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Two years ago, during my first year of law school, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsamaev detonated two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. I recall vividly the federal troops that swarmed the city, the police cars that zoomed past my apartment, and the anxiety of waiting while the city was on lockdown. The Boston Marathon bombings were a gruesome reminder of the dangers of radical Islamic terrorism in the United States. Over the past year, the Islamic State has engaged in a murderous rampage across the Middle East. In February, they posted a video on Twitter showing the beheading of twenty-one Egyptian Christians. In April, they released a video showing the massacre of thirty Ethiopian Christians. The War on Terror continues to remain one of the most important issues of the twenty-first century.

For this Issue, the Journal asked a number of leading scholars to address some of the most difficult legal questions relating to national security and foreign affairs. Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales discusses the scope of the President's power to protect national security. Mr. William S. Castle argues for a new and flexible Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat the Islamic State. Professor Geoffrey S. Corn and Ms. Dru Brenner-Beck discuss the history of U.S. treaty practice as it relates to the laws of war.

In addition, Robert G. Natelson offers the first comprehensive examination of the original legal force of the Origination Clause, with important results for the future of the Affordable Care Act.

We are also pleased to publish three student pieces. In my Note, I argue that textualists apply a presumption of reasonable language use in order to preserve the legislature's ability to specify a bargain through language. David Casazza argues in his Note for a new judicial rule that checks delegations of legislative power to independent agencies. William K. Lane III critiques the Ninth Circuit's treatment of property rights in Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I would like to give special thanks to some of the people who made this Issue of the Journal possible. Deputy Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Freudenberg has brought tireless energy and enthusiasm to her job, and I am deeply grateful for her commitment to the Journal. Managing Editors David Casazza, Emily Deddens, Nikolai Krylov, and Nathan Reeves have done an exemplary job of editing the Journal and overseeing its day-today operations. Deputy Managing Editors Zack Bluestone, James Fullmer, Brook Jackling, Rebecca Jeffries, and Patrick Swiber dedicated countless hours to ensuring that this Issue meets the Journal's high technical standards.

Articles Editors Lindsey Simmons and Joshua Whitaker, Assistant Articles Editor Kirby Thomas, and the rest of the Articles Board helped select the excellent Articles we will be publishing this year. Notes Editors Spencer Churchill and Michael Velchik have been working with our student authors to assist them in producing their best possible work for publication. Chief Financial Officers Jason Heflin and Joshua Esses have served as excellent stewards of the Journal. Thanks to Events Managers May Chow and Emily Cusick for planning our on-campus events, and Communications Editor Lindsay Church for publicizing the work of the Journal.

Finally, I would like to thank my high school teacher Ronny Risinger for cultivating my passion for politics and inspiring me to pursue my dreams. Thank you for your infectious enthusiasm for civic engagement and your willingness to go the extra mile for your students. This Issue is dedicated to you.

Cory R. Liu

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Publication:Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
Date:Mar 22, 2015
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