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Why Imminence? The Assassinations Ban and that OLC Al-Aulaqi Memo

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

The other day, I tried to read the tea leaves and figure out where the notion of “imminent threat” comes from in the administration’s legal views of targeted killing. I speculated that the source of the “imminent” threat standard may well be language in the presidential covert action findings authorizing the CIA’s broad campaign against Al Qaeda . . .
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What the 9/11 Commission Report Says About Syria

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Monday, September 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

As we approach the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it seems like an appropriate time to highlight several passages from the 9/11 Commission Report, which turn out to be instructive for today’s discussions of Syria. In addition . . .
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Constitution Project Report on Detainee Treatment Concludes U.S. Engaged in Torture

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The Constitution Project has released the results of its Task Force on Detainee Treatment in the form of this 577-page report—which concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that “the nation’s highest officials bear some responsibility for allowing and contributing to the spread of torture.” Here . . .
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NSA General Counsel Rajesh De Speech at Georgetown

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Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

NSA General Counsel Rajesh De gave the following address at Georgetown Law School on Wednesday: Remarks of Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency Georgetown Law School, February 27, 2013 (as prepared for delivery) Thank you for the introduction and the opportunity to speak today at this distinguished event.  I’d also like to extend my . . .
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Senator Graham’s Threat to Block Hagel/Brennan Nominations

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Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Senator Lindsey Graham threatened yesterday to block confirmation of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan unless President Obama provides more information about his knowledge of the Benghazi attacks. I have great respect for Senator Graham, a staunch conservative and strong military supporter who has tried to build bipartisan bridges on many national security and international issues. But blocking the . . .
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Wall Street Journal on NCTC Database Access

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The Wall Street Journal has an article today, titled “U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens.”  It reports: The rules now allow the little-known National Counterterrorism Center to examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them. That is a departure . . .
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A Dispatch from Dulles

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Friday, November 26, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I traveled by air yesterday to be with my family for Thanksgiving. And to tell the truth I was kind of looking forward to the flight almost as much as I was the turkey and mashed potatoes. I’ve been dying to find out firsthand what all the backscatter opt-out fuss was about, and I departed . . .
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Is the Obama Administration Relying on Article II for Targeted Killing?

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Friday, September 17, 2010 at 1:12 PM

A few days ago I argued that the Obama administration’s eschewal of the Bush administration Article II argument in its detention litigation was not as big a deal as it seemed.  Now I want to explain why I think the Obama administration might be relying, or preserving, the Article II argument in a different context . . .
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