The U.S. government has identified an American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida and is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas. The administration is debating whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally. When, if ever, is it appropriate to use a drone strike to kill an American citizen abroad? Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, examines this question and the future of the U.S. drone program.
Coming on the heels of the Edward Snowden leaks, and a 300-page set of recommendations from a panel of presidential advisers, President Obama announced Thursday key changes to the NSA surveillance gathering -- but not the immediate end to the storage of metadata by the NSA. He called for an independent panel to advise the FISA court, and an end to the spying on foreign leaders unless there exists "a compelling national security purpose."
After an initial worldwide terror alert issued Friday, the State Department has now closed diplomatic posts in 19 North African and Middle Eastern countries. Karen Greenberg of Fordham's Center on National Security discusses the warnings, what they say about the state of al Qaeda, and how they fit into our ongoing conversation about the role of NSA surveillance.
Karen Greenberg, head of the Center on National Security at Fordham University discusses what practical changes to our government's surveillance systems that may restore a balance between privacy and security, from more oversight to limiting the number of people who have access to phone and email records. Plus: the latest on Edward Snowden, who has left the Moscow airport and been granted asylum by Russia.
Army Private Bradley Manning, who leaked thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs to WikiLeaks, was found not guilty of aiding the enemy on Tuesday, the largest charge he faced in military court. He was, however, convicted of at least 15 other charges, including 5 charges of espionage. The private had pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts in connection with the leak to WikiLeaks. Joining us to discuss the verdict is Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University's School of Law, and Ed Pilkington, reporter for The Guardian..
Many of the 166 Guantanamo Bay detainees are now on a hunger strike and have been since early February. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, discusses the strike and talks about a new report that found that the U.S. did engage in torture after 9/11.
A new report by the non-partisan Constitution Project concludes that, without a doubt, the United States engaged in “the practice of torture” in the years after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Currently at Gitmo, 43 of the prisoners are on hunger strikes, in protest of what they see as the unethical treatment of prisoners and their indefinite detention without trial.
Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham Law School’s Center on National Security, discusses the controversial legal theories behind the Obama Administration’s targeted killing program.
A 16-page memo obtained by NBC News was apparently the legal rationale for the killing of American citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda operative. The memo is also the clearest statement yet of American policy on the use of drone aircraft.
Katherine Bigelowe’s latest film "Zero Dark Thirty" comes out in limited release this week, but critics have already honed in on what’s become the film’s most controversial talking point: its depiction of torture. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and editor of “The Torture Papers," explains.
How did this hot issue become a non-issue? Has the country forgotten about the Patriot Act? Or do the candidates just hope that we have? Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University's School of Law takes a closer look as part of The Takeaway's Don't Mention It Series.
Closing a controversial three-year investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that no one will be prosecuted for harsh interrogation techniques carried out by the CIA that resulted in the deaths of two prisoners.
Attorney General Eric Holder outlined the United States’ legal defense of using lethal force against U.S. citizens overseas if that citizen is posing a terrorist threat. Holder’s speech, delivered Monday afternoon at Northwestern University, argued in part that the U.S. Constitution’s definition of due process defends the use of lethal force, even without the written consent of the president.
Until now, no legal defense was given for the U.S. mission in Yemen which killed al-Qaeda’s leading figure Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki, who was born in the US, was the radical cleric who successfully took al-Qaeda’s message to YouTube.
Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU, discusses the hearings, being held right now by NY Rep. Peter King, which address the national security threat of homegrown terror and the radicalization of Muslim Americans.
It was in fact the detainees who were interrogated without enhanced interrogation techniques who helped find the path to bin Laden. You can't have it both ways; members of the Bush administration have decided to revive the torture debate, and I find it quite distasteful and against the facts, yet it seems to be getting some traction.
— Karen Greenberg, executive director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
According to a New York Times article released today, the Obama administration is planning to prosecute Guantanamo detainees in military commission trials. This follows decisions by Congress to prevent these prisoners from being brought to the U.S. and tried in federal courts.