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“Gina Haspel’s CIA nomination ignores her history of torture and sets a dangerous precedent” NBC News

Karen Greenberg writes about the nomination of GIna Haspel to run the CIA. She examines Gina Haspel’s involvement in CIA black sites and torture and the ramifications of this nomination. Greenberg states that if Haspel is confirmed, it “would be a devastating capitulation to the dark forces that the country ostensibly left behind, and a sign to Americans — and the world — that we have learned nothing from a program that was morally, legally and professionally indefensible.”

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"The Video Alibi” The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project reports on the terrorism appeal for Hamid Hayat and the use of video conference testimony from witnesses in Pakistan. Karen Greenberg commented saying, “One of the things with the international dimension of terrorism cases is that it’s very hard for a jury to understand the logistics of another country. What these video testimonies do is enable the judge or jury to be able to get a much better feel for it. It’s important for the judge or jury to make sense of it in an international context.”

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“Jury Selection Set to Begin for Trial of Wife of Pulse Nightclub Shooter” NPR

NPR reports that jury selection is going to begin for the case of Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen. Salman has been charged with obstruction of justice and providing material support to a terrorist organization . Karen Greenberg says that “to have somebody in custody who is a proxy defendant is something you definitely want to avoid.” but that the case sends a message that “: “If you think somebody is about to be involved in a terrorist attack or any kind of mass murder, then they - and they have guns and they've said things that are worrisome, you need to step away from that or report it.”

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“Trump may release a prisoner from Guantanamo” NBC News

Courtney Kube writes that Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, a detainee at Guantanamo, had an accepted plea deal to be released after four years. However, Karen Greenberg noted, “there are no indications that they [any detainees] are going to be released.”

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"Policy Overload” The Nation

Karen Greenberg reviews “The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office” by Jeremi Suri for The Nation. She writes that the book is a “thought-provoking examination of presidential power and its pitfalls”. The author traces a history of presidential power arguing that the presidency has increased power and grown unwieldy, with limited effectiveness.
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“Trump order to keep Guantanamo open ‘sheer stupidity” Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera reports on Donald Trump’s confirmation that he will keep the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open. Many experts in the field believe that this is the wrong decision. Karen Greenberg said, “the idea of institutionalizing Guantanamo is wrong now, it was wrong in the past [and] it’s always going to be wrong.”

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“Trump just signed an executive order that will keep Guantanamo open” Vox

Vox reports that during Trump’s State of the Union speech, he committed to keeping the Guantanamo Bay prison open which reverses an executive order made by Barack Obama to close the prison. Karen Greenberg commented wondering if this is a return to the “old practices of the war on terror that we thought we had sufficiently gotten rid of.”

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“President Trump’s claim that nearly ‘3 in 4’ convicted of terrorism are foreign born” The Washington Post

The Washington Post fact checks a report that the Department of Justice put out that claims that the majority of people who commit terrorist attacks are foreign born. The statistic was reached by looking at international incidents and includes people who committed attacks overseas and were brought to trial in the United States. Many counter-terrorism experts believe that the report is inaccurate because of the arbitrary parameters used. Karen Greenberg said, “the new report from the Trump administration showed a need for more rigorous standards in the government. It’s an awfully thin report for an absolutely important topic. There’s almost no rhyme or reason to the things they choose to include or not include — they don’t explain it.”

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“Trump’s Attack on DACA: Part of a larger war on immigrants?” Salon

Salon reports on various governmental policies that are impacting immigrant communities in the United States . Commenting on a report put out by the Department of Justice on immigration and terrorism, Karen Greenberg said, “There’s almost no rhyme or reason to the things they choose to include or not include. They don’t explain it.”

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“New report says most U.S. terrorists foreign born, but check the fine print” NBC News

NBC News reports on the recently released report on terrorism  from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Many experts have criticized the report and say that the problem is more nuanced.  Karen Greenberg pointed out that “the long timeline of the report overshadows the evidence — and the effects — of a more recent tactic used by ISIS that has produced U.S.-born attackers. Unlike al Qaeda, which carried out the Sept. 11 attacks, the Islamic State has a decentralized power structure that relies heavily on radicalizing recruits living in Western countries and recruiting lone wolf attackers via social media. [She] thinks they are doing everything they can to justify the Muslim ban, and the unfortunate part of this is the backing away from the homegrown terrorist suspect ... and how to prevent it,. And if you are born in another country and, 20 years later, you become a terrorist, whose fault is that— the country you were born in or the country you've lived in?"

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“Team Trump Cooks Terror Stats for Bogus Immigration Argument” Daily Beast

Daily Beast reports on the recently released Department of Justice report on terrorism statistics that have been critiqued by many experts. Karen Greenberg evaluated the report saying,  “the percentage of individuals born inside the U.S. indicted for terrorism is now 54 percent, far beyond the 27 percent conviction rate for U.S.-born international terrorism, those 147 cases, cited in the report. That report is obscuring the fact that the number of U.S.-born international terrorism defendants have doubled.”

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”Trump administration links terrorism and immigration, but an expert doubts the math” The Washington Post

The Washington Post reports on a recent report released by the Justice Department which claims that most terrorism in the United States is perpetuated by people born in other countries. Karen Greenberg said that what the report illustrates is the need for stronger statistical standards and said, “There’s almost no rhyme or reason to the things they choose to include or not include — they don’t explain it.”

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“Prisoners sue Trump, allege anti-Muslim bias” Punch

Punch reports that eleven detainees at Guantanamo are suing the Trump administration, saying that they are being held illegally because they are Muslim. Karen Greenberg called the “habeas petition a novel new approach for the detainees, some in the prison since 2002 “

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“Alka Pradhan v. Gitmo” The New York Times

The New York TImes profiles Alka Pradhan, a defense lawyer who is ‘human rights counsel’ for Guantanamo detainees.  Pradhan discusses the challenges of navigating a system that is opaque and restrictive while trying to be an effective advocate for her clients. Karen Greenberg stated that the military commissions are, “challenged by logistics and.. [Guantanamo is].perpetual detention with the patina of a court process.”

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"Middle East In Focus" KPFK Public Radio

Karen Greenberg discusses the present and future of Guantánamo on the Middle East In Focus podcast.  Referencing the recent resignation of lawyers working on the USS Cole case, she said, "this is a system that starts to eat its own." She also brings up concerns about the unnamed American that is currently in U.S. custody in an unknown location and being labeled an enemy combatant.

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“Suspect in New York truck attack pleads not guilty to murder and terrorism charges” PBS NewsHour

Phil Hirschkorn writes that Sayfullo Saipov pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and terrorism in Manhattan. He states that as charges were given to Siapov, a jury convicted Ahmed Abu Khattala of charges related to terrorism in Washington D.C.. Karen Greenberg said these cases are “examples of how prosecuting terrorists in civilian courts still works, and using military commissions instead is a deluded idea.”

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"Prosecuting Terrorists in Civilian Courts Still Works" The Atlantic

"On November 15, the defense rested in the trial of terrorism suspect, Abu Khattala, the alleged conspirator behind the 2014 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Given the notoriety of Khattala’s case, one might think it would garner greater notice. Yet his trial lasted seven largely uneventful weeks,” writes Karen J. Greenberg in The Atlantic. “For years, the Justice Department has worked to ensure that terrorism suspects wind up in federal court and not in military commissions. Now, under Trump and Sessions, things may be shifting.”

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“Father, hacker and jujitsu instructor among Minnesotans under investigation for ISIS ties” The Star Tribune


The Star Tribune reports on recently unsealed FBI search warrant applications, including on people who have not been charged. Kar­en Green­berg said “ISIS’ territorial losses could curb its ability to attract new foreign recruits and leaves uncertain how many supporters will still be willing to commit violence in its name at home...ISIS’ big thing was to recruit to the ca­li­ph­ate and now they don’t have a ca­liph­ate. It may ac­tu­al­ly make it less powerful in terms of what it can inspire.”  

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"Karen Greenberg speaks with Al Jazeera" Al Jazeera

Karen Greenberg is interviewed on Al Jazeera about the recent terrorist attack in New York City and upcoming security measures the New York Police Department will take. 

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“New York City Marathon features massive security effort after deadly truck attack” Fox News

Fox News reports that there are extra security measures in place for the New York City marathon.  Karen Greenberg said, "I don't think people should be worried. The police know what they are doing. Look at how few successful attacks there have been."

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