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Two Legal Takeaways from Yesterday’s HASC Hearing

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Yesterday’s HASC Committee Hearing (video here) on the Bergdahl swap was pretty eventful.  At least two important legal issues were discussed: the legality of not notifying Congress about the swap, and the legal consequences of the end of the Afghan conflict.  The first has received the most attention, but the administration arguably made some underappreciated news . . .
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House Hearings This Morning on FBI Oversight and Bergdahl Exchange

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Today, two hearings began before House of Representatives committees at 10:00 am. FBI Director James Comey is appearing before the House Judiciary Committee to testify on oversight of the Bureau. His prepared testimony and the live broadcast are below. The Honorable James B. Comey Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee . . .
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DoD Special Envoy for Gitmo Closure Named: Paul Lewis

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The Pentagon has just announced the new DoD special envoy for Guantanamo closure: Paul Lewis. Secretary Hagel Announces Appointment to Key Defense Post Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced the appointment of Paul M. Lewis to the position of Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure. This announcement reflects the Department’s commitment to implementing the President’s directive to . . .
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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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Tweaking Senator Paul’s NDAA Detention Language

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Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

In his post on Senator Rand Paul’s proposal regarding citizens and the NDAA, Bobby highlights a recurring and important question: why is it so hard for ostensibly civil libertarian legislators explicitly to oppose the domestic detention of U.S. citizens?  To date, I believe only one bill—that offered by Representatives Adam Smith (D-WA) and Justin Amash . . .
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Rep. Thornberry on Removing Some Lawful Options While Keeping Others

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Raff pointed earlier to a USA Today op-ed by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services committee.  His piece is styled as a response – an “opposing view,” in USA Today parlance – to an editorial in the paper, entitled “Indefinite Detention is Un-american.”  The latter critiques the NDAA, and frets . . .
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Update on the “Military Activities in Cyberspace” Provision in the HASC NDAA Bill

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

[UPDATE: If one looks at the draft NDAA provisions approved by the HASC Emerging Threats Subcomittee (Chairman Mac Thornberry, Hook 'Em), there is at section 942 a provision calling for quarterly reporting to SASC and HASC of DOD's significant cyberspace activities (as well as a section calling for DOD to report by March next year on . . .
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More on the Next NDAA: Military Activities in Cyberspace

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

[UPDATE 5/10/12: Whoops.  Careful readers will note that the new bill omits the congressional-notification language from last year's bill...at least in the text of the statute, though not in the explanatory statement.  I explain here.] Another item of interest in the draft NDAA FY13 released by Chairman McKeon today concerns military activities in cyberspace.  Readers . . .
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Transcript of House Debate on the NDAA

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Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

You can read the detention-specific portions of the December 14th House debate on the conference report here. Here are some highlights: Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL)  presented a strident opposition to the provisions. His comments begin right on page 1: This legislation establishes an authority for open-ended war anywhere in the world and against anyone. It . . .
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Congressional Hearing on Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Policy and Recidivism

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Yesterday the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Policy and Recidivism. The link to the hearing Web site, which has links to the prepared witness testimony, is here.  The Committee also posted the full video of the hearing on YouTube, found here.