It was a somewhat light week for us here at Lawfare—though an exceedingly tumultuous one, obviously, for Egypt.
We covered the latter’s unrest and coup by means of an exciting and experimental feature for the blog: the Cairo Diary, by Laura Dean. Here’s Laura’s first post, on the “Scene at Tahrir Square;” you can read all of her dispatches here. On the topic of Egypt, John noted the President’s remarks indicating that the administration is reviewing its foreign aid to the country.
Jack wrote about the latest leak from Edward Snowden: secret details of U.S. surveillance on our European and Asian allies. He then posted on one ally’s large-scale data collection program—France’s. Former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner authored another guest post on things Snowden-related, this time criticizing Senator Ron Wyden’s questioning of DNI James Clapper during a hearing this March. Meanwhile, I shared the text of DNI Clapper’s subsequent letter to Congress, which apologized for his answer to Wyden regarding NSA’s surveillance of U.S. citizens.
The hunger strike at GTMO continues, and participants’ lawyers have filed a motion requesting an injunction against forced feeding. Here are the the motion itself and associated materials. The government’s response brief is available here, and the petitioners’ reply here.
Wells noted the Yemeni GTMO detainee Hani Abdullah’s appeal of the denial of preliminary relief in his habeas case.
Jane wrote about the report on Adnan Latif’s death last fall at GTMO. The military confirmed he committed suicide.
Ben took a close look at the competing GTMO transfer language in the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.
We’ve got another research paper for you to read: Nathan Myhrvold on “Strategic Terrorism: A Call to Action.”
Ben’s visit to the MILOPS Conference continues to bear fruit for the Lawfare Podcast: listen to this address to the conference by Alan Liotta, DoD’s Principal Director for the Office of Detainee Affairs.
John shared news of an unsuccessful effort by the Muslim Lawyers Association in South Africa to arrest and charge President Obama with war crimes.
Paul returned from China, and discussed his mostly-failed efforts to gain access to the Internet while abroad.
Foreign Policy’s Shane Harris kindly allowed us to post a photo of a drone, apparently doing battle in the Spanish skies, and with a real-live bird.
And that was the week that was.