Tag Archives: Law and Lawfare

NYT fails legal challenge to gain info on U.S. drones

Hot on the heels of a UK High Court ruling, on the 2nd of January 2013 a federal judge rejected the New York Times’ legal challenge (freedom of information request) to force the U.S. government to disclose information on its … Continue reading

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Deadly Documents: Executive Orders, Their Monarchical Power, and Their Roots in Thanksgiving

Many of the excesses and abuses attributed to the CIA–from counter-insurgency in Vietnam to counter-terrorism in Pakistan–are set in motion by a single, deadly document: an executive order called a ‘presidential finding’. This strange piece of paper, which usually bears … Continue reading

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In Shadow and Secret: Peering into the Soul of Obama’s Presidency

In this essay, I summarize and reflect upon Daniel Klaidman’s Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (2012). My review is broad, but is particularly attuned to the issues surrounding targeted killing.   … Continue reading

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An act of self-defense? More on the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan

The legality of drone strikes in Pakistan – an act of self defense?  A state’s right to use force is set out in the United Nations Charter, the rules of customary international law, and in general principles of international law … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan legal?

The September 2012 report called ‘Living Under Drones‘ by Stanford Law School and NYU  School of Law devotes a chapter to exploring whether or not the CIA’s program of targeted killings in the tribal areas of Pakistan is legal. Below … Continue reading

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The Obama Administration’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ – a Deadly Drone Database?

“We have a disposition problem” – former U.S. counterterrorism official, 2012 Greg Miller from the Washington Post has a must-read on the Obama Administration’s construction of a secret database for administering life and death. For the past two years, officials … Continue reading

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The Moral and Legal Case for Drones: An All-Too-Human Responsibility

The rise of drone warfare across the planet, spearheaded by the CIA, continues to challenge and transform the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict. Drones are frequently touted … Continue reading

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