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Civil Liberties Groups Write to White House, Express Concerns Over Intercept Story on NSA & FBI Surveillance

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

In response to today’s Intercept story on NSA and FBI surveillance of Muslim Americans, a large coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have written to the White House—and, among other things, asked the Obama Administration for a “full and public accounting” of the surveillance described in the story.  Here is the letter (which I . . .
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White House Will Back Legislation Ending NSA’s Bulk Collection of Phone Metadata

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Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:41 PM

That’s the gist of this quite important story, from Charlie Savage at the New York Times:  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal to drastically overhaul the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program. Under the proposal, data about Americans’ calling habits would be kept in the hands of phone companies, . . .
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NYT on the United States’ Position on Human Rights Treaties

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Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Well worth a read: Charlie Savage’s story, for the New York Times, regarding Obama Administration debate over whether the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Torture, impose legal obligations on the United States in places beyond its borders. The piece cites, among other things, two memos written by then-State Department Legal Adviser Harold . . .
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The Last Uighurs

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The Obama Administration’s Guantanamo envoys Clifford Sloan and Paul Lewis (at State and DoD respectively) should be commended for their hard work to resettle the last of the 22 Uighurs from Guantanamo.   And Slovakia deserves special recognition for agreeing to take the remaining three, joining Albania, Bermuda, Palau, Switzerland, and El Salvador who have stood up to Chinese . . .
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White House Counsel’s Legal Justification for Syria Intervention

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Monday, September 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Julian Ku is right to poke fun at the administration for conveying its vague and conclusory legal rationale for intervening in Syria through the reporting of the NYT’s Charlie Savage.  But vague and conclusory guidance via the NYT is better than no guidance at all. On the international law rationale for intervention, Savage says: Kathryn . . .
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Thoughts on Yesterday’s NYT NSA Story

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Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I was sufficiently puzzled by Charlie Savage’s story yesterday about NSA email monitoring that I waited a day to write anything about it. I’m still pretty puzzled by it, so I’m going to use this post to try to think through it. Savage is not a bomb thrower but a serious guy, so let’s assume . . .
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Bradley Manning Verdict

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

From The Guardian’s live blog: Manning has been found not guilty of the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy”. However the private has been found guilty on five counts of violating the espionage act. [Update] Here is Charlie Savage of the New York Times.

Susan Landau on Obama Administration’s New Wiretapping Proposal

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Charlie Savage reported in the NYT today that the Obama administration “is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services,” in particular by fining firms that . . .
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Guantanamo Prison Library Books for Detainees

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Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

That’s the title of this interesting little photo collection.  The New York Times’ Charlie Savage posted the pictures of the detention facility’s library.

JTF-GTMO Statement on Guantanamo Hunger Strikes

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Charlie Savage of the New York Times has this story this morning on the hunger strikes at Guantanamo. It includes this lengthy statement from Captain Robert Durand, Director of Public Affairs, JTF-Gutananamo: The mission of Joint Task Force Guantanamo is the safe, legal, humane and transparent care and custody of detainees. We carry out this mission . . .
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NYT on Al-Aulaqi Operation and Underlying Legal Analysis

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

[UPDATED 4:53] Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Charlie Savage of The New York Times have this lengthy article on the hunt for Anwar Al-Aulaqi.  Their piece describes, among other things, the legal analyses that approved of Al-Aulaqi’s killing. Interestingly, the article says that OLC’s legal workup was influenced by “a legal blog that focused on a statute that . . .
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New D.C. District Court Orders in Obaydullah and Alhag Guantánamo Habeas Cases

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Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

The D.C. district court issued two Guantánamo-related orders on Wednesday. The first involved something of a triple habeas Hail Mary: Judge Richard Leon denied Obaydullah’s (no last name) motion for relief from (1) the court’s March 2012 denial of the petitioner’s classified (and thus unavailable) motion for reconsideration of (2) the court’s October 2010 denial . . .
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A Note on Dan Fried

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

On All Things Considered this evening, NPR’s Ari Shapiro ran this story on the closing of Amb. Daniel Fried’s Guantanamo resettlement office at State: The story follows this Charlie Savage piece in the New York Times, which Matt flagged yesterday. Ari quotes me in the story saying some nice things about Fried’s work over the last four . . .
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State Department Closing Its Guantanamo-Closing Office

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Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

The New York Times has this story by Charlie Savage, amusingly titled “State Dept. Closes Office Working on Shutting Guantánamo Prison.”  My colleagues and I will likely have something to say on what this means (Savage writes that it “appeared to signal that the administration does not currently see the closing of the Guantánamo Bay . . .
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Reminder: Hearings in the 9/11 Case Tomorrow

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Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Ben’s analysis of Charlie Savage’s article on the Chief Prosector prompts this reminder: tomorrow at 9 a.m., Lawfare returns to Smallwood Hall for closed-circuit, piped-in-from-GTMO hearings in the 9/11 case.   There are twenty-five items set for oral argument during this week’s four-day session. Obviously, that’s waaay too many to digest in a single preview post.  Instead . . .
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No, General Martins Has Not “Gone Rogue”

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Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

The New York Times has a news analysis piece by this morning the excellent Charlie Savage, which requires a moment’s reflection. Charlie is about as good a reporter as there is out there on Lawfare-related matters, and he has broken most of the stories related to the internal machinations within the executive branch over the future of . . .
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Readings: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Letter to John Brennan, CIA Director Nominee, on Targeted Killing of US Citizens Abroad

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

John Brennan, nominated by President Obama to become the next CIA director, will apparently face some tough questioning from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) at his Senate confirmation hearings (reportedly set for Thursday, February 7, 2:30 pm).  Sen. Wyden has sent Brennan a letter (obtained by Wired’s DangerRoom) on the refusal of the Administration to release . . .
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Announcing the Lawfare News Feed

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

My excitement over Shane Harris’s new blog, Dead Drop, provides a catalyst for an action I have been meaning to take for some time: creating an automated page on Lawfare for outside news feeds of particular value for Lawfare readers. Many blogs have blogrolls, but I find these useless and have never put one on Lawfare; they . . .
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The Conspiracy Decisions at DoJ and DoD—Some Thoughts

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

We refrained last week from expressing much opinion on the decisions by both Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins and by the Justice Department in the Al Bahlul case concerning how to handle stand-alone inchoate conspiracy charges after Hamdan II. We refrained both because the news was still breaking around us and because one of us . . .
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The Merits of DOJ’s Supplemental Brief in Al Bahlul

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Yesterday, we posted the government’s supplemental brief in the Al Bahlul military commission appeal in the D.C. Circuit, the headline of which was the government’s concession that Judge Kavanaugh’s opinion for the Court of Appeals in Hamdan II requires reversal of Bahlul’s conviction, as well. Without question, though, the far more interesting part of the brief is the . . .
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