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Covert Action: Rendition

The SSCI Report and Its Critics: Torturing Efficacy

Polarization surrounding the SSCI Report (see here for Lawfare’s coverage) has been most pronounced on the efficacy of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs). The Report and its supporters have proclaimed that EITs never produce useful information. Unfortunately, that pat assertion undermines the possibility of a consensus on future interrogation tactics, including a consensus that rules out coercion.

Detention: Operations in Afghanistan

Are We Facing an ISIS Detention Mess?

Over at Newsweek, Jeff Stein wonders: "What Will U.S. Forces Do With ISIS Prisoners?"

Among the many unresolved issues in the campaign to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, as it’s generally known, is what to do with prisoners in Iraq or Syria, should American special operators or U.S.-backed forces be lucky enough to capture any. How deeply will we be involved in interrogating them?

Detention: Law of

What Happens to Captured Persons in Mali?

What is happening in Mali to people who are captured rather than killed by French, Chadian, or Malian forces?  I asked this in February, but so far as I know the question remains unanswered in the public record.

Part of the answer may be that there just aren’t many captures.  But we know that there are some.  Why, consider the strange case of Gilles Le Guen (aka Abdel Jelil), a Frenchman from Nantes who moved to Mali from Morocco in 2011 and then became somewhat well-known as an arms-bearing participant in the Islamist insurgency that briefly occ

Interrogation: Criminal

Why No Period of Detention and Interrogation for Abu Ghaith, ala the Warsame Model?

As Ritika notes below, the United States has captured a senior al Qaeda figure (Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden), and will be bringing him to the United States for prosecution in civilian court.  One important question this story raises is whether it is right to think of this as a continuation of the "Warsame model," or if instead this reflects a policy decision to steer even furth

Detention: Non-Guantanamo Habeas Litigation

False Continuity Continued: Today's WaPo on "Renditions" Under the Obama Administration

Under the snazzy headline "Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns," today's Washington Post has a long article on the overseas arrest, detention, and subsequent criminal indictment in New York (civilian) federal court of three "European men with Somali roots." The article claims (with emphasis added) that:

The men are the latest example of how the Obama admi

Detention: Law of: D.C. Circuit Development

Beyond the Battlefield, Beyond al Qaeda: The Destabilizing Legal Architecture of Counterterrorism

I'm happy to report that I've recently completed drafting an article that has been much on my mind for the past few years.  Beyond the Battlefield, Beyond al Qaeda: The Destabilizing Legal Architecture of Counterterrorism (Michigan Law Review, forthcoming 2013) is now posted to SSRN.  In it, I argue that (i) there is a widespread perception that the legal framework for detention and targeting has reached a point of relative stability thanks to a remarkable wave of interbranch and inter-party consensus since 2008; (ii) this facade depends almost en


Proxy Detention in Somalia, and the Detention-Drone Tradeoff

There has been speculation about the effect of the Obama administration’s pinched detention policy – i.e. no new detainees brought to GTMO, and no new detainees to Parwan (Afghanistan) from outside Afghanistan – on its other counterterrorism policies.  I have long believed there must be some tradeoff between narrowing U.S.

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