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Readings: The Canonical National Security Law Speeches of Obama Administration Senior Officials and General Counsels

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

What follows is the list of speeches by senior officials of the Obama administration, from the President on down and particularly senior lawyers of the national security agencies, addressing national security and counterterrorism (last updated on August 28, 2012):

President Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President on National Security,” The National Archives, Washington DC, May 21, 2009.

President Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on the Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” United States Military Academy at West Point, December 1, 2009.

President Barack Obama, “A Just and Lasting Peace,” The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2009.

Harold K. Koh, Legal Adviser to the Department of State, Address to the American Society of International Law, “The Obama Administration and International Law,”  March 25, 2010.

David Kris, Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, “Law Enforcement as a Counterterrorism Tool,” Address at the Brookings Institution, June 11, 2010.

Blog post by DOS Legal Adviser Harold Koh at Opinio Juris, following the Osama Bin Laden raid, “The Lawfulness of the U.S. Operation Against Osama Bin Laden,” Opinio Juris blog, May 19, 2011.

John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, “Strengthening Our Security by Adhering to Our Values and Laws,” Address at Harvard Law School, September 16, 2011.

Jeh C. Johnson, General Counsel, Department of Defense, “Jeh C. Johnson Speech to the Heritage Foundation,” Washington DC, October 18, 2011.

Jeh C. Johnson, General Counsel, Department of Defense, “National Security Law, Lawyers and Lawyering in the Obama Administration,” Address at Yale Law School, February 22, 2012 (via CFR).

Eric Holder, Attorney General, Department of Justice, ”Address at Northwestern University School of Law,” March 5, 2012.

Stephen W. Preston, General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency, “CIA and the Rule of Law,” Address at Harvard Law School, April 10, 2012 (via CFR).

John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, “The Ethics and Efficacy of the President’s Counterterrorism Strategy,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, April 30, 2012.

John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, “U.S. Policy Toward Yemen,” Council on Foreign Relations,  New York City, moderated by Margaret Warner, Senior Correspondent, PBS Newshour, August 8, 2012.

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