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Georgetown Law Event on “Legal and Ethical Implications of Autonomous Weapons”

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:37 AM

On Thursday, I participated in a particularly good discussion at Georgetown University Law Center on “Legal and Ethical Implications of Autonomous Weapons.” Hosted by the school’s National Security Law Society, the event was moderated by Washingtonian‘s Shane Harris and included, in addition to me, Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch and Professor Missy Cummings of . . .
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Greg McNeal on Human Rights Watch and “Killer Robots”

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Over at Forbes.com, Greg McNeal takes a break from guest blogging for Lawfare to body slam Human Rights Watch over its “killer robots” campaign. Last week, I published a grass roots letter from Human Rights, along with Tom Malinowski’s candid reflections on how its tone jives with Tom’s desire for a “serious conversation” on the subject of . . .
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Human Rights Watch Campaign on Killer Robots—and Tom Malinowski’s Response

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Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

A few weeks ago, Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch had a thoughtful and serious—if sometimes playful—exchange with Matt, Ken, and me over fully autonomous weapons systems. But there seems to be another, less serious, side of Human Rights Watch’s advocacy on the subject, a grass-roots campaign that is quite extreme in its rhetoric and . . .
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Tom Malinowski Ups the Game in Lawfare’s Discussion of Killer Robots

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Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch writes in with the latest salvo in our ongoing debate about robots with autonomous firing power—in a post that, I’m afraid, sets a new standard for multi-media guest posting. Please make sure to read to the end and watch the video clip Tom has included. I promise it will . . .
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Tom Malinowski Responds on Lethal Autonomous Systems: Part II

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:56 AM

After responding yesterday to Matt and Ken on lethal autonomous robots, Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski now takes aim at my critique of his group’s report on robots with autonomous lethal capability. I post his response along with some thoughts of my own below it: Having responded to Matt and Ken’s critique of Human Rights . . .
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Tom Malinowski on New Waterboarding Allegations

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Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch writes in with the following comments in response to my recent post on Human Rights Watch’s new allegations of water boarding by the CIA: I’m shocked that you’re shocked!  Seriously, what’s surprised me over the years is that we weren’t getting more solid reports about cases of waterboarding that . . .
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Here’s a Good Human Rights-Oriented April Fools Prank

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Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Courtesy of Tom Malinowski, who announced today that he is leaving Human Rights Watch. Writes Malinowski, after describing the joy he saw in Libya, traveling there after Qadaffi’s fall: And then it came to me: None of this joyful liberation would have been possible had Qaddafi not given his people something to be liberated from. . . .
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I Worried This Would Happen

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I was afraid that the nomination of Matthew Olsen to head NCTC would head in this direction. Over at the Weekly Standard, Thomas Joscelyn is suggesting that senators grill Olsen concerning the transfer recommendations of the Guantanamo review task force he headed at the beginning of the Obama adminsitration: On July 1, President Obama announced . . .
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Hirsh on the Obama Administration and Small-Footprint/Low-Visibility Counterterrorism

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Friday, May 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Michael Hirsh (National Journal) has a very interesting piece today at the Atlantic (online that is, not sure if this is going into print as well).  Here’s a key slice of it: Obama has also demonstrated a take-no-prisoners ruthlessness (literally) that has surprised even some inside the intelligence community. Whether it is because Obama simply . . .
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Malinowski on the (Lack of) Need for Authority to Detain Without Charge for Persons Captured Outside Combat Zones

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Friday, January 7, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Tom Malinowski has an interesting op-ed in the Post today on the topic of the proposed executive order addressing annual reconsideration of GTMO detention decisions.  He notes that there may be interest in using such an order not only to enhance the existing annual review process for the current detainee population but also to address future detention . . .
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How Ideas Get Inverted

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Friday, December 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Here’s a little cautionary tale about life in the information anarchy in which we all exist today. It is, I suspect, a metaphor for something, though I’m not sure what. I pass it on as it may amuse some readers as much as it amused me. The other day, I posted this set of musings . . .
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Malinowski on IHL Away from the Battlefield and on the Meaning of Imminence

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Last week I raised the question whether Human Rights Watch has altered its position on the scope of application of international humanitarian law (“IHL”)—a topic with tremendous significance for both the detention and targeting debates.  The issue arose because, in a recent letter from Kenneth Roth concerning targeted killings, HRW described the scope of IHL’s . . .
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Interesting Reader Responses on Wikileaks

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I’ve received a number of interesting responses to my post from Sunday on rewriting the Espionage Act. Two bear particular attention. The first is an email from a scholar who prefers to remain anonymous, who writes: In your proposal, you require that the information be “properly classified,” instead of just “classified.”  I’m wondering about your thinking . . .
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Has Human Rights Watch Changed Its Position on Targeted Killing and the Scope of Application of IHL?

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Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Reacting to the decision yesterday in al-Aulaqi, Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to President Obama, in the name of HRW’s President Kenneth Roth, setting forth HRW’s views on the legal issues associated with targeted killing.   A key passage: We recognize that the deliberate use of lethal force can be legal in operations involving . . .
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Reflections on Malinowski’s Clarification

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Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I promised I would offer thoughts on Tom Malinowski’s latest missive after I had a chance to digest and reflect on it. Since then, I have been mostly digesting and reflecting on Justice Breyer’s new book, on which I will be moderating a discussion at Brookings on Wednesday. But let it not be said that my . . .
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Clarification from Tom Malinowski

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Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 3:23 PM

When last we left the question of targeted killings, Kevin Jon Heller and I were arguing over how to read Tom Malinowski’s statement on behalf of Human Rights Watch on the subject. Considering the question a matter of original understanding, I referred it to Tom (If only asking Madison and Hamilton what they meant were as . . .
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On the Original Understanding of Malinowski

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Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Kevin Jon Heller makes several challenging points in response to my earlier thoughts on Tom Malinowski’s statement on targeted killings. Before you tune this out as a navel-gazing blogosphere back-and-forth, consider that the point in dispute is actually important. It goes to whether Human Rights Watch, in whose name Tom made the statement at issue, . . .
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In Praise of Human Rights Watch

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I have been thinking a lot over the last couple of days about Tom Malinowski’s statement in response to my post about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and drone strikes in Yemen. The more I think about it, the more I admire it. Notwithstanding its occasional digs at me, it is a morally serious statement . . .
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Human Rights Watch Responds

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Two weeks ago, I posted these ruminations in response to Human Rights Watch’s Executive Director Kenneth Roth’s  proposal to use U.S. military force to bring the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to justice. Today, I received the following comments from HRW’s Washington Director, Tom Malinowki. I am delighted to have provoked such a . . .
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