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One or Two Other Statutes the President Likely Disregarded in The Bergdahl Deal [UPDATED]

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Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Earlier today I explained why the President almost certainly disregarded Section 1035 of the 2014 NDAA when he swapped the GTMO detainees for Bergdahl.  The President probably disregarded another statute as well, Section 8111 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which provides: None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may . . .
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Chemical Weapons in Syria: Enough to Justify the Use of Force?

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Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Now that the United States has acknowledged – with a modest level of confidence – that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the rebels, many press articles are asking whether (or arguing that) the United States should consider using force in Syria. See, for example, here, here, and here. Senators McCain and Feinstein . . .
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Obama Drone Strikes Targeting Low Level Insurgents?

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation, which is the leading compiler of information about US drone strikes, made this interesting comment in his testimony yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee: The drone program has increasingly evolved into a counterinsurgency air platform, the victims of which are mostly lower-ranking members of the Taliban (Pakistan) and . . .
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Ex-Pakistani President Musharraf’s Authority Shot Down (Not by a Drone)

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

While ex-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was busy admitting on CNN that he approved at least some U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory during his time in office, the chief judge of Peshawar’s High Court was busy stating that drone strikes are illegal, whether elected officials consent to them or not. According to this press release from . . .
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Ex-Pakistani President Admits to Consenting to U.S. Drone Strikes

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I wonder what Ben Emmerson was thinking when he watched CNN this evening. Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights who is conducting an investigation into the legality of the U.S. targeted killing program, concluded after a visit to Pakistan last month, that  the U.S. drone program was “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial . . .
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More on Drones versus Enhanced Interrogation

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Further to Jack’s post yesterday on the politics of drones versus enhanced interrogation, and my post earlier in the week about Peter Baker’s article about the mounting criticism of the Obama Administration’s counter-terror policies, comes this article by Sara Sorcher in the National Journal, provocatively entitled “Is Obama’s Drone Policy Really Morally Superior to Torture? Bush . . .
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Robert Gates on Drones (and the Politics of Drones v. Enhanced Interrogation)

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Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Via this thoughtful essay by Pejman Yousefzadeh, I learned about this CNN interview (video below) with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in which he notes his support for drone strikes but suggests ways to enhance accountability of Executive branch decisions to engage in targeted killing of an American citizen.

A Brief Word In Response to Jack

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

We don’t disagree with Jack that the filling in of details in the White Paper is important—and didn’t mean to suggest otherwise. But the importance Jack assigns to this aspect of the White Paper is decidedly not what has made it headline news for just about every major news organization in the country. If that were . . .
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TSA Body Scanners

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Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

CNN is reporting that TSA has announced the removal of all Rapiscan X-ray backscatter airport machines, to be accomplished no later than June 2013.  The backscatter machines (the big boxy ones like the one in this post) were thought to be unsafe because they used X-rays (though TSA said otherwise).  But their demise rests on . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #22: Stephen Tankel on Pakistan, the Endgame in Afghanistan, and LeT

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

This is the latest piece in the interview series I have done over the last few months with terrorism and regional experts about non-legal issues of pertinence to Lawfare readers. For this episode, I interviewed American University professor and nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stephen Tankel. (The other interviews in this . . .
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GOP National Security Debate Roundup

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The Republican presidential candidates debated national security and foreign policy issues last night in Washington. Ritika teed up the debate here with links to the Post’s preview of issues to watch and a synopsis of the candidates’ positions from CNN’s Security Clearance blog. CNN’s liveblog of the debate is here, a transcript is here, and . . .
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GOP National Security Debate Tonight

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

The eight Republican candidates for president will gather tonight for their trillionth twelfth debate at 8 PM tonight, in an event that will focus on national security and foreign policy. The Post has an article on some of the things to watch out for, and CNN’s Security Clearance blog has a piece describing the candidates’ positions on security issues.  If . . .
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Thoughts on Latif #3

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Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Here’s my question: Why has there been virtually no press coverage of the Latif decision? Other than this article on CNN’s web page, which actually ignores the aspect of the case that makes it jurisprudentially important, a search on Google News reveals none (other than Lawfare stuff). Memo to the press: This case is important. . . .
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Segal and Waxman on the London Conference on Cyberspace

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Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Next week’s London Conference on Cyberspace will include a closed session on international security. Some maintain that the session “could be an early step to some kind of ‘ultimate cyber arms control.’” But on CNN’s Global Public Square blog, Adam Segal and Matthew Waxman write that “a cybersecurity treaty is a pipe dream.” They argue that the United States “should prepare instead for deep international divides . . .
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Haji Mali Khan, Haqqani’s Senior Commander, Captured in Afghanistan

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Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 4:25 PM

CNN is reporting that Haji Mali Khan, the senior commander of the Afghan Haqqani insurgent group, was captured in a joint Afghan-NATO operation on Tuesday (the announcement of his capture was delayed until today because of difficulties confirming his identity). Khan is the uncle of Siraj and Badruddin Haqqani, the two brothers who run the . . .
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Tom Joscelyn on Al Kandari

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Monday, August 29, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Over at the Weekly Standard’s blog, Thomas Joscelyn has this piece critiquing a CNN report on Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, whose habeas case we have covered here. I haven’t dissected the CNN piece about which Joscelyn links, but having looked at it briefly, I do have to say that Kandari is a funny subject . . .
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Text of Al Qaeda’s Statement on Bin Laden’s Death

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:14 AM

CNN has posted the English text of the Al Qaeda statement on Osama Bin Laden’s death. It’s worth a read. The Arabic original is available here. The statement reads: Al-Qaeda statement calls the day “a historic day of the days of the great Islamic umma (nation) and in a noble stand of one of its . . .
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What Would Mary Ellen O’Connell Do?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:35 AM

The other night, with CNN reporting very tentatively that the Bin Laden operation had likely been a drone strike, Bobby and I got a little ahead of ourselves. Bobby said that it will “be interesting indeed to see how [drone] critics will react should it prove to be the case that this was indeed a CIA-operated . . .
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What If Anything Does UBL’s Death Mean for the AUMF?

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Monday, May 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Watching CNN last night, I was astounded to hear Peter Bergen assert that the death of UBL means the end of the war on terrorism (anyone have this on video?).  That is an extraordinary overstatement, as Daniel Byman explains here (see also Bruce Hoffman here).  But as Tom Ricks predicts in more reasonable terms, this . . .
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CNN Strengthening Claim of Pakistani Cooperation in Operation

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Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 11:33 PM

CNN now seems more confident of Pakistani participation in the operation.