As international criminal law ripens into a discipline with practical application, the Brennan Center’s Faiza Patel analyzes the current debates on the international crime of waging aggressive war. Her essay in the Research Handbook on International Criminal Law considers whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) is equipped to decide whether a particular use of force constitutes a crime of aggression.
John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, gave the keynote address at the Brennan Center's symposium Intelligence Collection and Law Enforcement: New Roles, New Challenges.
Radicalization is complex. Yet a thinly-sourced, reductionist view of how people become terrorists has gained unwarranted legitimacy in some counterterrorism circles. Only by analyzing what we know about radicalization and the government’s response to it can we be sure that these reactions are grounded in fact rather than stereotypes and truly advance our efforts to combat terrorism.
The Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations tip the scales too far in favor of relatively unchecked government power, allowing the FBI to sweep too much information about too many innocent people into the government’s view. In so doing, they pose significant threats to Americans’ civil liberties and risk undermining the very counterterrorism efforts they are meant to further.