Tag Archives: Counterterrorism

In Culture, the Legal Academy Leads — Antintellectualism Notwithstanding

The National Review spent last week expending an appropriate amount of mental energy on the things that really matter — like, is Obama a dangerous radical, because he knew black people? To the publication’s credit, David French answered in the negative, arguing, reasonably, that people change over time: “Law school Obama is not our president, and I’m not […]

Error Deflection

Because it’s come up a few times, and because I feel like a more life-based post is in order, I’d like to hit on a topic that’s come up before: even and especially when making especially important decisions in politics, or the law, how do we choose between two courses of action? The concept I […]

Indefinite Detention, and Our Unlikely Ally in the Fight

At the close of the last year, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, which includes language that commentators claim, not unfairly, would permit the indefinite detention of even American citizens by a willing administration. The operative sections permit “detention under the law of war without trial until the end […]

The GOP Debate Audience Redeems Itself?

Surprisingly, at tonight’s debate, Ron Paul drew raucous applause for condemning waterboarding — and all torture techniques — as un-American, illegal, and immoral. And Romney caught “boos” for endorsing the targeted assassination of American citizens. Is it possible that the Democratic narrative of the war on terror has finally prevailed?

Novel Torture Techniques

Andrew Sullivan reports on the worst outlet for American creativity: devising new and all-but-deadly ways of torturing war-on-terror detainees. Here, “dryboarding,” practiced on Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, whose detention the Fourth Circuit resoundingly rejected years ago.

The Post-War on Terror Republican Party

Moammar Ghadafi’s death comes as just the most recent in a string of events putting the lie, conclusively, to the notion that Democrats are too weak, diplomatic, even-tempered, internationalist, or what-have-you to lead the American military. And every day the country survives without a terrorist attack counts as one more blow to the theory that […]

Wartime Process

Please excuse the interrupted posting schedule — it’s like this, but probably in a good way ;). Basically, wish me luck for some things that have to happen today. With apologies to Glenn Greenwald, I think it’s time for Democrats (and Americans, writ large) to become comfortable with targeted killing, even of a U.S. citizen. […]

Recovering from Tragedy

If you believe some forecasts, New York City this weekend faces an existential threat, in the form of the rare hurricane slated to make landfall somewhere on Long Island. At the risk of committing what remains  a mortal sin in American political circles, let me register my disappointment that New York still, a decade later, has yet […]

Making the Obvious Connection

Perhaps I should’ve seen this coming. But the National Review cites Casey Anthony’s acquittal as a reason to avoid jury trials for terrorists. Because terrorists, like unpopular media targets, are obviously guilty of anything we can charge them with. To lawyers, jury trials aren’t admittedly the most sensible thing in the world. Can we actually […]

The American Justice System Works

Arguments in favor of torture must assume, as a necessary condition, that the American justice system for whatever reason doesn’t work on Islamic terrorists. ProPublica flags another instance of the assumption breaking down: confessed terrorist David Coleman Headley not only supplied information on new terrorist plots, but went undercover to help the United States catch […]