Over the course of 50 days in the summer of 2014, the Israeli Defense Forces conducted a high-intensity air and ground campaign against Hamas in the Gaza strip. Sparked by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas militants, this short but violent conflict resulted in over 2,100 killed on the Palestinian side, as well as widespread destruction and damage to civilian infrastructure.… continue »
Executive & Military
An important criminal charge is conspicuously absent in the Indictment of Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, who is reportedly “the first American accused of returning from Syria with directions to attack inside the United States.” Earlier this month, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Ohio accepted all three charges submitted by the government:
- one count of attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists (18 U.S.C.
Below are my initial thoughts on today’s tragic news that a January 2015 US “targeted killing” drone strike in Pakistan killed two innocent civilians held as hostages by al-Qaeda:
(1) Why the sudden transparency about the American and Italian civilian victims but not the many non-Western civilians killed in US operations?… continue »
With only 14 legislative days remaining (in the House, anyway) before Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (which the government argues, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has held, provides statutory authorization for the NSA’s bulk telephony metadata program) expires, how should Congress tackle surveillance reform?… continue »
As the Senate Torture Report Gathers Dust, Is the Obama Administration Giving Torturers De Facto Amnesty?
It has been more than four months since the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) published the summary of its report on the secret detention program operated by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. Yet today, the official record of what happened in the CIA’s “black sites” is still under wraps.… continue »
The 2016 presidential election is more than 18 months away, but the races are already heating up with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Hillary Clinton in the running so far. We thought our readers would find it useful to have a reference guide on their positions on the security-related issues that we cover at Just Security.… continue »
Today, April 22, marks the six-month anniversary of the oral argument before the D.C. Circuit in al Bahlul v. United States, by far the most significant constitutional challenge (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld was a statutory challenge) to the jurisdiction of the Guantánamo military commissions.… continue »
Below is the text of the draft letter being circulated to House members by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to hold a floor debate and vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL.… continue »
On April 10, Stephen Preston, General Counsel for the Defense Department, spoke at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law. He ended his remarks on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in standard fashion:
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We agency counsel all serve the same client, the United States of America, and each of us answers to the head of our respective agencies.
At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law earlier this month, Professor Michael J. Matheson of George Washington University Law School chaired a fascinating panel on the Kampala Amendments to the Statute of the International Criminal Court on the crime of aggression, which could be activated as early as 2017 at the current rate of ratifications. … continue »