Alexandra Widas  //  10/21/17  //  Topic Update


Ethics rules that prompted the withdrawal of civilian defense counsel in United States v. Nashiri should also compel the withdrawal of military defense counsel, writes David Luban at Just Security.

Guantanamo military commissions operate under the cover of darkness, leaving a “nearly unbroken record of futility and failure,” writes Joseph Margulies at Justia Verdict.

  • Margulies discusses the case of Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, whose case the Supreme Court has just turned down (Lyle Denniston Law News).

Prison guards at Guantanamo Bay seized court-approved, non-networked computers and hard drives issued to the accused 9/11 attack plotters to prepare for their death-penalty trials (Miami Herald).

The U.S. Army has stopped enlisting some immigrants who are legal permanent residents while mandating lengthy delays for others (WaPo).

Climate change will impact national security and the military in three key ways, writes Mark Nevitt at Just Security.

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee will debate a bill that would revise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act without imposing new restraints (WaPo).

  • Ending the sunset provisions would be detrimental to national security and personal privacy, writes Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the White House had prevented White House Cyber Coordinator Rob Joyce from testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee (The Hill). 

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) threatened to subpoena Trump administration officials for information on the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. service members (WaPo).

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the attack is under investigation (Politico).

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.