This morning, nearly 10 months after it was argued, the D.C. Circuit finally handed down its decision in Obama v. Klayman—the government’s appeal of Judge Leon’s December 2013 ruling that had held that the pre-USA FREEDOM Act metadata program violated the Fourth Amendment.… continue »
Executive & Military
We pay a lot of attention on this blog to the Guantánamo military commissions and the principal structural defect in those tribunals as currently constituted, to wit, their power to try wholly “domestic” offenses (which a three-judge panel of the D.C.… continue »
In the latest issue of the Atlantic, Yale Professor Bruce Ackerman has a provocative essay titled “Can the Supreme Court Force Congress to Own the War on ISIS?” Not surprisingly, his answer is yes. Although the Supreme Court has historically resisted intervening in disputes over the war powers, Ackerman flags two circuit court decisions toward the end of the Vietnam War (Berk v.… continue »
Images of the first two female rangers to graduate from the Army Ranger school last Friday made front page news over the weekend. The grueling physical challenges conquered by both have been chronicled, as have the reaction of their classmates and senior military officers.… continue »
The image of torture in US popular culture is an intimate one: a government agent and a suspect in a dark cell, usually alone. But the reality of our state-sanctioned torture program is that it took a village, working in broad daylight, to pull it off.… continue »
This post is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.
Inspectors General (IGs) occupy unique and important roles in the world of government oversight and accountability.… continue »
Today, two Army officers will be the first women to graduate from Ranger school. This is a groundbreaking milestone many predict is cracking the “brass ceiling”, but what does it really mean to female integration into military combat arms? Yes, these women will wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniform—but they are still barred from serving in a Ranger unit.… continue »
Editors’ note: This piece is adapted from a longer article by the author originally published in the International Journal of Stability & Development.
The military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) will be a long one with civilians facing challenges to protect themselves from harm from all sides.… continue »
The DOD Law of War Manual and Command Responsibility: Is it Time for a “Necessary and Reasonable” Change to the UCMJ?
Editor’s Note: This post is the latest in Just Security’s “mini forum” on the new Defense Department Law of War Manual. This series includes posts from Sean Watts, Eric Jensen, Adil Ahmad Haque, Geoffrey Corn, Charlie Dunlap, Jr.… continue »
It is widely known that the US is facing numerous challenges in arming and training a select number of fighters as part of a group known as the “New Syrian Forces,” which are part of the Free Syrian Army’s Division 30, in order to fight ISIS on the ground in Syria.… continue »