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The SSCI Report and Its Critics: Torturing Efficacy

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Polarization surrounding the SSCI Report (see here for Lawfare’s coverage) has been most pronounced on the efficacy of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs). The Report and its supporters have proclaimed that EITs never produce useful information. Unfortunately, that pat assertion undermines the possibility of a consensus on future interrogation tactics, including a consensus that rules out . . .
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Released: SSCI Detention and Interrogation Study, Along With Minority Views and the CIA’s Response

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Here is the long-awaited Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The latter includes in a single file a foreword authored by Senator Feinstein, as well as the Study’s findings and conclusions.  Additionally, the Committee also has published these materials: Senator Feinstein’s statement;  a history of key dates in in . . .
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Pre-Abu Khattala: Yunis, That 1987 Shipboard Terrorist Interrogation Case

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Ahmed Abu Khattala is not the first person to be whisked onto a ship in the Middle East by U.S. forces, interrogated aboard, and then dropped in a U.S. court. There are some recent famous cases, of course, but there are also some older ones—one of which, in particular, may have precedential value for the . . .
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Clive Walker on “Deportation With Assurances: UK Experience and Angst”

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Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Clive Walker of the University of Leeds writes in with the following update on national security law news from Britain: On 21 November 2013, the United Kingdom’s government minister with responsibility for counter-terrorism, the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May), announced that the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Mr David Anderson QC, will . . .
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A Different Take on Zero Dark Thirty

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Ritika already posted about AEI’s panel yesterday on Zero Dark Thirty, along with a link to the video of the proceedings. Given the composition of the panel, one can hardly be surprised by overall tenor of the AEI conversation (which is well summarized in this Slate story). Separating “fact” from “fiction,” indeed. At the same time, . . .
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Additional Thoughts on Washington Post “Renditions” Story

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Steve has already noted (and critiqued) this Washington Post story about continued “renditions” by the United States government.  The term “renditions” is used in so many ways (often, as Steve suggests, with connotations of harsh interrogation), and this article defines it as “the practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due . . .
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Jenks on Italy, the Abu Omar Rendition Prosecution, and Violation of the NATO SOFA

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

The following is a guest post from Chris Jenks.  Chris formerly was a Judge Advocate and Chief of the International Law Branch at the U.S. Army’s Office of The Judge Advocate General.  Now he is an assistant professor of law and director of the criminal justice clinic at the SMU Dedman School of Law.  On Wednesday, Italy’s . . .
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