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 … Read more »
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:
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.
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 … Read more »
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 … Read more »
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 … Read more »
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… Read more »
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 … Read more »
Hamdan II requires reversal of Bahlul’s convictions by military commission of providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit war crimes, and solicitation to commit war crimes. Because the Court is bound by
Apropos of Charlie Savage’s story (and Bobby’s follow-up) on the government’s litigation tactics in Hamdan and al-Bahlul: assuming the material support and conspiracy charges in those cases indeed are tossed out (through final invalidation by the courts, or through … Read more »
In response to Charlie Savage’s piece today concerning an interagency debate over whether to continue to argue for the viability of conspiracy and material support charges in the military commission system (originally posted-on by me here), Andrew Rosenthal (editor … Read more »
According to Charlie Savage in today’s New York Times, this is a question in hot interagency dispute this week. The basic concern of course is that (i) the D.C. Circuit’s ruling in Hamdan II amply foreshadows that the Circuit … Read more »
Nelson Mandela died yesterday. We mourn his loss with deep appreciation and recognition of his unparalleled dedication to bettering the lives of others. The New York Times’ obituary has a detailed history of his life that honors him appropriately.
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