Are We Finally Going to Close Guantanamo?

Well . . . maybe, if certain noises from the Obama administration are to be believed. But Benjamin Wittes is rightly skeptical: Let me be blunt about this: I will believe this the day it happens, and not a moment before. If Obama were serious about using the power of his office to close Guantanamo, …

Your Good Deed for the Day

I hereby direct you to support Lawfare. As I have written before, it is one of the best and most informative sites out there, and certainly the best at discussing the intersection between law and national security policy. Indeed, Lawfare is so good, that it is routinely the subject of Denial of Service Attacks and attacks of more hawkish varieties1 launched …

Why Is Rick Perlstein Sliming Lawfare?

On Friday of last week, Rick Perlstein of the Nation, wrote this post, in which he claimed that the New Republic was "taking money from an NSA contractor to run defenses of the NSA." The post also implicated Lawfare. Perlstein argued that "[t]he National Security Agency has a friend at the Harvard Law School. And …

Lawfare Is an Example of the Best of the Blogosphere, and it Deserves Your Support

I am very pleased to note the success of Lawfare in attracting readers and in shaping the law/national security debate, and not just because I guest-blogged at Lawfare one time, or because Jack Goldsmith once had nice things to say in passing about an article I wrote. Rather, I am pleased by Lawfare's success because I …

Germans Love David Hasselhoff . . . and They Kindly Tolerate Pejman Yousefzadeh

President Obama gave a speech to the National Defense University today that outlined his counterterrorism policy in general, and his administration's policy on drones in particular. Deutsche Welle interviewed yours truly on the new policy:Pejman Yousefzadeh, a Chicago-based lawyer who specializes in public policy, cautiously welcomed Obama's initiative towards greater transparency, but questioned the efficacy of a new policy. …