304 Exercise Two

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304 Exercise Two: Summary Sentences Exercise Two: done in discussion sections 22/24 January 2008 Writing for intelligence consumers must be precise and concise. In today’s information age, readers and policymakers suffer from too much information and not enough time. Many read just the first sentence of any report; if the material catches their interest, they may read further; if not, the writer has to have conveyed the basic message in that first sentence. This exercise is not graded. It is an opportunity to practice extracting the primary points from a larger amount of information and summarizing them succinctly and clearly. This is the most basic skill required for writing for intelligence consumers. It is this skill you will be asked to demonstrate in your three graded current events assignments. For your first current events assignment, you will be asked to summarize only. For the second two assignments, you will be asked to summarize and comment on the intelligence issues covered in the article you have chosen and why the issue matters. 1
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304 Exercise Two: Summary Sentences OP ED: 5 Myths About Rendition (and That New Movie) Daniel Benjamin, Washington Post, 19 October 2007, Page B03 With hearings in Congress, legal cases bouncing up to the Supreme Court and complaints from Canada and our European allies, the issue of rendition is everywhere. There's even a new, eponymously titled movie in a theater near you, starring Reese Witherspoon as a bereft wife whose innocent husband gets kidnapped and Meryl Streep as the frosty CIA chief who ordered the snatch. Like most covert actions and much of the war on al-Qaeda, the practice is shrouded in mystery -- and, increasingly, the suspicion that it's synonymous with torture and lawlessness. In fact, the term "rendition" in the counterterrorism context means nothing more than moving someone from one country to another, outside the formal process of extradition. For the CIA, rendition has become a key tool for getting terrorists from places where they're causing trouble to places where they can't. The problem is where these people are taken and what happens to them when they get there. As a former director for counterterrorism policy on the National Security Council staff, I've been involved with the issue of rendition for nearly a decade -- and some of the myths surrounding it need to be cleared up. 1. Rendition is something the Bush administration cooked up. Nope. George W. Bush was still struggling to coax oil out of the ground when the United States "rendered to justice" its first suspect from abroad. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan authorized an operation that lured Lebanese hijacker Fawaz Younis to a boat off the coast of Cyprus, where FBI agents arrested him. (Younis had participated in the 1985 hijacking of a Jordanian plane and was implicated in the hijacking of TWA Flight 847, which left a U.S. Navy diver dead.) President George H.W. Bush approved the kidnapping in 1990 of Mexican physician Humberto Alvarez
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