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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

Jack L.B. Gohn – Missing from the Awlaki memo: Almost everything that really matters

In a development that surprised many, the Second Circuit recently overturned the ruling of Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York blocking the release of the July 16, 2010 Office of Legal Counsel memo that blessed the 2011 CIA drone operation that cost Anwar al Awlaki his life.

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Jack L. B. Gohn: Vital and inevitable – The decay of client confidentiality

Despite the old rhyme about Lizzie Borden (of Fall River, Massachusetts) taking an axe and giving her father forty whacks, Ms. Borden was acquitted of her parents’ murders. Her lead lawyer, George Dexter Robinson, former governor of Massachusetts, began his representation, on October 4, 1892, by conducting a three-hour, one-on-one interview with Ms. Borden in the Taunton jail.

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Jack L.B. Gohn: We need Congress to be the boss

I haven’t read it, and you haven’t read it, but now we kind of know what the 6,000-plus page December 2012 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report says: that the CIA’s War on Terror-era torture-and-rendition program brought no actionable intelligence to us, and was far more brutal than previously admitted.

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Jack L.B. Gohn: The Gansler photo and teen drinking

The picture of Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in the midst of a beach house party full of clearly inebriated just-graduated high school seniors has drawn national attention and provoked national amusement, including a mention on Leno.

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