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SCOTUS Blog: “Congress’s War Crimes Power at Issue”

A post on SCOTUS Blog by Lyle Denniston reports that, on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court voted to review congressional authority to apply war crime laws to terrorist acts that took place prior to the enactment of the laws making such acts criminal. The decision to review arises directly from the case against Ali Hamza […]

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Professor Snyder Weighs in on WMD Charges Against Tsarnaev

Professor William C. Snyder weighed in on the weapon of mass destruction (WMD) charges against Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the alleged Boston bombers, in an article by Emily Feldman of NBC. Snyder points out that prosecutors may have trouble meeting the statute’s jurisdictional requirement, which requires proof that the crime impacted interstate or foreign commerce, […]

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NY District Court Finds USCs Guilty of Conspiring to Acquire Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Providing Material Support to the Taliban

According to the Department of Justice press release, last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found Alwar Pouryan and Oded Orbach, United States Citizens (USCs) guilty of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles. The mandatory minimum sentence for these charges is twenty-five […]

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Apr 24th, 2013 AIII Courts, Terrorism

Is the White House lying about Tsarnaev?

I have been asked this question a lot by students: Professor: I have a question regarding the charges and trial of the Boston bomber. I took your Prosecuting Terrorists course two years ago, and I vividly recall the semester long debate over how and where to try suspected terrorists. It was my understanding that we […]

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Actual Charging Document for Tsarnaev in Federal District Court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. The Washington Post reports that the defendant will not be tried as an “enemy combatant” but as a civilian.   The choice to prosecute Tsarnaev as a civilian is significant […]

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Judge Rules: Harroun Will Await Trial From His Jail Cell

Yesterday, The New York Times published an article by Scott Shane and Rebekah Zemansky reporting that, during a hearing yesterday, Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis found probable cause to send the case against former U.S. Army Soldier Eric Harroun to a grand jury. As you may recall from a post last week, Harroun is being […]

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Google Challenges Government National Security Letter

Wired reports that Google has filed a petition in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California challenging a National Security Letter (NSL) issued by the U.S. government to obtain private data about one or more Google users. As articulated by Wired, NSLs are written demands from the FBI that may be […]

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Apr 7th, 2013 AIII Courts, Inteligence

Foreign Policy Contributors Favor a Less Military-Centric Approach to U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Phillip Carter and Deborah Pearlstein recently published an article in Foreign Policy arguing, “[W]e’ve already figured out how to win the legal war on terrorism.” And how, exactly, is that? According to Carter and Pearlstein, the United States should use military force only when “necessary and appropriate,” and, in most instances, should instead rely on […]

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DOJ Arrests and Convictions in March

This month there were a number of notable arrests and convictions in connection with the Department of Justice’s fight against terrorism. Notably and in reverse chronological order: Last week, al-Shabaab operative Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed was sentenced by a Manhattan federal court to 111 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to and conspiring […]

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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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