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A Recap of Friday’s Oral Arguments in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta

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Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Despite the day (TGIF!), the weather (95 degrees and rising), and other developing national security news, the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse security checkpoint was brimming with people primed to hear oral arguments on the defendants’ motion to dismiss in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta. This being Washington in the summer, interns were predictably everywhere: at the defendants’ . . .
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Oral Argument Preview: Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Tomorrow morning, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments on the government’s motion to dismiss in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta. The lawsuit was filed last July by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of the family members of three . . .
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The ACLU’s Limited Victory in the D.C. Circuit FOIA Case

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Judge Garland’s persuasive opinion in the ACLU FOIA case is important but narrow, and its significance for intelligence community transparency is entirely unclear. Recall that the CIA had refused to respond to the ACLU request for records pertaining to drone strikes.  The CIA’s justification for this Glomar response was that “[a]n official CIA acknowledgment that confirms or denies the . . .
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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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The Meaning of the U.N. Special Rapporteur’s Endorsement of Brennan for CIA Director

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapportuer for Human Rights who is conducting an inquiry into the legality of (among other things) U.S. drone strikes, and who has suggested that the United States might have committed war crimes, has told Spencer Ackerman at Danger Room that he supports John Brennan as the Director of the CIA.  Based on conversations with . . .
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Asymmetrical USG Reactions to Cyber Exploitations and Cyber Attacks

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Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:24 AM

I am puzzled by two news reports on USG cyber policy in the last few days.  This AP story from Friday surprised me for what it revealed about the lethargic U.S. reaction to the now-many-years-old problem of Chinese cyber exploitations of U.S. public and private computer systems.  “We have to begin making it clear to the Chinese that the . . .
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How the Rules Changed on Women in Combat—A Legislative and Executive History Primer

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

To considerable fanfare, departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey announced this week the decision to lift the ban on woman serving in combat units. Panetta stated: “General Dempsey and I are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion rule for women and we are moving . . .
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Growing USG Support for the French Intervention in Mali

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The Sunday NYT story on the French intervention in Mali noted that the United States had long trained Mali forces but had also long believed that “a Western assault on the Islamist stronghold could rally jihadists around the world and prompt terrorist attacks as far away as Europe.”  The FT’s Geoff Dyer says today, in a good analysis, that . . .
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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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Motion to Dismiss Filed in Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta et al.

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Friday, December 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Today, lawyers for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and other federal officials sued in their individual capacities, filed a motion to dismiss in the case of Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta et al.  The defendants have asked the district court to throw out the suit brought by Nasser Al-Aulaqi and Sarah Khan.  As is well known, plaintiffs . . .
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The Significance of Panetta’s Cyber Speech and the Persistent Difficulty of Deterring Cyberattacks

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Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s speech last week on cyber is more significant than has been reported.  Most of the coverage focused on Panetta’s grave warnings about cyber threats facing the nation, but the speech’s real significance, I think, concerns DOD’s evolving deterrence posture.  (The speech has other significant elements, but I focus here on . . .
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SecDef Panetta Speech on Cybersecurity

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Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Here’s a transcript of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s speech yesterday on cybersecurity in New York: Remarks by Secretary Panetta on Cybersecurity to the Business Executives for National Security, New York City SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON E. PANETTA:  Thank you.  Thank you very much. Thank you so much for this wonderful evening and the chance to . . .
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The Government’s Conundrum in Responding to “No Easy Day”

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

“How the hell can we run sensitive operations here that go after enemies if people are allowed to do that?,” asked Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, on CBS, in response to the revelations about the Bin Laden mission by former SEAL Matthew Bissonnette in No Easy Day.  Panetta’s question makes plain the pressure on DOD . . .
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Government Files Brief Opposing Permanent Injunction in Hedges

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The government has filed its brief in opposition to the plantiffs’ motion for a permanent injunction–and seeking dismissal of the case. The brief opens as follows: Defendants Barack Obama,Leon Panetta, and the Department of Defense (collectively, the “government”) respectfully submit this memorandum in opposition to plaintiffs’ request for a permanent injunction against the operation of a portion of . . .
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The Aulaqi-Khan Suit: Some Initial Thoughts

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I have now read through the ACLU-CCR lawsuit on behalf of the Al-Aulaqi and Khan families. Here are my initial thoughts: First, this lawsuit does not suffer from the prohibitive standing problem that plagued these groups’ earlier efforts to block prospectively the targeting of Anwar Al-Aulaqi. That case suffered from the basic jurisdictional problem that . . .
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Were Kevin Jon Heller and I Both Wrong?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Earlier this week, Kevin Jon Heller and I had an exchange over what the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA, Akhil Afridi, was actually charged with and convicted of. Writing at Opinio Juris, Kevin dismissed suggestions by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that the doctor was charged because he helped the CIA find the world’s . . .
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What Was Dr. Afridi Convicted Of?

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Monday, May 28, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Over at Opinio Juris, Kevin Jon Heller has a post complaining about Leon Panetta’s recent lament that “[i]t is so difficult to understand and it’s so disturbing that [Pakistan] would sentence this doctor to 33 years for helping in the search for the most notorious terrorist in our times. . . . This doctor was not working against Pakistan, . . .
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ABA-SOUTHCOM Exchange of Letters Over Guantanamo Written Communications

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The other day, I received the following email from Army Colonel Scott Malcom of United States Southern Command concerning an exchange of letters between the president of the American Bar Association and the Commander of Southern Command over Guantanamo attorney-client communications in military commission cases. Col. Malcom also sent along the letters themselves, which I have embedded into . . .
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The Panetta-Sessions Exchange on Authorization for Force in Syria

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Peter Feaver has an insightful post at Shadow Government concerning yesterday’s exchange between Secretary Panetta and Senator Sessions regarding the administration’s position on whose authorization it must or should obtain before using military force in Syria.  The exchange was very interesting, so much so that I actually printed up the transcript and had my National . . .
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Why the New Senate Detention Language Still Stinks

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 8:57 PM

The Senate’s new NDAA language changes almost nothing. Yes, there are some technical adjustments, which Bobby has described in detail, and some of these may serve to lessen slightly the irrational burden this bill would put on those who have to handle detainee affairs and terrorism investigations both domestically and abroad. But the core of . . .
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