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Archive for September, 2012

Bellinger & Smith Look at Legality of Using Force Against Iran

John Bellinger, who is a senior contributor at the Lawfare blog, posts about an op-ed he coauthored in the September 27, 2012, Washington Post entitled: Providing a legal basis to attack Iran.  The op-ed notes the lack of a national discussion about the legality of such an attack, and it argues that the presidential candidates […]

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Sep 30th, 2012 war powers

Abdullah al-Kidd, Held After 9/11, Wins Right to Be Tried –

The New York Times and the Associated Press (here via The Spokesman-Review of Spokane) reported on September 28, 2012, that the federal District Court in Idaho accepted the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge to find that the Bivens suit by Abdullah al-Kidd may proceed to trial against certain defendants.  You may recall that the United […]

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Iran Blamed for Cyberattacks against U.S. Banks, Companies

The Washington Post reported that recent cyber strikes on major U.S. banks and companies, such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, were initiated by Iran. The Post further stated that U.S. intelligence and other officials believe the strikes were issued in response to Western economic sanctions imposed on Iranian financial institutions in an effort […]

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Sep 27th, 2012 Current Affairs

ECHR Rules Muslim Cleric May Be Extradited to U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reported that despite the argument that a jail term in the United States would expose Abu Hamza al-Masri to “torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Hamza may be extradited to the United States to face charges of terrorism. The report further […]

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List of Guantanamo Bay Military Detainees Released

The Washington Post reported that last Friday the Department of Justice released the names of Guantanamo Bay prisoners for the first time. A list was filed with the United States District Court in Washington, D.C.. The Post quoted Zachary Katznelson, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Security Project, as saying: “Today’s release is a partial […]

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Sep 24th, 2012 Current Affairs, defenses

Shadow Wars – By Rosa Brooks | Foreign Policy

“Particularly since 9/11, the lines between the military and the intelligence community have gotten fuzzy,” observes Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University Law Professor, on September 20, 2012 in an article entitled, “Shadow Wars: What’s the difference between a spook and a special operator?” in Foreign Policy Magazine. In our Prosecuting Terrorists course, we talk a […]

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Adel Daoud Case–Affidavit

Click here for the affidavit referred to in the post “Undercover FBI Operation Stops Would-Be Terrorist Attack in Chicago.”  

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Sep 21st, 2012 Uncategorized

Judge Stays National Defense Authorization Act Ruling

The New York Times reported that, after Judge Katherine Forrest of the United States District Court (SDNY) issued a permanent injunction against portions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allowed for the indefinite detention of terrorists, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a request from the Obama Administration to stay […]

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Sep 20th, 2012 al-Qaida, Current Affairs

Undercover FBI Operation Stops Would-Be Terrorist Attack in Chicago

The Associated Press reported Saturday, September 15, 2012, that an undercover FBI operation halted a would-be terrorist attack on Chicago with the arrest of 18-year-old Adel Daoud, a United States citizen from the Chicago area.  The article states: [A]n agent pretending to be a terrorist provided [Daoud] with a phony car bomb and watched him press the […]


CRS Report: Congressional Considerations on UAVs

A CRS Report released last week discusses congressional considerations on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS). Specifically, the report addresses how to best accommodate emerging drone technology and usage.   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 sparked a policy debate on the issues of drone use for surveillance and law enforcement purposes. […]

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Sep 17th, 2012 targetted killing

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