New York case offers insight into secret war against Somali militants
They were en route to Yemen, perhaps to make their way back to Europe. Legal sources familiar with the case described it as one of the more notable uses under U.S. President Barack Obama of “rendition,” in which a suspect is captured and moved between countries without the formal legal proceedings which normally accompany an extradition. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the CIA carried out a series of “extraordinary renditions,” capturing suspected militants in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and transferring them without judicial review to secret prisons run by the spy agency, or to third countries. Obama has not renounced the practice, and U.S. military forces on Saturday staged a second raid, in Libya, capturing Abu Anas al-Liby, whom the United States has indicted for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. After being held for a time in a Djibouti prison – where the former al Shabaab militants allege they were treated roughly by local authorities – they were questioned by a team of U.S. investigators, who said little about their objectives or identities. Then they were questioned by a second U.S. team who identified themselves as FBI investigators. Then, with little or no judicial review in Djibouti, the men were flown to New York. After first being detained in secret, they were charged in November and ordered held without bail. SEEKING INFORMATION A main objective of the U.S.
New York Film Fest: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Splits Critics, Charms Festivalgoers (Analysis)
“It might deter new customers.” To fight the subpoena, Airbnb could need to file a court motion to quash it, said Nick Cardozo, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group. “We always want to work with governments to make the Airbnb community stronger, but at this point, this demand is unreasonably broad and we will fight it with everything we’ve got,” David Hantman, Airbnb’s head of public policy, wrote in a blog post on Sunday. Cardozo said: “If the subpoena is upheld, it should be upheld only with a very strict privacy protective order.” That would mean data is not broadly disclosed, for example, to hosts’ landlords who want to keep close tabs on their tenants. Schneiderman is not targeting casual users who might be renting their apartments while on vacation, the person familiar with the matter said. Rather, he is seeking information on property managers or brokers who skirt the law by renting multiple units, or people who rent their primary unit for extended periods of time throughout the year, the person said. The attorney general has said he sees no need to change state law to accommodate services like Airbnb, but Airbnb Chief Executive Brian Chesky wants clarification of the law. “We believe regular people renting out their own homes should be able to do so, and we need a new law that makes this clear,” wrote Chesky in his post last week, referring specifically to New York. Airbnb also faces another challenge, an easy way to ensure that guests pay local taxes, including occupancy taxes. Some hotels have argued that nonpayment of the taxes puts them at an unfair disadvantage. Last week, Chesky took to his blog to say that hosts should pay occupancy taxes. A second person familiar with the matter said the stance on taxes was the result of months of work at Airbnb with communities around the world and was not directly tied to ongoing talks with the state attorney general’s office. One tactic Airbnb likes to use in its efforts to win over local officials is a series of reports that show Airbnb is boosting local coffers. Earlier this year, for example, Airbnb released a study showing that guests and hosts in Paris contributed $240 million to the local economy.
Last year, that film was Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which went on to score a best picture Oscar nomination, among many others, and won the best director Oscar. This year, it is Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which might go on to snag a few noms of its own. our editor recommends NYFF REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty On Saturday morning, the film’s first press screening generated sharply divided reactions, but the prevailing reaction at its official world premiere Saturday night, as the fest’s centerpiece screening, was much more positive: It received a lengthy standing ovation. Stiller introduced the film at its premiere by saying, tongue-in-cheek, “I want to thank the Film Society of Lincoln Center for having the courage to include a Ben Stiller film in the festival.” Noting that he grew up just 20 blocks from Alice Tully Hall, where the screening took place, he added thatWalter Mitty was a “valentine” to New York, having been shot all across the city. The dramedywas loosely adapted bySteve Conradfrom a 1939 James ThurberNew Yorker short story, which itself was made into a musical-comedy motion picture starring Danny Kaye in 1947. The new film takes place in the present day. It stars Stiller as the title character, a good-hearted but sad-sack loner who has known sadness, sacrificed for others and worked all but invisibly for 16 years in the photo processing department at waning Life magazine. A perpetual daydreamer prone to awkwardness, he develops a crush on a co-worker (Kristen Wiig), but before he can muster the courage to do anything about it he loses a photo from a famous photographer (Sean Penn), prompting his new boss (a heavily bearded Adam Scott) to tell him that he will lose his job if he doesn’t find it. In order to track it down, Walter Mitty must finally go out and experience the world. PHOTOS: New York Film Festival 2013: 13 Movies to Know This sort of a story is not new. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is about a man who gave up so much for others that he never had time for himself. The Wizard of Oz (1939) is about a girl who ventures far from home and eventually concludes that there’s no place like it. And Stranger Than Fiction (2006), a film that possesses a tone perhaps most similar to Mitty’s, is about a man whose bland life becomes dangerous and exciting because of the presence of unusual activity in his mind. Films of this sort are generally categorized as “fantasy,” which is not the Academy’s favorite genre, and this year’s awards season is tremendously competitive, so I cannot say with any degree of confidence that this film will be nominated for any major Oscars. But, if I had to venture a guess, I think that voters will check it out (if only because Stiller and Wiig possess such likable screen personas) and probably be charmed by it.