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The Westgate Mall Attack Trial: Confusion, Accusations, and Delays.

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  International Law, Terrorist Trials  /  No Comments

On September 21, 2013, four gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. After a harrowing four-day siege, 67 people were left dead and at least 23 were missing. A year later, however, the details of the deadly attack are still unclear. Initial press reports presented conflicting evidence. The government first said there were up […]

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JP Morgan breach and cybersecurity legislation

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

A recent cyber attack on J.P. Morgan Chase has compromised about 76 million private accounts and several small business accounts[1]. This cyber attack is unique because of its magnitude and because J.P. Morgan is one of the largest financial institutions that retains more customer information within its information systems than retailers would[2]. Although the investigation […]

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Germany's Grundgesetz and the NSA

By   /  October 25, 2014  /  International Law  /  No Comments

In July, a 31-year old member of the German BND (foreign intelligence service) was arrested under suspicion of offering secret information to Russian intelligence services.  However, the suspect later revealed that he also had received money in exchange for passing information to an American contact.  The suspected double agent received €25,000 in exchange for information […]

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In Defense of Using Force Against Iran's Nuclear Program

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Nuclear Nonproliferation  /  No Comments

Iran’s nuclear weapons program is inextricably linked to the national security of the United States.  The program first came under international scrutiny when the IAEA passed a resolution demanding that Iran suspend all enrichment activity in September 2003[1].  Since then, Iran has defied demands by nearly every world power to abandon or limit its program, […]

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The Corpse of Habeas Corpus at Guantanamo Bay

By   /  October 18, 2014  /  National Security Law  /  No Comments

Despite what Gerard Magliocca stated when he wrote “nobody cares” about Guantanamo, the detention center never seems far from media consciousness. Recently, it has been in the news for two reasons: Judge Kessler of the District Court for the District of Columbia has tapes documenting the forced feeding of Abu Wa’el Dhiab,[] the first time […]

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