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ISIL Foreign Fighters: You Can’t Take Their Citizenship. Can You Take Their Passports?

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by Peter Spiro The concern over ISIL foreign fighters had ramped up even before President Obama announced that he will preside over a September 24th UN Security Council Meeting on the subject. No surprise that politicians are jumping on the bandwagon. Ted Cruz introduced legislation last week in the Senate that would purport to terminate […]

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Obama’s Lame Justification for the ISIL Strikes (He Played the Wrong Card)

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by Peter Spiro I’ll pile on in deploring the legal justification for the expanded operation against the Islamic State. No one is buying the AUMF basis. In addition to Jens below, Jack Goldsmith and Jennifer Daskal have devastating critiques here and here. The justification could have lasting negative consequences for interbranch relations in the war […]

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Three Reasons Why Obama Will Not (and Should Not) Seek Congressional Okay for ISIL Strikes

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by Peter Spiro It looks like President Obama learned his lesson. Last summer he decided to seek Congress’s advance approval for a strike against Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities. Political support for the operation evaporated. Obama looked weak and waffly (the decision was taken on a dime after a 45-minute South Lawn stroll with chief of […]

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Will the U.S. Move to Citizenship-Strip ISIS Fighters?

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by Peter Spiro It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing proposals to take away the citizenship of Americans fighting for ISIS/ISIL forces in Syria and Iraq. They have drawn renewed attention in the wake of James Foley’s beheading (apparently by a British citizen) and the death, reported at length today in the […]

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