05 Jul 2011

Eric Holder, Preet Bhrara, and Ray Kelly Planning Civilian Terror Trial in Manhattan

Was it just a year ago when we were told it was impossible to hold a civilian terrorist trial in NY? Because that seems to be what DOJ and the NYPD have in mind with alleged -Shabaab leader, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, who is accused of multiple counts of material support

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05 Jul 2011

Bin Laden Found By Trolling The Weeds, Not By Torture

Goldman and Apuzzo have done good work on their story about the analyst who caught bin Laden, but the story is also an instructive primer on what didn’t work, to wit: torture.

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05 Jul 2011

Rupert Murdoch’s Hacks

How interesting that Rupert Murdoch’s empire was the subject of not one, but two, hacking stories this weekend. You probably heard how, in the US, someone hacked Fox News’ Twitter account in the middle of the night leading into Fourth of July. Shortly thereafter, that thread posted a series of

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04 Jul 2011

The Drone War on Westphalia

I wrote a snippy post yesterday attacking Benjamin Wittes’ claim that we’ve had a public debate about drones. But I wanted to do a more substantive post about something missing from the drone debate. I believe that drones are a tool that presents a heightened threat to the concept of

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03 Jul 2011

Our “Public Debate” about Drones Is a State Secret

While I often disagree with Benjamin Wittes, I rarely think the stuff he writes is sheer nonsense. This post, which attempts to rebut Eugene Robinson’s column on Assassination by Robot, is an exception. I disagree, respectfully, with most of his post. But this bit I find just mindboggling. My former

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03 Jul 2011

The WikiLeaks Suit against Visa and MasterCard

You may have heard that WikiLeaks is suing Visa and MasterCard for refusing to process donations to it. That’s not actually the case. Forbes has gotten a copy of the complaint, and as it lays out, an Icelandic company called DataCell is suing, and it’s suing in Europe, not the

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02 Jul 2011

DSK Case Collapse: Lawyers, Phone Calls & Money the Shit Hits The Fan

The criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is over, at least in anything but the most technical of senses; now the focus shifts to the underlying dynamics and lawyering on the case.

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01 Jul 2011

Obama’s “Evolution” Accelerates: DOJ Formally Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

In a late filing in the Northern District of California (NDCA) case of Golinski v. US Department of Personnel Management, the Department of Justice has formally stated that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

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01 Jul 2011

Whither Stephen Kappes?

As I suggested yesterday, the investigation into Gul Rahman’s death means there’s a chance–teeny, presumably, but a chance nevertheless–that the investigation might move beyond the formerly-low level people implicated in the death (remember, both the guy who headed the Salt Pit and the station chief have gone onto bigger and

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01 Jul 2011

Michael Mukasey’s Torture Apologies

After the Osama bin Laden killing, Michael Mukasey rather shamelessly took the lead in claiming torture had some role in finding OBL. I thought then that the sheer volume of the torture apologists’ wails suggested that John Durham’s torture investigation might actually move forward in some way. But I was

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