About a month ago, I asked what had happened to the UN’s effort to develop a set of standard operating procedures to govern detentions that arise during the course of UN operations. It appears that such a document exists in … Read more »
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 legislation, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday approved by a 13-2 vote, can be found here. The Committee’s press release sums up the bill and can be found here.
There’s all kinds of stuff to … Read more »
A coda to Bobby’s post below asking about the legal views underlying US operations in Somalia over the past three weeks. Three weeks ago, SEALs attempted a capture operation against a target on the coast of Somalia. The SEAL team … Read more »
…to my revised meta-study of drone strike casualties.
Ritika Singh’s updated meta-study of drone strike casualties reaches exactly the right conclusion: the more we hear from non-government sources, the more we understand the inadequacy of the US government’s disclosures
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Not to be outdone by Amnesty International, which responded earlier to my post on reports by Amenesty and Human Rights Watch, Letta Taylor of Human Rights Watch writes in with the following response as well:
In his posting “Thoughts
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One theme of Ben Emmerson’s interim report on remotely piloted aircraft and targeted killings is that governments must be more transparent with regard to any civilian deaths they cause. It’s easy to find lots of other calls for greater transparency … Read more »
You can find the interim report—the final won’t be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council until 2014, apparently—here.
There’s a good bit to pore over in the paper authored by Emmerson, with whom Lawfare chatted during his … Read more »
While no navy captain likes stormy weather, the controversy over the temporary detention on a navy vessel of the captured Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi is a tempest in a teapot. As John Bellinger noted Monday, al-Libi’s detention appears … 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 »
Among the documents that Edward Snowden released are reports showing that the NSA had been picking up email and phone conversations by and among foreign leaders. Among the alleged targets were officials from the EU, individual EU member countries, Brazil, … Read more »
I agree with Jack’s analysis of the UK statement.
I would add that the British legal position is not new. The British relied on the doctrine of humanitarian intervention for their participation in the NATO bombings of Kosovo in 1999 … Read more »
The potential use of military force in Syria and its past use in Kosovo — despite the likely “illegality” under international law and the U.N. Charter — raise important general questions about the modern, post-WWII attempt to establish “rule of … Read more »
Jack’s post makes the point that the Kosovo precedent won’t get the U.S. government very far if it is looking for a solid international legal precedent for intervention in Syria. That seems absolutely right. But it also seems worth asking: … Read more »
August 12 is the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions. As a candidate, Senator Obama was highly critical of the Bush Administration’s non-application of the Geneva Conventions to detained members of al-Qaida and the Taliban. His … Read more »
The following is a guest post from Jeff Powell, a Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. He twice served in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in both the Clinton … Read more »
The Lawfare Book Review is pleased to announce that this weekend, we are publishing not one but two reviews of John Fabian Witt, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press 2012; the Amazon link is to … Read more »
The following guest post is from Professor Geoffrey Corn (South Texas College of Law), in response to a post in which I raised the possibility that, in light of the non-battlefield targeting standards articulated by the President in his NDU … Read more »
Bobby’s post from Friday argued that “the current shadow war approach to counterterrorism doesn’t really require an armed-conflict predicate–or an AUMF, for that matter.” Bobby’s point is that most if not all of the USG’s current uses of force outside … Read more »