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Unusual Nonsense

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, April 28, 2008

The Supreme Court last week gave the country an object lesson in the absurdity of the Eighth Amendment--at least, as it is currently understood by the justices...

Guantanamo Showdown

by Benjamin Wittesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Now that September 11 charges have finally been filed, it’s make-or-break time for the military tribunals. By Benjamin Wittes.

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The New Mask of Terrorism

by Philip Bobbittvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Some one-third of all international terrorist attacks between 1968 and September 10, 2001, involved American targets.

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There Will Be Guns

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Friday, March 21, 2008

One thing seemed clear from Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller: The justices are poised to recognize that the Second Amendment confers on individual Americans the right to own guns...

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Trial by Fire

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Thursday, February 14, 2008

At long last, one way or another we're about to learn a great deal about military commissions...

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Mukasey's Mojo

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Thursday, January 31, 2008

Attorney General Michael Mukasey frustrated Democrats yesterday when he refused, again, to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee whether water-boarding counts as torture or is otherwise prohibited by law...

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Gun Shy

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Friday, January 25, 2008

Shortly after taking office, the Bush administration dropped a love bomb on gun rights enthusiasts nationwide...

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The Proper Use of Power

by Benjamin Wittesvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fans and critics alike seem to believe that a new book, The Terror Presidency, presents a thoroughgoing condemnation of presidential authority. It doesn’t. By Benjamin Wittes.

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The Death Clock

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, January 7, 2008

These are heady days for anti-death penalty activists...

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Detention Retention

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Friday, December 7, 2007

Seth Waxman, arguing on behalf of 37 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, told the Supreme Court Wednesday that each of these men "maintains, as this Court explained [in an earlier case] that he is quote 'innocent of all wrongdoing...'"

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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.