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How to be Funny about Emotionless Killing Machines

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Tuesday, Ben bemoaned the state of drone-themed humor in the New York Times, and followed it up yesterday morning with a tale of national security parody gone awry. Lawfare is not above the occasionally-off-color sense of humor in this realm, but as Ben said, drone comedy should at least make you laugh. Here’s some that . . .
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Scott Shane on Codifying US Drone Rules

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Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Scott Shane of the New York Times has an interesting story in tomorrow’s paper: Facing the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term, his administration accelerated work in the weeks before the election to develop explicit rules for the targeted killing of terrorists by unmanned drones, so that a new president would . . .
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Reflections on Jack and Trevor’s Weekend Exchange

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:42 AM

I spent a flight out to Minnesota yesterday reflecting on Jack’s and Trevor’s discussion over the weekend of Obama’s first term, his coming second term, the Bush administration, and the now-will-never-be Romney administration. I agree with nearly everything both Trevor and Jack are saying, so my point in this post is not really to continue . . .
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Last Word (from Me) on Bush-Obama Continuity

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

While I am sure we differ in emphasis and details, I agree with the thrust of Trevor’s latest post.  As I argued in my last two books, the early Bush administration approach to presidential power was, in reality and especially in rhetoric, unprecedented in American wartime history and self-defeating.  I also agree – and again, . . .
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One Further Thought on CT Continuities and Discontinuities

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I appreciate Jack’s follow-up post on the larger picture of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies and their points of continuity with the Bush administration (though only the late Bush, as he properly underscores).  Jack and I agree on much more than we disagree on, including that evaluations of the Obama policies in this area depend in . . .
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More on Bush-Obama Continuity

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM

When I wrote on Friday about the “basic counterterrorism policies that Obama continued, with tweaks, from the late Bush administration,” I meant to refer only to policies that “Obama continued” from the Bush era, and not to make a claim (indeed, I was trying to avoid making a claim) about the now-very-old debate whether and to . . .
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Obama v. Bush on Counterterrorism Policy

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

I agree with much of what Jack says in his recent post about the counterterrorism issues likely to face President Obama in his second term.  But there’s one aspect of how Jack frames the discussion that I disagree with somewhat.  Because a number of other commentators seem to use the same basic framing, I thought I’d . . .
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Counterterrorism Legal Policy in Obama’s Second Term

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Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

One important consequence of President Obama’s re-election will be the further entrenchment, and legitimation, of the basic counterterrorism policies that Obama continued, with tweaks, from the late Bush administration.  We will have four more years of a Democratic president presiding over military detention without trial, military commission trials (at least for the 9/11 conspirators, if . . .
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Thoughts on Election Day: Towards Consensus and Institutional Settlement

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I’ve been around this town long enough to know that Lawfare will not be the site that everyone is checking obsessively today. We’re not going to have exit polls here, and this may well be the only time you see the word “Ohio” on the site today. But I thought I would take the occasion of . . .
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Will Drone Strikes Become Obama’s Guantanamo — Or Romney’s?

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

A year ago, I wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “Will Drone Strikes Become Obama’s Guantanamo?” in which I argued that unless the Obama Administration did a better job explaining the legal and policy basis for drones strikes, it risked “having its largely successful drone program become as internationally maligned as Guantanamo.” I . . .
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National Security Legal Issues in Last Night’s Debate

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:42 AM

There were basically none. No discussion of Guantanamo, of habeas, of the NDAA, of interrogation, of military commissions, of targeted killing—and only the most cursory mention of drone strikes. This is quite a change from four years ago, when themes of restoring the rule of law, ending torture, and closing Guantanamo played big in Obama’s . . .
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What’s Most at Stake for Counterterrorism Policy in the 2012 Election

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Earlier today I argued that a Romney administration would not pursue significantly different counterterrorism policies than a second Obama administration.  Below I note three caveats to this claim, and I describe what I think is most at stake in the election for counterterrorism policy. Caveat 1: Both Ben and I qualified our claims for continuity . . .
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More on the Romney Team Interrogation Memo

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Last week Ben argued that, despite the Romney Team memo on interrogation and Romney’s promise to use “enhanced” interrogation techniques, a President Romney would not change the Obama interrogation policy, “at least not in the short term,” because (I summarize) (a) the CIA doesn’t want back in the interrogation game, (b) U.S. forces are not capturing lots of . . .
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Would a President Romney Bring Back Enhanced Interrogation?

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Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Jack linked yesterday to this Charlie Savage story about this internal Romney campaign draft memo urging a full-throated embrace of “enhanced interrogation”—written a year ago by Romney’s “national security law subcommittee.” The memo recommends that: Governor Romney could pledge that upon taking office, he will rescind and replace President Obama’s Executive Order restricting government interrogators . . .
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Charlie Savage on Romney Team Memo on Interrogation

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Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Charlie Savage of the NYT has an interesting piece on a memorandum entitled “Interrogation Techniques” that Savage reports was circulated last year among the Romney campaign’s “National Security Law Subcommittee” – a subcommittee that, Savage  says, “consists of a brain trust of conservative lawyers, most of whom are veterans of the George W. Bush administration.”  . . .
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How the War on Terror Unites Washington

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Friday, September 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ben and I wrote this article for Commonweal magazine, entitled “Two Parties, One Policy: Washington’s New Consensus on Terrorism.” It begins: Political parties in the United States, like a spatting couple in a bad marriage, have been fighting over the law of counterterrorism for more than a decade. And like the spatting couple, they have . . .
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Naunihal Singh on the Oak Creek Massacre

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM

My old friend Naunihal Singh, a political science professor at Notre Dame University, has this very moving piece on The New Yorker‘s web page on the killings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin: The media has treated the shootings in Oak Creek very differently from those that happened just two weeks earlier in . . .
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A Fair Question

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent poses an interesting question:  If elected, does Mitt Romney intend to revoke President Obama’s January 22, 2009 executive order on interrogation? The order largely restricts U.S. interrogators to the techniques authorized by the Army Field Manual.  It thus effectively prohibits the use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” employed by . . .
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Jack Goldsmith’s Op-Ed, Counterterrorism, & Campaign Politics

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Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’m very excited to join the Lawfare team. As a first post, I’d draw readers’ attention to Jack’s Washington Post op-ed, in which he discusses how candidate Romney might to try to differentiate himself from President Obama on counterterrorism policy. Although I differ with Jack on some things in here, especially important is his point . . .
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GOP National Security Debate Roundup

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The Republican presidential candidates debated national security and foreign policy issues last night in Washington. Ritika teed up the debate here with links to the Post’s preview of issues to watch and a synopsis of the candidates’ positions from CNN’s Security Clearance blog. CNN’s liveblog of the debate is here, a transcript is here, and . . .
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