Office of Legal Counsel

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Name: Office of Legal Counsel
First reported Sep 26 2014 - Updated Sep 27 2014 - 1 reports

Obama, power and responsibility

As the threat of terrorism reemerges in Iraq, President Obama has already publicly announced that he has the power to use, without congressional approval, American military force to combat the spread of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and ... [Published The Hill - Sep 26 2014]
First reported Sep 25 2014 - Updated Sep 26 2014 - 1 reports

House Holds Eric Holder in Contempt

3:43pmAfter a bitter partisan debate today, the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding certain documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.Led by Democratic Leader ... [Published ABC News - Sep 25 2014]
First reported Sep 24 2014 - Updated Sep 24 2014 - 1 reports

Go To Congress, Mr. President

Clay Hanna, a veteran, pleads with Obama to get congressional authorization for his new war: If Congress declares war, and the full force and might of the U.S. military and her allies is deployed, I have no doubt that we will fatally strike the Islamic ... [Published The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - Sep 24 2014]
First reported Sep 22 2014 - Updated Sep 22 2014 - 1 reports

Transparency Advocates Denounce Secret Lawmaking

Transparency advocates gathered Monday to denounce secret lawmaking and restricted access to everything from municipal bicycle rules to documents supporting the targeted killing of Americans.The Advisory Committee on Transparency, which works with the ... [Published US News & World Report - Sep 22 2014]
First reported Sep 18 2014 - Updated Sep 18 2014 - 3 reports

Sidley Austin Announces Virginia Seitz Has Returned to Firm as Partner

Your profile matches an open legal position. Apply now!Job ListingsKeyword:Location: Summary: Virginia Seitz, a former partner of Sidley Austin, has returned to the firm after serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel.Sidley ... [Published JD Journal - Sep 18 2014]
First reported Sep 17 2014 - Updated Sep 17 2014 - 1 reports

Debate on War and the Constitution

Bruce Fein and John Woo debated War and the Constitution at the National Press Club.Consitutional lawyer Bruce Fein was senior policy advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign. John Yoo was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of ... [Published Antiwar.com - Sep 17 2014]
First reported Sep 17 2014 - Updated Sep 17 2014 - 1 reports

US Armed Services Chairman: Obama Does Not Need Congressional Authorization to Combat IS

WASHINGTON, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - The United States’ military operations against the Islamic State radical group would be more effective if Congress were to vote to authorize the President to use military force, but such authorization is not necessary ... [Published RIA Novosti - Sep 17 2014]
First reported Sep 17 2014 - Updated Sep 17 2014 - 2 reports

Jacob Sullum on Obama's Lame Excuses for Going to War Without Congressional Approval

NBC A few years ago, when President Obamaunilaterally decided to get involved in Libya's civil war,he argued that he did not need approval from Congressbecause bombing military targets did not constitute "hostilities"under the War Powers Resolution. That ... [Published REASON Online - Sep 17 2014]
First reported Sep 13 2014 - Updated Sep 13 2014 - 2 reports

Obama’s Isis plan a way for perpetual war

by Trevor TimmIn a speech that would make Dick Cheney proud, the president told us (and the Pentagon repeated) this week that we are at war with Islamic State (IS) “in same way we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates” – a war that will go on indefinitely, ... [Published Qatar Peninsula - Sep 13 2014]
First reported Sep 12 2014 - Updated Sep 12 2014 - 1 reports

White House’s legal rationale for airstrikes in Syria comes under scrutiny

By and Sari Horwitz ,Top lawyers at the Justice Department signed off on the White House’s conclusion that President Obama had sufficient legal authority to approve airstrikes in Syria, people familiar with the deliberations said Thursday, as the administration ... [Published Washington Post - Sep 12 2014]
First reported Sep 09 2014 - Updated Sep 09 2014 - 2 reports

Legal memos released on Bush-era justification for warrantless wiretapping

Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United StatesThe Justice Department released two decade-old memos on Sept 5, offering the fullest public airing to date of the Bush administration’s legal justification for ... [Published Benton Foundation - Sep 09 2014]
First reported Sep 07 2014 - Updated Sep 07 2014 - 2 reports

Declassified memo fails to answer wiretapping questions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has released a newly declassified version of a May 2004legal memo approving the National Security Agency’s Stellarwind program, a set of warrantlesssurveillance and data-collection activities that President George W. ... [Published Columbus Dispatch - Sep 07 2014]

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...general in the Office of Legal Counsel, current professor at Harvard Law School and author of two books about presidential power, has written that "When the executive branch acts in the secret world it defines for itself, it makes more mistakes than usual, and the mistakes are harder to correct because the normal checking functions of the government cannot operate."
Holder praised Kneedler as the "institutional memory and the institutional conscience" of the solicitor general's office. "He has worked long hours in the service of our country" Holder said, joking that Kneedler had started his federal career in the Abraham Lincoln administration...
...Thirteen years ago this week, the president notes, Congress authorized George W Bush "to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons."
So this might be a good time then to ask Congress for the authority to actually conduct such a campaign. Not so fast. "I have the authority to address the threat of ISIL" Obama said, using the administration's preferred acronym for ISIS...

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Declaring War on ISIS [Published Policy Review - Sep 30 2014]
The Ghost of Ronald Reagan Authorizes Most NSA ... [Published Intercept - Sep 29 2014]
SULLUM: Obama’s dumb and rash war [Published OA Online - Sep 29 2014]
Michael A. Cohen: Obama’s imperial about-face o... [Published Boston Globe - Sep 27 2014]
CIA still hiding the worst details of black sites [Published Western News - Sep 27 2014]
Does Obama have congressional authority to bomb... [Published Power Line - Sep 26 2014]
Does Obama have congressional authority to bomb... [Published Power Line - Sep 26 2014]
Obama, power and responsibility [Published The Hill - Sep 26 2014]
House Holds Eric Holder in Contempt [Published ABC News - Sep 25 2014]
Go To Congress, Mr. President [Published The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - Sep 24 2014]
Deputy SG Kneedler Recognized for Career in Pub... [Published National Law Journal - Sep 23 2014]
Transparency Advocates Denounce Secret Lawmaking [Published US News & World Report - Sep 22 2014]
Back and Forth with Professor John Yoo [Published U-Wire.com - Sep 20 2014]
Whistleblower Debates Top Spy Lawyer Over Surve... [Published US News & World Report - Sep 19 2014]
Sidley Austin Announces Virginia Seitz Has Retu... [Published JD Journal - Sep 18 2014]
Sidley Austin Announces Virginia Seitz Has Retu... [Published JD Journal.com - Sep 18 2014]
Former Justice Official Virginia Seitz Returns ... [Published National Law Journal - Sep 18 2014]
Community members call for resignation of campu... [Published Daily Californian - Sep 18 2014]
Debate on War and the Constitution [Published Antiwar.com - Sep 17 2014]
Jacob Sullum on Obama's Lame Excuses for Going ... [Published REASON Online - Sep 17 2014]
Jacob Sullum on Obama's Lame Excuses for Going ... [Published Hit & Run - Sep 17 2014]
Shameful: US Judge Increases Prison Sentence Of... [Published Eurasia Review - Sep 17 2014]
US Armed Services Chairman: Obama Does Not Need... [Published RIA Novosti - Sep 17 2014]
Obama's Dumb, Rash and Unilateral War: Don't Bu... [Published Creators.Com - Sep 16 2014]
“S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013,” [Published Cato Institute - Sep 16 2014]
A New AUMF: What Is the Obama Administration Af... [Published Huffington Post - Sep 16 2014]
Is Obama's new war on ISIS illegal? [Published Sott.net - Sep 14 2014]
Obama’s Isis plan a way for perpetual war [Published Qatar Peninsula - Sep 13 2014]
Obama's legally dubious Isis campaign is just a... [Published Guardian.co.uk - Sep 13 2014]
Is Obama Abusing the Constitution to Combat ISIS? [Published Cato Institute - Sep 12 2014]
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Does Obama have congressional authority to bomb... [Published Power Line - Sep 26 2014]
(Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, a distinguished panel considered whether the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 authorizes President Obama to bomb ISIS. Steve Bradbury, a terrific ...
Go To Congress, Mr. President [Published The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - Sep 24 2014]
Clay Hanna, a veteran, pleads with Obama to get congressional authorization for his new war: If Congress declares war, and the full force and might of the U.S. military and her allies is deployed, I have no doubt that we will fatally strike the Islamic ...
Sidley Austin Announces Virginia Seitz Has Retu... [Published JD Journal.com - Sep 18 2014]
Summary : Virginia Seitz, a former partner of Sidley Austin, has returned to the firm after serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. Sidley Austin LLP  is pleased to announce that Virginia Seitz, former Assistant ...
Jacob Sullum on Obama's Lame Excuses for Going ... [Published Hit & Run - Sep 17 2014]
<p><img alt="" height="206" src="http://cloudfront-media.reason.com/mc/jsullum/2014_09/Obama-Meet-the-Press-9-7-14.jpg?h=206&w=275" title="You call that a war?|||NBC" width="275" style="float: right;"/&gt;A few years ago, when President Obamaunilaterally ...
Bush-era memos: president can wiretap Americans... [Published News About Cyber Warfare - Sep 12 2014]
Washington (AFP) Sept 06, 2014 -The US Justice Department has released two memos detailing the Bush administration's legal justification for monitoring the phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant. The documents, released late Friday, ...
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