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Laws of War

The Laws of War Dr. Ben Carson Opposes Are Actually Christian Values

John A. Tures | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Dr. Ben Carson claims that our war with ISIS shouldn't have any laws, because rules of war are "politically correct." But does he realize that many of those rules of war have their origins in Christianity?

The New Defense Secretary and Guantanamo Bay

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

The Cloud of Guantanamo Hangs Over the White House

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Like it or not, Guantanamo will be with us for a long time -- or, at the very least, until Obama marches with his successor down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2016 inauguration.

Who Are US Drones Killing in Yemen -- and Why?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama, at his pre-vacation press conference Friday, promised more "transparency" on U.S. government surveillance programs. But he made no mention of the need for more information about who our government is secretly killing abroad.

Who's the US Killing in Pakistan? Even the CIA Doesn't Know

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

How can the government assert that some 150 people killed were "militants" legitimately killed when it doesn't know who they actually were?

The Targeted Killing Memo: What the U.S. Could Learn From Israel

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Feisal G. Mohamed

Though we should not forget that extrajudicial killing is inherently a violation of human rights, the Israeli approach to targeted killing at least involves some judicial review. The approach pursued by the Obama Administration has none.

We Don't Need a New Drone Rulebook: Follow International Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, in an armed conflict the United States can kill members of the armed forces of the enemy, or civilians while they directly participate in hostilities. In Afghanistan, the United States is still clearly in an armed conflict. But where else does the law of armed conflict apply?

Syria: Government Attacking Bread Lines

Human Rights Watch | Posted 10.30.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Syrian government forces have dropped bombs and fired artillery at or near at least 10 bakeries in Aleppo province over the past th...

Syria: Fighter Jet Bombing Kills Over 40 Civilians

Human Rights Watch | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Azaz) – A Syrian government fighter jet bombed a residential neighborhood, killing more than 40 civilians and wounding at least 100 others in t...

Syria: Fighter Planes Strike Aleppo Hospital (Video)

Human Rights Watch | Posted 10.15.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Syrian government fighter planes fired rockets that struck the main emergency hospital in an opposition-controlled area of Aleppo on August 14, 2012, wounding two civilians and causing significant damage, Human Rights Watch said today after visiting the damaged hospital.

UN Investigator Criticizes U.S. Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Citing a "dramatic increase" in the United States' use of targeted killings in the last few years, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has just released a report decrying the lack of accountability in the U.S. overseas killings by unmanned drones.

Was Killing Bin Laden Legal?

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

America breathed a sigh of relief and world leaders offered congratulations following the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday. But following conflict...

Yes, War Does Have Rules

Bill Van Esveld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bill Van Esveld

Many Israelis take the laws of war seriously. Yet Israel has not incorporated them into domestic legislation; Israeli military law does not specify various war crimes.

How to Overcome the "Legacy of Torture"

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Neither new detention rules nor military commissions can truly overcome torture's legacy. That can only be done by admitting what happened, holding perpetrators accountable, and ultimately, prosecuting terror the American justice system.

Serious Setback for 'Child Soldier' in Obama's First War Crimes Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr was not lucky today. Judge Parrish concluded that despite the threats and abuse, Khadr's statements to interrogators were not tainted and could all be admitted at trial.

Wikileaks Document Dump Supports New Rules of Engagement and Need for Responsible Transition

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When the firestorm over the latest Wikileaks document dump dies down, let's hope that a responsible transition strategy remains standing.

On Proportionality

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

The real question is whether "proportionality" remains a useful category of analysis. By any accepted interpretation, the standard has been repeatedly violated by both Israel and Hamas.

Hamdan Case a Joke

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Let's be honest: this case was a joke in the annals of justice and a blotch on America's campaign to prevent future 9/11's.