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Pressure Mounts on Obama Administration to Release Legal Justification for al-Awlaki Killing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A growing number of former Bush administration officials and policy wonks across the political spectrum are calling on Obama to provide a more detailed legal justification for the lethal drone strike.

Senator Harry Reid Takes a Stand Against NDAA

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has sent a terrific letter explaining why he won't be bringing the Armed Services Committee's reported version of the National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for a vote.

Deja vu All Over Again on NYC Terror Trial

Sharon Kelly | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Sharon Kelly

Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali terrorism suspect, is headed to New York City for trial. What's that sound you're hearing from the usual suspec...

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Deserve Compensation

Gabor Rona | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Gabor Rona

Are Abu Ghraib torture victims entitled to compensation? Not one victim of official cruelty in U.S. custody has had access to an enforceable, effective remedy because the government has argued that allowing these claims to be heard would endanger national security.

Was Killing Osama Bin Laden Legal?

Gabor Rona | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Gabor Rona

He was an evil mass-murderer. Does it matter how it went down? Absolutely.

Torture Did Not Lead the U.S. to Bin Laden

David Danzig | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
David Danzig

Four leading former interrogators and intelligence officials argue today that, "The use of waterboarding and other so-called 'enhanced' interrogation...

The Truth Behind U.S. Interrogation Policy

Human Rights First | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

by Joe Navarro Has the CIA been displaced from its rightful role as global terrorist jailer and interrogator, a shift that may make the United States...

How a U.S. Army "Gator" Gets Information in Less Than 10 Minutes

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Danzig

The first time I taught a one-hour class at West Point, a 20-year-old student made it very clear that while he might be studying ethics, law and morality in school, it was practicalities that really concerned him.

Wanted: More Light, Less Heat About Drone Attacks

Gabor Rona | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabor Rona

The use of drones to deliver deadly force is not necessarily a violation of law. In war, killing is permitted, but subject to certain limitations. The U.S should make public the criteria it uses to determine that a drone strike is lawful.

Wanted: More light, less heat about drone attacks

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

By Gabor Rona International Legal Director Drone strikes conducted by the United States in Pakistan are an increasingly hot flash point in relations ...

A Fine Precedent for Obama Military Commissions

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

The military commissions are about war crimes and for the enemy to aid the enemy is not a war crime.

Fight Fear to Ensure Sane National Security Policies

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

The politics of fear in America has created a dangerous blind spot in our national security. That was on vivid display today Peter King's hearings on the "extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community."

New Obama Admin Procedures Import Troubling Aspects of Afghanistan Detention Review to Gitmo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The administration's decision to assign prisoners "personal representatives" rather than lawyers, and to allow continued indefinite detention based on classified evidence, reflects a serious limitation in the new order.

Allegations of Abuse, Violations of the Law, Shroud Military Commissions Case

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

"I have never been a member of al Qaeda or the Taliban." These are the words of Noor Uthman Muhammed, read to a panel of military commission member...

Washing Blood with Blood

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
C. Dixon Osburn

America must end the Guantanamo boondoggle. That means bringing to justice now those charged with crimes, sending home those who have been cleared, and ensuring that there is no one held without charge or transfer.

The World of Accountability for Bush & Rumsfeld

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

C. Dixon Osburn Director, Law and Security George W. Bush canceled a scheduled speech in Geneva on February 12 at a dinner in honor of the United Isr...

Ghailani Life Sentence Shows Up Military Commission Fans

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Raha Wala Georgetown Fellow, Law and Security Proponents of trying individuals in military commissions are all but declaring victory after the Obama ...

High-tech terrorism or low-tech fear mongering?

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director To paraphrase H.L Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating how low a politician will go to gain an adv...

WikiLeaks, Then Congress, Reveals Reluctance to Account for Guantanamo and Torture

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

The US would do better to promote national security by respecting international law and holding those who violate it accountable, rather than threatening other countries for doing so.

John Yoo, torture architect, remains unerringly wrong on facts and law

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director Torture architect Prof. John Yoo had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal the other day, following the convict...

Ghailani Verdict a Victory for American Justice

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

There's been a lot of debate about the recent verdict in the Ahmed Ghailani case, including criticism that federal courts are not capable of prosecuti...

Wrong, Wrong and Right on Federal Courts for Terrorism Cases

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director There are two distinct camps criticizing the use of federal courts to try terrorism suspects after last week'...

"Damn Right" Bush Says He'd OK Torture Again, But Waterboarding Did Not Save Lives According to U.S. Interrogators

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Danzig

When the CIA asked President George W. Bush if they had the authority to waterboard suspected Al Qaeda operative Khalid Sheik Muhammed in 2003, Presid...

"Damn Right" Bush Says He'd OK Torture Again, But Waterboarding Did Not Save Lives According to U.S. Interrogators

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

When the CIA asked President George W. Bush if they had the authority to waterboard suspected Al Qaeda operative Khalid Sheik Muhammed in 2003, Presid...

Guantanamo military commission hearing for Noor Uthman Muhammed

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

by Raha Wala Georgetown Fellow, Law and Security The whispers began to die down as Noor Uthman Muhammed, a slender man with a graying beard, walked ...