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Obama’s Comments on the Leahy Proposal for a Truth Commission

From the transcript of President Obama’s press conference:
Question: Thank you, Mr. President. Today, Senator Patrick Leahy announced that he wants to set up a truth and reconciliation committee to investigate the misdeeds of the Bush administration. He said that, before you turn the page, you have to read the page first.
Do you agree with such a proposal? And are …

Text & Video of Leahy’s Georgetown Address Recommending a Truth Commission

As noted in the previous post, in an address at Georgetown University earlier today, Senator Patrick Leahy proposed the idea of creating a truth commission to address the actions of the Bush Administration. The entire text of Senator Leahy’s address at the 2009 Marver Bernstein Symposium can be found here.  C-SPAN has posted a video of the address– including questions …

Webcast: Panel on The Post-Guantanamo Era

From Bobby Chesney:
The Post-Guantanamo Era: A Dialogue on the Law and Policy of Detention and Counterterrorism
On Wednesday, January 28, 2009, the University of Texas School of Law and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law hosted a panel discussion about the task of reforming the government’s approach to military detentions.  See here for more details.
The event was …

DNI Nominee Blair Pledges New Approach to Intelligence

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 …

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Suspends 5 Detainee Trials

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 …

6 More Persons Transferred From Guantanamo

From the January 17 DoD Press Release:
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of six detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Four detainees were transferred to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan.  These detainees were determined to be eligible for departure following a comprehensive series of review processes.
The transfer is a demonstration of the United States’ desire not …

Salim Hamdan Released by Yemeni Authorities

In case you missed this– Reuters reported:
Yemen freed Osama bin Laden’s former driver last week after he served out his prison term following his return in November from the American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, his lawyer said Sunday.
“Salim Hamdan was released on Thursday to live with his family in Sana,” said the lawyer, Khaled al-Ansi. He said Mr. …

Office of Legal Counsel Memos on International and National Security Law Just Posted

Bobby Chesney brings to our attention 6 OLC memos that were posted on the OLC website yesterday:

“PROTECTED PERSON” STATUS IN OCCUPIED IRAQ UNDER THE FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION (March 18, 2004) (added 1/08/09)
STATUS OF TALIBAN FORCES UNDER ARTICLE 4 OF THE THIRD GENEVA CONVENTION OF 1949 (February 7, 2002) (added 1/08/09)
AUTHORITY OF THE PRESIDENT UNDER DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL …


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.