by Joe Pace There is something surreal about the way some conservatives have seized on the death of Osama bin Laden as evidence that “torture works.” The claim rests on the assumption (for which evidence is ambiguous, at best) that, sometime circa 2004, detainees were water-boarded – tortured — into giving up the nickname of […]
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Nearly 200 guests attended the Center’s timely, provocative discussion on national security and civil liberties. Leading experts Richard V. Allen and Deborah Pearlstein examined U.S. policy surrounding Osama bin Laden’s demise, including the release of photographs. Read on for highlights of the conversation.
The operation that killed Osama Bin Laden was carried out by an elite unit of the Navy SEALs and it is highly unlikely that we will ever learn the names of those who entered the compound, much less the SEAL who pulled the trigger twice to shoot Bin Laden dead. But we do know quite […]
Why not capture him? And would a trial have turned to Bin Laden’s advantage?
Cross-posted at Opinio Juris and Balkinizationhttp://balkin.blogspot.com/ Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Deborah Pearlstein is a Visiting Faculty Fellow in national security and international human rights at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is participating in the program “What Is National Security” at the National Constiution Center on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. For all […]