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Analysis and Commentary

The National Security Dimension

by Matthew Waxmanvia New York Times
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Demagoguery on Legal Defense

by Benjamin Wittesvia New York Times
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It is deeply wrong to stigmatize those in the Justice Department who have represented Guantánamo detainees in their prior careers. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Role of Private Lawyers

by Kenneth Andersonvia New York Times
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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. . . .

Predators Over Pakistan

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, March 8, 2010

Targeting terrorists and militants with Predator drone strikes is one campaign promise President Obama has kept to the letter. Missiles fired from remote-piloted “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs) at al Qaeda and Taliban leadership steadily and sharply increased over the course of 2009.

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Targeted for death

by Kenneth Andersonvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, February 21, 2010

Military and human rights lawyers weigh in on the legality of the killing of Hamas' Mahmoud Mabhouh. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

A Usurpation of National Sovereignty

by Peter Berkowitzvia National Review
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The controversy sparked by the Sept. 15, 2009, publication of the Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, otherwise known as the Goldstone Report, may appear to exclusively concern the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The courts' shifting rules on Guantanamo detainees

by Benjamin Wittesvia Washington Post
Friday, February 5, 2010

One judge rules that a detainee's statements to his military review tribunal are tainted by past coercion -- and orders him released. . . .

The Accountable Presidency

by Jack Goldsmithvia New Republic
Monday, February 1, 2010

In December 2008, Chris Wallace asked Vice President Cheney, “If the president, during war, decides to do something to protect the country, is it legal?” Cheney’s answer included a reference to a military authority that President Bush did not exercise.

Analysis and Commentary

Can we stop the global cyber arms race?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Washington Post
Monday, February 1, 2010

In a speech this month on "Internet freedom," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decried the cyberattacks that threaten U.S. economic and national security interests. . . .

The Lawyering of War

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Monday, February 1, 2010

Peter Berkowitz on The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective by Michael Lewis, Eric Jensen, Geoffrey Corn, Victor Hansen, Richard Jackson, and James Schoettler.


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Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow

The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to making proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.

The task force’s focus is the rule of law and its role in Western civilization, as well as the roles of international law and organizations, the laws of war, and U.S. criminal law. Those goals will be accomplished by systematically studying the constellation of issues—social, economic, and political—on which striking a balance depends.

Peter Berkowitz serves as chair of the National Security and Law Task Force.