Spencer S. Hsu


Hsu, Spencer S. "Attorneys Plead for Kasi's Life in Va. High Court." Washington Post, 17 Sep. 1998, B13.

"Attorneys for Mir Aimal Kasi pleaded for his life before the Virginia Supreme Court [on 16 September 1998], arguing that his arrest and death sentence for the slayings of two federal employees outside CIA headquarters in 1993 violated U.S. treaties and laws."


Hsu, Spencer S. "Defense Secretary Robert Gates, CIA Director Leon Panetta, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Defend 'State Secrets' Claim in al-Aulaqi Suit." Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"In a 60-page filing, the government asked U.S. District Judge Robert Bates to dismiss a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups retained" by the father of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi "seeking to block his Yemen-based son's placement on the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command capture-or-kill list of suspected terrorists. The filing also asked the court to dismiss the case without debating the merits of any future actions potentially taken against Aulaqi on the grounds that targeting in wartime is a matter for presidents, and that Aulaqi's father did not have legal standing to bring the case."


Hsu, Spencer S. "9/11 Commission Leaders Push for More Action on Security." Washington Post, 25 Jul. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The leaders of the 9/11 Commission, Lee H. Hamilton and Thomas H. Kean, "met with U.S. intelligence and homeland security chiefs" on 24 July 2009 and "urged the Obama administration not to lose focus on counterterrorism and domestic security threats as the nation's political attention moves elsewhere." Hamilton and Kean "have revived their partnership, convening a new bipartisan group to advise policymakers on ongoing dangers such as biological terrorism and cyber attacks."


Hsu, Spencer S. "FBI Names Veteran Officer to Oversee Intelligence Divisions." Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced on 21 April 2010 that "Sean Joyce will become the new executive assistant director of [the FBI] National Security Branch.... Joyce, who was most recently assistant director of the FBI's International Operations Division,... replaces Arthur M. Cummings II, who is retiring this month....

"Cummings's deputy, Philip Mudd, a highly regarded CIA counterterrorism official who moved to the FBI in 2005, has left the bureau in recent weeks, spokesman Paul Bresson confirmed. In June, Mudd withdrew from consideration to become intelligence chief for the Homeland Security Department, a decision that came amid Senate pressure over his view of CIA interrogation policies."


Hsu, Spencer S. "Obama Officials Present a Strategic Redefining of Homeland Security's Mission." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 1 February 2010, the Obama administration "delivered to Congress the nation's first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review [QHSR].... The QHSR lists five missions...: preventing terrorism and enhancing security, particularly against chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threats; securing U.S. borders; enforcing the nation's immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring resilience to disasters.... The review states that preventing terrorism remains the cornerstone of homeland security, while it identifies other hazards, including mass cyberattacks, pandemics, natural disasters, illegal trafficking and transnational crime."


Hsu, Spencer S., and Joby Warrick. "Obama's Battle Against Terrorism To Go Beyond Bombs and Bullets." Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

John O. Brennan, President Obama's senior counterterrorism adviser, said in an interview on 5 August 2009 that "[t]he U.S. government must fundamentally redefine the struggle against terrorism, replacing the 'war on terror' with a campaign combining all facets of national power to defeat the enemy."


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