This week was pledge drive on Washington’s major NPR affiliate: WAMU. If you’re like me, NPR pledge week involves a certain disruption in daily schedule. NPR is one of my major news sources. But I tend to go without it … Read more »
With President Obama’s big speech tomorrow on counterterrorism policy at National Defense University in mind, Commentary Magazine has been nice enough to post today my June cover essay, “The Case for Drones.” (It’s free; no subscriber wall.) Lawfare readers will … Read more »
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 »
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was in Afghanistan on Saturday to press for a security deal but “consciously chose not to see President Hamid Karzai,” says the New York Times, as tensions increase over the country’s refusal to sign a security pact with the United States. John Paul Schnapper-Casteras and Lawrence Korb have a piece in Politico urging Washington to call Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s bluff
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