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Raha Wala on Jeh Johnson’s Oxford Speech

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Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First writes in with this comment on Jeh Johnson’s Oxford Speech: Ken and Jack are right that DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson, in his remarks at the Oxford Union, made a serious attempt to grapple with some hard issues associated with the “endgame” of the current conflict with al Qaeda.  . . .
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FBI Reporting Duties in the Petraeus Imbroglio [UPDATED]

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Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

In connection with the Petraeus matter, the NYT reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not inform the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about the inquiry until this week, according to Congressional officials, who noted that by law the panels — and especially their chairmen and ranking members — are supposed to be told about . . .
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DCIA Petraeus Resigns

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Friday, November 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

So reports NBC News, which apparently obtained a copy of Petraeus’ statement to the CIA workforce.  From the NBC report’s opening: CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair he had. Multiple sources tell NBC News that Mike Morrell, the deputy CIA director and a longtime CIA officer, would likely be offered the . . .
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New Army Manual on Preventing Harm to Civilians

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Over at Forbes.com, the estimable Gregory McNeal has this article about a new Army manual on preventing harm to civilians. The just-released manual, entitled “Civilian Casualty Mitigation,” was the subject of this article last year by Spencer Ackerman. McNeal writes: Today, the United States Army published what I believe is the first military manual aimed solely . . .
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Petraeus on Technological Change and Intelligence Transformation

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Friday, June 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I missed this super-interesting speech by CIA Director David Petraeus on the relationship between technological change and the transformation, along many dimensions, of intelligence.   (The speech was delivered at the In-Q-Tel CEO Summit in March.)  A flavor: [T]ransformational changes in the nature of intelligence work have driven us to adopt the kind of innovative technologies developed by . . .
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NATO Stands Up Rule of Law Field Support Mission in Afghanistan

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Kandahar–Among the ceremonies in Afghanistan on this past July 4th was one having more to do with Afghans and their international partners than with the United States troops stationed here, though we Americans saw strong connections between our allies’ celebration and our own Independence Day observances.  Implementing last month’s decision of the North Atlantic Treaty . . .
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Duke Law Discussion of Theater Detention Operations

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Some time back, I spoke at a panel at Duke Law School on detention policy alongside, among others, Michael Gottlieb, who had just completed a fourteen month tour as the top civilian official in Task Force 435 in Afghanistan. As I noted at the time, I found Gottlieb’s remarks especially valuable. Indeed, I have never . . .
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Psy-ops Against Congress – Count Me as Skeptical

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Friday, February 25, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Michael Hastings – the journalist who brought down General Stanley McChrystal – has a new piece in Rolling Stone alleging that General William Caldwell, who is in charge of training Afghan security forces, “illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in ‘psychological operations’ to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for . . .
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Building the Rule of Law in Practice

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Kandahar City, Wednesday, November 17, 2010 — Counterinsurgency (COIN) theory—for that is what my last post describes—is only that: theory. The current reality in Afghanistan is that the rule of law remains mostly just a worthy goal. To evaluate whether COIN operations here are, as Jack Goldsmith writes, a “weapon of war . . . that . . .
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