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The Digital Age

The Briefing: Secrecy and Accountability in a Digital Age

by Peter Berkowitzvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Edward Snowden's theft of massive numbers of National Security Agency (NSA) documents — the Pentagon estimates he copied 1.7 million intelligence files — and the distribution of those documents to journalists who have sporadically published them has damaged American national s

The Digital Age

Intelligence Reform: Life Imitates Fiction

by Benjamin Wittesvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

We all know the story: A liberal government finds itself embarrassed by intelligence collection activities. So it appoints a senior panel of Wise Men to recommend reforms.

The Digital Age

A Partial Defense of the Front-Page Rule

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Principals reviewing intelligence collection should reinstitute use of the so-called "Front-Page Rule," said President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technol

The Digital Age

Publicly Defending Secret Intelligence Programs

by Matthew Waxmanvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The government often does a poor job of defending its most secret intelligence programs when they become public through leaks.  There are some obvious and largely structural reasons for this, including that the agencies conducting the programs are not designed for public relat

Global  Connections
The Digital Age

Accountability in a Globalized World

by Shavit Matias via The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

There is clearly an obligation of accountability by states to their own citizens.

The Digital Age

The Imperative to Protect Institutions: An Amended Front-Page Rule

by Jessica Sternvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“Every age has its own kind of war,” Clausewitz prognosticated in the early 19th century.[i]  And the corollary is that every age has its own kind of intelligence requirements and seductions.

The Digital Age

Secrecy and Accountability in International Justice

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In recent years, consumed by the war against al Qaeda, we have addressed secrecy and accountability in a homegrown way — concerned with information the American executive branch has kept to itself, what was shared with the Congress (though a transcript is often not made at the

Privacy, Security, and the National Security Agency (NSA)
The Digital Age

The Mail of Others

by Tod Lindbergvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How big a deal is the revelation of widespread National Security Agency data mining operations directed at our European allies, or the NSA listening in on the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

The Digital Age

Secrecy, Accountability, and the CIA's "Covert" Drone Strikes

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Press publication of selections from Edward Snowden's purloined National Security Agency documents has focused attention on issues of surveillance.  In the months and years before those May 2013 revelations, however, the secrecy and accountability debate focused on drone warfa

The Digital Age

The Need for a Press Shield Law

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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This recurring series of brief essays is the work of the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law.   While the members do not necessarily agree on a solution or set of solutions, they do share a sensibility that questions of security and questions of law are increasingly intertwined and that the Constitution provides a sturdy and flexible framework that enables the nation to provide for its defense while securing citizens’ rights and respecting international law.