By the time you read this, a firestorm may—or may not—be breaking out over President Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence.
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This morning, NBC News reported that Chelsea Manning is on the short list for a possible commutation from President Obama. Back in September—with much attention focused on a Pardon Snowden campaign—we advocated he consider commuting Manning’s sentence. At the time, we wrote:
If he will accept it, Trump must have wise and informed counsel. Americans will be served by principled individuals in government defending our Constitution and role in the world. Those who stay home to satisfy ideals of personal integrity will not make our world safer.
After commissioning a series of off-the-record interviews of senior national security policymakers, we at the New America Foundation found that gender really matters in national security policy.
Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new working paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: Presidential Elections: A Perilous Time for U.S. Intelligence, by Eric Manpearl.
Any law students out there who want to work on a legal research project on the powers of the presidency? [Sorry, no pay involved.] What statutory powers of discretion do President's have in the lawfare realm? The question seems more salient today than in the past ....
Last Saturday, I wrote about press reports that the House and Senate Armed Services Committees were considering legislation to restrict the size of the NSC staff. On Tuesday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry
The Obama NSC staff has become much too large but problems with NSC staff size and NSC processes should not be fixed by legislation. And congressional efforts to dictate the size of the President’s staff raise serious constitutional concerns.
General Hayden's reaction to recent comments from presidential candidates opens a broader discussion on when a service member may disobey an order from a superior.