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National security trumps your constitutional rights, at least civilly

By   /  January 6, 2016  /  International Law, National Security Law, News & Events  /  No Comments

The D.C. Circuit recently held in Meshal v. Higgenbotham [1] that an individual cannot sue federal officials for damages stemming from illegal detention practices if the detention occurred abroad. Though the court’s reasoning might have been legitimate, it was also conflated. The case was brought by an American of Egyptian descent who traveled to Somalia […]

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Legally Fighting Foreign Entities

By   /  January 6, 2016  /  Global War on Terror, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, National Security Law  /  No Comments

Is it legal for a U.S. citizen to fight for a foreign entity? Yes, under certain guidelines and restrictions. I will analyze the relevant statutes and attempt to answer the question through the use of a particularly interesting vignette featuring a U.S. citizen who has gone abroad to fight in a foreign conflict. Mr. Dean […]

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Loudspeakers: The Winning Strategy Against North Korea? – Part I

By   /  January 6, 2016  /  International Law, International Security, Nuclear Nonproliferation, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Tensions have been raised again this month on the Korean peninsula. Despite the report that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s plan to visit North Korea[1], it has declared a no-sail zone off its east coast in preparation for a possible missile launch.[2] North Korea, which has been at war with South Korea for nearly […]

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Cyber Security Threats Offer New Legal Challenge to Holding Spies Responsible for Espionage

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In December 2014, naturalized US citizen Mostafa Ahmed Awwad was arrested by the FBI for attempting to sell blueprints of the US Navy’s brand-new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.[1] Awwad, a former Egyptian citizen and engineer in the Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department of the massive Norfolk Naval Shipyard, had a Secret […]

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Right Wing Extremists vs. Jihadist Terrorists: What’s the Bigger National Security Threat?

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Gregory Coutros Right Wing Extremists vs. Jihadist Terrorists: What’s the Bigger National Security Threat?   The United States faces terror threats from all over the world. But increasingly threats have been coming from within the country itself, from unsuspected people who are simply believed to be disturbed, which has led to the question, what poses […]

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