Posts Tagged National Security

Intelligence Squared US Video – “Treat Terrorists as Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals”

I just wanted to link to a fascinating debate I watched yesterday on counter-terrorism policy: namely, a debate around the motion “treat terrorists as enemy combatants, not criminals.” The participants were former President George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen and former CIA Director Michael Hayden (in favor of the motion), and David Frakt, an Army lawyer who represented Guantanamo detainees, and Stephen Jones, a criminal lawyer who defended Timothy McVeigh (against the motion).

The debate was organized by an organization called Intelligence Squared US that organizes “Oxford-style” debates. I had never heard of them before, but apparently they are broadcasted on NPR and Bloomberg TV, and they have also podcasts available on iTunes. Something to definitely watch out for in the future.

Also, there’s a vote on the motion by the public at the end of the debate, whether for or against. It’s interesting because they poll people on the motion before the debate, and after the debate, so it’s interesting to see how they progress.

But enough talk – well, by me anyway – here’s the video:


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New Law Journal: The Harvard National Security Journal

Professor Kenneth Anderson over at Opinio Juris has posted today an entry concerning the recent publishing of an essay on targeted killings. Being interested in targeted killings, and having written an essay last month on the legal issues this policy raises, I went on to read it, and discovered in the process that Harvard University had apparently created a new law journal covering National Security issues, the Harvard National Security Journal.

I took a quick look at it, and found it very interesting. It defines itself as “a student-edited online journal dedicated to improving scholarship and discourse in the field of national security.” It’s presented under the form of a blog, and a rather good-looking one at that. I wish my blog looked like that.

Specializing in international security issues, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this new journal, and am already looking forward to the next issue. I would recommend anyone interested in national and international security issues to take a look at it!

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