John Bellinger on the Obama Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism

By Jack Goldsmith
Monday, October 11, 2010, 5:44 PM

Here is a speech by former State Department Legal Advisor John Bellinger, given a few days ago at the International Bar Association’s Rule of Law Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.  John compares the Obama approach to counterterrorism with the Bush approach, analyzes why the Obama administration has “been unable to clarify the legal rules for detention,” and sketches his vision for how the United States and the “international legal community” can work together on counterterrorism problems.