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Charles Taylor Goes to Jail in Britain: The Backstory

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia who was convicted of war crimes in 2012 by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, arrived in Britain yesterday to begin a 50-year prison term in a British jail.  In June 2006, after Taylor was expelled from Nigeria under U.S. pressure and turned over to the SCSL, Tony . . .
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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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D.C. Circuit’s Remand Opinion in Zivotofsky

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

As Jack and Raffaela noted yesterday, the D.C. Circuit held in the so-called “Jerusalem passport case” that §214(d) of the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act unconstitutionally intrudes upon the President’s exclusive power to recognize foreign nations. Comprehensive discussion of the case’s factual underpinnings can be found in Curtis Bradley’s post from 2011, but the facts, briefly, are as follows. The United States . . .
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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I have a long review in the New Republic of Mark Mazzetti’s excellent new book, The Way of the Knife.  The first half of the review simply summarizes the book, the main point of which is to demonstrate how since 9/11 the CIA and DOD have changed to become like one another.  In short, the CIA has become (in . . .
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Hoover Task Force Short Essay #4: “Executive-Congressional Relations and National Security”

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Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The fourth installment in the Hoover Institution’s series of short essays on national security challenges for the Obama administration’s second term is now out. It is by yet another Lawfare member—Matt—and is entitled, “Executive-Congressional Relations and National Security.” It opens: The last four years should have been a good period for executive-congressional relations in the . . .
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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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Great Lawfare Moments in Presidential Inaugurations

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Monday, January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Despite the unsurprising focus on domestic policy in President Obama’s second inaugural address today, his speech was not entirely devoid of national security issues. “We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law,” the President said. While former President George W. Bush declared that the “best hope . . .
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The Obama Administration and Treaties

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I have an op-ed in today’s New York Times entitled “Obama’s Weakness on Treaties” arguing that the Obama Administration needs to work harder to get Senate approval of treaties in its second term.   Here are a few excerpts:   ON Dec. 4, the Senate rejected the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities . . .
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Jeh Johnson Speech at the Oxford Union

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Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

At this hour, Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson is giving the following speech at the Oxford Union in England: “The Conflict Against Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: How Will It End?” Jeh Charles Johnson General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense at the Oxford Union, Oxford University[1] November 30, 2012 Thank you for inviting . . .
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U.N. Complaint Over Failure to Prosecute George W. Bush Filed—Against Canada

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

No, you didn’t read that wrong. And no, this isn’t an episode of South Park. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Centre for International Justice have filed a complaint with the Geneva-based U.N. Committee Against Torture—which oversees compliance with the Torture Convention—over Canada’s failure to prosecute former President Bush for torture. Last year, four former . . .
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Readings: David Cole on Civil Society and Individual Rights After 9/11

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Georgetown law professor David Cole has a new article up on SSRN, “Where Liberty Lies: Civil Society and Individual Rights after 9/11.”  It offers something of a retrospective on the role of civil society organizations in defending a vision of individual rights under the Constitution in the years following 9/11 – these organizations include, Cole . . .
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Reflections on Jack and Trevor’s Weekend Exchange

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:42 AM

I spent a flight out to Minnesota yesterday reflecting on Jack’s and Trevor’s discussion over the weekend of Obama’s first term, his coming second term, the Bush administration, and the now-will-never-be Romney administration. I agree with nearly everything both Trevor and Jack are saying, so my point in this post is not really to continue . . .
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Amicus Brief Filed in Hedges by Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Attorneys for Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte—all members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services—have filed an amicus brief in support of the government in Hedges v. Obama.  (Background here.) From the brief’s “Introduction and Summary of Argument” section: Because “detention to prevent a combatant’s return to the battlefield is a fundamental incident . . .
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Last Word (from Me) on Bush-Obama Continuity

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

While I am sure we differ in emphasis and details, I agree with the thrust of Trevor’s latest post.  As I argued in my last two books, the early Bush administration approach to presidential power was, in reality and especially in rhetoric, unprecedented in American wartime history and self-defeating.  I also agree – and again, . . .
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One Further Thought on CT Continuities and Discontinuities

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I appreciate Jack’s follow-up post on the larger picture of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies and their points of continuity with the Bush administration (though only the late Bush, as he properly underscores).  Jack and I agree on much more than we disagree on, including that evaluations of the Obama policies in this area depend in . . .
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More on Bush-Obama Continuity

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

When I wrote on Friday about the “basic counterterrorism policies that Obama continued, with tweaks, from the late Bush administration,” I meant to refer only to policies that “Obama continued” from the Bush era, and not to make a claim (indeed, I was trying to avoid making a claim) about the now-very-old debate whether and to . . .
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Obama v. Bush on Counterterrorism Policy

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

I agree with much of what Jack says in his recent post about the counterterrorism issues likely to face President Obama in his second term.  But there’s one aspect of how Jack frames the discussion that I disagree with somewhat.  Because a number of other commentators seem to use the same basic framing, I thought I’d . . .
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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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Response to Samuel Moyn on “Power and Constraint”

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Friday, May 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Samuel Moyn’s review of Mary Dudziak’s book War Time, like the book it reviews, makes interesting points about “endless war.”  Along the way Moyn says that my book Power and Constraint claims “that Barack Obama, after the trials of George W. Bush, is constrained in this best of all possible national security worlds exactly as . . .
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A Fair Question

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent poses an interesting question:  If elected, does Mitt Romney intend to revoke President Obama’s January 22, 2009 executive order on interrogation? The order largely restricts U.S. interrogators to the techniques authorized by the Army Field Manual.  It thus effectively prohibits the use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” employed by . . .
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