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Archive for March, 2013

Warsame’s Case Provides a “Template” for How U.S. Will Proceed Against Alleged Terrorists Captured Overseas

The manner in which to proceed with the prosecution of Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame, a top facilitator between al-Qaeda franchises who was captured while on a boat in the Gulf of Aden sailing between Somalia and Yemen, sparked controversy between politicians and intelligence officials, according to The Washington Post. Generally, The Post reports that the Obama […]

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CIA Officer Who Participated in Destruction of Interrogation Tapes Moves into Coveted Agency Position

Intelligence officials reported to The New York Times that a C.I.A. officer who directly participated in the destruction of agency interrogation videotapes in 2005 has, at least temporarily, moved into a top position in the C.I.A.’s National Clandestine Service. The agent is still undercover and, therefore, she remains anonymous. The National Clandestine Service is a branch […]

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Mar 31st, 2013 Current Affairs, Inteligence

Former Army Soldier Facing Charges for Involvement in Syrian Conflict

The New York Times reports that former U.S. Army soldier Eric Harroun, 30, has been charged with “conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States,” a charge punishable by up to life in prison, for fighting in support of a Syrian terrorist group against the Syrian government. Harroun allegedly entered Syria in January […]

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Obama Names First Female Secret Service Director

After former U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement last month following a prostitution scandal that plagued the law enforcement agency last year and forced eight employees out, President Obama has chosen Julia A. Pierson to head the 150+ U.S. Secret Service offices throughout the world. The LA Times reports that Pierson will […]

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Mar 27th, 2013 Current Affairs

Proposal Preventing US from Entering UN Arms Trade Treaty Passes in the Senate

The Hill reports that, toward the end of last week, the Senate voted on a number of foreign policy proposals, including an amendment introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would prevent the U.S. from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty would regulate international arms sales, according to the Hill’s Floor Action […]

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Mar 26th, 2013 Current Affairs, defenses

More Questions on Scope of the AUMF

The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has served as the legal foundation for many of the United States’ counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda for at least a decade. Similarly, the AUMF provides some legal basis under which the U.S. may carry out targeted strikes.  But the scope of the United States’ authority to […]

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Indictment of Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Unsealed

This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a press release announcing that the six-count indictment charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, conspiracy to bomb American government facilities abroad, conspiracy to provide and provision of material support to al-Qaeda, and carrying firearms in relation to crimes […]

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Biometrics Reading Made Available by Yale’s “Location and Tracking Biometrics Conference”

Yesterday, Yale Law School hosted “The Location Tracking and Biometrics Conference,” where judges, policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other experts gathered to discuss the future of government surveillance, specifically GPS-tracking vehicles without a warrant, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Jones. Additionally, the conference offered an opportunity for attendants to discuss […]

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Supreme Court Issues Decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l: Plaintiffs Lack Standing

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court (USSC) issued a decision in the much talked about case Clapper v. Amnesty International. As you may recall, the respondents in this case (petitioners below)—attorneys and human rights, labor, legal, and media organizations—challenged the constitutionality of §1881(a) of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. Two such respondents included Scott McKay, […]