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Thoughts on the SSCI Report, Part II: The Program’s Brutality

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, December 19, 2014

I want to begin my review of the SSCI interrogation report and the responses from the CIA and the SSCI minority by addressing the area in which, in my view, the majority report is strongest: the allegation that the treatment of detainees was far more abusive, far less controlled, and far more brutal than the CIA has acknowledged.

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A Coffee Shop on the Israeli-Al Qaeda Border

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The last time I was on the Israeli-Syrian border looking at the ruined Syrian city of Quneitra was thirty years ago. I was fifteen and taking a summer course in Israel. 

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The Heroism Of Effective Logistics: A Dispatch From Kerem Shalom

by Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We witnessed a moving scene today—if the loading and unloading of trucks amid looming concrete security barriers can ever really be moving: A major joint Palestinian-Israeli operation to route goods into the Gaza Strip.

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Thoughts on the SSCI Report, Part I: Introduction and Overview

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, December 15, 2014

I have now spent enough quality time with the SSCI interrogation report—and with minority views and the CIA response—that I am ready to begin commenting upon it.

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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #103: Mieke Eoyang on FAA Exclusivity

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, December 13, 2014

A few weeks ago, Mieke Eoyang wrote and post on Lawfare entitled “A Modest Proposal: FAA Exclusivity for Collection Involving U.S. Technology Companies.” Mieke is a long-time congressional staffer on national security matters, who served a stint on the House Intelligence Committee during the drafting of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and now runs national security programming at Third Way—a centrist Democratic think thank.

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The Onion’s Minotaur Video

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, December 12, 2014

No news source in any medium captures the CIA interrogation debate more fully than this video from the Onion, which bears reposting this week:

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The SFRC Vote On The Menendez AUMF

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, December 12, 2014

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-8 yesterday to approve Senator Menendez’s draft AUMF for ISIL.  As endorsed by the Committee, the bill:

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A Few Thoughts on Yesterday’s AUMF Hearing

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jack aptly stated earlier today many of my thoughts on yesterday’s hearing on an Islamic State AUMF—at which Secretary of State John Kerry testified. In particular, he highlighted the broad authorization the administration is seeking—one with few of the sort of accountability mechanisms Jack, Matt, Bobby and I have suggested.

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The Forthcoming SSCI Report: Preemptive Commentary and What to Expect on Lawfare

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s interrogation program is expected out today, but unsurprisingly, many people aren’t bothering to wait for it, the minority views, or the CIA’s response before commenting breathlessly on it. After all, actually reading it will be time consuming. Between all three documents, it’s many hundreds of pages.

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Video Of Secretary Of State Kerry’s Testimony On ISIL AUMF

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

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The Briefing

The Briefing provides perspectives on national security under the auspices of the rule of law and US constitutional law.

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Privacy, Security, and the National Security Agency (NSA)

Hoover hosts Intelligence Challenges Workshop

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hoover senior fellow Amy Zegart and National Security Affairs Fellow Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Atkins hosted thirty five experts from government, the military, academia, and the private sector for a day-long workshop examining key current and emerging intelligence challenges. 

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Second Term Challenges

Thursday, January 24, 2013

As Barack Obama begins his second term as president of the United States, the nation faces a range of formidable challenges at the intersection of which are national security and law.

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Jeremy Rabkin (left) and Ariel Rabkin

New essay concerning cyber threats from the National Security and Law Task Force

Monday, May 21, 2012

The newest essay, “To Confront Cyber Threats, We Must Rethink the Law of Armed Conflict,” by Jeremy and Ariel Rabkin, is available on the Emerging Threats essay series page.

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Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order

International Law Expert Defines Ideal United States-United Nations Relationship Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Stanford

Hoover Institution Press today released Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order by Ken Anderson. In this book, Anderson examines the relationship between the United States and the United Nations and analyzes their interaction on issues including security, human rights, and development.

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Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War

Politics and Law Scholar Peter Berkowitz Examines the Politicization of the Laws of War in Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press)

Monday, April 9, 2012
Stanford

Hoover Institution Press released Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War by Hoover senior fellow Peter Berkowitz. Berkowitz defends the international laws of war by exposing the flawed assumptions and defective claims that have gained currency from The Goldstone Report (2009 Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission) and the Gaza Flotilla controversy. In both instances, Berkowitz argues, accusations of unlawful conduct directed at Israel by official bodies of the United Nations, European states, Arab states, and Turkey that relied more on bluster and the determination to gain political advantage than on sound legal analysis. In both cases those accusations worked to criminalize not only Israel’s legitimate right of self-defense but all liberal democracies’ right to defend themselves against transnational terror.

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National Security and Law Task Force meeting, January 2012.

Hoover Institution hosts National Security and Law Task Force meeting

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law met at the Hoover Institution on Thursday, January 5, 2012, to discuss the pressing challenges the United States confronts as it seeks, consistent with the Constitution and the international laws of war, to defend the nation and, where necessary, wage war.

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Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community

Hoover Institution Press Releases Book Highlighting Why America's Post-9/11 Intelligence System Remains Dysfunctional

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Stanford

Hoover Institution Press today released Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community by Hoover senior fellow Amy Zegart. Zegart's commentary is especially poignant in light of tenth anniversary of 9/11. As the nation evaluates whether we are safer today than we were ten years ago, Zegart examines surprising reasons for weaknesses in the US intelligence community and sheds light on why deficiencies continue to persist.

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The Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law met June 10 and 11.

Hoover's National Security and Law Task Force Hosts Meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law, which examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to promoting proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home, met June 10 and 11.

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Stewart Baker, former Homeland Security official, addressed Hoover’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law

Thursday, January 7, 2010

On January 7, 2010, Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, explained how exponential advances in technology improve the quality of life while at the same time provide terrorists unprecedented powers to wreak death and destruction.

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Task Force on National Security and Law Dinner

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Hoover

The Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law dinner was held in the Nicolas de Basily Room of the Hoover Tower on June 11. Task force member Ruth Wedgewood delivered before-dinner remarks titled “Piracy and the Law Adrift.”

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The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to making proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.

The task force’s focus is the rule of law and its role in Western civilization, as well as the roles of international law and organizations, the laws of war, and U.S. criminal law. Those goals will be accomplished by systematically studying the constellation of issues—social, economic, and political—on which striking a balance depends.

Peter Berkowitz serves as chair of the National Security and Law Task Force.