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Posts by Jane Chong

Jane Chong is a third-year student at Yale Law School, where she is an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She researches national security issues at Brookings as a Ford Foundation Law School Fellow and has previously interned in the narcotics and terrorism units at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She graduated from Duke University in 2009.

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

A surprise international agreement backed by the U.S., Russia, the EU and Ukraine is calling on pro-Russian separatists who have seized government buildings in eastern Ukraine to vacate and lay down their arms, reports the Associated Press. But the leader of one armed group in Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, has declared an intent to ignore the accord . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Last night, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the worsening crisis in Ukraine, reports CNN. The Ukrainian government set a Monday 9 a.m. deadline for pro-Russian militants to vacate buildings across eastern Ukraine, reports the New York Times; the deadline was ignored. The country’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has requested the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops for . . .
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D.C. Circuit Affirms Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Abdullah v. Obama

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Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The D.C. Circuit has just handed down a 12-page decision in Abdullah v. Obama, affirming the district court’s denial of Abdullah’s motion to enjoin the U.S. government from detaining him. Hani Saleh Rashid Abdullah, a Yemeni national, claimed his detention at Guantanamo violates a 1946 executive agreement between the U.S. and Yemen. He filed for habeas in 2005, and . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Winston Churchill famously declared, “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Almost 80 years later, that’s President Putin in a nutshell: the Russian leader has totally baffled three U.S. Presidents to date, the New York Times writes this morning. The U.S. continues to ratchet up economic sanctions . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Yesterday 83% of eligible voters in Crimea cast their ballots in what most of the Western world denounced as an illegal referendum, and 95% voted in favor of joining Russia. See the Time coverage. On Saturday Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution declaring the secession referendum invalid and China abstained, “expos[ing] a rare ray of diplomatic daylight . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is still missing. Investigators are ruling nothing out, and Interpol’s secretary general has expressed concern that two passengers were able to board the flight with stolen passports listed in Interpol’s databases. The New York Times reports. Tens of thousands of people in Ukraine have been participating in pro-unity and pro-Russian rallies, with . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, March 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

All eyes remain locked on the Crimean Peninsula. On Sunday Russia sent an estimated 6,000 troops into the region, according to the New York Times, prompting President Obama to rally allies and embark on a strategy to isolate Moscow and prevent Russian President Putin from seizing more Ukrainian territory. The White House is considering sanctions, says Foreign Policy, and . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

In his first public appearance since his ouster last Saturday, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced at a news conference in Russia that he intends to “keep fighting for the future of Ukraine.” He has resurfaced the same day that armed men have seized two airports in the Crimea region. Here’s the Reuters story. Ukraine’s new . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Let’s start with Ukraine. The Washington Post sums up the weekend’s climactic events best: “[T]he Ukrainian parliament voted Saturday evening to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych from office and to free jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who went directly from a prison hospital bed to a stage at Independence Square to address an audience of tens of thousands.” The vote . . .
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Klayman v. Obama: Government Moves for More Time, Appellees Oppose

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

District court proceedings in Klayman v. Obama ended with a bang back in December, with D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruling that bulk metadata collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act is unconstitutional. And it looks like the expected drama at the appellate court level has already begun. The government has asked for more time on its . . .
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Oral Argument Preview: Al Laithi v. Rumsfeld (Detainee Abuse Case)

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Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Today D.C. Circuit Judges David Tatel, Janice Rogers Brown, and A. Raymond Randolph will hear oral arguments in Al Laithi v. Rumsfeld. Six former Guantanamo detainees will be arguing that Chief Judge Lamberth erred in dismissing their claims, brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), Bivens, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Federal Civil Rights Act. In the wake . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Every major media outlet is reporting a bloodbath in Kiev. Fighting broke out within hours of the so-called truce struck yesterday between the government and opposition protesters; at least 50 people were killed this morning in Independence Square, writes the Washington Post. The New York Times reports that violence is intensifying in the Ukrainian city as protesters and riot police officers take up arms . . .
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The Latest Snowden Leak: NSA Isn’t Spying on Lawyers

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Unless the public is really tiring of matters Snowden, the New York Times’s latest is going to stir up the hornet’s nest. “Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm,” blares the headline of the story by reporter James Risen and freelancer Laura Poitras—from whom the Times (which insists it never pays for information) sometimes . . .
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Aamer v. Obama and Boumediene Step Zero

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

At one level, the D.C. Circuit’s decision this week in Aamer v. Obama on Guantanamo hunger strikes probably surprised nobody. As expected, the D.C. Circuit upheld the two district court decision to deny preliminary injunctive relief to hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees, who were challenging the government’s force-feeding regime. The significance of the case, however, lies not in the denial of . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Jack earlier flagged the day’s lead story, from the AP: another American citizen might be targeted for a drone strike. How’s security looking at the Winter Olympics? The answer appears to hover somewhere between good and disastrous. “I’ve never seen a greater threat in my lifetime,” declared Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) on Fox News Sunday. . . .
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U.S. v. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi: Charges Referred to Military Commission

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Charges against detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi were today referred to a military commission. Al Darbi, a Saudi citizen and alleged brother-in-law of 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar, has been held at Guantanamo since 2002. Says the DoD press release: The referred charges allege, among other things, that al Darbi planned, aided and abetted in . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

The New York Times is reporting that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban, which might help to explain Karzai’s continued refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with Washington. On Monday the Syrian government killed at least 18 people in airstrikes on the city of Aleppo, reports the Associated Press. . . .
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DOJ to Seek Death Penalty Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for Boston Marathon Bombings

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The DOJ has just announced it will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s the notice the government filed today in federal court.  U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz has also issued a statement regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s authorization of the death penalty. It reads: . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Let’s start with world developments: The risk that President Obama will be forced to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan because of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s continuing refusal to sign off on a security deal with the U.S. is giving rise to new concerns: American intelligence agencies fear the pull-out will translate into loss . . .
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Documentary: Secret State of North Korea

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Last week PBS ‘Frontline’ released a short documentary on life under the Kim Jong Un regime (trailer below). Using illegal footage provided by an undercover network of journalists and North Koreans as a backdrop, Secret State of North Korea weaves together commentary from experts and testimonials from a handful of the 20,000 defectors living in . . .
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