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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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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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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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Nicholas Rostow, Laurie Blank and Others Discuss National Security at ABA Conference

I recently attended the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security 22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law in Washington, D.C. While there were many interesting panels, I want to highlight those from the second day of the conference, specifically, “National Security Law and International Law,” and “The Law […]

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DHS Sued for Information Regarding Drone Use

Press TV reports that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an American Internet privacy advocacy group, has filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to gain access to information about the use of predator drones. According to Press TV, EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch stated: Drones are a powerful surveillance tool that […]

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Nov 7th, 2012 targetted killing

Imran Khan Allegedly Detained After Criticizing U.S. Drone Practices

CNN reports that Imran Khan, a Pakistani politician and known critic of U.S. drone practices, alleges he was detained and questioned by U.S. authorities while at a Canadian airport this past Saturday. This comes just weeks after BBC reported that Khan was leading protests against drone strikes in Pakistan.   You can read the full […]

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Nov 1st, 2012 targetted killing

UN to Investigate Targeted Killings

The New York Times reported that the United Nations is organizing a unit to investigate drone strikes initiated by the United States as well as targeted killings carried out by other nations. Specifically, the article states that the unit will explore civilian casualties caused by the strikes and “seek explanations” from the countries responsible. You […]

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Protests Against U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan Pause for the Night

BBC News reported that earlier this week protests led by Imran Khan against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan were placed on hold overnight. As the article states, Khan, a former cricket star, argues that UAV attacks are responsible for the deaths of large numbers of civilians and that the strikes garner support for militant groups. […]

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Drone Downed in Israeli Airspace

USA Today reported that, on Saturday, a drone crossed into Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, marking the first time a hostile aircraft entered the airspace in six years. According to USA Today, Israeli fighter jets shot down the drone over the southern desert. The article states: Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said Israeli ground systems […]

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Oct 8th, 2012 targetted killing

Shadow Wars – By Rosa Brooks | Foreign Policy

“Particularly since 9/11, the lines between the military and the intelligence community have gotten fuzzy,” observes Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University Law Professor, on September 20, 2012 in an article entitled, “Shadow Wars: What’s the difference between a spook and a special operator?” in Foreign Policy Magazine. In our Prosecuting Terrorists course, we talk a […]

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