nationalsecuritylaw Brigadier General Mark Martins on this week’s military commission developments re conspiracy and material support

January 10, 2013

As you know I do not often use this listserv to draw specific attention to particular posts on the blog of which I am part (I assume you all read anyway J), but I’m making an exception in this instance to draw attention to a podcast that Ben Wittes has just posted. It is a remarkable interview with Brigadier General Mark Martins, who serves currently as the Chief Prosecutor in the military commissions system. The interview addresses important, fascinating developments this week including the withdrawal of the conspiracy count in the 9/11 case in light of the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Hamdan II, and related but distinct moves by the Justice Department relating to the impact of Hamdan II on the al Bahlul appeal, and the further question of whether the government will continue to litigate Hamdan II. I strongly recommend that you listen to the full thing (ESPECIALLY for the journalists on this list, if you are planning to write on these matters). Here it is:

nationalsecuritylaw audio and text of Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco’s speech on the National Security Division

January 10, 2013

This is a very interesting speech for those who want to understand better the work and structure of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The audio is here: And the text appears below: