In response to my post earlier today on Senator McConnell’s call for the defendants in the Kentucky-Iraq case to be transferred to GTMO, the spokesman for DOJ’s National Security Division (Dean Boyd) shares the following information:
“Law enforcement officials conducted
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Lawfare readers may be interested in reading the two competing resolutions under consideration in the House this week.
The first is a resolution requiring the President to withdraw U.S. forces from combat activities.
The second authorizes limited U.S. involvement in … Read more »
Senator McConnell has an op-ed in the Washington Post sharply criticizing the Obama administration for pursuing a civilian court prosecution of two Iraqi men who were arrested in Kentucky recently on charges of involvement in and ongoing support for the … Read more »
As the House plans to vote on two Libya resolutions (one authorizes the use of force, while another demands an end to U.S. engagement in combat activities), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer is voicing his opposition to defunding U.S.–and by extension, … Read more »
The invaluable Steve Aftergood, over at Secrecy News, is reporting:
Attorneys for New York Times reporter James Risen yesterday asked a court to quash a subpoena requiring him to testify in the case of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling
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Senators Kerry and McCain, and eight other prominent Senators, introduced a Resolution on Libya today. The Resolution authorizes the President “to continue the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya,” for one year. It also states … Read more »
A few weeks ago, Ben pointed out that two detainees had moved to drop their appeals, with their lawyer essentially calling the cases lost causes. Word comes today that the D.C. Circuit has unsurprisingly granted both Fahmi Salem al-Assani’s and … Read more »
President Obama is in a legal and political pickle concerning his unilateral intervention in Libya. The mission is much harder than he anticipated, and it has taken much longer (months, not days) than he thought it would. Congress is growing … Read more »
I just got a look at a bootlegged copy of the Senate Armed Services Committee language on detainee matters. The following is a quick and dirty summary–which proceeds in the order the provisions appear in the bill.
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The D.C. Circuit Court this morning handed down two opinions that may be of interest to Lawfare readers.
In Ali v. Rumsfeld, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson delivered the opinion which affirmed the district court’s dismissal. Her opinion was joined … Read more »
Bobby is quoted in this MSNBC article covering the story that the White House rejected Justice Department advice over the U.S. intervention in Libya. For those who just can’t get enough of Bobby, he will be taking your questions in … Read more »
Charlie Savage reports this morning: “Since the United States handed control of the air war in Libya to NATO in early April, American warplanes have struck at Libyan air defenses about 60 times, and remotely operated drones have fired missiles … Read more »
I’ve written a relatively brief primer on the application of the War Powers Resolution “clock” to Operation Unified Protector (i.e., the war in Libya), and have posted it at Brookings. After detailed consideration of the arguments that the Administration has … Read more »
The New York Times today surveys the current and prospective uses of drones in warfare.
Plans are in the works for the House to vote on limiting funding for U.S. military efforts in Libya.
The Washington Post editorialized over the … Read more »
Lawfare’s new book review section is now live. Reviews will appear as a regular posts, but the most recent reviews will also show up listed on the side bar. A page with all of the reviews can be found by … Read more »
Jonathan Hafetz’s new book on post-September 11 habeas corpus strikes an oddly dissonant chord. The keynote in Habeas Corpus After 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System is celebratory as to the writ’s role—the now-predictable exultation on the part of … Read more »
The Senate Armed Services Committee announced Friday that it had completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012. Committee Chairman Carl Levin, in the press release accompanying the bill, declared that ”The bill contains a bipartisan … Read more »
Lawfare is currently undergoing some technical upgrades to enable our new book review section. The section, as you will see on the sidebar, now exists, but it is empty. That will change as soon as we iron out a few … Read more »
Charlie Savage has the amazing story that President Obama “rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war … Read more »
The Washington Post and NPR report that the 13-year old case against Osama bin Laden has been dismissed.
The Post says that:
The government filing lists bin Laden’s alleged crimes, and then states: “On or about May 1, 2011, while
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