Lawyer: U.S. drone strikes substitute for Guantanamo

Lawyer: U.S. drone strikes substitute for Guantanamo

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- President Obama stepped up drone strikes because he would rather kill al-Qaida suspects than imprison them in Cuba, a former Bush administration lawyer said.

Europe asked to take detainees

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Many European countries have refused a U.S. request to take detainees from the detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba, a U.S. State Department official says.

Report: U.S. vague on torture technique

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. State Department legal adviser in New York has refused to rule out abolishing an interrogation torture technique known as waterboarding.

Report: U.S. may help international court

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has made an unprecedented offer of helping the International Criminal Court in The Hague investigate war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region.

Fate of cleared Guantanamo inmates unclear

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is stuck on what to do with at least 82 men cleared of terror charges being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The problem the government faces in light of rights abuse allegations is that no country is willing t

U.S. would not send CIA agents to Italy

ROME, March 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. State Department official says Washington would refuse an Italian request to extradite CIA operatives in the abduction of terror suspects.

U.S. will ignore Italy's CIA extradition

BRUSSELS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The United States will not honor an extradition request from Italy for 26 CIA agents suspected of abducting a Muslim cleric, a legal adviser said Wednesday.

U.S. getting mixed Guantanamo messages

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is being peppered with international demands for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison, but few countries want the inmates back.

U.S. official 'shocked' at European rebuke

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. State Department lawyer says he is "shocked" by the negative reaction to his saying the Geneva Conventions should not be considered untouchable.

Bush orders CIA 'black sites' closed

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush has ordered the CIA's controversial "black site" prisons in Eastern Europe and Asia to be closed.

Need for airing abuse photos questioned

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is questioning why an Australian television network aired old images of Iraqi prisoner abuse after soldiers have already been tried.

John B. Bellinger, III was the Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State of the United States. He was sworn in on April 8, 2005. He is the principal adviser on all domestic and international law matters to the Department of State, the Foreign Service, and the diplomatic and consular posts abroad. He is also the principal adviser on legal matters relating to the conduct of foreign relations to other agencies and, through the Secretary of State, to the President and the National Security Council.

Bellinger joined the Department of State in January 2005 as Senior Advisor to Secretary Condoleezza Rice, having previously co-directed her State Department transition team. From February 2001 to January 2005, Bellinger served as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House. As Legal Adviser, he provided legal advice to President George W. Bush, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, NSC Principals, and NSC and White House staff on a broad range of national security and international legal matters. He was one of the principal drafters of the 2004 law that created the Director of National Intelligence. During this time Bellinger's apprehension regarding the legality of proposed administration policy sometimes brought him into conflict with more conservative members of the administration on issues broadly relating to the President's powers during wartime, and specifically the use of torture by the government.

Bellinger served as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1997 to 2001. He served previously as Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1996), as General Counsel to the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community (1995-1996), and as Special Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster (1988-1991). From 1991 to 1995, he practiced law with Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC.

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