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Interrogation

ICC Prosecutor Advances Examination of U.S. Detention Policies in Afghanistan

As Professors Ryan Goodman and David Bosco have both noted in excellent posts at Just Security and Foreign Policy, respectively, over the past seven years, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor has quietly but persistently advanced a “preliminary examination” of the conflict in Afghanistan.  Although it has been

Al-Qaeda

The Legal Consequences of Islamic State + Al Qaeda Cooperation, and Implications for AUMF Reform

Deb Riechman at AP is reporting:

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press. …

AUMF: Syria

Ben's Sweeping Endorsement of the Just Security AUMF Principles

In his post this morning, Ben identifies what he calls "flaws" with three of the six principles for a use-of-force authorization for ISIL that were introduced yesterday by a group of legal experts (that includes me). Although Ben has done us the courtesy of critiquing the Principles, it appears he didn't actually read them all that carefully.

Drones

Look Who Else Has Drones: ISIS and Al Nusra

Since the introduction of drone technology to the battlefield, countless academics, policymakers, and military planners have pondered a disturbing question: what happens when other countries or non-state actors have access to them? In Syria, we may be starting to see the effects that the dissemination of drone technology will mean for the future of war.

Surveillance

The Fox-DOJ Subpoena Fight: A Summary in Documents

In July 2009, Mike Levine, a reporter for Fox News, broke a story about federal prosecutors secretly filing terrorism charges against a group of Somali-Americans in Minneapolis who were recruited to join Al Qaeda-linked groups in Somalia. Levine’s story was based on confidential information leaked to him by various unidentified government officials.

Politics & National Security

Panetta Slams White House on Iraq Withdrawal

A big Monday-morning quarterback question since ISIL began overrunning parts of Iraq as Iraqi military forces collapsed has been whether the United States should have kept in place a significant residual force, rather than withdrawing altogether after the U.S. combat mission there ended in late 2011.  A significant part of this larger strategic question has been whether the United States could have secured agreement with the Iraqi government on a set of legal protections and immunities for U.S.

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