National Security Brief: July 6, 2011

— A three-expert panel in Britain will investigate CIA prisoner transfer practices as part of a probe into claims that terror suspects were tortured after 9/11. The inquiry will examine whether Britain had a role in the alleged torture, mistreatment and rendition of detainees held overseas.

— A former CIA officer writes in a new book that the agency detained and interrogated a suspected al Qaeda militant in secret “black sites” for eight years before conceding he had no ties to the network and releasing him.

— An accused Somali pirate is facing federal charges in New York after spending two months under interrogation on a U.S. Navy ship.

— Over the past 18 months, Guantanamo Bay detainees have not won a single case ordering their release nor has the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled to reverse any decision that favored the government.

— After a two year policy review, the White House announced it would treat armed services suicides abroad like other military deaths: with a letter of condolences from the president to the family of the deceased.

— British premiere David Cameron said the U.K. would remove 500 of its 9,500 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.

— North Sudan “has massed what looks like as large convoy of troops in its Southern Kordofan oil state, the site of clashes that have threatened the peaceful secession of the south.” An internal U.N. report said the conflict is leaving humanitarian workers powerless and trapped in their compounds.

— The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) acknowledged that his military branch oversees large portions of Iran’s domestic politics and admitted that the IRGC is heavily involved in Iran’s energy sector.

— Ahmed Exx El-Arab, the leader of Egypt’s top secular party, told the Washington Times in an exclusive interview last week that the 9/11 attacks were “made in the USA,” the Holocaust is “a lie” and Anne Frank’s memoir is “a fake.”