nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Hamayel (S.D. Fla. Dec. 16, 2010)

December 17, 2010

* United States v. Hamayel (S.D. Fla. Dec. 16, 2010) (guilty plea in weapons export conspiracy case)

A guilty plea yesterday from a Palestinian man involved in a plot to purchase a large amount of automatic weapons, grenades, and material for IEDs for export. Details from the press release:

MIAMI – Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami Field Office, announced that defendant Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, 23, of West Bank Palestinian Authority, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to possess stolen firearms (M-16s, AK-47s) and to transport explosive materials, including hand grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2011. Hamayel faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge.

According to statements made before U.S. District Court Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, in April 2009, an FBI confidential source told agents about two individuals, Hamayel and co-conspirator Yanny Aguila Urbay, 24, of Hialeah. According to the confidential source, these individuals wanted to purchase large quantities of automatic weapons. The confidential source then introduced an undercover officer (UC) to Hamayel and Urbay as a purported supplier of fully-automatic, stolen weapons

At their first meeting with the UC on May 11, 2009, Hamayel and Urbay requested 200 to 300 fully-automatic assault rifles. They also asked if the UC could supply grenades and homemade bombs with remote detonation capabilities. When asked what he was going to do with the weapons, Hamayel stated that the weapons would all be going out of the country.

On June 11, 2009, the UC met with Hamayel and showed him examples of the weapons he requested for purchase, including an AK-47, two M-16s, two grenades and two detonators for IEDs. On June 12, 2009, at Hamayel’s request, the UC provided a photo of these items to Hamayel so he could show the weapons to the prospective buyers.

On June 19, 2009, Hamayel left the country. When Hamayel returned to the United States on Aug. 30, 2010, he was arrested by federal authorities. Co-conspirator Urbay was subsequently arrested on Sept. 6, 2010. Urbay is scheduled to appear for trial on these charges before Judge Middlebrooks on Jan. 24, 2011.

nationalsecuritylaw G’town Law Establishes LL.M. Degree Program in National Security Law

December 17, 2010

* Georgetown Announces LLM Program in National Security Law

From Georgetown’s press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce the establishment of an LL.M. degree program in national security law.

"We are delighted to add the LL.M. in national security law to our graduate degree offerings," said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. "Several members of our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field, and I can think of no better place to study this area of the law than Washington, D.C."

Candidates in the one-year advanced degree program will be expected to complete a graduate seminar and coursework in national security law, as well as a writing requirement. They will also have the opportunity to take other courses at the Law Center and on the Georgetown main campus.

Georgetown Law has one of the strongest national security law programs in the country. More than a dozen members of the full-time faculty, as well as over 60 adjuncts from the national security bar, the bench, and the NGO community, teach a broad range of courses in the field. Over the last ten years, more than 100 of these courses have been offered at the Law Center.

Georgetown Law is also home to the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law. The Center operates a daily security law blog; provides pro bono legal advice on security litigation; works with members of Congress on public policy initiatives; provides non-partisan advice to members and their staffs on security issues; and sponsors numerous discussions, lectures, and programs. Current Center projects focus on the state secrets privilege, emerging technologies, biological weapons and quarantine law, security clearances, habeas corpus, cybersecurity, military ethics, and civilian and military relations.

The Center also partners with Georgetown Law’s Human Rights Institute, which offers programs on detention and interrogation, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the boundary between national security and criminal law, as well as the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which carries out projects on cyberlaw and reorganization of the intelligence community.

"The study of national security law is vitally important right now," said Professor David Luban, acting director of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law. "We are excited to offer our graduate students a highly rigorous program that will deepen their understanding of this critical area, and to help provide them with the foundation for future careers in the field."

In addition to national security law, Georgetown offers LL.M. degree programs in international legal studies, global health, securities and financial regulation, taxation, and international business and economic law.

Complete details for the LL.M. in National Security Law can be found here: