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    The Torture Memos

    David Cole talked about the book he edited, The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (New Press; September 1, 2009). In his book he collects the memos released by the Justice Department on…

  • Department of Homeland Security Review
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    Department of Homeland Security Review

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivered end-of-the-year remarks on the department’s accomplishments in 2008 and the state of homeland security going into the administration…

  • National Security Law Challenges
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    National Security Law Challenges

    Panelists discussed national security law challenges for the next administration. Topics included Guantanamo Bay detainees and the idea of establishing a National Security Court in place of military…

  • New International Conflict Law
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    New International Conflict Law

    Panelists talked about applications of international law in the 21st century. Among the topics they addressed were the laws of armed conflict, challenges to traditional concepts of warfare…

  • Role of the Justice Department in Combating Terror
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    Role of the Justice Department in Combating Terror

    Panelists discussed the role of the Justice Department in the war on terrorism. Topics included the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), executive branch law interpretation, and…