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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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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, […]

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Al Qaeda Operatives Out of Kentucky Convicted, Sentenced

CNN reports that Mohanad Shareet Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, Iraqis who were living in Kentucky, have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in a plot aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. In August, Hammadi pleaded guilty to charges that included four counts of aiding al Qaeda in Iraq, according to CNN, and the 31-year […]

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Kiriakou Headed to Prison

The New York Times reports that ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou will be sentenced to thirty months in prison pursuant to a plea agreement. Kiriakou admitted to leaking the name of a covert officer to a freelance news reporter in violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which protects undercover agents specifically. Kiriakou is the first […]

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Jan 17th, 2013 AIII Courts, Current Affairs

Judge: DOJ Not Required to Produce Legal Memo on Drone Strike that Killed Al Awlaki

According to The New York Times, earlier this month Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the Department of Justice would not be required to produce the memorandum explaining the legal basis for the unmanned aerial vehicle strike that killed United States citizen and al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen at the end of 2011. […]

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Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Extradited to the United States

BBC News reports that Abid Naseer, who is accused of playing an instrumental role in the Al Qaeda conspiracy to bomb Manchester in 2009, has been extradited to the United States where prosecutors will try him for the UK plot as part of an alleged larger plan to also attack New York. UK prosecutors did […]

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Court of Appeals Permits Activists’ Case Against Army Employees to Proceed

Last month, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled it would permit Washington State activists to pursue a lawsuit against two United States civilian employees, according to The New York Times. The Times further reports that the plaintiffs have accused John J. Towery, a former criminal intelligence analyst, and fellow Army employee, Thomas […]

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Alleged Alabama Terrorists Arrested, Masri Sentenced

In early December 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrests of Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, as well as the sentencing of Shaker Masri, 29. All three men are United States citizens. In the Southern District of Alabama, Abukhdair and Wilson were arrested for conspiring to provide material […]

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Former Bin Laden Aide Requests Hasty Sentencing

Jamal Ahmed al Fadl, former aide to Osama bin Laden and crucial U.S. Government (USG) witness in the case concerning the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, has asked to be sentenced for his al Qaeda affiliation without further delay, The New York Times reports. Al Fadl has proclaimed he fears for his children’s safety […]

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Video of Panel on Role of the Courts in National Security Law: Past, Present and Future

During the American Bar Association’s 22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law on November 29-30, 2012, the first panel discussion was entitled “Role of the Courts in National Security Law: Past, Present and Future.”  The panel was moderated by our own Professor Bill Banks.  The panelists included: Robert Chesney, professor of law, […]

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Dec 4th, 2012 AIII Courts

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