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The Danger of Lowest Cost Embassy Security Arrangements

By   /  March 28, 2013  /  National Security Law  /  No Comments

On September 11, 2012, militants attacked a United States Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya and killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador. In the aftermath of the attack, an independent investigation determined that, among other issues, there were significant security failures. The report recommended that the Department of State strengthen security beyond its traditional reliance […]

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Drones and Unintended Consequences

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  AUMF, Featured, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law, Remote Targeting, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The introduction of new technology to warfare holds the potential for unforeseen consequences as the law and norms regulating the use of such technologies attempts to catch up. The Obama Administration recently expressed concern over the proliferation of drone technology and called for global rules governing their use. Like the transnational arms trade, bilateral treaties […]

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EVENT: In Surveillance We Trust: Government Surveillance Programs and The Challenges To Maintaining Privacy

By   /  March 24, 2013  /  National Security Law, News & Events  /  Comments Off on EVENT: In Surveillance We Trust: Government Surveillance Programs and The Challenges To Maintaining Privacy

The National Security Law Brief’s Fourth Annual Symposium Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:00 am – 3:00 pm American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 603 Washington DC 20016 9:00 am            Registration 9:15 am             Welcome Remarks 9:30 am          […]

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Legal Fight Over Release of Bin Laden Photos Won't Die

By   /  March 22, 2013  /  Featured, Global War on Terror, Pending Cases, Secrecy  /  No Comments

Audiences of “Zero Dark Thirty,” an Oscar-nominated film about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden and the May 2011 operation by U.S. special forces that led to his death at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, witnessed a scene in the movie that depicted soldiers who conducted the raid snapping digital photographs of the terrorist’s […]

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Foreign Assistance Funds or Direct Military Assistance: The Questionable Legality of the U.S. Mission in Mali

By   /  March 20, 2013  /  Global War on Terror, International Security, News & Events  /  No Comments

On March 21, 2012, Malian soldiers under the command of Captain Amadou Sanogo seized the presidential palace in Bamako, ousting the country’s democratically elected government and installing Sanogo and his National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR) in its place. However, the fall of the legitimate Malian government allowed insurgents in northern […]

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