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Limiting Surveillance of non-US Citizens with Presidential Policy Directive Twenty-Eight

By   /  November 17, 2015  /  Surveillance  /  No Comments

In response to the Snowden leaks, President Obama and Congress imposed a series of reforms including Presidential Policy Directive Twenty-Eight. Although the directive was created to promote transparency and limit surveillance operations, the changes are largely ornamental do not reflect a significant desire to change current surveillance practices. In June 2013, Edward Snowden released classified […]

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Reviewing a Proposed Reauthorization of the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

By   /  November 10, 2015  /  National Security Law  /  No Comments

The war on ISIS has become an ever-present threat to America’s national security, human rights, and global safety. There is no shortage of media stories covering the killing of ISIS leaders[1] or the atrocities ISIS members have committed in Syria.[2] The United States has been carrying out drone strikes and airstrikes against ISIS.[3] Does Congress […]

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A Modern Slavery Act for the United States

By   /  November 10, 2015  /  International Law, National Security Law  /  No Comments

Commercial sex trafficking and forced labor are two of the most widely practiced methods of modern day slavery which have potentially serious consequences for the United States. The United States needs better legislation and enforcement to address this growing problem of modern day slavery. Typically, commercial sex trafficking is thought of as an international phenomenon, […]

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Exporting Torture – The Legal Loophole of Extraordinary Rendition

By   /  November 10, 2015  /  International Law, National Security Law, Terrorist Trials, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

On September 26, 2002, Maher Arar, a dual citizen of Canada and Syria, was en route from Tunisia to Montreal in order to attend a business function.[1]While switching planes at Kennedy Airport in New York, Arar was stopped and detained by Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) officials under the belief that he might have ties […]

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Energy Efficiency and the Case for Military Acquisition Reform

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Historically, world superpowers have shared at least one commonality: a strong and capable military.  According to Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, a strong military is always “ready and modern.”[i] Now and in the future, the U.S. military must constantly adapt to changing technology and diverse threats. According to some of the highest military officials […]

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