A Panel Discussion on Overcriminalization

On Thursday September 6th at 12:15, I will be participating in a panel at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  The panel is entitled “Overcriminalization” and will feature:

  • Professor Greg McNeal from Pepperdine University
  • Professor Sarah Buel from ASU
  • Professor Carrie Sperling from ASU
  • John Todd from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office


Terrorism & Counterterrorism Since the Attack

Today at Chapman University School of Law I will be presenting at an event entitled “9/11 Ten Year Anniversary: Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism Since the Attack.”  The event will begin at 11:45am in Room 142 and is sponsored by the Federalist Society.

From the promotional materials:

Gregory S. McNeal, legal scholar and specialist in terrorism and homeland security, will be discussing the decade since 9/11, reviewing U.S. policies as they have developed in response to and in anticipation of a dynamic and interconnected world rife with terrorist threats. We will also explore possible reasons why there have been no successful, major, sophisticated terror attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11

Collateral Damage and Targeted Killing

I will be presenting research at Tulane University School of Law on Thursday, September 1st.  The talk is entitled “Collateral Damage and Targeted Killing” and is based on my work in progress entitled Collateral Damage and AccountabilityProfessor Herbert Larson will serve as a commentator.  The event is sponsored by the Federalist Society, is open to the public and begins at 6pm with a reception to follow.

Pocket Litter, Intel and the Ground Operation

Beyond confirming that Bin Laden was actually the person killed in Abottabad, what is the significance of troops being on the ground to conduct the Bin Laden Operation?  Can their presence lead us to the new #1 in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri?

In the coming days we will likely hear about the gathering of “pocket litter” and other exploitable intelligence and there will probably be some speculation about where that intelligence may lead us.  Given that the U.S. has surveilled the Bin Laden compound for a few months, we likely know quite a bit about the comings and goings of couriers and others who may lead us to Zawahiri.  Moreover, unless this operation was time sensitive (which it doesn’t sound like) we can expect that U.S. forces would not have conducted the operation without already planning for the next operation — the one leading to Zawahiri.  Of course, if we knew where Zawahiri was we would have conducted simultaneous operations.  The fact that we didn’t likely means that we were hoping to exploit intelligence to be found inside the Bin Laden compound.  The value of that intelligence gathered on the objective will determine whether Zawahiri’s days are best measured in weeks, months, or longer.

Cross Posted at OJ