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A Bad Idea Recycled

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

If a capture comes, can calls to send the terrorist to Guantanamo be far behind? Apparently not. ABC News is reporting that GOP Senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and Saxby Chambliss are calling for Abu Anas al-Libi to be taken to Guantanamo Bay: Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte and Saxby Chambliss said today it was . . .
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The President’s Speech: Lawmakers React to Obama’s Renewed Transfer Efforts

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Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Among the policies President Obama announced in his speech: a renewed commitment to transfer detainees to third countries, where possible. To that end, he said he would appoint a new GTMO-focused envoy at the Departments of State and Defense.  (Recall that the State Department office responsible for transfers was closed earlier this year and its primary staffer re-assigned). . . .
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Should Abu Ghaith Have Been Sent to GTMO? Senators Ayotte and Graham (Still) Think So

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Wednesday on the Senate floor, three senators spoke about the Obama administration’s decision to prosecute, in a federal court, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham unsurprisingly opposed this approach, and argued instead that Abu Ghaith should have been sent to GTMO for interrogation, . . .
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On Graham, Ghaith, and Detention Rules That Don’t Exist

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Further to Ben’s points on Senators Ayotte and Graham, note that the latter suggests that the Administration did something improper, in its handling of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith: “To bring this person to New York City, if that’s what happened, without letting Congress know is a very bad precedent to set,” Graham said. “The Congress has . . .
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A Memo to Sens. Graham and Ayotte

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Over at Politico, Ginger Gibson is reporting that: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) criticized the Obama administration on Thursday over reports that an al-Qaeda leader had been brought to New York. According to The New York Times, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was captured and will be in a New York court . . .
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More from Senate Amici on Oral Argument in Hedges

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

From the Hedges files: attorneys for Senators McCain, Ayotte, and Graham yesterday submitted this reply brief in support of their motion to participate in oral argument before the Second Circuit.  (The Hedges plaintiffs had opposed amici’s request to take part.) Interestingly, the Senators’ counsel highlight their clients’ unique institutional position relative to that of the executive . . .
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Senators Ask for Argument Time in Hedges

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte—who jointly filed an amicus brief in the Hedges appeal—are asking for argument time in the coming Second Circuit oral argument. They argue: Senate Amici played a leadership role in the drafting and enact- ment of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fis- cal Year . . .
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What is in the New NDAA, Why it Warrants a Veto, and Why it Probably Won’t Get One

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Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

So what exactly is in the NDAA conference report that is prompting the agitation for a presidential veto? Here is a quick and dirty summary of “Subtitle D—Counterterrorism”—along with an explanation of why President Obama ought to veto the bill but probably won’t. I’ve flagged in red the provisions that are actually a problem. Section 1021 . . .
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Senate NDAA Amendments Update

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

As readers know, last Thursday the Senate approved Senator Feinstein’s amendment to the NDAA, regarding the domestic detention of citizens and lawful permanent residents. That wasn’t all.  Now, after further debating and voting, the Senate’s updated bill also conditions the availability of certain funds for the Executive Office of the President on prior congressional notification regarding . . .
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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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Senate Debate on the NDAA Conference Report

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Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

In our final installment of NDAA transcripts, we bring you the Senate’s debate on December 15th on the conference report’s detention provisions. Here are some highlights: Senators Carl Levin and John McCain tout the strengths of the detention provisions starting on pages 1 and 3, respectively. Senator McCain acknowledges the collaboration the conference committee had with . . .
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NDAA Senate Debate Part 3: “hundreds and hundreds of hours of debate”

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Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

You can read the edited transcript from the Senate’s debate yesterday on the detention provisions here. Previous coverage is available here and here. This includes debate on the Sessions amendment starting on page 4, the Feinstein amendments starting on page 11 and continuing throughout the transcript, and Senator Ayotte’s amendments on page 40. As Senator Udall advocated on . . .
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Unsporting to Shoot Fish in a Barrel?

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Monday, October 24, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Kenneth Anderson writes of my post yesterday, “What should most concern the Times are the couple of emails I’ve received from several eminent professors, smart and intellectually scrupulous folks whose opinion I value a lot, deeply committed progressives, who have asked that I urge Wittes to greater restraint, because it’s . . .
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The New York Times Runs a Correction on an Editorial!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I awoke this morning to a genuine marvel: An actual real-live correction to a New York Times editorial on a national security issue. It reads as follows: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: October 22, 2011 An earlier version of this editorial misattributed the authors of the Senate measure. It . . .
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Josh Gerstein on the Ayotte Amendment

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Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The invaluable Josh Gerstein of the Politico offers these important pieces of the legislative politics puzzle surrounding the Kelly Ayotte amendment, which I wrote about here and here: The vote, taken just after 1 a.m. Friday, broke largely along party lines with most Republicans backing Ayotte’s proposal and most Democrats opposing it. The outliers were Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) . . .
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Ayotte Amendment Fails

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Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7:28 AM

The Kelly Ayotte amendment I discussed yesterday was voted down late last night, reports the Associated Press: WASHINGTON — The Senate voted early Friday to reject a Republican effort to prohibit the United States from prosecuting foreign terrorist suspects in civilian courts, handing a victory to President Barack Obama. By 52-47, senators turned aside a proposal . . .
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Who Needs This?

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Another unpleasant proposed spending restriction related to trying suspected terrorists–this time from Senator Kelly Ayotte. This is a proposed amendment to an appropriations bill for the Justice Department, among other agencies. It could receive a vote any day. It would be really neat to see 51 senators display any kind of backbone and vote it down. Here’s . . .
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Analysis of the McCain Legislation

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Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I promised Thursday night to write up comments on the new legislation that has emerged in the Senate. Let me start with the proposal by Senator John McCain on detention rules. This bill, introduced by Sens. McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joseph Lieberman, Saxby Chambliss, Kelly Ayotte, and Scott Brown, is basically a Senate version of the . . .
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