Category Archives: National Security

The Slippery Slope is Here!

One of the primary criticisms of trying terrorists by military commission is the slippery slope which exists in a system not founded on sound legal principles. Proponents of military commissions have argued we needed this separate system to address unique … Continue reading

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America Needs Harry Truman

In a new book, Top Secret America, Washington Post reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin tell the story of the rise of the American security state following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The authors detail the vast security apparatus developed … Continue reading

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Libya and the War Powers Act

In a recent post, my colleague George Dargo suggested that the Obama administration has no reason not to comply with the terms of the War Powers Act regarding our support of NATO forces in Libya. One of the members of the … Continue reading

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The War Powers Debate: Is the U.S. Engaged in “Hostilities” in Libya?

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? When does the use of the armed forces of the United States trigger the War Powers Resolution of 1973? Why have we not intervened in “hostilities” within the meaning … Continue reading

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This Just In: President’s Use of Military Force in Libya Does Not Require Prior Congressional Approval!

The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) recently issued an opinion on the President’s decision to direct the use of force in Libya in support of United Nation Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1973. The OLC concluded, unsurprisingly, that the President had the … Continue reading

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