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The Significance of Harold Koh’s Legal Defense of the Administration’s Interpretation of the 2001 AUMF

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Harold’s Koh’s grudging defense of the domestic legal basis for President’s Obama’s use of force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is important.  It adds little new to other defenses of the President’s position – a legal position, I have argued in past posts, is politically stupid and constitutionally imprudent but nonetheless legally . . .
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DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Speaking at Council on Foreign Relations

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The event is scheduled begin at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria? Possible International Legal Theories

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

In the wake of Thursday’s statements by Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and Friday’s comments by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, it sounds like the U.S. Government is at least considering whether to conduct air strikes against ISIS in Syria. A decision to do so clearly is not a done deal. As the Times . . .
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DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Speaking at the ABA Convention

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM

At this hour, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson is speaking at the ABA Convention. Here’s the text of his speech: REMARKS BY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY JEH JOHNSON AT THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Release Date: Aug. 9, 2014 Boston Hynes Convention Center (As prepared for delivery) Introduction Thank you, Elizabeth, . . .
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DHS Unity of Effort

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Big news over at the Department of Homeland Security.  Now in its 11th year, the Department continues to be operationally disaggregated into its component parts, with little of the cross-cutting economies of scale and efficiencies of effort that were a promised result of its creation.  Prior Secretaries have tried to tame the process with limited . . .
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Jeh Johnson Confirmation Hearing Video

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Here’s the video of Jeh Johnson’s hearing Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for confirmation as head of DHS:

“For the Rest of Time” — Really?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

How long will the enhanced security state in America last?  Apparently, some think it will be “for the rest of time.”  That has to be wrong. As readers of this blog know, I live on Capitol Hill and walk by the Supreme Court almost every day.  The Court building has been under renovation for what . . .
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Ending the End-of-War Timeline

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Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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 started the “End-of-War” Timeline.  We felt pretty firmly, as I wrote at the time, that “War is not ending; it is continuing, . . .
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Jeh Johnson Speech on “A ‘Drone Court': Some Pros and Cons”

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Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson is, at this hour, giving this speech at Fordham Law School in New York: Keynote address at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School:  A “Drone Court”: Some Pros and Cons by Jeh Charles Johnson[1] March 18, 2013 [preliminary extemporaneous remarks] Thank you for this invitation.  Today I . . .
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After the AUMF: A Response to Chesney, Goldsmith, Waxman, and Wittes

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

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 States”—that is to say, for statutory authorization of what that Administration called a “Global War . . .
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The US Government Position on Imminence and Active Self-Defense

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Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

(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 this from the standpoint of the US government.  The US government has held this view . . .
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What’s Really Wrong With the Targeted Killing White Paper

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

There’s certainly a lot to say about the DOJ white paper on targeted killings, much of which has been said already (and well) by others (see Raff’s “Headlines and Commentary” post for links).  At the risk of being unintentionally repetitive, I offer below the fold my own (exasperated) reactions to last night’s release–and to the . . .
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Announcing the “End-of-War” Timeline

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:07 AM

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 inauguration.  In the short period covered by the timeline, the United States killed by drone attack . . .
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Second-Term Obama Administration Policy on Extra-AUMF Threats

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Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

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 not covered by the AUMF are growing.  I then outline the possible (domestic) legal bases to meet . . .
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Letter in Support of Brennan Nomination

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

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 CIA.  As the letter states, in his current capacity as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, . . .
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Jeh Johnson on the Rachel Maddow Show

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Friday, January 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

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 issue, followed by clips of Mr. Johnson’s speech at the Oxford Union, and then the . . .
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Readings: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Speech at the National Press Club on National Security Strategy

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Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta delivered a wide-ranging address on December 18, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington DC on the United States’ overall national security strategy. The speech was part valedictory lap prior to Panetta stepping down after the New Year, part plea against “sequestration”  and its effects on DOD if . . .
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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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Military Detention of Non-Citizens and the Not-So-Negative Implications of the New Feinstein Amendment

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Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

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 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) apprehended within the United States, the effect of which would guarantee that such . . .
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DoD GC to Step Down at the End of the Year

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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.