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Senate NDAA Amendments Update

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

As readers know, last Thursday the Senate approved Senator Feinstein’s amendment to the NDAA, regarding the domestic detention of citizens and lawful permanent residents. That wasn’t all.  Now, after further debating and voting, the Senate’s updated bill also conditions the availability of certain funds for the Executive Office of the President on prior congressional notification regarding . . .
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The Administration’s SAP

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Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Finally, the administration has spoken clearly, directly, and with direct references to consequences–a veto–about the detainee provisions of the NDAA. The White House’s Statement of Administration Policy on the Senate version of the DNA has none of the problems of its earlier statement about the House version of the bill. It distinguishes between big problems . . .
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Veto Threats and the NDAA

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

I was just reading a piece by Adam Serwer (Mother Jones) regarding the NDAA detainee provisions, and came across this pithy line from Ben: “If Congress is going to take the president seriously, it has to believe the president is prepared to use the National Defense Authorization Act as toilet paper,” says Ben Wittes, a senior fellow . . .
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Regarding the AP’s Story on NYPD Domestic Intelligence Collection

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The AP’s Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman have a long story out today, focused on the NYPD’s Intelligence Division & Counter-Terrorism Bureau.  The story paints NYPD as having developed an unchecked intelligence-collection capacity over the past decade, emphasizing (i) CIA support to NYPD’s activities, (ii) NYPD’s use of undercover agents to monitor events is Muslim neighborhoods . . .
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Two New York Times Editorials…

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Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

…and guess what? This post is not about any gross factual errors in either of them concerning the legality of detention. Perhaps that’s because neither editorial really deals with the legality of detention, but never mind. I’ll take factually decent New York Times editorials however I can get them. Both, however, provoke brief responses. The . . .
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More from Adam Serwer

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Adam Serwer responds to my post of last night: I think any objective evaluation of the facts has to conclude that U.S. military operations against al Qaeda outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan represent “a war that is quickly morphing into something less immediately-related to 9/11.” That’s just how it is. But the country never made . . .
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Adam Serwer on the AUMF

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:08 AM

No sooner had I finished my last post than I came across this elegant little argument from Adam Serwer: I think Wittes is right that the original AUMF contained no . . . temporal or geographic constraints. What the AUMF did possess was an implied end-state, by authorizing military force against “those nations, organizations, or . . .
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On the AP Story on Short-Term Detention Facilities in Afghanistan (and Gambling in Casablanca)

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Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Last week the AP published a rather breathless piece titled “AP Exclusive: US military holds terror suspects in secret jails for weeks without charge.”  That certainly got my attention.  From the title, one would assume that the black sites somehow had returned, that the United States was back in the business of secret detention for . . .
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Thoughts on Thursday’s HASC Hearing

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Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I have now had the chance to go over a transcript of Thursday’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on detention policy, at which Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III both testified. Video of the hearing is available here. Chairman McKeon’s opening statement is available here. The following are . . .
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Adam Serwer on Yesterday’s HASC Hearing

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Friday, March 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Adam Serwer has a very thoughtful piece on yesterday’s House Armed Services Committee hearing, which I could not attend. Like me, Adam has come to the conclusion that there is quite a bit of common ground between the Obama administration and congressional conservatives and that there may be the basis for a deal here. Granted, McKeon . . .
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In Defense of Signing Statements

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM

An interesting debate has broken out among liberals about the possibility of President Obama’s issuing a signing statement on the Guantanamo restrictions. Adam Serwer writes, There’s a pretty clear ethical dilemma here for liberals. One signing statement doesn’t turn Obama into Bush, who literally did this hundreds of times, but at this point closing Gitmo . . .
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Time for the Administration to Change its Gitmo Talk

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Monday, December 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

For the past several months, the Obama administration has been in a weird limbo about Guantanamo. On the one hand, it has barely lifted a finger to effectuate its declared policy of closing the facility–afraid of the politics of the fight it would have on its hands were it to try. It has rope-a-doped spending . . .
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The Newest Iteration of the GTMO Transfer Ban: Absent Court Order, No Transfer to State Where There Has Been Any “Recidivism”

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Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6:18 PM

The shape of the pending GTMO transfer ban has morphed yet again.  Again Adam Serwer has the update.  The long and short of it is that the pending National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (NDAA FY11) apparently now provides that, barring a court order, the administration will be barred from transferring a GTMO detainee anywhere if . . .
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Transfers from GTMO to the United States: Not Banned Outright After All?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Adam Serwer has a goodcatch on this one.  As we’ve noted before, the pending omnibus spending package contains a wholesale prohibition on transfers of detainees from GTMO to United States territory.  Or at least it did.  Adam notes that the transfer ban remains in the bill, yet there is now additional language (added by an . . .
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Thinking about Recidivism

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Friday, December 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for a halt to transfers from Guantanamo in light of the recidivism rate reported by the Director of National Intelligence. A few thoughts on this general subject: First, we have a wholly underdeveloped political vocabulary for discussing Gitmo recidivism. We have no social agreement–and very little serious discussion–about what constitutes an . . .
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Adam Serwer Nails It

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Responding to my earlier post on Buck McKeon’s detention bill, Adam Serwer says the following, on which I cannot improve: I still maintain that there’s less difference between Republican and administration priorities than there appears to be, and both sides can probably get a lot of what they want if they decided to cooperate. The . . .
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Gitmo Recidivism and Innocence

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Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I certainly agree with Adam Serwer’s point in this post that it will be mindless and destructive if Republicans really tried to prevent transfers from Guantanamo. Along the way, however, Adam makes the following point which warrants a brief response: Almost 800 people have been imprisoned at Gitmo, whereas there are only about 170 detainees left. . . .
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Adam Serwer on the John Allen Muhammad Model

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Adam Serwer has a very interesting response to my post a few days back about charging KSM and friends in both Article III courts and military commissions. He says he wouldn’t oppose the idea, but he doesn’t “think the right is likely to take it” as it would “deflate the myth at the heart of . . .
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Where the ACLU/CCR Arguments Eventually Lead

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Ok, this exchange is funny–in a macabre, morbid sort of way. It’s also deadly serious. Foreign Policy magazine has published 14 suggestions for President Obama by 14 prominent people concerning how the President can get his mojo back. One of those people is Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth. His proposal reads in its . . .
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Closing Out My Exchange with Adam Serwer

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Friday, October 1, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Here’s a suggestion for the New York Times editorial page: Hire Adam Serwer. He’s a liberal blogger over at the American Prospect who is everything the New York Times editorial page is not: consistently thoughtful and open to engagement, respectful of opposing arguments, which he takes the trouble to describe fairly. He’s a pleasure to . . .
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