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What Lisa Monaco Actually Said

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Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Over at Just Security, Steve Vladeck objects to the piece Jack, Bobby, Matt and I wrote over the weekend on Lisa Monaco’s AUMF comments at the Aspen Security Forum. He argues that we are over-reading her comments. I’ll let readers judge that for themselves. Here’s a transcript (thanks to our intrepid intern, Tara Hofbauer) of . . .
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Raha Wala Responds on AUMF Debate

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First writes in with some reactions to my posts last week on the AUMF hearings, to which I respond briefly at the end. Jack’s posts on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Hearing on the AUMF raise important issues regarding the administration’s claimed Article II authorities to use force (see . . .
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Video of Jeh Johnson’s Oxford Union Speech

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The Oxford Union has now made available on YouTube the speech Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson gave there on November 30. We posted the text of the speech at the time; Jack commented on it earlier, as did Human Rights First’s Raha Wala and others.

Raha Wala on Jeh Johnson’s Oxford Speech

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Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First writes in with this comment on Jeh Johnson’s Oxford Speech: Ken and Jack are right that DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson, in his remarks at the Oxford Union, made a serious attempt to grapple with some hard issues associated with the “endgame” of the current conflict with al Qaeda.  . . .
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The Difference Between Military Commissions and the ACA

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

In his response to Andrea Prasow, Ben suggests that, in continuing to object to military commissions that have been blessed by two Congresses and both the Bush and Obama Administrations, “Human Rights Watch sound[s] a bit like conservatives will sound if—a few years from now—they are still refusing to accept that the Obama health care . . .
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Raha Wala on the NYT and Military Commissions

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First writes in with the following reaction to my comments yesterday on the New York Times‘s Room for Debate exchange over military commissions: Ben bemoans the New York Times Room for Debate feature on military commissions as a tired shadow-boxing match in which “the footwork was learned long ago and . . .
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Is the NDAA Vague or Overbroad?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The other day, in response to Raha Wala’s comments on Hedges, I promised to address the First Amendment question at the heart of Judge Forrest’s ruling—a promise that seems to have excited David Remes. Steve Vladeck, however, beat me to the punch in giving a detailed analysis of the matter, so this post will be . . .
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Raha Wala on Hedges—And My Response

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Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First writes in with the following response to my comments on Hedges. My thoughts follow his critique and very-cautious defense of Judge Forrest: Ben’s post on Judge Forrest’s opinion in Hedges I think provided a lot more heat than light, so I wanted to try to address what I think . . .
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Trevor Morrison on Precision in Language and Military Commissions

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Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Trevor Morrison of Columbia Law School writes in with the following response to my earlier post about Raha Wala’s use of the word “government.” His point is quite correct; my phraseology, about which he complains, was imprecise. I pass on Trevor’s comments–along with my own below them–as a kind of clarification: I like your post . . .
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An Answer to Raha Wala’s Question

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Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:37 AM

In his reply to Jack, Raha Wala of Human Rights Watch concludes: “I think the big question is why, as a matter of policy, the government continues to insist on using untested military commissions for international terrorism cases when Article III courts have proven more than capable of handling these same kinds of cases for . . .
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Raha Wala Responds on Military Commissions and Mission Creep

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Monday, April 2, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Below Raha Wala of Human Rights First responds to my to my post on mission creep in NGO demands concerning military commissions.  I think that a comparison of these complaints and concerns with the 2002 complaints and concerns supports rather than detracts from my mission creep speculation.  I also think the concerns and complaints below effectively . . .
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The NDAA: The Good, the Bad, and the Laws of War–Part II

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 4:48 PM

By Marty Lederman and Steve Vladeck* [Cross-posted at OpinioJuris] Section 1021 of the NDAA and the Laws of War In our companion post, we explained that section 1021 of the NDAA will not have the dramatic effects that many critics have predicted–in particular, that it will not affect the unresolved question of whether the 2001 Authorization . . .
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The NDAA: The Good, the Bad, and the Laws of War–Part I

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Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

By Marty Lederman and Steve Vladeck* [Cross-posted at OpinioJuris] Editorial pages and blogs have been overrun in the past couple of weeks with analyses and speculation about the detainee provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, which the President has just signed into law.  One of the major disputes concerns whether and howi the NDAA . . .
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Raha Wala Writes His Own FAQ

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First has rewritten Bobby and my NDAA FAQ. Here is his very commendable effort: While I agree that much of he public discussion of the NDAA provisions has been hyperbolic, I also think there’s much to be worried about in this bill and, therefore, I’m glad the debate has escaped . . .
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Section 1031 of the NDAA and Other Issues It Raises

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Further to the exchange between myself and Steve Vladeck regarding Section 1031 of the SASC version of the NDAA FY ’12, Raha Wala (Human Rights First) writes in with the following thoughtful comments and concerns about my last post [note: I’ve inserted some responses after each paragraph of Raha’s post, in italics for ease of . . .
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Raha Wala On the Al-Aulaqi Killing

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Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Raha Wala of Human Rights First writes in with the following objections to my analysis of the Anwar Al-Aulaqi killing: I don’t know if killing Aulaqi was legal because I don’t know what factual basis there was for it. But I do know that Ben’s criteria for justifying an extrajudicial killing are far from accurate . . .
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The Dehn-Wala Exchange on Military Commissions Continues

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:17 PM

John Dehn (West Point) has responded to Raha Wala (Human Rights First) in the latest round of their ongoing exchange relating to military commissions.  Addressing Raha’s most recent post, John writes: I enjoyed reading Raha Wala’s thoughtful response to my comments, and thank you for sharing it.  If you’ll indulge me, I would like to . . .
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Wala Responds to Dehn on Military Commissions

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Monday, March 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I recently posted comments from John Dehn (West Point) responding to comments from Raha Wala (Human Rights First) on the military commission system.  Raha has now written a reply to John: I appreciate Professor Dehn’s thoughtful response to my post, but in that response he mischaracterized my position on military commissions.  I do not claim . . .
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John Dehn Responds to Raha Wala Regarding Military Commissions

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

A little while back I posted comments from Raha Wala (Human Rights First) concerning military commissions.  Those comments have spurred the following response from John Dehn (West Point), which appears below: I read Raha Wala’s comments about military commissions last week with a bit of concern.  I am no apologist for military commissions and steadfastly refuse to express any . . .
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Raha Wala on Military Commissions

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Monday, February 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

In January I wrote a short piece for Foreign Policy arguing that the current military commission system is much less problematic than some critics claim though also not the ideal solution some perceive it to be.  Among other things, the piece resulted in an online and offline exchange of views with Raha Wala of Human Rights First, . . .
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