8/31/08: The New York Timesreports on and Opinio Juris discusses legislation introduced in Congress just before the August recess
that would tinker with the review scheme for Guantanamo
detainees and carry a major new
authorization for executive detention.
8/31/08: CNN and the New York Times report that an alleged terrorist leader suspected of plotting the bombing of a
Philippine superferry more than four years ago, killing at least 116
people, is being held in Manila after his arrest in Bahrain.
8/30/08: The Guardian and the New York Times (here and here) report that three UK men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses have been linked to an investigation into threats to kill Gordon Brown. UPDATE: The New York Timesreports that the men were charged with terrorism-related offenses.
8/30/08: The Associated Press and Reuters report that Judge Hellerstein has ordered the release of eight more Rosenberg grand jury testimony transcripts. Also, an article on the role Georgetown law students played in this case. HT to Jurist and FOIA Blog.
8/30/08: SCOTUSblog discusses a request by detainees that the court interpret Bismullah to mean that it must order the government to search for and produce all information that might favor the detainees’ challenge to captivity.
8/23/08: The National Security Archive discusses a July 2002 draft of the "White Paper" on Iraq's possession of WMD ultimately issued by the CIA in October 2002
that pre-dated the National Intelligence Estimate that the paper
purportedly summarized, but which Congress did not insist on until
8/23/08: Ars Technica reports that AG Mukasey has agreed to postpone implementation of the new DOJ guidelines that would lessen restrictions on FBI investigations. The New York Times has an editorial advocating Congressional hearings before implementation.
The Washington Postcovers and Secrecy News discusses the Defense Intelligence Agency's new authority to engage in offensive counterintelligence operations that seek to thwart foreign intelligence activities.
The Washington Postreports on a new DOJ proposal that would make it easier for state and
local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the
sensitive data with federal agencies, and retain it for at least 10
Opinio Juris and Law and Terrorism discuss a structural flaw in the military commissions which creates a system allowing for direct political influence over the trial process, including discussion of Gregory McNeal's newest essay Beyond Guantanamo.
The New York Timesreports on a deal between the Libyan and US governments in which Congress will rescind a provision in a law that allowed victims of terrorism to seize Libyan government assets in return for Libya making a single lump payment of more than $1.2 billion to the United States for distribution to the families of victims. UPDATE: SpyTalk reports on victims' attorney Thomas Fortune Fay's displeasure with the deal. UPDATE: OpenCRS just released a new CRS report on "Suits Against Terrorist States by Victims of Terrorism." UPDATE: The New York Times and CNN report on the final agreement.
The New York Times covers (here and here) the FBI's admission that it improperly obtained the phone records of reporters for the New York Times and the Washington Post in the newspapers’ Indonesia bureaus in 2004.
The DOJ just released the Inspector General's semiannual report to Congress on any actions related to claims of civil rights or civil liberties violations allegedly committed by DOJ employees between 1/1/08-6/30/08. HT to BeSpacific.
The New York Timesreports on the sentencing of a woman who helped a spy transmit military secrets to the Chinese government. UPDATE: The New York Timesreports on the sentencing of the spy. UPDATE: The Daily Cometreports in more detail.