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Archive for November, 2010

Always tweaking its script, FBI sting nets another

An article published by The Washington Post entitled, "Always Tweaking its Script, FBI Sting Nets Another," reports that the FBI has gathered yet another terrorism suspect in the person of Mohamed Mohamud.  The Post reports that while the government has a track record that has made undercover stings one of the government's go-to strategies in terrorism […]

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Nov 30th, 2010 defenses

WikiLeaks: Guantanamo Detainees

Over the last several days, multiple news organizations have examined the WikiLeaks cables' descriptions of U.S. efforts to relocate Guantanamo detainees.  The cables show U.S. officials offering incentives for taking in detainees. In a New York Times article published on November 29, 2010 entitled "Cables Depict U.S. Haggling to Clear Guantanamo," reports that:  "Slovenia, seeking […]

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U.S. terrorism verdict won’t alter process: Holder

Reuters reports yesterday in an article entitled "U.S. terrorism verdict won't alter process: Holder," that the acquittal of a man on all but one of the charges relating to the 1998 East Africa bombings "has had no impact on deciding the fate of terrorism suspects at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay." Reuters reports: […]

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In U.S. Sting Operations, Questions of Entrapment

The New York Times reports yesterday, November 29, 2010, in an article entitled "In U.S. Sting Operations, Questions of Entrapment," that the arrest last Friday of a Somali-born teenager who is accused of trying to detonate a car bomb at a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., has once again "thrown a spotlight on […]

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Nov 30th, 2010 defenses

The Associated Press: Graham doubts civilian trials for 9/11 suspects

The Associated Press is reporting on 11/28/10: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believes he has the votes in the Senate to block alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed from a civilian court. via Reportedly, the senator did say that the civilian courts would be right for some terrorism cases, which is consistent […]

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The Rule of Law in the US Hangs on Obama’s Response to the Ghailani Trial

In an article entitled, "The Rule of Law in the US Hangs on Obama's Response to the Ghailani Trial," UK journalist Andy Worthington responds to the views of Jack Goldsmith and others and advocates for prosecuting terrorists in federal courts in the wake of the Ghailani verdict.  Worthington writes, "Also irrelevant to these advocates of […]

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Hearings Expected on Gitmo Detainee Terror Verdict

Ronald Kessler is reporting that: The House Judiciary Committee will consider holding hearings on the Obama administration’s decision to try Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani in civilian court, Rep. Ted Poe, a member of the committee, tells Newsmax. via  Entire article, here. Kessler is an investigative reporter of some renown.  I personally remember how one […]

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Nov 23rd, 2010 Ghailani

Weighing in on the Ghailani Verdict

CBS News piece on November 20 entitled "Ghailani Trial Reignites Terror Justice Debate," proposes two ways to look at the Ghailani verdict: On the one hand, the conviction guarantees a long prison sentence, possibly life, and proves to some that civilian trials can still work for war on terror captives. Ghailani was captured in Pakistan […]

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Wrong, Wrong and Right on Federal Courts for Terrorism Cases

Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First writes on Huffington Post entitled "Wrong, Wrong and Right on Federal Courts for Terrorism Cases," that "There are two distinct camps criticizing the use of federal courts to try terrorism suspects after last week's federal court conviction of former Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani. Both are wrong."  […]

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Judge Makasey on the Advantages of Military Commissions

On the Lawfare blog in an article entitled "Judge Makasey on the Advantages of Military Commissions," Robert Chesney reports on former Attorney General Mukasey's comments regarding the use of a civilian court rather a military commission. Mukasey observed that the verdict:  "illustrate[s] the dangers and the — in this case, the unnecessary dangers, of using […]

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