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Former AG Mukasey critical of decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in NY

The blog Main Justice reports:
Former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey on Friday criticized the Obama administration’s decision to prosecute a group of terrorism suspects accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in federal court, warning of safety risks to Americans and the possibility that national security information could be aired in civilian proceedings.
His speech to the conservative Federalist Society — …

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other detainees to be tried in Federal District Court

Here is the Press Release:
Departments of Defense and Justice Announce Forum Decisions for Ten Guantanamo Bay Detainees
The Departments of Defense and Justice today announced forum decisions for ten detainees at Guantanamo Bay whose cases were previously charged in military commissions, including five detainees accused of conspiring to commit the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and a detainee accused of orchestrating …

CIA Inspector General’s Report: Will criminal and civil action follow?

Much is being written about the soon-to-be released Inspector General’s report on the Central Intelligence Agency. Slated to be released on Monday, the report will allegedly disclose further abuses of detainees. For example, the New York Times reports:
C.I.A. jailers at different times held the handgun and the drill close to the detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, threatening to harm him if …

Prolonged Detention– How long?

Earlier today, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “legal issues regarding military commissions and the trial of detainees for violations of the law of war” (archived webcast here).  At that hearing, Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson supported the notion of “prolonged detention.”  He noted that “as a matter of legal authority”– citing the “laws of …

Spanish Attorney General opposes prosecution of Bush Administration attorneys for interrogation techniques

Scott Horton over at The Daily Beast reports:
In a dramatic turn in Madrid this morning, Spain’s attorney general has stepped into the case involving former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five former senior Bush administration lawyers, overruling the decision of career prosecutors to adopt a criminal complaint against them and to proceed with an investigation. But this does not …

Bainbridge on the problem of universal jurisiction

A previous post discussed the recent decision by the Spanish national security court to investigate several former Bush Administration lawyers. My good friend and UCLA Law legend, Steve Bainbridge, has some cautionary words on the application of the principle of universal jurisdiction. Universal jurisdiction, it will be recalled, is a principle of international law that allows a state to exercise …

Al-Bashir given “red-carpet welcome” in Qatar

Brian Murphy over at The Huffington Post reports:
Qatar’s leader embraced Sudan’s president in a red-carpet welcome Sunday as he arrived to attend an Arab Summit in his most brazen act of defiance against an international arrest warrant on charges of war crimes in Darfur.
For host Qatar _ a key U.S. ally that is home to American warplanes and more than …

Arab League Summit to discuss warrant for al-Bashir

Reuters is reporting today:
The international arrest warrant for Sudan’s president will top the agenda of an Arab summit next week, which he may attend despite his indictment for war crimes, host Qatar said on Saturday.
Sudan’s Omar Hassan al-Bashir has made trips to Egypt, Eritrea, Libya and Ethiopia over the past two weeks, after the warrant was issued by the 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.