Derek Reinbold  //  1/28/18  //  Topic Update


President Trump’s Guantánamo “policy” is best understood as an extension of his anti-Muslim bigotry, write Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya at Take Care.

A federal judge ruled that the Trump Administration must give the ACLU notice before transferring a United States citizen who has been imprisoned in Iraq as an enemy combatant for more than four months (NYT; Lawfare). 

  • You can read the opinion from Judge Chutkan here.

Eleven Guantanamo Bay detainees petitioned the D.C. District Court for writs of habeas corpus (Lawfare).

  • Scott Roehm looks at two updates in the case.

Congress should demand answers from the intelligence community following the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, writes Jake Laperruque at The Hill.

Congress should stop calling its collection of Americans’ communications “incidental”, writes Allyson Scher at Just Security.

The U.S.-led coalition killed approximately 150 ISIS combatants last weekend, according to U.S. Central Command (The Hill).

DOJ must release comprehensive data on terrorism in the United States, in order to inform public debate and discussion, writes Charles Kurzman at Lawfare.

The terrorist watchlist statistics from last week’s DOJ and DHS exaggerate the threat of terrorism, argues Harsha Panduranga at Just Security.

The Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy contains notable omissions related to climate change and the use of special operations forces (Lawfare).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump's Guantánamo "policy" is best understood as an extension of his anti-Muslim bigotry, wrote Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya at Take Care. The terrorist watchlist statistics from last week's DOJ and DHS exaggerate the threat of terrorism, argued Harsha Panduranga at Just Security. The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy contains notable omissions related to climate change and the use of special operations forces.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

In a series of tweets, President Trump wavers between opposition and support of FISA reauthorization. On the 16th anniversary of the prison’s founding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners file mass habeas petition.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration unveiled its new National Security Strategy. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly voted to rebuke America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy.