Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues

Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues

Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues

Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues

Synopsis

Drabville is a model town, where Milli Klompet lives with her slightly offbeat family and spends her time longing for adventure.Then one day, along with her cautious best friend and amateur geologist, Ernest Perriclof, Milli discovers 'Hog House'. But the afternoon's entertainment takes a different turn when they are held prisoner by the wacky Mr and Mrs Mayor and a cohort of evil magicians, led by the sinister Aldor.Aldor is eagerly anticipating the Great Guzzle - a horrifying ceremony during which he plans to swallow the shadows of every citizen in Drabville, absorbing their skills and talents and rendering himself invincible.Milli and Ernest must evade the Shadow Keepers and outwit the sinister Aldor before the shadows are swallowed and Drabville loses its soul forever.

Excerpt

David K. Linnan

The changing nature of war affects the law of armed conflict, at the same time as national security has now developed an internal as well as an external aspect. Traditional wars between nation states are no longer the rule. the nonstate actor as a threat has gained credence (popularly, terrorism and its claimed breeding ground in failed states), linked in practice to issues of intervention on the territory of states harboring such groups. in military circles, the idea of armed struggle between modern military forces and what were formerly called guerillas has now largely been replaced by the terminology of asymmetric warfare and the concept of intelligence and preventive action interchangeably within U.S. borders and overseas. and what are the nonmilitary issues overseas, given the accepted wisdom that problems in Iraq and Afghanistan are not accessible to purely military solutions?

The genesis of this book lies in an examination of legitimacy, in the broadest sense, in terms of religion, ethics, and law in conjunction with events in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the so-called War on Terror. the concerns should not be understood in terms of winning or losing, but rather what they tell us about ourselves. We cast the net broadly in looking at the issues from differing domestic and foreign perspectives, because, unusually for the United States, foreign events seemingly have forced their way into our domestic lives. With the dual perspective in mind, we initially focus on the domestic issues expressed in constitutional law terms, as well as support for U.S. foreign policy and public opinion, while subsequently addressing the international side from the armed conflict law and legal responsibility perspectives.

The ultimate question may lie in where to strike the balance in opposing national security to individual liberties and the rule of law, both internationally and domestically. We address the overlap between religion, ethics, armed conflict, and international law as well as constitutional law in the context of ongoing events. Broader issues are visible under domestic and international law in areas like intelligence, reconciliation of civil liberties, dealing with nonstate actor threats, and the permissible bounds of interrogation, treatment of prisoners, and armed conflict law developments generally.

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