Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her latest book is, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Previous books include: Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (with Kathleen Gilberd); and an anthology, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 6:30am
Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense
On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran. Referring to “the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States” which includes “generous military assistance and missile defense,” Netanyahu...
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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 11:00am
'How Human Rights Can Build Haiti'
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a deadly cholera epidemic, both set in the backdrop of a history of oppression by corrupt rulers and foreign exploitation. In spite of incredible challenges, two intrepid human rights attorneys...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:30am
"Cuban Five" at Heart of US-Cuba Deal
In the course of delivering his historic speech dramatically altering US Cuba policy, President Barack Obama briefly mentioned that the United States released three Cuban agents. These men are members of the “Cuban Five,” who were imprisoned for gathering information on US-based Cuban exile groups...
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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:00am
'I’m Just a Kid': Tariq’s Ordeal in Occupied Palestine
Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whom Tariq had not seen since he was...
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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:30am
Legal Organizations Urge ICC to Investigate War Crimes by Israeli, US Leaders in Gaza
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion Americana de Juristas)sent a letter (pdf) on Friday, August 22 to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International...
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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:15am
US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity
By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the commission of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by Israeli officials and commanders in Gaza. An...
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 8:45am
Will Supremes Apply Cell Phone Privacy to Metadata Collection?
In one of the most significant Fourth Amendment rulings ever handed down by the Supreme Court, all nine justices agreed in an opinion involving two companion cases, Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie ,that police generally need a warrant before reading data on the cell phone of an...
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Vietnamese civilians were terrorized by U.S. soldiers during the war on a mass scale. The Full Disclosure Campaign, organized by Veterans for Peace, represents a clear alternative to the Department of Defense's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. (Image: vietnamfulldisclosure.org) Views
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 6:45am
US Nearly Used Nukes During Viet Nam War
We came dangerously close to nuclear war when the United States was fighting in Viet Nam, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg told a reunion of the Stanford Anti-Viet Nam War Movement in May 2014. He said that in 1965, the Joint Chiefs assured President Lyndon B. Johnson that the war...
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Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:47am
BDS: Non-Violent Resistance to Israeli Occupation
Thanks to Scarlett Johansson, the American Studies Association (ASA), and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has entered our national discourse.
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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 2:40pm
Beyond Orwell’s Worst Nightmare
“Big Brother is Watching You,” George Orwell wrote in his disturbing book 1984. But, as Mikko Hypponen points out, Orwell “was an optimist.” Orwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.
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