Just as it did in Aamer v. Obama, the Department of Justice filed a motion for postponement in Al Janko v. Gates, another Guantanamo-related appeal before the D.C. Circuit. In both cases, the government’s reason was the so-called … Read more »
Let’s start the day’s news with an update on all things WMD. It’s been a while, I know.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons representative in Syria says that the Syrian government has cooperated with it as it … Read more »
Paul and I have been talking for a few months about the challenges posed by virtual currencies like bitcoin. My Security States post today examines the latest developments in the battle between individuals, who flock to bitcoin because of its … Read more »
This weekend’s first big counterterrorism event, the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was carried out by Delta Force. Carlotta Gall has further details—supplied by al-Ruqai’s son—over the at the New York Times. By the way, Peter Bergen … Read more »
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its memorandum opinion in Hamad v. Gates, a challenge by a former Guantanamo detainee to his detention and treatment while in U.S. custody. It found that §2241(e)(2) of the Detainee Treatment … Read more »
It was a prolific week for Lawfare.
This week we launched a new project with The New Republic, called Security States. It is designed to bring Lawfare writers to New Republic readers:
From this FBI press release, we learn that Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian former professional soccer player-turned Al Qaeda member, has been extradited to the United States after spending the last twelve years imprisoned in Belgium.
Trabelsi was arrested a … Read more »
Ideologically extreme members of Congress, 1; federal government employees, veterans, tourists, and Panda Cam viewers, 0. The markets took a downward turn this morning, says the AP. In a mark of complete irony, yesterday’s Google … Read more »
Despite the government shutdown, the Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its planned hearing on FISA. Here’s the list of witnesses and their testimony:
“Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act”
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Dirksen Senate Office … Read more »
The federal government is shut down, but Lawfare is still open. Here’s the national security-related news in the shutdown story: SecDef Hagel is working hard with his lawyers to figure out how to limit the number of civilian DoD … Read more »
Friday’s oral arguments in Ali v. Obama, a Guantanamo habeas appeal currently before the D.C. Circuit, focused primarily on the reliability of certain evidence used to connect the detainee in question to Abu Zubaydah, a top Al Qaeda lieutenant. … Read more »
In a sense, today’s lengthy en banc D.C. Circuit argument in Al-Bahlul was unsurprising (audio downloadable here) in that it did not disturb what has by now become (we gather) a widely-shared view: the question probably isn’t whether … Read more »
Monday morning, an en banc panel of the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul v. United States. Lawfare has covered extensively the ins and outs of this important case, in … Read more »
A rather important hearing was held Thursday, in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Get all the testimony and opening remarks here, and read Ben’s testimony and reflections. Here’s a video, too.
Georgetown Law’s Carrie Cordero offered an … Read more »
Friday morning, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in a habeas appeal brought by Abdul Razak Ali, who also goes by the name of Saeed Bakhouch. The Guantanamo detainee, an Algerian, contests District Court Judge … Read more »
Below you’ll find links to all the prepared testimony associated with today’s open hearing, a rarity, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
Panel I (joint statement)
Thankfully, the seige in the Nairobi, Kenya mall has concluded, and authorities are shifting their focus to figuring out how it happened. Here’s a pair of reporters from the New York Times with that news. Adam Nossiter wonders whether the … Read more »
We learn from the Washington Post that some of the Al Shabab gunmen laying siege to the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya speak English. One of the 62 victims is a famous Ghanaian poet, Kofi Awoonor. Adam Nossiter reports on … Read more »
I was honored to moderate a panel at Georgetown Law on Constitution Day, entitled “A Constitutional Conversation: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in a Digital Era.”
The panel, composed of Georgetown Law Professors Carrie Cordero, Laura Donohue, and Marty Lederman, … Read more »