Nine or so months ago, following President Obama’s inaugural address assertion that a “decade of war is now ending,” which came on the heels of Jeh Johnson’s speech about the end of war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, Lawfare … Read more »
In the very first days after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush Administration asked Congress for broad statutory authorization to use military force to “deter and pre-empt any future acts of terrorism or aggression against the United … Read more »
(Updated and extended.) The White Paper’s reference to imminence has occasioned some heated rhetoric about the Obama administration stretching the notion beyond all possible ordinary meaning or bounds, etc. But it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s nothing new in … Read more »
A few days ago I posted a tongue-in-cheek reaction to President Obama’s inaugural address assertion that a “decade of war is now ending.” The post was a timeline of USG war-related events in the weeks before and the week after … Read more »
As Ben noted, I have a short essay on extra-AUMF threats as part of a Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law series. Drawing on Bobby’s important paper on the topic, I briefly explain why terrorist threats … Read more »
I’m pleased to report that a group of former Obama Administration lawyers (including yours truly) has just submitted to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence a letter expressing our strong support for John Brennan’s nomination to be Director of the … Read more »
Last night, former DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson was on the Rachel Maddow Show, discussing the war on terror, detention, and how the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, proceeded. Warning: the clip includes Maddow’s 8 minute introduction to the … Read more »
As Wells and Steve noted last week, the Senate approved the “Feinstein Amendment” to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Amendment, if enacted, would impose a clear statement rule for the detention of U.S. citizens and … Read more »
Jeh Johnson, the Department of Defense’s General Counsel, will resign effective midnight on December 31 of this year. According to his resignation letter, Johnson plans to take some time off, and then to return to private practice.
I agree entirely with Ken that DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson’s speech on the end-of-conflict with al Qaeda “makes a serious attempt to grapple with the conditions defining the endgame” and is “a significant articulation of the US government’s view … Read more »
Raff already shared the news re: this morning’s D.C. Circuit decision reversing Salim Hamdan’s military commission conviction for providing material support to terrorism (MST), holding that MST wasn’t a recognized violation of the laws of war prior to 2006 (when … Read more »
Ken and Ben have recently commented on the national security speeches of Obama Administration officials, including most recently the remarks of CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston. As a former Bush Administration official who would like to encourage more bipartisanship on … Read more »
My former colleagues on the Washington Post editorial page have weighed in quickly on Eric Holder’s speech yesterday with an editorial entitled, “It’s Time to Release the Drone Memos.” The gravamen of the editorial, as the title suggests, … Read more »
At least 29 people are dead and more than 70 are hurt after a series of attacks on Yemen’s defense ministry early this morning. The attacks were two-pronged: a suicide bomb blew open the gates and front entrance of the ministry’s complex in Sanaa’s Bab al-Yaman district, while armed attackers on foot opened fire inside. The Times and Al Jazeera also have the story.
Yesterday, Ritika told you about the Washington Post’s breaking news that … Read more »
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