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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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USS Cole lawyer wants trial televised –

According to the UPI on June 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM, “Defense lawyers have asked that the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, trial of the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 be televised in the United States.” This strikes me as a stunningly irresponsible request which makes the lawyers appear to be tools of […]

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Secret ‘Kill List’ Tests Obama’s Principles –

The May 29th, 2012, New York Times has a lengthy report including a photograph and graphics on the current Administration’s counterterrorism policy.  According to the Times: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely […]

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Next step in 9/11 terrorism trial set for May 5 – CNN

On April 10, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that the military tribunals for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four other defendants will commence on May 5th of this year.  According to the article, Army Colonel James Pohl, the chief judge for the Guantanamo military commission will preside over all five trials.  According […]

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Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged 9/11 mastermind, to get new trial – Washington Post

On April 4, 2012 the Washington Post reported that the Department of Defense has authorized a new trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others.  Mohammed is accused of planning the September 11, 2001 attacks. According to the article, while the five suspects were originally charged in a military commission in 2008, the Obama Administration […]

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Report: More former GITMO detainees back on the battlefield – CNN

On March 6, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that according to a recent report released by the Director of National Intelligence, "167 out of 599 detainees who were transferred to other countries as of December 2011 are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the battlefield." With 60 Guantanamo Bay detainees cleared to be […]

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Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan pleads guilty, promises cooperation – Washington Post

According to a February 29, 2012 article in the Washington Post, Guantanamo Bay detainee Majid Khan has accepted a plea bargain with the U.S. government.  The agreement, which is the first for a high-value detainee, caps the maximum sentence at 19 years of incarceration, in exchange for providing testimony in future military tribunals. According to […]

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Obama orders waivers to new rules on detaining terrorism suspects – Washington Post

On February 28, 2012, the Washington Post reported that the Obama Administration has issued "broad new waivers that allow U.S. law enforcement agencies to retain custody of al-Qaeda terrorism suspects rather than turn them over to the military." The waivers are in response to a compromise that was reached on a controversial provision of the […]

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Accused terrorist in Iraq facing US charges – New York Times

On February 23, 2012 the New York Times reported that the "Obama Administration has approved military commission charges against a Lebanese man accused of helping kill United States troops in Iraq."  According to the article, Ali Musa Daqduq, the last detainee held by American forces in Iraq, was handed over to Iraqi officials in December.  […]

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