My second thought about the Senate NDAA detainee language concerns Section 1036, which establishes procedures for the status determinations of those held as enemy belligerents for “long-term detention” anywhere in the world. As I argued before, this provision is … Read more »
The Senate’s NDAA language on detainee matters, about which I have previously written here and here, is now available. I have two additional thoughts on the Senate language–the first of which I will lay out in this post. It … Read more »
The en banc Court of the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review has ruled here in Hamdan (but not yet in al-Bahlul), affirming the conviction and sentence. Bobby will have analysis later.
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First, my thanks to Ben, Jack, and Bobby for permitting me to become an affiliated blogger on this terrific site.
We are likely soon to get a test of how seriously Congress takes all of the War Powers Resolution (WPR). … Read more »
Columbia law professor Trevor Morrison has a new essay, posted at SSRN, entitled “Libya, ‘Hostilities,’ the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Process of Executive Branch Legal Interpretation.” Among other things, the paper continues Morrison’s ongoing exchange with Bruce … Read more »
The appellant’s brief in the case of Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari v. United States is now public. Al Kandari is a Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainee who is seeking to reverse the Judge Colleen Kollar Kotelly’s district court denial of his habeas … Read more »
Charles Krauthammer today argues for “a new constitutional understanding, mutually agreed to by both political branches, that translates the war-declaration power into a more modern equivalent.” I usually like Krauthammer’s columns but I am not sure this one makes much … Read more »
As Ben notes below, the Khairkhwa decision draws attention to the question whether the substantive scope of detention authority under the AUMF should be construed to extend to a person who is a member of an organized armed group … Read more »
The cell phone belonging to Osama Bin Laden’s courier, which was recovered in the raid last month, contains critical information about not only bin Laden’s own network, but also about a militant group, Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, which is an asset of Pakistani … Read more »
Yesterday’s release of the Khairkhwa decision prompts a few thoughts–and an update to the habeas data.
The lengthy (79-page) opinion is an interesting document that, I suspect, will not have a profound impact on many other habeas cases. This case … Read more »
For the benefit of reporters writing on the appointment of Brig. Gen. Mark Martins as chief prosecutor of the military commissions–and all others interested in the subject–here are links to the extraordinary series of posts Martins wrote on this blog … Read more »
The Defense Department announced today that Brigadier General Mark Martins, the commander of the Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan, will be the Chief Prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions, beginning around October 1. This presumably means that Martins will … Read more »
Politico’s Josh Gerstein is reporting:
A move by House Republicans to reauthorize the war on terror is unwise because it could foster perceptions that the U.S. is in an endless war with Al Qaeda, the Taliban and similar groups, the
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The D.C. district court has issued an opinion in the habeas case of Khairulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, an Afghan national and former senior Taliban official. Judge Ricardo Urbina denied his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The opinion begins:… Read more »
A light news day today.
William Saletan has a new Slate piece about the “new face of a faceless global war.”
The Washington Post has coverage of the prison break in Yemen reported yesterday.
Charlie Savage and Thom Shanker report… Read more »
I promised earlier this week to explore the differences between the House and Senate language in their respective versions of the National Defense Authorization Act concerning retrictions on transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. I have now had a chance … Read more »
Last Friday I speculated on why Legal Advisor Harold Koh, a leading academic critic of presidential war unilateralism, supported President Obama’s constitutional arguments for the Libya intervention, as well as his restrictive interpretation of the War Powers Resolution. At about … Read more »
The Anti-Libya Bill the House of Representatives will consider is here. The Bill would cut off all funds for the Libya intervention except for specified support operations. Unlike the Resolution floated earlier (described here), this Bill avoids the … Read more »
Some time back, I spoke at a panel at Duke Law School on detention policy alongside, among others, Michael Gottlieb, who had just completed a fourteen month tour as the top civilian official in Task Force 435 in Afghanistan. As … Read more »
I realize that the two Libya Resolutions being considered in the House are more for political than legal effect, but the Resolution that seeks to check the President’s Libya intervention is an especially unfortunate vehicle. It provides in full:
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