Writing for the Council on Foreign Relation’s Center for Preventive Action, Steven Simon sets out to “assesses the likelihood of an Israeli strike against Iran despite U.S. objections, the implications for the United States should it take place, the policy options available to reduce the chances of its occurrence, and the measures that could be […]
By Mat Trachok, NSJ Staff Editor – In a recent article in The New Yorker, Jane Mayer considers the legal and moral implications of the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert drone program in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Under the Bush Administration, the CIA began using unmanned drone aircraft, most often Predators and […]
By Jonathan Abrams, NSJ Staff Editor, HLS 2012 The Second Circuit ruled on November 2nd that Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen who claimed he was a victim of “extraordinary rendition,” may not sue American officials for damages because Congress has not authorized such suits. Mr. Arar was detained at Kennedy International Airport on September 26, […]
In this unsigned opinion released yesterday, the Supreme Court appeared to recognize that the toll of combat stress on America’s war veterans could be a mitigating factor in sentencing decisions. The case, Porter v. McCollum, 08-10537, involves the conviction of a Korean War veteran, George Porter Jr., for the murder of his former girlfriend and […]
By NSJ Staff Writer On November 17th, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed, but remanded for re-sentencing, the conviction of Lynne Stewart for activities arising out of her representation of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh.”
By Mat Trachok, HLS 2012 Staff Writer There has been considerable debate over the Obama Administration’s decision to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) in a Manhattan federal court. NSJ provides a brief overview of the recent opinion pieces on the topic.