nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Saadeh (D.N.J.) (another ISIL material support arrest)

June 29, 2015

The criminal complaint is attached, and the key parts of the press release appear below:


WASHINGTON – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was arrested today on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and aiding and abetting an attempt to do so, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey and Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel of the FBI’s Newark, New Jersey, Division.

Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, New Jersey, was arrested early this morning at his home. He is charged in a complaint with conspiring with other individuals in New Jersey and New York to provide services and personnel to ISIL, aiding and abetting an attempt to provide services and personnel to ISIL and attempting to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI. The defendant is scheduled to make his initial appearance at 2:30 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor of the District of New Jersey.

According to documents filed in this case:

The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have been investigating a group of individuals from New York and New Jersey who have allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL. Co-Conspirator 1 (CC-1) is Saadeh’s brother and was a resident of Rutherford, New Jersey, until departing the United States on May 5, 2015, allegedly to join ISIL. Co-Conspirator 2 (CC-2) was a resident of Queens, New York, until he was arrested on June 13, 2015, in New York on terrorism charges. Samuel Rahamin Topaz was a resident of Fort Lee, New Jersey, until he was arrested on June 17, 2015, in New Jersey and charged with conspiring to provide services and personnel to ISIL.

On May 5, 2015, CC-1 attempted to travel from New Jersey to the Middle East, via John F. Kennedy International Airport, allegedly in order to join ISIL. CC-1 was accompanied to JFK by Saadeh and CC-2. On the way to the airport, CC-1 stated that he, Saadeh, CC-2 and Topaz had plans to reunite overseas within a few weeks.

After CC-1’s departure, and despite learning from CC-1’s family that he had been arrested in Jordan on suspicion of supporting ISIL, Saadeh, CC-2 and Topaz continued to discuss their plan to travel overseas to join ISIL. Electronic communications later recovered from Topaz’s phone corroborated their plans. On May 21, 2015, Saadeh and Topaz discussed that they needed to “lay low” and refrain from taking action in furtherance of the conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL that might be detected by law enforcement. Saadeh and Topaz also discussed needing to meet in person to discuss “hijra.” Topaz later told members of the JTTF that he and his conspirators used the term “hijra” (often spelled “hijrah”) to refer to traveling overseas to join ISIL. The next day, Saadeh told another individual that he suspected that CC-2 or Topaz had “snitched” on CC-1 and caused his arrest overseas, and that, if true, Saadeh thought he would have to “kill someone.”

In recorded conversations with an informant, Saadeh revealed his support for ISIL, including the terrorist organization’s use of beheadings and mass killings to impose its violent agenda. Saadeh also stated that he planned to travel overseas with CC-2 “at some point.” Saadeh further stated that he knew CC-1 planned to travel to join ISIL before CC-1 departed the United States, and that he bought CC-1’s airline ticket despite knowing this. The investigation revealed that Saadeh provided CC-1 transportation and removed a SIM card from CC-1’s phone in an apparent effort hide incriminating communications and other data.

In June, after becoming aware that he was under FBI surveillance, Saadeh directed an individual in New Jersey not to tell the FBI about CC-1’s support for ISIL or CC-1’s plans to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIL. Saadeh instructed the individual to “play dumb” and be “honest up to a point,” but to be sure not to tell the FBI anything about ISIL.

Saadeh Criminal Complaint.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Kodaimati (S.D. Cal.) (criminal complaint alleging false statements re activities in Syria)

April 23, 2015

DOJ press release is below, see also attached criminal complaint for more details:

Kodaimati Criminal Complaint.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw Call for participants: 23nd NSLI Program at the University of Virginia

March 9, 2015

Dear friends,

Below you will find the annual call for participants for the University of Virginia’s outstanding National Security Law Institute. I strongly recommend it (apart from being one of the teachers in the program these days, I participated in it from the other side some years ago and very much benefitted from it). Here are the details:

The Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law is accepting applications for the twenty-third annual National Security Law Institute (NSLI), which will be held at UVA Law School in Charlottesville between Sunday, May 31 and Friday, June 12 of this year.

The academic field of National Security Law began forty-five years ago at the University of Virginia School of Law, when Professor John Norton Moore taught the first class on "Law and National Security." In 1981, Moore co-founded the world’s first think tank in the field, the Center for National Security Law. After the first edition of the Center’s casebook, National Security Law, was published, the NSLI was established to help train professors from other law schools to teach in the new field.

From the very first year, the large majority of NSLI participants have been government lawyers working in the national security field. Government attorneys from every U.S. federal department and agency with major national security responsibilities have attended the Institute, and several have gone on to hold very high positions and/or become professional educators. The Institute is also open to professors and government attorneys from other countries, and since 1991 the NSLI had trained scores of professors and hundreds of government attorneys from the United States and other countries on six continents. Professors in related fields like International Relations and Politics are also eligible for the program.

More information about the Institute can be found here, and the current Program for this summer’s NSLI is here. (It will be updated to reflect any changes.) Among the many distinguished speakers who have agreed to address this summer’s Institute are (alphabetically):

The Honorable Morris S. Arnold, former Chief Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
The Honorable James E. Baker, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council
Prof. M. E. "Spike" Bowman, former Senior Counsel for National Security Law, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Prof. Robert Chesney, Distinguished Scholar, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Univ. of Texas
Prof. Laura Donohue, Director, Center for National Security and Law, Georgetown Law Center
Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., Director, Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke Law School
Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mr. John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
The Honorable R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence

The deadline for applications is April 17. For further information, contact Ms. Mer McLernon at mh2v, or by phone at (434) 924-7441.

nationalsecuritylaw Call for Participants: The 8th Annual National Security Law Workshop

February 27, 2015

Dear colleagues,

I’m very happy to announce the call for proposals and attendees for the 8th Annual National Security Law Workshop, which will take place in Houston on May 14th and 15th this spring. Geoff Corn and I are co-hosting once more, and as in the past the event is co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, South Texas College of Law, and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT.

The details below, and also in the attached document. Please pass this along to anyone who you think might be interested. The deadline for applications is March 20th.



Co-hosted by:

Professor Geoff Corn

Professor Bobby Chesney

Sponsored by:

The International Committee of the Red Cross

The South Texas College of Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas—Austin

May 14-15, 2014

Location: Houston (South Texas College of Law)

2015 NSL Workshop Invitation.docx

nationalsecuritylaw job opportunity: NYU CLS Cybersecurity Fellowship

October 29, 2014

From our friends at NYU, please see the attached job opportunity involving cybersecurity.

CLS & CRISSP AD Fellow Announcement FINAL.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw ABA SCOLANS 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference – November 5-6-7 EARLY BIRD DEADLINE EXTENDED; MCLE CREDIT INCREASED

October 27, 2014

From our friends at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security:

Deadline for early conference registration submission has been EXTENDED to TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28. You may still register online, (see below) or use the attached registration form to complete and fax or scan/email it back to the Committee offices.

In addition, the amount of CLE credits the ABA is authorized to request has INCREASED to 14.0, INCLUDING 1.75 ethics credit. The final list of panelists for the complimentary opening reception on Wednesday, November 5 is attached.

The Annual Review Conference will include:

  • an update on developments in national security law by Executive Branch General Counsels
  • discussions on the Role of the Judiciary in National Security; the Future of Foreign Intelligence; The Economic and Financial Threat Domain; Military Justice and Cybersecurity
  • a discussion with Judge James Baker and Harvey Rishikof on Ethical Issues Facing Lawyers Practicing National Security Law
  • networking, career opportunities and more !!

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Holly McMahon

Staff Director

Standing Committee on Law and National Security

1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 662-1035


24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference*

Thursday, November 6 – Friday, November 7, 2014
Capital Hilton Hotel

1001 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

Sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

Cosponsored by the
Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law
Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown Law

*14.0 CLE credits (including Ethics) have been requested

Lunch- Thursday, Nov. 6 Dinner – Thursday, Nov. 6 Lunch – Friday, Nov. 7

The Honorable Suzanne E. Spaulding
Under Secretary
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Sir James D. Wolfensohn
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Wolfensohn Fund Management;
Fmr. President, World Bank

Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi
Judge Advocate General
U.S. Navy

What will attendance at the 24th Annual Review offer you?

– A full year’s worth of CLE credits, including ethics *state applications pending

– Networking opportunities with others active in the national security and intelligence community – stay abreast of national security developments and hear from executive branch general counsels and other experts in the field

– Opening reception including a program on "Litigating With and Against National Security Entities" on Wednesday, November 5 at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

(special rates for ABA members, government lawyers and law students)
Deadline – October 28

Conference Program

Register Online / Registration Form (Mail/Fax) –

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nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Conley (D. Col. Sep. 10, 2014) (guilty plea in IS-related material support case)

September 10, 2014

From DOJ:



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