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Archive for February, 2011

US citizen recalls ‘humiliating’ post-9/11 arrest

The Associated Press reports yesterday, February 27, 2011, in an article entitled "US citizen recalls 'humiliating' post-9/11 arrest," that the Supreme Court is weighing whether Abdullah al-Kidd's 2001 arrest and detention violated the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. The court, which will hear arguments Wednesday in the case, also is being asked to […]

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How to Close Guantánamo

An article published February 24, 2011 in The Economist entitled "How to Close Guantanamo: Maybe that has become the wrong question for Barack Obama," asks whether the fact that the facility remains open is truly a blemish on Obama's presidency in light of the his rhetoric in early 2009. The Economist cites the views of […]

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An international coalition for Guantanamo

An op-ed piece published in the Washington Post yesterday, Friday February 25, entitled "An international coalition for Guantanamo," belies the point that [t]here is no answer to "what's next" for terrorist detention efforts." Marisa Porges writes, "This focus on detainees who are already in custody has drowned out a more important discussion: What about detainees […]

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The Arrest of a Would-Be Bomber in Texas and the Limited Anticipatory Scope of Criminal Law in Lone Wolf Cases

In a post available on Lawfare blog here, Robert Chesney writes of the arrest yesterday of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas charged with plotting to carry about bombings with IEDs. The complaint underlying the arrest is here, titled United States v. Aldawsari (N.D. Tex. Feb. 24, 2011).  Chesney provides insight […]

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How al Qaeda Works

In an article published in the March/April 2011 edition of Foreign Affairs magazine, Leah Farrall writes that Al Qaeda is stronger today than when it carried out the 9/11 attacks. The  article, entitled "How Al Qaeda works,"  argues that accounts that contend that it is on the decline treat the central al Qaeda organization separately from […]

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Feb 24th, 2011 al-Qaida

3rd Party Information Helps FBI Stop Terrorist Plot in U.S.

Saudi man charged with plotting terrorist attack

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Sudanese war criminal at Guantánamo turns government witness

On February 19, 2011, The Miami Herald reports, in an article entitled "Sudanese War Criminal at Guantanamo Turns Government Witness," that Noor Uthman Mohammed, a Sudanese former terror camp instructor, was sentenced Friday to 14 more years at  Guantánamo. Mohammed agreed to a plea deal that will reduce his sentence to 34 months in return for […]

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Start bringing terrorists to Gitmo again

In a Washington Post article published Monday, February 21, 2011, entitled "Start Bringing Terrorists to Gitmo Again," March Thiessen suggests that it’s time for Obama to revitalize Guantanamo: In fact, Obama administration is quietly beginning to ramp up operations at Guantanamo. While White House officials continue to assert that the president is committed to closing the […]

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No Appeal in Al-Aulaqi

The deadline for a notice of appeal of Judge Bates’ ruling in Al Aulaqi passed with no filing from the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights. The group released the following statement, published on Lawfare blog here, and reposted below: After consultation with our client, the decision has been made not to further pursue this case in court. […]

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Prospects for closing Guantanamo ‘very, very low’

According to multiple reports, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that the likelihood of President Obama being able to close the prison at Guantanamo was “very, very low given the very broad opposition to doing that here in the Congress." When asked what the United States would do about detaining […]

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