Long War Journal reports an airstrike on three AQAP fighters in Hadramout, Yemen, earlier today. By LWJ’s count, this would be strike number 23 for the year (suggesting 2013 might fall short of 2012′s high of 42 strikes, but still … Read more »
The unwinding of US detention operations in Afghanistan continues. The latest development concerns the population of some 880 Afghan detainees whom the United States has transferred to Afghan control as part of the drawdown process (the United States continue to … Read more »
When U.S. Navy SEALs attempted the capture of an al Shabab figure in Somalia earlier this month, contemporaneous with the successful capture of an al Qaeda target in Libya, it generated a considerable amount of coverage and discussion, including speculation … Read more »
Just as the great post-2008 wave of GTMO habeas litigation winds down, it appears to be time, at last, to revive the Periodic Review Board system at GTMO.
DOD breaks the news here (text reprinted below the fold). Of course, … Read more »
As information continues to emerge regarding the Baraawe raid, it is becoming increasingly clear that the operation was of a piece with, rather than a departure from, existing US policy. According to NPR’s Gregory Warner, Kenyan government officials have … Read more »
Hilary Mantel is justly famous for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall, Book 2), a pair of extraordinary books observing the kingship of Henry VIII through the lens of a richly-conceived version of Thomas Cromwell. But … Read more »
Yesterday’s Special Operations Forces raid on an al-Shabaab facility in Baraawe, Somalia, and the near-simultaneous capture-and-rendition of an al Qaeda figure in Tripoli, raise a number of interesting legal questions. It’s hard to say too much about them given the … Read more »
When it comes to detention and drone strikes, both critics and supporters of the status quo assume that abandoning the armed-conflict model would have not just diplomatic and legal effects but also a significant legal effect. Critics bank on it, … Read more »
Over the past week, we have both spent a fair bit of time at NSA and engaging with the agency.
On Monday, Bobby helped arrange for a small group of scholars to spend the day at the agency, meeting with … Read more »
Congratulations to John Carlin, who has been serving as the acting head of NSD since this past March. From the White House comes the formal announcement of his nomination:
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Over the next week we are going to see a lot of debate about the substantive scope of the Syria/WMD AUMF, much of it directed at whether the administration’s draft or other draft language might end up being cited as … Read more »
As long as we are covering the waterfront when it comes to the legal questions raised by the prospect of using force in Syria, we should say something about the role of the War Powers Resolution. After all, a … Read more »
In connection with the annual South-by-Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference here in Austin, UT’s Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law has proposed a nifty event focused on the intersection of privacy, technology, and surveillance. The proposal is for … Read more »
During his press conference today (transcript here), President Obama announced a quartet of reform initiatives meant to enhance the credibility and legitimacy of NSA activities and the FISA system, both of which have come under heavy pressure thanks to … Read more »
Some interesting terrorism-prosecution developments over the past few days that are worth noting.
United States v. Mohammed (S.D. Fla.) First, a pair of men (one leaving in Kenya, and the other–who happens to be a naturalized US citizen–living in Saudi … Read more »
This story from Ellen Nakashima and Anne Gearan, in the Washington Post, reports that the threat leading to the closure of so many embassies and consulates involves a direct order from Ayman al-Zawahiri (successor to bin Laden as head … Read more »
An article in the Washington Post today draws attention, once more (see here, for example), to the lingering question of what will become of the lingering population of detainees (all non-Afghans) remaining in US custody in Afghanistan. Nothing new … Read more »
There is an interesting article in the New York Times this morning, from Mark Mazzetti and Mark Landler, the thrust of which is captured by the headline: “Despite Administration Promises, Few Signs of Change in Drone Wars.” The article … Read more »
Well, it is not exactly being launched with fanfare, but it appears that the long-awaited Periodic Review Board (PRB) process is about to be relaunched at GTMO. So reports Carol Rosenberg, here.
Let me say first that this is … Read more »