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on March 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

U.S. v. Al Bahlul: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

On November 13, 2001 then-President George W. Bush issued a military order that would forever be remembered. His military order “called for the [S]ecretary of [D]efense to detain non-citizens accused of international terrorism.” Specially, the order applied to members of al Qaeda, and “all those who have engaged in, aided, or conspired to commit international terrorist acts against the United States or its citizens.” The Secretary of Defense “[was] charged with establishing military tribunals (also called military commissions) to conduct trials of non-citizens accused of terrorism either in the United States or in other parts of the world.” Then-President Bush’s military order created the United States (U.S.) Military Commissions that have been the center of continued national and international criticism.
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on April 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm

The Hidden Cost of Drone Combat: Soldiers’ Mental Health

While policymakers may argue that military drone combat presents no risk to American forces, the battle scars for drone operators are more psychological than physical. We should support the mental health of those soldiers we task with operating drones.
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on March 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Why the US Should Ratify UNCLOS: A View from the South and East China Seas

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on February 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Meaningful Transparency: The Missing Numbers the NSA and FISC Should Reveal

Many Americans are skeptical or distrustful of U.S. Government intelligence collection methods. Increasing transparency by presenting additional data in an accessible way could help.

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on November 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

The Reverse Draft: Bringing the Military and Society Back Together

Lieutenant Joseph Hatfield discusses the merits of a “reverse draft” in bridging the growing disconnect between civilian society and the military. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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on September 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Reforming FISC: Legislative Proposals for Creating a More Balanced FISA Court

Harvard Law Student Menno Goedman discusses critiques of the FISC appointment process in light of the increased public scrutiny of American intelligence operations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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on March 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Recent Developments in Courtroom Lawfare

Gerard J. Kennedy, Innokenty Pyetranker, and Manik Suri shed light on two recent Second Circuit opinions that will likely have an enduring impact on civil terrorism-related lawsuits. Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Business.

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on March 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

U.S. Cements Presence in West Africa

Michael Robertson: A new drone base in West Africa raises questions about the future of U.S. national security policy in this volatile region. Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet.

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on February 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

The New Tools of Counterterrorism: Combating Illicit Finance and Imposing Sanctions

Menno Goedman explains how one Treasury office has become a potent weapon in fighting terrorism and destabilizing regimes. Photo Courtesy of AP.

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on February 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Are All Terrorizers “Terrorists”?

Sean K. Driscoll: The New York State Court of Appeals has made clear that the definition of “terrorism” does not encompass gang violence. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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