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Holder on “Something That Gives Us Really Extreme, Extreme Concern”

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

President Obama, in his NDU speech last year, stated: “[T]his war, like all wars, must end.  That’s what history advises.  That’s what our democracy demands.” Attorney General Holder, in a conversation today (scroll down) with Pierre Thomas on ABC’s “This Week” about the threat from Americans and Europeans in Syria, stated: HOLDER: “In some ways, it’s more frightening . . .
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Whence Imminence in that Drone Memo? A Puzzle and a Theory

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

On May 27, a unanimous Supreme Court—to little notice from just about anyone—handed down a case called Plumhoff v. Rickard, which dealt with a police shooting and a claim of excessive force during a high-speed car chase. Donald Rickard had led police in Arkansas on a highway chase, at the end of which officers shot him and . . .
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DOJ Statements on Sulaiman Abu Ghaith’s Conviction

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder released the statement below: This verdict is a major milestone in the government’s unrelenting efforts to pursue justice against those involved with the September 11 attacks. I can imagine no more fitting outcome, and no stronger message to those who would harm our nation and its people: that no amount of . . .
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Where Is Eric Holder?

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Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

President Obama has sometimes faced criticism—including on Lawfare—for not defending NSA more energetically. These criticisms generally predated the president’s landmark speech on NSA, which—among other things—did defend the agency and the propriety of its programs. But there is a senior level official who has played virtually no role in the public defense of activity that deeply implicates . . .
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Attorney General Eric Holder Claims Vindication on KSM Trial

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM

The Washington Post reports comments by Attorney General Eric Holder on the pace of military commissions at a news conference yesterday: “I think that had we gone along the path that I announced at that time, we would not have had to close down half of Manhattan. It wouldn’t have cost $200 million a year,” Holder said . . .
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On The Timing of a Trial in the 9/11 Case

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Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

We’re a long ways way off from a trial in United States v. Mohammed et. al.   That’s the essence of my Security States piece, which went up today.  It begins: So when will the 9/11 case go to trial, anyway? I have observed the Guantanamo proceedings for a while now, and hear the question a lot—from supporters and critics . . .
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Obama and Alexander, Bush and Tenet

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Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Over at Foreign Policy, Shane Harris has a piece suggesting that folks at NSA feel abandoned by President Obama’s failure to defend the agency aggressively: Gen. Keith Alexander and his senior leadership team at the National Security Agency are angry and dispirited by what they see as the White House’s failure to defend the spy agency against . . .
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Justice Department Report on Review of News Media Policies

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Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Available here. This report is Attorney General Eric Holder’s response to President Obama’s order of a review of departmental policies with respect to the media. It announces several changes in policy, the first two of which seem the most significant: Second,      

The Obama Speech: The Same Standards for Targeted Killings Apply to Non-Citizens as to Citizens

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

There are many important strands to President Obama’s national-security speech, but I want to focus on just one particularly noteworthy element. In clear terms, President Obama announced today that the same substantive standards apply to targeted killings operations against non-American enemy combatants overseas as apply to American enemy combatants overseas. Here is what the President’s . . .
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The Attorney General’s Letter to Congress on Anwar Al-Aulaqi

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

In advance of the President’s speech tomorrow, the Attorney General has just sent this letter to Senator Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, describing the Administration’s legal basis for killing Anwar al-Aulaqi and targeting other U.S. citizens outside the United States. The letter confirms that the U.S. specifically targeted al-Aulaqi because of “his direct . . .
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Eric Holder Comments on Civilian Justice System

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Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday made these remarks at the University of California Berkeley School of Law’s Commencement. In addition to the normal graduation-speech fare, he said the following: How we respond to such adversity – as leaders, as lawyers, and as Americans – represents a defining issue of our time.   And as we reflect upon these threats . . .
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Now Available: Charges Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The freshly unsealed criminal complaint was filed sometime yesterday.   (The complaint’s attachments—a supporting affidavit and cover sheet—can be found here and here.)  And it appears that Bobby’s prediction proved correct: the charges include one count of using a weapon of mass destruction, and another count of malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Relatedly—and importantly from the standpoint . . .
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Drones, Domestic Detention, and the Costs of Libertarian Hijacking

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The more I reflect on last week’s drone contretemps–and what effect the efforts of Senator Paul and his followers has had / may still have on U.S. policy–the more I have a profound and distressing sense of déjà vu. After all, it was barely 15 months ago that a hitherto-unheard-of coalition between what can safely . . .
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The Problem of Prerogative: A Response to Benjamin Kleinerman

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Earlier today, I posted a thoughtful essay by Benjamin Kleinerman arguing with respect to Eric Holder’s recent testimony on domestic drone strikes that, “as obvious as the targeting of American citizens might be in [the most] extraordinary situations, it does not necessarily follow that the President should have the legal authority to conduct these strikes.” . . .
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Benjamin Kleinerman on “The Politics of Prerogative”

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Benjamin Kleinerman of Michigan State University, one of the most interesting political theorists to write in the Lawfare-space, sent me the following thoughts on prerogative and killing Americans domestically. This is a subject Kleinerman treated at length in his book, The Discretionary President, which I highly recommend; along with a co-author, Clement Fatovic, he also . . .
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The “Impossibility” of Capture in Today’s New York Times Editorial?

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Without wanting to shoehorn my way into Ben’s invaluable service in keeping the country safe from errors in New York Times editorials, I too wanted to raise something about today’s editorial, “Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force.”  Midway through, the editorial says (emphasis added): On one hand, the administration has said it would . . .
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Senator Paul’s Moving Target

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Senator Paul has an op-ed this morning that repeats many of the misrepresentations of the administration’s positions that were contained in his filibuster.  It also contains in a nutshell one reason why this issue has been so hard to resolve: the question changed in the middle of the conversation. Senator Paul says in his op-ed: When I . . .
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Washington Post Editorial on Rand Paul, Drones, and Openness

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:08 AM

The Washington Post, meanwhile, has this excellent editorial on Rand Paul’s filibuster and openness in the drone program: AFTER SEN. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held the Senate hostage Wednesday in order to warn that American citizens could be targeted by drone strikes on U.S. soil, he was rightly taken to task for gross and irresponsible mischaracterizations of the . . .
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More from the AG in Response to Senator Paul

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

According to this Talking Points Memo piece, Attorney General Eric Holder today sent another letter to Senator Rand Paul, regarding the latter’s inquiries on the executive branch’s authority to conduct domestic drone strikes against U.S. citizens.  The note seems to have satisfied Senator Paul, who apparently no longer will seek to block a confirmation vote . . .
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Carrie Cordero Compiles Alarm-Sounding Sequestration Comments

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following useful compilation of administration warnings about the effects of sequestration on national security: One might think it would have been better to start with Senator Tom Coburn’s infamous Wastebook when looking for places to trim the deficit. (Great . . .
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