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Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield

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Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill—the activist-turned journalist previously known for his exposé of the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater—is a bad book. But it’s a bad book with a significantly redeeming feature. Scahill’s project is to depict the “dark side” of what he considers to be America’s unrestrained pursuit of security . . .
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In Defense of the Administration on Targeted Killing of Americans

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

In writing my testimony for today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on drones and targeted killing of U.S. citizens overseas, I found myself writing a more complete explication of the essential legal rationale underlying the administration’s position on the subject than I have, to date, set down in one place. Some of it was drawn from . . .
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Are People Overreading the White Paper on Imminence?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:25 AM

I received an email yesterday responding to Susan and my post, in which we suggested that that the White Paper had little new in it. Specifically, the email argued that Susan and I had understated the degree to which the White Paper broke new ground on the question of imminence. We have heard this complaint before, . . .
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Tom Junod in Esquire Gives Obama a Moral Dressing Down

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Friday, July 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I have now had time to read Tom Junod’s lengthy essay in Esquire to which Ritika linked the other day. Entitled “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama,” it combines the form of a reported essay with a different form–one I am unaccustomed to reading in the pages of glossy magazines: A lecture in the principal’s office. . . .
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Justice Department Memo on Al Aulaqi and Abdulmutallab

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Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Very interesting Washington Post article on this sentencing memorandum filed by the Justice Department in the Abdulmutallab case. As Peter Finn of the Post describes it, The memo, released Friday ahead of the sentencing next week of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “underwear bomber,” offers the most detailed evidence to date of Anwar al-Awlaki’s operational role in . . .
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A Response to Nick Baumann

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Over at Mother Jones, Nick Baumann accuses me of arguing against straw terrorists. Quoting a Lawfare post from a little while back in which I posited that the alternative to reserving the option of lethal force against Anwar Al Aulaqi is paralysis in the face of the threat he poses, Baumann writes, This is a straw . . .
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