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Constitution Project Report on Detainee Treatment Concludes U.S. Engaged in Torture

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The Constitution Project has released the results of its Task Force on Detainee Treatment in the form of this 577-page report—which concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that “the nation’s highest officials bear some responsibility for allowing and contributing to the spread of torture.” Here . . .
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NGO Letter to the President on Targeted Killing

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Last week a group of major human rights NGOs sent this letter to the President on U.S. targeted killing practices.  It calls on the Obama administration to “publicly disclose key targeted killing standards and criteria; ensure that U.S. lethal force operations abroad comply with international law; enable meaningful Congressional oversight and judicial review; and ensure . . .
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The Frenemy Press on Ben Emmerson’s Statement

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Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

As Ben and Gregory McNeal posted earlier, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, issued this statement on March 14 after a three-day visit to Pakistan, in which he concluded that U.S. drone strikes are, in the Pakistani government’s eyes, “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that . . .
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Exactly What Targeted Killing Duties Are Shifting from CIA to DOD?

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Lawfarers are by now steeped in this news: the White House apparently intends to diminish the CIA’s responsibility for drone strikes, and to transfer that responsibility, over time, to the Department of Defense.  That’s gist of Dan Klaidman’s recent reporting, which Jack and Matt earlier discussed.  Both explain why the move might not—despite expectations—usher in a bonanza of additional transparency. But . . .
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NYT on Al-Aulaqi Operation and Underlying Legal Analysis

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

[UPDATED 4:53] Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Charlie Savage of The New York Times have this lengthy article on the hunt for Anwar Al-Aulaqi.  Their piece describes, among other things, the legal analyses that approved of Al-Aulaqi’s killing. Interestingly, the article says that OLC’s legal workup was influenced by “a legal blog that focused on a statute that . . .
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Why a “Drone Court” Won’t Work–But (Nominal) Damages Might…

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

There’s been a fair amount of buzz over the past few days centered around the idea of a statutory “drone court”–a tribunal modeled after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that would (presumably) provide at least some modicum of due process before the government engages in targeted killing operations, but that, like the FISC, would . . .
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ACLU Opposes FISA-Like Judicial Review of Drone Strikes

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

The most interesting element in Scott Shane’s interesting story on the growing pressure for a Court to vet drone strikes (which quotes Bobby several times) is that the ACLU opposes it.  Shane says that Hina Shamsi of the ACLU (these are Shane’s words) “said that a drone court would be a step backward, and that extradition and . . .
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Announcing the Lawfare News Feed

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

My excitement over Shane Harris’s new blog, Dead Drop, provides a catalyst for an action I have been meaning to take for some time: creating an automated page on Lawfare for outside news feeds of particular value for Lawfare readers. Many blogs have blogrolls, but I find these useless and have never put one on Lawfare; they . . .
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Very Strange Column by the New York Times Public Editor

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Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM

This is a very weird column by New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. Sullivan, acknowledging that the Times has broken important stories about the CIA’s drones program and has sought more information using FOIA on the drones program, nonetheless takes the Times to task for going easy on the government on drones policy: But The Times has . . .
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Scott Shane on the Moral Case for Drones

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8:21 PM

An important news analysis piece from Scott Shane of the New York Times. I’m glad Shane took the time to lay this out. Though the point seems very obvious to me, it is decidedly non-obvious to many people I talk to. It opens: FOR streamlined, unmanned aircraft, drones carry a lot of baggage these days, . . .
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President Obama’s Non-Credible Statement on Leaks

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Friday, June 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

President Obama, today, on the possibility of leaks from the White House: The notion that the White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive, it’s wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me approach this office .  . . . .
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Discussion of Drone Strikes on the Diane Rehm Show Today

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Excellent discussion of drone strikes on today’s Diane Rehm Show–which, unfortunately, is not embeddable. (Memo to the Diane Rehm Show: Make your episodes embedable!) Guests include: Scott Shane Reporter, The New York Times John Bellinger Partner, Arnold & Porter Shuja Nawaz  Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council and author of “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, . . .
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Drone Stories, the Secrecy System, and Public Accountability

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Both the NYT Becker-Shane “Kill List” story and the Klaidman book excerpt have implications for the pending ACLU FOIA suit in CADC, which seeks CIA records on CIA drone strikes.  (It also has implications for the broader ACLU FOIA case in SDNY, but I set those aside here.)  The story and the excerpt are based . . .
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Dan Klaidman on “How Obama Learned to Kill”

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Yesterday, I linked to this article in the New York Times on the development of Obama’s counterterrorism policies. I did not know when I posted it that my old colleague, Dan Klaidman, had a book excerpt out the same day. Raffaela linked yesterday to this incredible story in Newsweek/The Daily Beast, but I thought I would flag . . .
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The New York Times on Obama and Counterterrorism

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:01 AM

The New York Times this morning has a lengthy, rich, and detailed feature story on President Obama’s counterterrorism record. Reporters Jo Becker and Scott Shane have done a really terrific job of bringing together lots of strands of Obama’s development in this area and telling the story almost entirely based on interviews with participants. It’s very . . .
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New York Times Files Suit Against DOJ in Pursuit of al-Aulaqi Memo

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Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

The New York Times and columnists Charlie Savage and Scott Shane have filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act against the Department of Justice for access to the OLC memo authorizing the targeted killing of Anwar Al-Aulaqi. Read the filing here (which quotes our own John Bellinger and Jack Goldsmith, and also quotes from John O. . . .
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Scott Shane on Domestic Law Enforcement, Prisons, and Counterterrorism

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Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 7:41 AM

The New York Times’s Scott Shane this morning has a very beautifully reported feature story about domestic prisons, law enforcement, and terrorism cases. It is a rich read, including some fascinating correspondence and interviews with current and former prisoners at U.S. facilities. It is well worth your time.

Civilian Deaths from Drone Strikes

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Friday, August 12, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Scott Shane has an important story in the New York Times on the controversy over the number of civilian deaths caused by the CIA’s drones program outside of Afghanistan. Shane reports that, The civilian toll of the C.I.A.’s drone campaign, which is widely credited with disrupting Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan’s tribal area, . . .
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Final Report on Independent Amerithrax Review

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 11:03 PM

As Scott Shane reported in today’s New York Times, the panel of independent psychiatric experts who reviewed the behavioral health history of Dr. Bruce E. Ivins–the person believed to be responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks–just released a redacted, public version of its final report. The executive summary of the report is here. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth . . .
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Thoughts on the TSA Controversy

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Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I assume that TSA’s intrusive patdowns are not cost-effective, that some TSA employees will abuse the new body scanners, and that the TSA on the whole focuses too much on “security theater” and not enough on targeted interrogation.  But I also think some of the many harsh criticisms of TSA go too far and locate . . .
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