Today’s News Roundup will be our last for the remainder of this week, as we are off Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. From the entire Just Security Team, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. The News Roundup will be back in your inbox on Monday morning. … continue »
The U.S. government’s public pronouncement that the Convention Against Torture (CAT) applies beyond U.S. borders and in situations of armed conflict—its unequivocal “yes” that torture is prohibited as a matter of law anytime and anywhere—turns an important historical page. In her opening statement before the Committee Against Torture and in response to questions posed by the Committee, Acting State Department Legal Adviser Mary McLeod clarified the U.S.… continue »
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has released a proposal to declare war against the Islamic State and authorize the use of military force against it. In relevant part, Paul’s joint resolution would authorize and direct the President:
to use the Armed Forces of the United States to protect the people and facilities of the United States in Iraq and Syria against the threats posed thereto by the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Below is a transcript of all national security issues discussed during the US delegation’s appearance before the UN’s Committee on the Convention Against Torture, prepared by Just Security staff as part of our continuing coverage of the event.
In the wake of last week’s election, both chambers of Congress (and both parties) are facing significant changes to committee memberships with the start of the 114th Congress. Earlier this week, Andy Wright wrote about some of the likely new Senate committee chairs and the implications.… continue »
[Editor’s Note: Just Security is holding a “mini forum” on the change in the U.S. government’s position on the application of the Convention Against Torture beyond U.S. borders and in times of war. This post is the first in a series.… continue »
Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL—Clarification on Sunset Provision
On Monday, a group of eight legal experts, including some Just Security editors and some not, released a document entitled, ”Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL.” The purpose of the document is to help guide Congress and the Executive in drafting a pragmatic and principled force authorization.… continue »
Earlier today, a group of legal experts–including Rosa Brooks, Sarah Cleveland, Jen Daskal, Walter Dellinger, Harold Koh, and Marty Lederman–released a set of “Principles to Guide Congressional Authorization of the Continued Use of Force Against ISIL.” As two of the drafters of these Principles, we wanted to elaborate upon their content.… continue »
Editors’ Note: The following post is the tenth installment of a new feature, “Monday Reflections,” in which a different Just Security editor will take an in-depth look at the big stories from the previous week and/or a look ahead to key developments on the horizon.… continue »
Now that the Midterms elections are in the books, it should be possible to focus once again on an unresolved issue that has generated massive angst on both sides of the political spectrum. Can the President and the Congress get their act together in responding to the simmering threat from the Islamic State? … continue »