WH: Lawsuit For Cleric Would Reveal State Secrets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration on Saturday invoked the state secrets privilege which would kill a lawsuit on behalf of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged terrorist said to be targeted for death or capture under a U.S. government program. Believed to be hiding in Yemen, al...

Court Asked, Can Ashcroft Be Sued For 9/11 Policy?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Abdullah al-Kidd had an all-American background: Kansas native, then a football star in college. That's when he converted to Islam. John Ashcroft was the attorney general who approved a policy that led to the arrests of al-Kidd and dozens of others without evidence of crimes...

Steve C. Posner on 6 U.S.C. § 485 and the Newly Developing Information Sharing Environment

By Steve C. Posner, Attorney, Posner Law Firm The Information Sharing Environment may be the most important development in privacy since Louis Brandeis developed the concept more than a century ago. Learn what it is, how it is intended to work, the extent to which privacy is being protected as...

Hearing Over Tennessee Mosque Puts Islam On Trial

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - (AP) Islam is suddenly on trial in a booming Nashville suburb, where opponents of a new mosque have spent six days in court trying to link it to what they claim is a conspiracy to take over America by imposing restrictive religious rule. The hearing is supposed to be about. . ....

2009 Christmas Plot Shows U.S. Failure to Adequately Curtail Terrorist Travel

by Janice Kephart Janice Kephart, who was a counsel to the 9/11 Commission, explains how failures to follow recommendations of the Commission led to vulnerabilities the Christmas bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was able to exploit -- and others still could. Ms. Kephart writes: Al Qaeda's...

The Expansive Application of the Terrorism-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and the Need for Comprehensive Legislative Reform

By Carrie Rosenbaum Association with terrorism can prevent a noncitizen from entering the United States, cause her to be removed, or disqualify her from refugee status or asylum. This may at first seem logical, but Carrie Rosenbaum explains that in practice worthy people suffer. She discusses what...

Lawsuit Over Hamas Slayings Lingers In Rhode Island Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) A long and tortuous legal wrangle that brought the fallout of Mideast terrorism to U.S. courts, culminating in a $116 million default judgment against the Palestinian Authority, may be moving toward resolution. It's been nearly 15 years since a machine-gun attack by Hamas...

Ex-Terrorism Prosecutor Loses Lawsuit Over Story

DETROIT - (AP) A judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday by a former terrorism prosecutor who accused the U.S. Justice Department of violating privacy law by leaking details of an ethics investigation to the Detroit Free Press. Richard Convertino cannot show that the government acted willfully and illegally...

The Changing Scope of Human Rights in the Context of Counter-Terrorism in Singapore: A comparative Perspective

By Sarah Shi + and Ronald Wong Terrorism, the watchword of the past decade, is arguably here to stay, with the precarious equilibrium further endangered by the increasing availability of nuclear capabilities. Inevitably, many states have responded to the problem with heightened counter-terrorism measures...

Supreme Court Won't Revive Torture Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons. The appeal asked the court to examine two controversial aspects of the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks, "the extraordinary...

'Queen Of Torts' Named Ground Zero Fund Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies is tackling a vastly different job running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened...

Unfolding Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Financing of Terrorism is a Complex System

By Dionysios S. Demetis Excerpt: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and the Counter-Financing of Terrorism (CFT) have undoubtedly emerged as two important contemporary themes that have generated considerable attention over the past two decades. In their core, they constitute the broader responses to the...

Ethiopia: Journalists, politician found guilty

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (AP) - An Ethiopian court on Thursday found three journalists, a politician and a politician's assistant guilty of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, in a case that drew rebukes from rights groups who fear the country's anti-terrorism law is being used to Full version...

State Supporters of Terrorism Must Pay Insurers - Judgment for Insurers Against Syrian Government

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant Several insurers who paid for an airliner after a 1985 hijacking sued state sponsors of terrorism to recover, in subrogation, what they had to pay the owners of the airliner destroyed by terrorists. In Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, et al. v....

Suicide car bomber kills 3 outside Nigeria church

JOS Nigeria (AP) - A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside a major church Sunday, killing three people and wounding 38 in a restive central Nigerian city that has seen hundreds die in religious and ethnic violence. The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (4/1/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: 7th Circuit Rejects Liberty Mutual’s Challenge to AIG Class Action Settlement Order . NAIC Ranks...

The Boston Bombing: Early Thoughts On Insurance Coverage

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the insurance industry and federal government took a hard look at insurance coverage and put many provisions in place to address any future attacks. Thankfully, all of that work collected dust for over a decade. But the tragic Boston Marathon bombings changed...

Lessons from Boston: Employers Confront Terrorism

The events of the past week in Boston highlight the not so new reality that terrorism not only impacts society but also the workplace. How do employers respond when the government declares a state of emergency; closes roads; stops mass transportation; and tells employees to stay in their homes? Obviously...

I Walked Out Into West, Texas

By Stephen C. Embry, Esq. On April 17, 2013 an explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Co., registering 2.1 on the Richter scale, leveled the plant and much of the surrounding town of West, Texas. The explosion was so powerful and destructive that it created a cloud of confusion as well as a...

Jenner & Block: More Progress From DHS On Security Plan Approvals

As previously reported on July 2, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to make progress in managing its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. The CFATS program identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have security measures in place...

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Terrorists, not Designers, Were the Proximate Cause of Collapse of 7WTC

Subrogation is an important tool available to insurers who pay for destruction of property caused by a tortfeasor. By suing the responsible parties the insurer reduces the loss paid and aids insurers in making profit. The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 not only killed thousands and destroyed...

New Common Sense Rules on Material Support for Terrorism Bars

"Predictably, many have used these common sense rules to accuse the administration of aiding terrorists. This is pure demagoguery. The administration has pushed the “war on terror” to new limits with the aggressive use of drones and targeted killings. Like DACA, the new rules allow the...

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Saudi Arabia’s Appeal Disputing Reopening Of 9/11 Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 refused to hear the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s appeal of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that a lower federal court erred in denying insurers’ motion to reopen a judgment that dismissed sovereign...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Congress on Cybersecurity: Recent Bill Limits Liability

By Gerard G. Pecht , Peter A. Stokes , Mark Thomas Oakes , Utsav Mathur and Geraldine W. Young In the days leading up to its August 2014 recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a number of bills aimed at strengthening cybersecurity. Those measures include H.R. 3696—known as the National...