February 2, 2009 # 7:48 pm # Human Rights # No Comment
Does this picture bother anybody? The New York Times reports:
President Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya was named chairman of the African Union on Monday, wresting control of a body he helped found and has long wanted to remake in his pan-African image.
His installation as the new head of the 53-member body resembled more of a coronation than a democratic transfer of …
January 27, 2009 # 11:46 pm # International Organizations # No Comment
From the Georgetown Blue & Gray:
Paula Newberg, a specialist in democracy, rights and development in crisis and transition states, has been appointed the new director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD), Walsh School of Foreign Service Dean Robert Gallucci announced Jan. 12.
“ISD has been an invaluable resource for both the university and the diplomatic community, and we …
January 26, 2009 # 10:55 am # International Law # No Comment
The New York Times reports:
More than six years after openings its doors, the International Criminal Court in The Hague began its first trial Monday, as Thomas Lubanga, a former Congolese warlord, took his seat in the dock, facing a crowded court and public gallery.
Mr. Lubanga, 48, once the leader of a powerful and violent militia, is accused of war …
January 22, 2009 # 10:50 pm # Human Rights # No Comment
President Obama issue three historic executive orders today:
Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities
Review of Detention Policy Options
Ensuring Lawful Interrogations
The President also signed a memorandum directing a review of the al-Marri case.
These are truly remarkable documents. Here is an excerpt from the E.O. on Interrogations:
Sec. 3. Standards and Practices for …
January 22, 2009 # 1:04 pm # Human Rights, Intelligence # No Comment
The New York Times is reporting:
Dennis C. Blair, the retired admiral who is President Obama’s choice as the nation’s top intelligence official, pledged in testimony to be delivered on Thursday that he would require counterterrorism programs to operate “in a manner consistent with our nation’s values, consistent with our Constitution and consistent with the rule of law.”
Mr. Blair appeared to …
January 22, 2009 # 11:16 am # Human Rights, International Law # No Comment
President Obama is planning to issue an executive order on Guantanamo soon. The ACLU has posted a draft of the order here. Bobby Chesney comments:
I reprint and summarize the key passages below. Note that the draft order holds the door open to prosecution options other than federal criminal prosecution, and in fact appears to leave the door open to non-criminal …
January 21, 2009 # 12:50 pm # Human Rights # No Comment
The Washington Post is reporting:
A U.S. military judge Wednesday suspended the trial of five detainees accused of involvement in plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, acceding to a request from military prosecutors in accordance with a directive from the new Obama administration late Tuesday.
The suspension halts until late May the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the avowed mastermind of …
January 21, 2009 # 9:50 am # Human Rights, Intelligence # No Comment
Courtesy Bobby Chesney–
LEGAL AUTHORITIES SUPPORTING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY DESCRIBED BY THE PRESIDENT (January 19, 2006) (added 01/16/09)
PRESIDENTIAL SIGNING STATEMENTS (January 31, 2007) (added 01/16/09)
REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PRIVACY ACT (November 5, 2008) (added 01/16/09)