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Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’

A nation apart | The Economist Compares U.S. Response to Terrorism

An Economist editorial from the April 20, 2013, print edition (but appearing on their website on 4/18/13) offers a comparative, internationalist discussion of why the United States is different from some other countries in its reaction to terrorism.  In an observation consistent with what my students learn in National Security Law and in Counterterrorism Law, […]

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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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Manhattan Federal Court Sentences Terrorists

The New York Times reports that three men from Mali accused of conspiring to transport cocaine across continents in support of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations were sentenced by Judge Barbara S. Jones of the Federal District Court in Manhattan. Although prosecutors requested the maximum sentence be imposed—15 years for each man—the judge sentenced […]

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Government Study Shows Viability of Closing Guantánamo

The Associated Press reports that a Government Accountability Office study supports closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Senator Diane Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman who released the reports, states that it “demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantánamo without imperiling our national security.” Specifically, the study illustrates that 373 […]

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Three Attempted Bombers are Sentenced to Prison

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sentenced Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, and Connor Stevens to eleven and one-half years, nine years and nine months, and eight years and one month, respectively, for conspiring to use explosives to blow up an Ohio bridge, according to a press release. The press release […]

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Al Qaeda Operative Gets Life Sentence

A Department of Justice (DOJ) press release reports that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York sentenced Adis Medunjanin to life in prison for his role in multiple federal terrorism offenses, including conspiring to suicide bomb the New York City subway system at the direction of al Qaeda leaders in […]

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Federal Government More Involved in Pimentel Investigation Than Previously Known

As previously reported, the charges against Jose Pimentel, a suspected Manhattan terrorist who was indicted earlier this year, carry a possible life sentence. A New York Times article, however, recently reported that newly revealed information suggests the federal government, specifically the F.B.I., was involved in the investigation of Pimentel to a greater degree than previously […]

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Update: The Haqqani Network

Just two months after the United States designated the Haqqani network a “terrorist organization,” the network’s chief of suicide operations, Qari Zakir, has been deemed a “global terrorist” pursuant to the authority of a US executive order, according to CNN. The article by CNN further states that the US decision regarding Mr. Zakir followed similar […]

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Nov 15th, 2012 Current Affairs, Terrorism

Second Circuit Court Sharply Questions Government Tactics in Terrorism Investigation

The New York Times reports that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sharply questioned government tactics in an undercover terrorism investigation that led to the conviction of four men in 2010. The Times reports that Chief Judge Dennis G. Jacobs inquired as follows: Is there another case that you can talk […]

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Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

The Miami Herald reported that Rezwan Ferdaus, a 27-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in July to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy federal buildings with an explosive. As the article states, Ferdaus, of Ashland, was discovered plotting to fly […]

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Nov 5th, 2012 material support

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