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Mitigating the “Balloon Effect”: Pressure on Mexican Routes Leads to Trafficking Back to Caribbean, Central America

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At a media round table in Miami on November 8, 2011, William Brownfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, projected the return of drug traffickers to old Caribbean smuggling routes used in the 1970s and 1980s due to heightened law enforcement measures on land routes through Mexico. Brownfield […]

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Is Waterboarding Torture or Just "Uncomfortable"? Ask the Candidates

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As the days leading up to the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election begin to dwindle, the number of Republican debates only continues to rise. While the CNN Republican National Security debate scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 is sure to raise some interesting insights into the candidates’ views on securing our nation, the debate […]

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Qaddafi is dead. Why should we care?

By   /  November 24, 2011  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Written by Zsofia Young, American University National Security Law Brief, with editorial assistance from Aileen Thomson. Muammar Qaddafi by all accounts was a terrible man. A ruthless dictator for over forty years, he debilitated his country’s infrastructure, repressed any kind of political opposition, and committed egregious human rights violations. But did he deserve to die? […]

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Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Proceedings: Is it Legal?

By   /  November 23, 2011  /  Featured  /  No Comments

One of the primary goals of the Obama administration’s new immigration reform policy is to increase the number of “high priority” deportations relative to the general illegal alien population. “High priority” individuals include felons, those who have repeatedly violated immigration laws, those who pose a risk to national security, and those who are members of […]

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Stolen Valor: Protect Free Speech or Military Honor?

By   /  November 23, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

In 2005 Democratic Congressman John Salazar pushed the Stolen Valor Act easily through a bipartisan Congress.  Clay Calvert and Rebekah Rich, Low-Value Expression, Offensive Speech, and the Qualified First Amendment Right to Lie: From Crush Videos to Fabrications about Military Medals, 42 U. Tol. L. Rev. 1, 15 (2010-2011). The Act authorizes the federal government […]

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