On July 23, the Department of Homeland Security expanded the scope of its expedited removal designation pursuant to its authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Previously, for undocumented migrants who crossed a land border into the U.S., the designation could only be applied if they were found within 100 miles of the border and could not prove a 14-day continuous presence in the U.S. The expanded designation can apply to undocumented individuals throughout the U.S. who cannot prove a two-year continuous presence in the U.S.
Latest in International Transfers/Deportations
The Guantanamo detainee, as readers likely know, argued in a February motion that the end of the United States' war in Afghanistan, as recognized by President Obama, requires his release from Guantanamo. On Wednesday, Al-Warafi filed his reply brief on that issue. It opens as follows:
Under the shadow of Mexico’s twin volcanoes in the tiny mountainous village of San Mateo Ozolco, Erasmo Aparicio stands outside his house, arms crossed, black hood pulled down over his hair. “Fucking Mexico, no fucking money,” he spits out in defiant English.
Now a campesino by his own description making 100 pesos---or just under $7---a day, he’s a long way from the $9 an hour he was making preparing fish in one of Philadelphia’s Italian restaurants.
Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority, and the CIA: Part Five
Here is the fifth and final installment in our running, side-by-side comparison of the twenty findings and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program---along with responses by the Committee Minority and the CIA.
Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority, and the CIA: Part Four
In this post, we proceed with Lawfare's ongoing, side-by-side comparison of the SSCI Study's key findings, and responses to them by both the SSCI Minority as well as the CIA.
By way of reminder, the SSCI's Study made twenty findings and conclusions about the CIA's detention and interrogation practices after 9/11---twelve of which the blog has summarized so far, along with any corresponding Minority and CIA remarks.
Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority and the CIA: Part 2
Below, you will find the second installment in our ongoing effort to identify, in summary form, key areas of dispute as between the SSCI, the SSCI minority, and the CIA with regard the CIA's detention and interrogation program. As you surely know by now, all three today released long-anticipated reports regarding the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation activities.
Here is the long-awaited Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program. The latter includes in a single file a foreword authored by Senator Feinstein, as well as the Study's findings and conclusions.
About a month ago, I asked what had happened to the UN’s effort to develop a set of standard operating procedures to govern detentions that arise during the course of UN operations. It appears that such a document exists in draft but is not public and has never been finalized.
Clive Walker of the University of Leeds writes in with the following update on national security law news from Britain:
An Irish court rules on the subject---in response to U.S. requests for extradition help. The opinion is actually an interesting window into U.S. efforts to get countries to impede Snowden's travel. Bottom line, the Irish court rejects the hypothetical U.S. extradition request, but on grounds that are easily fixed with another request. If I were Snowden, I wouldn't transit through Shannon.