National Public Radio has run this very interesting story on the situation at Guantanamo. It’s a lengthy segment, more than 11 minutes and features extended comments from former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg, and former military … Read more »
I have been beating this one the death, and will not for a while after this, but the gap between the supposed threat of cyberespionage and our response to it continues to amaze. From Ellen Nakashima, we learn this morning … Read more »
NPR’s Weekend Edition ran the following extended interview with me this morning on the subject of drone strikes, the White Paper, and the administration’s legal views more generally. It isn’t anything new to Lawfare readers, but Scott Simon and the … Read more »
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 … Read more »
NPR and WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show yesterday had a remarkably sophisticated and serious hour on the Gaza conflict. Well worth a listen for anyone who’s interested in the ongoing unpleasantness there. Guests included:
As Ben noted last month, Judge Bates recently has shown some interest in possibly moving the Boumediene-at-Bagram case, Al Maqaleh v. Rumsfeld, along toward a resolution. After several very quiet months seemingly mulling over the pleadings before him, … Read more »
President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, has given an extended interview to NPR on the administration’s view of the NDAA’s detainee affairs provision and its threat to veto the legislation. Not a lot new in the interview, but it … Read more »
An important case gets underway tomorrow in Boston: the civilian criminal prosecution of Tarek Mehanna, charged with an array of offenses stemming from allegations that he traveled to Yemen in 2004 in an effort to get training so he could … Read more »
This afternoon, NPR and France 24 reported on two significant events regarding Libya. First, Gadhafi may be ready to leave the country, and his representatives have sought negotiations regarding the mechanics of a potential departure.
Carrie Johnson at NPR posts (who knew that NPR reporters were blogging? This is really great stuff – add Carrie to your RSS feed) some important additional details. First, she confirms that there is still an open thread in the … Read more »
Analysis of the legality of the UBL operation continues to proliferate. Among the many I’ve seen today, I would recommend Gabor Rona’s fine piece defending the legality of the attack from the point of view of the “organized armed group/continuous … Read more »
One of the few bright spots when the flap over the Justice Department lawyers who previously had Guantanamo clients broke last year was the rapidity with which prominent conservatives denounced the attacks once given the chance by the statement I … Read more »
National Public Radio has added its voice to that of the New York Times on the new Wikileaked Guantanamo files. NPR actually has a few stories, along with this database–done in conjunction with the Times. One meme that is … Read more »
Carrie Johnson and Margot Williams of National Public Radio have a very interesting two-part series on what they call “Guantanamo North”–”two secretive units for convicted terrorists and other inmates who get 24-hour surveillance, right here in the U.S.” It’s a … Read more »
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (“AQAP”) has been much in the news this year thanks to the attempted Christmas Day Bombing last December, the ACLU/CCR lawsuit challenging the government’s alleged plans to use lethal force against U.S. citizen Anwar … Read more »
Leading the news: President Obama speaks today at the National Defense University on counterterrorism policy. Many are previewing the speech, including John. According to the New York Times’sCharlie Savage and Peter Baker, Obama will announce more stringent targeting criteria for non-battlefield strikes. This approach will govern the use of force against both citizens and non-citizens.