nationalsecuritylaw Brennan Center fellowship opportunity

July 28, 2012

From the Brennan Center, a great opportunity for soon-to-graduate students:

The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program is interested in sponsoring a 2013 law school graduate for a public interest fellowship beginning in fall 2013. If you know of any outstanding students who would be interested in working on issues of liberty and national security after graduation, would you kindly pass along the attached bulletin to them? Ideally, we’d receive letters of interest by August 1, but students who can’t make that deadline shouldn’t be dissuaded.

Thanks very much,


Elizabeth Goitein

Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program

Brennan Center for Justice

Tel: (202) 249-7192

Brennan Center fellowship sponsor opportunity 2013-2014.doc

nationalsecuritylaw Release of Volume 88 Naval War College International Law Studies Blue Book “Non-International Armed Conflict in the Twenty-first Century”

July 28, 2012

From the Naval War College:

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the Naval War College International Law Department:

On behalf of Professor Mike Schmitt, please be advised we have digitally published volume 88 of the International Law Studies "Blue Book" series. As many of you know, the Blue Book has served as an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners of international law since 1901. Volume 88 is entitled "Non-International Armed Conflict in the Twenty-first Century." A copy of volume 88 may be downloaded for free from the Blue Book link on the Stockton research portal at jayne.vanpetten or calling + 1 (401) 841-4949.

With best regards,


LtCol George Cadwalader, Jr., USMC

International Law Department

Center for Naval Warfare Studies

Naval War College

686 Cushing Rd.

Newport, RI 02841

401-841-6567 (DSN prefix 841)

Fax: (401) 841-3989


nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: ABA/Syracuse University Conference-The Intersection of National Security Law and International Affairs (September 14-15)

July 19, 2012

This is going to be a really great event. Note that I’ve reprinted the agenda below the flyer:

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Friday, September 14

2:00 pm Welcome and Introductions

Eric Spina, Provost, Syracuse University
Hannah Arterian, Dean, Syracuse University College of Law
Harvey Rishikof, Chair, Standing Committee on Law & National Security (SCOLANS)

2:15-3:45 Translating Legal Advice into Policy – How it Actually Happens

Panel Chair: Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker, Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Mary De Rosa, Georgetown Law
Joel Brenner, Cooley, LLP

3:45-4:00 Break

4:15-5:45 Teaching our Law and International Affairs Students: Learning from Each Other

Panel Chair: Steve Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law
Laura Donohue, Georgetown Law
Cindy Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael Glennon, Fletcher School, Tufts University

6:00-7:00 Reception, Maxwell Foyer

7:00-9:00 Dinner and Keynote Address by Harold Koh, Legal Advisor, DOS

Saturday, September 15

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 The Intersection of Legal Advice and Policy from the Service Branch Perspective

Panel Chair,Colonel David Graham, US Army (ret), Executive Director, Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School
Geoff Corn, S. Texas Law School
Timothy Hoyt, Naval War College
Harvey Rishikof, Chair, Standing Committee on Law & National Security (SCOLANS)

10:00-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-11:45 Problem Solving in the Real World of National Security: Interdisciplinary Approaches and Lessons

Chair, Kathleen Clark, Washington University Law
Cynthia Ryan, General Counsel, National Geospatial Agency
Laurie Blank, Emory Law School
George Jameson, former Office of the General Counsel, CIA

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Keynote Address by Dean James Steinberg

nationalsecuritylaw al Qosi transferred from GTMO to Sudan upon completion of military commission sentence

July 11, 2012

Now here is a rare sight…a transfer out of GTMO, in this case made possible by the individual’s completion of his plea-based military commission sentence. From DOD’s press release:

Detainee Transfer Announced

07/11/2012 12:12 PM CDT

nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Ferduas (D.Mass. July 9, 2012) (plea agreement)

July 11, 2012

From DOJ’s press release (see also attached plea agreement):

BOSTON – In a written agreement filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston, Rezwan Ferdaus, aka Dave Winfield, aka Jon Ramos, has agreed to plead guilty to attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

He has also agreed to a joint sentencing recommendation of 17 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. In exchange, the government has agreed to dismiss the remaining charges against Ferdaus at the time of sentencing. The parties have filed a joint motion asking the Court to schedule a change-of-plea hearing. The plea agreement filed today is subject to review and acceptance by the district court. A date for the change-of-plea hearing has not yet been set.

In September 2011, Ferdaus, 26, was arrested in connection with his plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. He was later charged in a six-count indictment with attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive; attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises; receipt of explosive materials; receipt of possession of non-registered firearms (six fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles and three grenades); attempting to provide material support to terrorists; and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (al Qaeda).

The government has previously alleged that in 2010, and continuing until his arrest, he planned to commit acts of violence against the United States. With the goal of terrorizing the United States, decapitating its “military center,” and killing as many “kafirs” (an Arabic term meaning non-believers) as possible, Ferdaus extensively planned and took substantial steps to bomb the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, using remote controlled aircraft filled with explosives.

On Sept. 28, 2011, Ferdaus requested and instructed the undercover FBI employees (UCE) to deliver explosives and firearms (material represented to Ferdaus to contain 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, including approximately 1.25 pounds of actual C-4 explosives, three grenades and six fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles) for his attack plan. While inspecting the explosives and firearms in the UCEs’ vehicle and inside his storage unit, Ferdaus placed some of the explosives inside a remote controlled aircraft that he had ordered and obtained for his attack plan. Ferdaus then locked the explosives and firearms in his storage unit at which time he was placed under arrest.

Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in physics, began designing and constructing detonation components for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using mobile phones which were delivered to individuals whom he believed to be Al Qaeda operatives. Ferdaus allegedly supplied 12 mobile phones each of which had been modified to act as an electrical switch for an IED to FBI undercover employees, who he believed were members of or recruiters for al Qaeda, to be used to kill American soldiers stationed overseas. On Sept. 28, 2011, Ferdaus delivered four more detonation devices to individuals who he believed were al Qaeda operatives.

The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were closely monitored by the UCs. The defendant was under surveillance as his alleged plot developed and the UCs were in frequent contact with him. More information about the case, including the indictment, affidavit, and other public documents, can be viewed at

First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Jack Pirozzolo and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI – Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistance was also provided by the Worcester, Ashland and Framingham, Mass., Police Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys B. Stephanie Siegmann and Donald L. Cabell of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit.

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Plea Agreement.pdf

nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Pham (SDNY) (AQAP indictment relating to individual held in the UK)

July 1, 2012

Details from the DOJ press release follow below, and the indictment is attached. Note that the defendant is currently in UK custody.

United States Attorney Preet Bharara

Southern District of New York

Pham, Minh Quang Indictment 12 Cr 423.pdf