I have now had the chance to go over a transcript of Thursday’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on detention policy, at which Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III both testified...
I have now read Judge Reggie Walton’s opinion affirming the detention of Guantanamo detainee Toffiq Nasser Awad Al-Bihani. In keeping with my usual practice, I will leave it to others to discuss the case’s effect on the “scorecard...
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist,” says the lowgrade con man to the supposedly-crack Customs agent in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, speaking of the great criminal mastermind Keyser Söze.
March 19, 2010 | Washington Post (registration required)
by Jack Goldsmith (member of the Task Force on National Security and Law) and Benjamin Wittes (member of the Task Force on National Security and Law)
The Obama administration and its critics are locked in a standoff over whether to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in a military commission or in federal court. . . .
March 9, 2010 | New York Times (registration required)
by Matthew Waxman (member of the Task Force on National Security and Law)
Efforts that are purportedly about transparency of government service and adherence to conflict-of-interest policies are, unfortunately, being used to paint detainee lawyers as disloyal to the country. . . .
I signed the letter because I believe one can serve as a lawyer outside of government, and then enter government to do important work on that same topic — even advocating the views of an administration that has come to different conclusions. . . .