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How Obama Decides Your Fate If He Thinks You’re a Terrorist

Coauthored with Daniel Byman, The Atlantic, January 3, 2013 Over the past two years, the Obama administration has begun to formalize a so-called “disposition matrix” for suspected terrorists abroad: a continuously evolving database that spells out the intelligence on targets and various strategies, including contingencies, for handling them. Although the government has not spelled out […]

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Regulating Domestic Drones on a Deadline

Coauthored with John Villasenor. The Washington Post, April 20, 2012. In February, President Obama signed into law a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that requires the agency — on a fairly rapid schedule — to write rules opening U.S. airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles. This puts the FAA at the center of a […]

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Drones Are a Challenge — and an Opportunity

Coauthored with Ritika Singh, Cato Unbound, January 11, 2012 David Cortright crafts his essay as a series of cautionary warnings about the rise of drone warfare, but his core argument goes far deeper than drones: Cortright objects to drones, which promise unprecedented levels of humanitarian protection of civilians, chiefly because they facilitate the effective use […]

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