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Civil LibertiesHuman RightsTuesday, October 20, 2015

NSN Fellow Tobias Gibson on Sec. Johnson’s remarks at Westminister College

Tobias Gibson on Sec. Johnson’s remarks at Westminister College October 20, 2015 | THE HILL Last month, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to students at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., regarding issues such as border control and cyber surveillance and how these issues are affected by guaranteed liberties and American ideology. Johnson gave the 56th Green Lecture (the most famous lecture in this series is the “Iron Curtain” speech delivered by then-former-and-future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1946). Johnson’s speech channeled previous Green Lectures, including Churchill’s and former President Harry Truman’s “What Hysteria Does to Us,” which was given in the early years of the Cold War…While the Obama administration has had its critics, it has largely striven to strike a balance between… Read More ›

Human RightsIranFriday, February 7, 2014

John Bradshaw at Xavier University Discussing Iran

Iran and Nuclear Negotiations, Human Rights and Other Emerging Regional Priorities Time: 5:45 PM until 8:30 PM Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Location: Schiff Family Conference Center at Cintas, Xavier Contact: cummins@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3922 Description: Join us on February 11 for an instructive, engaging and broad-ranging discussion of Iran, human rights and other foreign policy matters with the Executive Director of the National Security Network-John Bradshaw. Registration/Cash Bar opens at 5:45pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Lecture and Discussion 7:15-8:30pm. FPLC, Brueggeman Center, and World Affairs Council members -$25/Guests-$30.  RSVP to kstrunk@fbtlaw.com or call 513-651-6166.  Pay at event or send check (payable to F{LC) to Joe Dehner, 3300 Great American Tower, 301 E. 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. For further information, please see    /dialogue/documents/FPLCJohnBradshaw-TuesdayFebruary11invitation.doc For the original website posting, click here. Read More ›

Civil RightsHuman RightsIranNuclear SecuritySunday, November 24, 2013

John Bradshaw Quoted In Florida Sun View On Iran

Expert addresses nuclear program, human rights in Iran By Carliegh Walter November 24, 2013 | Florida Sun News The timing wasn’t lucky, but meer hours after negotiations resumed in Geneva in regard to Iran’s nuclear pursuits with a concrete proposal, Executive Director of the National Security Network John C. Bradshaw spoke at the Florida State University Law School rotunda to the public about the complications of U.S. negotiations in his lecture “Iran: Nuclear Negotiations, Human Rights and Other Emerging Regional Priorities.” “We [the National Security Network] are trying to get out our message of national security policy that is sensitive to human rights and tries to promote a positive international role for the United States,” Bradshaw said. “College students who are voters and are the… Read More ›

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Paul Eaton Mentioned In Human Rights First Blog On Torture

Allegations of Abuse Highlight Need for Torture Transparency By Adam Jacobson  November 8, 2013 | Human Rights First blog Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released a story by Matthieu Aikins detailing possible abuses committed by U.S. Green Berets and/or their translators in Afghanistan. This grisly account could be another in the long history of detainee abuse and torture by U.S. forces, contractors and intelligence personnel since 9/11. Right now, there is a battle brewing in the U.S. government over whether to release a report that details a significant part of that history, or to keep it hidden from the public. The report, a 6,000-page, three-year effort undertaken by the Senate Intelligence Committee, delves into the secret history of the CIA interrogation and detention program after 9/11, a history littered with violations… Read More ›

GuantanamoHuman RightsTerrorismWednesday, July 24, 2013

Moving Forward on Guantanamo Bay

Today the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is holding a hearing titled, “Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal, and Human Rights Implications.” The hearing is part of an important discussion on the next steps towards closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. While the detention facility has been on the back of many people’s minds for the past few years, the hunger strike that began there earlier this year is a stark reminder of the damage that Guantanamo has had on America’s image and interests in the world. Going forward there are real and concrete steps America can make to reduce the prison population and moving towards closure. Guantanamo Bay detention facility has had, and continues to have, serious implications… Read More ›

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After Obama’s Speech — A Comprehensive and Sustainable Counterterrorism Strategy

President Obama’s comprehensive outline of U.S. counter-terrorism policy laid out principles against which a series of hard policy choices ahead must be measured. It envisions a strategy that has proven effective at decimating al Qaeda; can be made sustainable through adherence to the rule of law and increased transparency; and foresees an end to the conflict. National security experts have long called for such a cohesive strategy, as well as some of the specific changes the President pledged or alluded to. Now the administration and Congress must take up the policy and political challenges of hewing to those principles. Today’s speech launches new phase of U.S. counterterrorism strategy: A new framework to guide and limit the use of force against terrorists. Presidential Policy Guidance signed… Read More ›

civilian trialsDronesevolvingTerrorismGuantanamoHuman Rightstargeted killingMonday, May 20, 2013

Principles of a Sustainable Counterterrorism Strategy

At the National Defense University this Thursday, President Obama will outline a framework for a sustainable and effective counterterrorism strategy, in a speech  billed as a second-term follow-up to his 2009 National Archives speech. Since 2009, the U.S. has seen great gains in the fight against al Qaeda, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress earlier this year: “Senior personnel losses in 2012, amplifying losses and setbacks since 2008, have degraded core al-Qa’ida to a point that the group is probably unable to carry out complex, large-scale attacks in the West.” While al Qaeda’s organization has deteriorated, a real and serious threat from terrorism remains. The President can lead in laying out a long-term framework for responding to terrorism, and managing the challenges… Read More ›

Boston BombingsHuman RightsThursday, May 16, 2013

One Month After Boston

Yesterday marked the one month anniversary of the terrorist attack in Boston, a time in which some key lessons have emerged. Law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals have received deserved praise for effective planning and response that solved the case swiftly, drove the perpetrators to make mistakes, and staved off potentially more-lethal events. Evidence suggests that the public as well has entered a newly resilient post-post 9/11 stage, expressing a lack of personal fear of terrorism and rejecting in growing numbers the idea that security requires a tradeoff with personal freedoms. Experts continue to point to civilian trials for terror suspects as the next link in this chain of denying terrorists their power by responding through our civilian institutions, with strength and resolve. Law enforcement-led counterterrorism… Read More ›

Civil LibertiesGuantanamoHuman RightsTerrorismThursday, April 25, 2013

Can Guantanamo Wait?

A front page New York Times story today shines light on the increasingly troubling situation at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. For months a hunger strike has continued, now with 93 participants. The article also highlights the back and forth between Congress and the administration regarding the prison’s closure. While the situation remains complicated ethically, legally and security-wise, there are concrete steps that can be made to improve the situation in the near term, while moving towards closure of the prison. As the situation at Guantanamo worsens, there is a need for a renewed effort for Congress and the administration to work together on moving forward. Uncertainty and inaction drive worsening situation at Guantanamo Bay prison. The New York Times’ Charlie Savage reports: “Days… Read More ›

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