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Analysis and Commentary

Secrecy and Safety

by Jack Goldsmithvia New Republic
Wednesday, August 13, 2008

In May 1940, defying a congressional ban, President Franklin D. Roosevelt secretly authorized warrantless wiretapping inside the United States...

In the News

States of terror, states of consent

by Kenneth Anderson with Philip Bobbitt, Niall Fergusonvia Times (UK)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Philip Bobbitt’s Terror and Consent is a big book, enormous in concept and sweep, full of portent for transnational politics in the twenty-first century...

Analysis and Commentary

How do we bring Osama Bin Laden to justice? America is clueless

by Benjamin Wittesvia Daily News (NY)
Saturday, July 5, 2008

News flash: Osama Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are captured in Pakistani tribal areas and turned over to American custody...

In the News

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 4, 2008

Bobbitt says the U.S. cannot possibly hope to defeat the terrorists without allies, particularly in Europe...

In the News

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 3, 2008

We tend to believe the people have more power than the government when the times are tranquil, and that the government asserts more power than the people in times of emergency...

In the News

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

During the 20th century it was important that the law and the Allied war strategy were separate...

In the News

War & Terror with Philip Bobbitt: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Philip Bobbittvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 30, 2008

Professor Philip Bobbitt describes the “wars of the 21st Century” as wars against terror — against modern market-state terrorism, against the distribution and assimilation of weapons of mass destruction, and against the forces that create human catastrophes, such as genocide and ethnic cleansing...

Analysis and Commentary

Congress's Guantanamo Burden

by Benjamin Wittesvia Washington Post
Friday, June 13, 2008

The key words in Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's Guantanamo opinion do not involve the history of habeas corpus, the territorial status of Guantanamo Bay or the accountability of the executive branch to the rule of law...

Benjamin Wittes

The Real Guantanamo

by Benjamin Wittesvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, June 1, 2008

As the move to close the detainee center at Guantanamo continues, let us look at why Guantanamo is actually an ideal detention site.

Analysis and Commentary

State Of The Unions

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as president," the Obama campaign stated oh-so-carefully in response to this week's California Supreme Court decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage...

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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.