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Archive for January, 2011

One Case Down, Guantanamo Still Far From Closing

NPR reports on January 29, in an article entitled "One Case Down, Guantanamo Still Far From Closing," that conspicuously absent from the President's State of the Union address was no renewed pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Reports NPR: "Closing Guantanamo has turned out to be much more complicated than the […]

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Predator Drones and Targeted Killings Podcast

In this International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast, Professor Michael W. Lewis and ACLU National Security Project Litigation Director Ben Wizner discuss the legal limits and policy considerations of unmanned aerial vehicles in the War on Terror. Featuring: Prof. Michael W. Lewis, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law Mr. Ben Wizner, Litigation Director, National Security Project, […]

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Domestic use of aerial drones by law enforcement likely to prompt privacy debate

The Washington Post reports, in an article on January 23, 2011 entitled "Domestic Use of Aerial Drones by Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate," that the drone technology that has revolutionized warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is entering the national airspace.  The Post reports that "[u]nmanned aircraft are patrolling the border with Mexico, searching for […]

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The Least Worst Venue

Robert Chesney writes in Foreign Policy magazine on January 21, 2011, in an article entitled, "The Least Worst Venue," that the Obama administration's plan to resume military commission trials for Guantanamo detainees isn't as terrible as civil liberties advocates think. Chesney writes, "Should the left despair? Should the right rejoice? Neither. The commissions are neither […]

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The Ghailani Sentence

The New York Times reports, in an article entitled "U.S. Embassy Bomber Receives a Life Sentence," that Ahmed Ghailani, the first former Guantánamo Bay camp detainee to be tried in the civilian court system, was sentenced to life in prison this today, Tuesday January 25, for his role in the 1998 bombings of two United […]

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ProPublica: White House Wanted Simultaneous Federal Trials and Military Tribunals for Detainees

ProPublica reports that a White House meeting last August solidified the administration’s commitment to simultaneous prosecutions of Guantanamo detainees in federal court and military commissions. According to the report, the commitment among top U.S. officials was that “[n]o military trials would be held anywhere unless trials in federal courtrooms were held at the same time.” […]

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Ghailani Judge Ready to Back Conviction

At a hearing in federal court in New York Thursday, Judge Lewis Kaplan appeared skeptical of defense arguments that the sole conviction against Ahmed Ghailani in connection with the U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa should be reversed or that a new trial should be granted, according to reports. According to the Times, in response […]

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Jan 22nd, 2011 Ghailani

U.S. Prepares to Lift Ban on Guantánamo Cases

The New York Times reports on January 19, 2011 in an article entitled "U.S. Prepares to Lift Ban on Guantanamo Cases," that The Obama administration is preparing to increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantanamo detainees. This move acknowledges that the prison in Cuba remains open for business after Congress imposed steep new impediments to closing […]

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KSM’s Murder Confession Corroborated

For years I have been playing in my classes the audio recording of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession during his Combatant Status Review Tribunal hearing at GITMO.  Often, discussion followed about whether the extensive confession is credible.  Today, CNN reports that one portion of it — in which he claims to have personally cut off Daniel […]

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Jan 20th, 2011 KSM

Man Sentenced to 15 Years for JFK Bomb Plot

Abdel Nur, a Guyanese citizen who pleaded guilty to aiding a 2007 plot to bomb New York’s JFK Airport, was sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison Thursday.   Last month, a convicted conspirator in the case, Abdul Kadir, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the plot. A third convicted […]

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