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Posts Tagged ‘military commissions’

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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Are Military Courts Soft on Terrorism? – The Atlantic

On December 21, 2011, the Atlantic featured an opinion piece by Wendy Kaminer, an author, lawyer and civil libertarian. In her piece, Kaminer notes the stark contrast between Article III courts and military commissions on terrorism cases.  Kaminer cites to a study conducted by the Center for American Progress, which stated that "Two of the […]

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Raha Wala on Military Commissions

Robert Chesney writes on Lawfare blog, in a post entitled "Raha Wala on Military Commissions," of the Human Rights First writer's skeptical view of the military commission system.  Wala's thoughts are re-posted, in part, from Lawfare below:  "And I strongly agree with one half of your central argument: that military commissions are not the “solution […]

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The Least Worst Venue

Robert Chesney writes in Foreign Policy magazine on January 21, 2011, in an article entitled, "The Least Worst Venue," that the Obama administration's plan to resume military commission trials for Guantanamo detainees isn't as terrible as civil liberties advocates think. Chesney writes, "Should the left despair? Should the right rejoice? Neither. The commissions are neither […]

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ProPublica: White House Wanted Simultaneous Federal Trials and Military Tribunals for Detainees

ProPublica reports that a White House meeting last August solidified the administration’s commitment to simultaneous prosecutions of Guantanamo detainees in federal court and military commissions. According to the report, the commitment among top U.S. officials was that “[n]o military trials would be held anywhere unless trials in federal courtrooms were held at the same time.” […]

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The Rule of Law in the US Hangs on Obama’s Response to the Ghailani Trial

In an article entitled, "The Rule of Law in the US Hangs on Obama's Response to the Ghailani Trial," UK journalist Andy Worthington responds to the views of Jack Goldsmith and others and advocates for prosecuting terrorists in federal courts in the wake of the Ghailani verdict.  Worthington writes, "Also irrelevant to these advocates of […]

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Weighing in on the Ghailani Verdict

CBS News piece on November 20 entitled "Ghailani Trial Reignites Terror Justice Debate," proposes two ways to look at the Ghailani verdict: On the one hand, the conviction guarantees a long prison sentence, possibly life, and proves to some that civilian trials can still work for war on terror captives. Ghailani was captured in Pakistan […]

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Judge Makasey on the Advantages of Military Commissions

On the Lawfare blog in an article entitled "Judge Makasey on the Advantages of Military Commissions," Robert Chesney reports on former Attorney General Mukasey's comments regarding the use of a civilian court rather a military commission. Mukasey observed that the verdict:  "illustrate[s] the dangers and the — in this case, the unnecessary dangers, of using […]

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The Case for Military Detentions

The Washington Post reports today, Friday November 19, 2010, in an article entitled "With Holder at the helm, detainee policy is a disaster," that "the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and civilian trials for terrorists were more than policy changes proposed by Barack Obama as a presidential candidate. They were presented as a return […]

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Guantanamo military procedures at a standstill

In an article entitled "Guantanamo military procedures at a standstill," published November 3, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reports that the military trials of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay appear to be winding down.  The LA Times reports, "[o]f nearly 800 terrorism suspects brought to this remote U.S. base in southern Cuba over nearly nine years, […]

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