John B. Belinger III

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The weekend capture of Moammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam and Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, has precipitated a debate between Libya’s new government, the National Transitional Council, and international human rights groups over whether the two should be prosecuted by a Libyan court or turned over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. International human rights advocates argue that Saif and other Gaddafi regime officials cannot receive a fair trial in that country. While these groups have cause for concern, the Obama administration and the international community should leave the decision to the Libyans. They should offer to assist the new Libyan government rather than try to supplant it.…  Seguir leyendo »

When the 112th Congress is seated in January, one of the many urgent issues it must address is to update and clarify the legal authority for U.S. military and intelligence agencies to kill and detain terrorists who threaten the United States. For the past decade, executive-branch agencies have relied on a sparely worded statute that Congress passed hastily on Sept. 18, 2001, while the wreckage of the World Trade Center was still smoldering. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) provides insufficient authority for our military and intelligence personnel to conduct counterterrorism operations today and inadequate protections for those targeted or detained, including U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »

The tentative deal announced Wednesday whereby Tehran will transfer about three-quarters of its nuclear fuel out of the country for enrichment in Russia came after nearly three days of talks between senior U.S. and Iranian officials. Even before those discussions, the face-to-face meeting this month between senior U.S. and Iranian officials in Geneva was much ballyhooed -- but not unprecedented. Since 1981, officials of the two countries have been quietly meeting in The Hague to resolve billions of dollars in claims arising from the Iranian revolution and the resulting rupture of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The meetings are held under the auspices of the Iran-U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »