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Pressure on Jordan: Refusal to extradite mastermind of deadly 2001 Sbarro suicide bombing in Jerusalem contravenes international law and agreements

By   /  October 28, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, Experts, Featured, Foreign Relations, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, News & Events, Terrorist Trials  /  No Comments

By Michelle Munneke, J.D. 2017, American University Washington College of Law. In March of this year, Jordan expressed its refusal to extradite the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro restaurant bombing in Jerusalem, Ahlam Ahmad Al-Tamimi, to the United States to face charges.[1] The attack killed 15 people, including two Americans, and injured another 122, […]

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Sunset Provisions: Providing Parameters for the Use of Military Force

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  AUMF, Featured, Global War on Terror, National Security Law  /  Comments Off on Sunset Provisions: Providing Parameters for the Use of Military Force

By Anthony Bjelke A recent article in The New Yorker examined the difficulties associated with defining America’s War on Drugs. As a preamble to its examination of the topic, it stated: “The United States has declared war on cancer, on pornography and on terror, and the lesson to be gleaned from those campaigns is that, […]

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The Implications of the Federal Definition of Domestic Terrorism

By   /  November 19, 2016  /  Counterterrorism, Dealing with Religious Extremism, Featured, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Terrorist Trials, Trending Topics  /  Comments Off on The Implications of the Federal Definition of Domestic Terrorism

By Natalie Holland On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof attacked the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, North Carolina where he shot and killed nine people with the intention of provoking a race war. Later that year, on December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people and seriously […]

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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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Targeted Killings: The Blurry Lines of Applicable Legal Frameworks in the Context of Global Terrorism

By   /  October 18, 2015  /  AUMF, Counterterrorism, Global War on Terror, International Law, Laws of War / International Humanitarian Law, Remote Targeting  /  No Comments

Is it legal to use Uninhabited Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology to target and kill people suspected of terrorist activities? The short answer: it depends. The ever-expanding technology used in combat, married with the transnational arena in which wars are now waged has compelled lawmakers to reconsider traditional customs and laws that govern war. The interplay […]

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