychosis,” they write.

Horror Stories From Russia’s Personal Debt Crisis

Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and host of the SRB Podcast has a gripping piece in Open Democracy on how Russia’s personal debt crisis is getting out of control.

“As Russia’s personal debt crisis spirals out of control, collectors are turning to violence to ensure people pay on time. These stories aren’t for the fainthearted,” Guillory writes.

Also check out Sean’s podcast this week on the “uses and abuses of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

Studying The Russian Threat

The Pentagon is conducting a study to determine how the U.S. military should respond to Russia’s enhanced capabilities.

Ghosts Of 1917

In a commentary in Reuters, John Lloyd asks “when will Russia break?”

Will it be “a rock bottom oil price, Western sanctions, inflation, a demographic crisis… when is the Second Russian Revolution? Next year, on the centenary of the first? 1917-2017?”

Russia’s Top Banker

The Economist has a profile of Russian Central Bank head Elvira Nabiullina.

Putin Dials It Down

Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky opines on Putin’s low-key performance in his annual call-in show.

And Russian security expert Mark Galeotti, co-host of The Power Vertical Podcast, reveals his main takeaways from Putin’s big show.

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» The Early Edition: April 14, 2016
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» Today’s Headlines and Commentary
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mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama convened a high-level gathering at the Central Intelligence Agency to assess the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State. Spe…

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» Francis maximizes Vatican’s global influence
14/04/16 21:22 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» A strange recent history of Russian jets buzzing Navy ships
14/04/16 21:21 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, was repeatedly buzzed by Russian jets in recent days; it’s not the first time Russia has reenacted “Top Gun” at sea.

» FBI taps RAND fellow as new CIO – Federal Times
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» Putin’s geopolitical trolling: the strategy behind Russian jets buzzing a US destroyer – Vox
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» Kerry: Russian Warplanes In Baltic Sea Made ‘Reckless’ Provocation
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14/04/16 21:15 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» Putin’s Annual Q. and A. Highlights
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mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia spoke on issues including the Panama Papers, the G.D.P. and sanctions, and the Syrian campaign.

» Линия Путина: “Везде торчат уши заказчиков!”
14/04/16 21:14 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 53:44 Четырнадцатая прямая линия Владимира Путина стала рекордной по скорости исполнения чиновниками поручений, которые глава государства дав…

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14/04/16 20:50 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» How should US respond to Russia’s air provocations? – YouTube
14/04/16 16:27 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
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» Obama visits CIA as role in war against ISIS expands – YouTube
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mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 14, 2016 On ‘Special Report,’ Kevin Corke explains the new plans to supply more powerful weapons to Syrian rebels

» Fox News Exclusive: Budget Cuts to Military – YouTube
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» Islamic summit focuses on overcoming terrorism, sectarianism
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A two-day summit bringing together leaders of the Islamic world concluded in the Turkish city of Istanbul with a pledge to combat terrorism, cast aside sectarian differences and address regional conflicts.

» North Korea Missile Test Fails, South Korea and U.S. Say
15/04/16 09:42 from WSJ.com: World News
A North Korean missile launch failed early Friday, South Korean and U.S. military officials said, which is likely the first test of a road-mobile weapon that might threaten Japan and U.S. bases in the region.

» Brazil Supreme Court Allows Presidential Impeachment Process to Proceed
15/04/16 09:41 from WSJ.com: World News
Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected early Friday a motion from the government asking that the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff be suspended.

» What’s the meaning of failure?
15/04/16 09:40 from Le Monde diplomatique – English edition
The dishonesty of words illustrates the dishonesty of America’s wars. Since 9/11, can there be any doubt that the public has become numb to the euphemisms that regularly accompany U.S. troops, drones, and CIA operatives into Washington’s…

» Hastert Judge Won’t Consider Support Letters Unless Public
15/04/16 09:39 from ABC News: ABCNews
The judge in Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case says that if the former House speaker wants letters of support considered during his sentencing, they must be made public

» APNewsBreak: Michigan to Urge Toughest Lead-Test Rules in US
15/04/16 09:39 from ABC News: ABCNews
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and water experts are proposing that the state institute the country’s toughest lead-testing rules in the wake of Flint’s water emergency

» ‘Is This A Dream’: Recordings From The Bataclan
15/04/16 09:38 from Sky News | World News | First For Breaking News
An abandoned dictaphone found at the Bataclan concert hall reveals a terrifying dialogue between the killers and their victims.

» B-52s join fight against ISIS
15/04/16 09:38 from CNN.com
The U.S. Air Force is sending a Cold War icon into the fight against ISIS.

» Jill Biden Ponders Whether US ‘Missed an Opportunity’ With Husband
15/04/16 09:38 from ABC News: ABCNews
Dr. Jill Biden said “maybe America missed an opportunity” in her husband’s emotional decision not to run for president.

» Pentagon official: ‘It sucks’ to be ISIS
15/04/16 09:37 from CNN.com
A top Pentagon official said Tuesday that the U.S. is hitting ISIS with “cyber bombs” as part of its new arsenal of tactics being deployed against the terrorist group.

» Police Target Hundreds of Websites After Paris Attacks
15/04/16 09:37 from ABC News: ABCNews
French police have targeted hundreds of websites suspected of “inciting or glorifying acts of terrorism” after Paris attacks by ordering content removals, delisting sites from search engines or blocking access

» US Factory Output Fell Again in March
15/04/16 09:36 from ABC News: ABCNews
US factory production fell in March for second straight month as automakers cut back

» South Africa: Opposition Supporters March Against President
15/04/16 09:35 from ABC News: ABCNews
South Africa’s biggest opposition party on Friday evoked Nelson Mandela’s legacy while pressuring President Jacob Zuma to quit over a state spending scandal

» French Courts Caught up in Yukos Vs. Russia Assets Fight
15/04/16 09:34 from ABC News: ABCNews
The fight between Russia’s government and magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s dismantled Yukos oil company has spread to courtrooms across Europe _ and even into space

» The week in 37 photos
15/04/16 09:34 from CNN.com
Take a look at 37 photos of the week from April 8 through April 14.

» Hello, ISIS? Click …
15/04/16 09:32 from CNN.com
The United States has deployed tactical aircraft capable of attacking ISIS’s ability to communicate closer to the front lines of the battle against the terrorist group. Podcast favorites: Blindsided: How ISIS Shook The World | Bernie get…

» Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president
15/04/16 09:30 from WorldViews
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey’s president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany’s free-speech traditions and the gover…

» The Saturday Profile: Artist Nurtures a Creative Oasis in Conservative Saudi Arabia
15/04/16 09:30 from NYT > International
Abdulnasser Gharem has taken artistic aim at what he sees as the kingdom’s byzantine bureaucracy, religious dogmatism and dependence on oil.

» Muslim nations criticize Iran, accuse of supporting terrorism: communique
15/04/16 09:30 from Reuters: International
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation harshly criticized Iran on Friday, accusing it of “continued support for terrorism” and interference in the internal affairs of regional states including Syria and Yemen.

» Baby rescued from quake rubble
15/04/16 09:25 from CNN.com
The house had collapsed. Rescuers were told there was a baby inside, but aftershocks from the magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Japan’s Kyushu island prevented the use of heavy equipment at the site.

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A Pakistani intelligence officer paid $200,000 to an extremist network to facilitate a deadly suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives at a base in Afghanistan in 2009, according to a declassified U.S. government document obtained by an ind…

» 6:58 PM 4/14/2016 – Headlines: Postering: Russia’s Newest Form of Protest – Stratfor
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» Panama Papers details are correct but do not implicate me, says Putin – The Guardian
14/04/16 12:16 from U.S. Security News Review – Web World Times
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