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The Frenemy Press: Pakistani Defense Minister on BBC Urdu

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Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

In preparing Wednesday’s news roundup, I came upon this story in The Express Tribune, a Pakistani English-language newspaper, about an interview that BBC Urdu did with Pakistani Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar. Mr. Mukhtar asserted, according to the Tribune, that “the government of Pakistan and the armed forces played a huge part in the killing of Osama bin Laden. . . . . .
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Osama bin Laden’s Deathiversary (Special Edition of Today’s Headlines and Commentary)

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Monday, April 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The one-year anniversary last week of Osama bin Laden’s death generated enough stories of interest that I thought the occasion deserves its own post, separate from Today’s Headlines and Commentary. President Obama and Hilary Clinton relive the experience of watching last year’s raid as part of an MSNBC interview with Brian Williams. SecDef Leon Panetta recalls the “nail-biting moments” . . .
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Mrs. Bin Laden Speaks

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Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:17 AM

The New York Times has an interesting story today about a police report summarizing interviews of Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, one of Osama Bin Laden’s wives, who was living with him in the Abbottabad compound. I’m not sure I learned much about Al Qaeda or Pakistani collaboration in hiding Osama Bin Laden, but if you’re into . . .
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Amazing David Ignatius Story–and ConText Follow Up

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I had no idea when I wrote this post last night about ConText that I would awaken this morning to this incredible story by my former colleague David Ignatius about a cache of soon-to-be-released communications from Osama Bin Laden. Ignatius writes: Before his death, Osama bin Laden boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan . . .
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On Due Process and Targeting Citizens

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Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

The Washington Post leads this morning with a story headlined “Secret U.S. Memo Sanctioned Killing of Aulaqi,” which opens: The Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, according to administration officials. The document was produced following a . . .
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11th Circuit Affirms Jose Padilla’s Conviction, and Grants Government Appeal of His Sentence

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Monday, September 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM

A divided 11th Circuit panel has issued a lengthy opinion (112 pages in pdf, with the dissent) affirming the conviction of  Jose Padilla, Adham Hassoun, and Kifah Jayyousi, and granting the government’s cross-appeal challenging the adequacy of Padilla’s sentence.  Chief Judge Dubina’s majority opinion identified 10 issues, which I list below followed by a short statement of how . . .
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National Security as Fading Priority

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Business Insider is reporting: According to Twitter users set a record on Sunday night when Beyonce revealed her baby bump to the record-breaking VMA audience. From @twitterglobalpr: “Last night at 10:35pm ET, Beyonce’s big MTV #VMA moment gave Twitter a record bump: 8,868 Tweets per second.” That beats both the Virginia earthquake at 5500 tweets per second, and as the Atlantic Wire notes it also beats the record for Osama . . .
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Is AQAP Part-and-Parcel of al Qaeda? Some New Evidence

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Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Mark Mazzetti had a piece yesterday in the Times covering the important news that CIA once again has located and killed al Qaeda’s top officer for operational planning (Atiyah abd al-Rahman, who took over that position after a drone killed Sheikh Saeed al-Masri last year, and who more recently became al Qaeda’s #2 overall official . . .
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Are We Nearing an End of Hostilities?

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Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:59 AM

When the Secretary of Defense declares, as Leon Panetta recently did, that the strategic defeat of Al Qaeda is “within reach,” it is probably time to start thinking about the termination of hostilities for purposes of AUMF detention authority. The Washington Post reports that: Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, said . . .
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Small World…Jury Conviction, New York, al-Shabab, Overseas Capture

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Isn’t this interesting….  In a case titled United States v. Kaziu (E.D.N.Y. July 7, 2011), a jury in Brooklyn today returned a guilty verdict against Betim Kaziu.  He was convicted on counts including conspiracy to kill overseas (18 USC 956(a)), conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism (18 USC 2339A), attempted provision of material support to al . . .
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What Would We Do With Detainees Captured Outside Afghanistan? Must-Read Testimony from McRaven and Allen on Counterterrorism Policy

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

[UPDATE: See here for a clarification; contrary to my original read below, it appears Admiral McRaven did not mean for the list of disposition options to refer to non-AUMF scenarios] While many eyes were on Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s WPR hearing yesterday,  the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing relating to the nominations of Admiral McRaven . . .
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Moot

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Friday, June 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

The Washington Post and NPR report that the 13-year old case against Osama bin Laden has been dismissed. The Post says that: The government filing lists bin Laden’s alleged crimes, and then states: “On or about May 1, 2011, while this case was still pending, defendant Usama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in . . .
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Accelerating US Operations Against AQAP in Yemen (and Support from Opposition Leaders)

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Mark Mazzetti has a very important story in the Times noting that, far from backing away from using lethal force against AQAP targets in Yemen during this time of political instability, the US has stepped up its operations over the past month.  First there was the drone strike directed at Anwar al-Awlaki shortly after the UBL . . .
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Unsound Criticism of the Legality of Drone Strikes at Foreign Policy

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Writing at Foreign Policy, Charli Carpenter and Lina Shaikhouni present a series of arguments challenging the legality of the U.S. use of lethal force–whether from drones or special forces–in Pakistan.  First there is this: Military operations inside Pakistan do pose international legal problems, but it’s not because of the drones. It’s because the United States is technically . . .
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Title 50 as a Sufficient Domestic Law Predicate for Certain Uses of Force

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM

I join Ben in welcoming Marty Lederman back to blogging.  His initial post–parsing both international and domestic legal issues relating to the UBL operation–is typically thorough and insightful (not to mention generally correct).  Because it is a long post, however, I want to single out an interesting issue he raises that might otherwise slip past . . .
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Harold Koh on the Bin Laden Operation

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Over at Opinio Juris, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has posted a brief statement on “The Lawfulness of the U.S. Operation Against Osama bin Laden.” The key passage reads: Given bin Laden’s unquestioned leadership position within al Qaeda and his clear continuing operational role, there can be no question that he was the leader . . .
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Koh on the Legality of the UBL Operation

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Over at Opinio Juris, State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh has issued an official statement regarding the legality of the UBL operation. No surprises here. Harold quotes at length from his ASIL statement, and then offers what appear to be two distinct (or are they?) arguments as to why it was lawful to kill UBL. . . .
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Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Imperial Presidency

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Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Ross Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times, has an interesting op-ed today in which he notes that President Obama’s foreign policy is similar to that of President Bush’s but is subject to less of an institutional check, see here.  Douthat reasons that, because Republicans tend to agree with Obama’s aggressive and militaristic foreign . . .
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Benjamin Kleinerman on the Administration’s Silence

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Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Benjamin Kleinerman, author of The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power (a truly excellent book, by the way, about which I have been meaning to post thoughts), wrote in over the weekend to take issue with my post wondering about the absence of Harold Koh from the debate about the legality of . . .
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The Administration’s Puzzling Failure to Explain the Legal Basis for Killing Bin Laden

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Ken and Ben have noted the Administration’s continuing and puzzling failure to explain the legal justifications for the killing of Bin Laden.  As someone who was in the Situation Room on 9-11, I have special reasons to agree that justice was done.  But I still think it is important for the Administration to explain its . . .
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