The D.C. Circuit is currently debating whether to expand the jurisdiction of military commissions in al Bahlul v. United States. After summarizing the genesis of this issue, this post reviews the arguments for expanding and concludes: first, Congress has the constitutional authority to define and punish war crimes that are not violations of international law; […]Read More →
Indefinite Detainment of American Citizens Without Due Process Under the National Defense Authorization Act
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, the United States government has fought to protect and secure our national security. A vital role of the Executive Branch is to apprehend individuals who are suspected of participating or aiding in terrorist activities against the United States of America. As being the commander-in-chief of the United States […]Read More →
As long as the United States has had state secrets, the country has sought to keep them secure. George Washington even used methods to protect his secrets during the Revolutionary War. The goal of protecting secrets even extends to judicial proceedings. This effort dates back to 1876 when the Supreme Court in Totten v. United […]Read More →
The Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement: A Predictor of America's Future National Security Obligations in the Arctic?
The rapidly diminishing amount of summer ice in the Arctic Ocean could potentially have a profound impact on America’s national security. This phenomenon has lead to an explosion of strategic interest in a region that was once an afterthought. If trends continue, the Arctic Ocean could become a modern version of the Mediterranean of antiquity […]Read More →
Last month, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced a new bilateral effort with India to implement international anti-money laundering / combating the financing of illicit terrorism (AML/CFT) standards. The announcement at the fourth annual US-India Economic and Financial Partnership specifically mentioned intentions to target the financial networks of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), and the […]Read More →