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The “Tsarnaev is Innocent” Movement

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

I suppose this was inevitable: A Twitter hashtag has developed devoted to the proposition that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent: #Freejahar, for those curious to check it out. Spencer Ackerman describes it as follows: Barely two days after cops apprehended Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombings, supporters of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are rallying online. A flood of . . .
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More on Drone Shift from CIA to DOD

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Following up on Wells’ post, I increasingly think that the shift in drone authorities from CIA to DOD  first reported by Dan Klaidman might not amount to much in substance, and that any proposed changes face many hurdles in any event.  In addition to the suggestions to this effect in the  NYT story that Wells discusses, the . . .
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Robotic Dog Tosses Cinderblocks

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Speaking of Wired Danger Room, check this out: A robotic dog that tosses cinderblocks around with its head. Spencer Ackerman explains: Flesh-and-blood dogs merely fetch. The robotic pooch that Darpa funded can throw. Boston Dynamics’ BigDog started life as a headless four-legged robot capable of hauling soldiers’ gear along rough and uneven terrain. The BigDog’s upgrades . . .
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The Meaning of the U.N. Special Rapporteur’s Endorsement of Brennan for CIA Director

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapportuer for Human Rights who is conducting an inquiry into the legality of (among other things) U.S. drone strikes, and who has suggested that the United States might have committed war crimes, has told Spencer Ackerman at Danger Room that he supports John Brennan as the Director of the CIA.  Based on conversations with . . .
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Readings: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Letter to John Brennan, CIA Director Nominee, on Targeted Killing of US Citizens Abroad

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

John Brennan, nominated by President Obama to become the next CIA director, will apparently face some tough questioning from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) at his Senate confirmation hearings (reportedly set for Thursday, February 7, 2:30 pm).  Sen. Wyden has sent Brennan a letter (obtained by Wired’s DangerRoom) on the refusal of the Administration to release . . .
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Zero Dark Thirty

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Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

(Note from the Review Editor: We’re pleased to welcome this film review by Lawfare’s own Alan Rozenshtein; the Book Review also handles occasional reviews of media other than books. Other Lawfare contributors will likely weigh in on different matters raised by the film; we’re happy to start with this straight-out movie review.) Yesterday I saw Zero . . .
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Headless Robotic Mule!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Here’s the story from Spencer Ackerman of Wired Danger Room.

GAO Report on Housing Guantanamo Detainees in the U.S.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Lots of news coverage this morning about this GAO report, released yesterday by Senator Dianne Feinstein, on housing Guantanamo detainees in the United States. Here’s Spencer Ackerman of Wired Danger Room. Here’s the Associated Press. Here’s the executive summary of the report itself: Why GAO Did This Study  Since 2002, the United States has operated military detention . . .
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Defense Science Board on Autonomous Systems

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 6:29 AM

The Defense Science Board recently issued a new study on The Role of Autonomy in DoD Systems.  Spencer Ackerman has a good story summarizing and explaining its conclusions: The Pentagon’s science advisers want military robots to operate with far greater autonomy than they do today. Only one problem: There’s a cloud of distrust and misunderstanding . . .
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9/11 Military Commission Motions Hearing Preview

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

The motions hearing that begins tomorrow in the 9/11 military commissions case is far too sprawling to preview motion by motion. Instead, we’ve broken it up thematically. Nearly all of the 25 motions on which Military Judge James Pohl will hear arguments fall into one of three categories. There are, first, a series of threshold . . .
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Readings: Clausewitz for Kids

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Monday, July 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

The other day, Wells drew my attention to what could be the single most excellently eccentric national security-oriented project currently ongoing on the web: It is called Clausewitz for Kids. I am apparently not the first to discover it. Spencer Ackerman had this story about it last year. But I had missed it until the . . .
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New Army Manual on Preventing Harm to Civilians

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Over at Forbes.com, the estimable Gregory McNeal has this article about a new Army manual on preventing harm to civilians. The just-released manual, entitled “Civilian Casualty Mitigation,” was the subject of this article last year by Spencer Ackerman. McNeal writes: Today, the United States Army published what I believe is the first military manual aimed solely . . .
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Feedback Results

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

A great many thanks to everyone–and there were a lot of you–who sent me thoughtful comments, criticisms, and praise concerning our military commission coverage in response to my request of yesterday. Here is what I have learned–and what I mean to do in response. First, the overwhelming reaction to the level of detail in the coverage . . .
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Call for Feedback on 9/11 Arraignment Coverage

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Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

In general, I have received very positive reader response to Lawfare‘s neurotically-detailed military commissions coverage over the past few months. But yesterday, the estimable Spencer Ackerman suggested that Wells and I had gone to far at the 9/11 arraignment:  “Dear @lawfareblog,” he tweeted. “Right now you are unreadable, & it’s the 9/11 trial. Edit yourself. No . . .
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Reviews: CRS Report on U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

The headline news from this Congressional Research Service report (which comes courtesy of Wired’s Danger Room, in a very handy article by Spencer Ackerman) is that, today, nearly one in three US warplanes is a drone: Remember when the military actually put human beings in the cockpits of its planes? They still do, but in . . .
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The New York Times on the Al-Aulaqi Killing

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:09 AM

The first thing to say about today’s long-belated New York Times editorial on the Al-Aulaqi killing–and the memo justifying it–is that it is not a ridiculous document, and I’m not going to ridicule it. It does not flamboyantly contradict the paper’s past statements. It does not willfully misstate the law. It does not pervasively confuse the . . .
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Thoughts In Response to Spencer Ackerman #2

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 10:01 PM

“God bless Ben,” Spencer Ackerman writes, “he’s really trying hard to think through what the rules ought to be for killing an American citizen accused of terrorist membership.” My effort in that regard, he says, is “commendable . . . for spelling [due process standards] out explicitly, something no one else I’ve seen has done.” But . . .
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Thoughts In Response to Spencer Ackerman #1

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Over at Attackerman, Spencer Ackerman has written two posts (here and here) posing challenging question about the legality of the Al Aulaqi strike; in the second post, he also critiques my earlier due process analysis of when a strike against a U.S. citizen can be lawful. Spencer raises several distinct questions in two admirably brief . . .
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My Reply To Empty Wheelerman I

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Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:44 AM

I promised yesterday that I would collect and post my thoughts in response to Spencer Ackerman’s and Marcy Wheeler’s comments on drones and debates. Rather than try to take on the many big themes they raise in a single marathon post, I’m going to break it up and try to address them separately in two . . .
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Two Very Interesting Responses to a Flip Comment

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 8:11 AM

A few days ago, I posted this little comment concerning Eugene Robinson’s column on drones. The response to it has, I confess, surprised me, particularly as it has focused largely on an off-hand remark I made in the post. As the response has included some very rich and thoughtful commentary, I thought I would spin out . . .
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