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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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Washington Post Reports on Recent Case of Rendition

The Washington Post reports that three European men were arrested in August while passing through Djibouti on U.S. suspicions of support for al-Shabaab in Somalia. Furthermore, the article states, the men were secretly indicted by a grand jury in October before being taken into FBI custody. It wasn’t until late December, when the men appeared […]

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Court Vacates Hamdan’s Conviction

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the military commission’s conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the former bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden. The Court held that under international laws of war at the time of the actions in question, the war crime with which Hamdan was […]

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Counterterrorism center can keep data on Americans for longer – CNN

On March 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that the Obama Administration has "revised guidelines to allow the National Counterterrorism Center access to data about Americans that it can search and store for a longer period of time, even if that information is not related to terrorism." According to the article, the center would […]

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Attorney General offers legal justification for killing American-born terrorists abroad – Washington Post

On March 4, 2012 the Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder justified the killing of U.S. citizens abroad "who pose a terrorist threat" during a speech at Northwestern University.  While the Justice Department has not released its legal justification for killing U.S. born terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, Holder outlined a three-part legal test […]

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Indictment for Jose Pimentel said to be near – New York Times

On February 26, 2012, the New York Times reported that Jose Pimentel, the Manhattan resident charged with creating bombs for a terroristic purpose, is expected to be indicted by a grand jury sometime this week.  According to the article, Pimentel, who is being charged by local rather than federal prosecutors, was charged back on November […]

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Indonesian group added to U.S. terror list – CNN

On February 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that the U.S. State Department has added Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT), a radical Indonesian Islamist group, to the Foreign Terrorist Organization list. According to the article, the group's founder, Abu Bakar Bashir, co-founded Jemaah Islamiya, a foreign terrorist organization responsible for the 2002 bombings in Bali […]

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Defense depicts less-radical Mehanna – Boston Globe

According to a December 8, 2011 article in the Boston Globe, the defense called their first witness in the case against suspected terror supporter, Tarek Mehanna. According to the article, the defensed  used the testimony of Andrew F. March, a Yale associate professor of political science and religious studies, to "show that Mehanna had debated […]

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Mehanna lawyers challenge analyst

On December 6, 2011, the Boston Globe reported that lawyers for suspected terror supporter Tarek Mehanna, attempted to "discredit a terrorism analysis who testified for prosecutors."  The government witness, Evan F. Kohlmann of Flashpoint Global Partners, "decribed for proseuctors Al Qaeda's efforts to spread its message on the Internet, through the use of Web forums […]

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Prosecution analyst outlines Al Qaeda strategy – Boston Globe

On December 3, 2011 the Boston Globe reported that Evan F. Kohlmann, a "self-described terror analyst," testified for the government in the on-going trial against suspected terror supported Tarek Mehanna.  The Boston Globe reports that Kohlmann is the last witness to testify for the government. According to the article, Kohlmann "has researched and written extensively […]

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