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Did the White House authorize recent leaks on covert programs?

At President Obama’s press conference on Friday, June 8, he was asked by David Jackson of USA Today about the leaks that were apparently behind recent newspaper articles and several books on covert operations. President…


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More news and opinion on President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

From: A Man for All Seasons (1966) William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law! Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to…


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International Law and the Use of Force: Drones and Real Anarchy Unleashed Upon the World

Recently a number of articles have been published that are of particular interest with respect to the development and use of drones. See William Wan and Peter Finn, “Global race on to match U.S. drone…


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UPDATE: Anwar al-Aulaqi: Targeted Killings, Self-Defense, and War Crimes

UPDATE The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed suit against the Treasury Department for rules that require them to obtain a license before they can challenge the inclusion of…


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After McChrystal: Obama, Petraeus, and Fixing a Failed Strategy in Afghanistan

The newspapers will be filled for days with information and views regarding Obama’s June 23 firing of General Stanley McChrystal and his replacement by General David Petraeus as commander of U.S. and allied forces in…


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McChrystal, Petraeus, COIN, and Fixing a Failed Strategy in Afghanistan

The newspapers will be filled for days with information and views regarding Obama’s meeting with Stanley McChrystal and his Afghanistan team on Wednesday, June 23, in Washington. McChrystal’s negative comments about his colleagues as reported…


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Targeted Killings: U.N. Special Rapporteur Alston Publishes Report to U.N. Human Rights Council

Today, Philip Alston, a highly distinguished human rights expert and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, published a report addressing international law issues raised by the policy of “targeted killings”. See Philip…



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Targeted Killings by Drone Aircraft: A View From India, and Some Observations

….. Quotation “La guerre, c’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires.” “War is too serious a matter to just be handed over to some military men.” –Georges Clemenceau. ….. The following…