Responding Lawfully to Al Qaeda
46 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2009
Date Written: October 30, 2009
This article addresses several problems posed by Bush Administration responses to al Qaeda and terrorism in view of relevant treaty-based and customary international law, including: the legal status of al Qaeda, self-defense against al Qaeda armed attacks, status of members of al Qaeda captured in Afghanistan and Iraq, combatant status and immunity, prisoner of war status, security detainees, treatment of detainees, and prosecution of detainees. With respect to prosecution, the article also outlines several problems posed by use of military commissions, especially in view of the Supreme Court’s decision in Hamdan and the 2006 Military Commissions Act.
Keywords: al Qaeda, combatant, cruel, detainee, Geneva Conventions, Guantanamo, Hamdan, human right, inhumane, military commission, Military Commissions Act, non-state actor, prisoner of war, secret detention, self-defense, terrorism, torture, war, war crime
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