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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report of the Special Task Force on Interrogation and Transfer Policies

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

2009 report which directed the Task Force to evaluate whether the interrogation techniques in the Army Field Manual when employed by agencies outside the military serve as an appropriate means to acquire the intelligence necessary to protect the nation and to also study the practice of transferring  individuals to other nations to ensure that such measures are not used for purposes of torture or to circumvent U.S. international obligations.  Made public as part of the Report on Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations.  From the Justice Department


U.S. Detention Policy Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

2012 report which describes the legal basis for U.S. policy as it applies to current and future terrorism detainees.  Made public as part of the Report on Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the U.S. Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations.  From the Department of Justice



Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Terrorism,Treaties

Citing long-standing U.S. adherence to international legal standards for waging war with due regard for humanitarian considerations, and prior to turning over governing authority to an administration which has vowed to use harsher measures, the Obama administration released this lengthy compendium of legal opinions, executive orders and military directives which guided its actions toward, among other things, use of drones and treatment of captured terrorists.  From the White House.



Afghan Women and Violent Extremism: Colluding, Perpetrating, or Preventing?

Categories: Afghanistan,Conflict Resolution,Terrorism,Women

Looks at the multiple roles women in Afghanistan play in supporting, countering, and preventing violent extremism.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

Categories: Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Homeland Security,Privacy,Terrorism

Calls for linking federal and local efforts in opposing violent extremism around four major goals.  From the Department of Homeland Security


The Rise and Stall of the Islamic State in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Arab,Terrorism

Describes the rise of an Islamic State enclave in eastern Afghanistan and its problems in trying to align with the Taliban and other jihadists from various parts of Asia. From the United States Institute of Peace


The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel

Categories: Homeland Security,Terrorism,Transportation

Describes how the federal government develops and uses the Terrorist Screening Database to identify known or suspected terrorists and prevent them from boarding planes which fly in or over U.S. airspace. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Nuclear Security

Categories: Great Britain,Homeland Security,Nuclear Arms,Terrorism

One of the greatest threats to global security, according to President Obama, is the danger of a terrorist group acquiring and using a nuclear device.  This report provides a British view of key threats to nuclear security and international initiatives to prevent such threats.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


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