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Krass on Numerous National Security Law Issues

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Caroline Krass had her confirmation hearings today before SSCI to become General Counsel of CIA.  Krass is, in my opinion, wildly qualified for the job, and I hope her confirmation process goes smoothly despite unrelated SSCI-CIA disagreements over the rel

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Lawfare Podcast Episode #53: Inside NSA, Part II–Wherein We Interview the Agency’s Chief of Compliance, John DeLong

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's Day 2 of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—a special series of podcast interviews with senior NSA officials that we conducted last week. In today's episode, we sit down with John DeLong, the agency's director of co

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Lawfare Podcast Episode #52: Inside NSA, Part I—An Interview With General Counsel Rajesh De

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, December 16, 2013

Welcome to "Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don't Have To"---a special series of podcast interviews of senior NSA officials that we conducted last week. As we described on Saturday, this series grew out of a dialog Bobby organized un

The War Against Terror Must be Fought with Words Too

by Jessica Sternvia Time Magazine
Monday, December 16, 2013

Margaret Thatcher famously referred to publicity as the oxygen on which terrorists depend. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden as the leader of al-Qaeda, agrees....

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CIA Veterans Say Robert Levinson Affair May Damage Intra-Agency Co-Operation

with Amy Zegartvia Guardian (UK)
Friday, December 13, 2013

• AP: former FBI agent missing in Iran was working with CIA • Relations between analysts and operatives likely to be strained

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On Iran, Divide Among Israelis Is Not So Large

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, December 12, 2013

The recently announced interim agreement between the United States-led P5+1 (the five permanent members of the Security Coun

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Is Spy-Themed Entertainment Affecting Public Opinion on Torture?

with Amy Zegartvia 92nd Street Y (92Y)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, we spoke with Amy Zegart, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and co-director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, about the effects of spy-themed entertainment on public opinion of U.S. security policies. She conducted two surveys, one informal with her students and another that was the first national poll of public attitudes toward torture techniques. Both had similar results: support of more severe techniques, assassination and indefinite detention increased with people who watched more spy-themed entertainment like James Bond, Jason Bourne and 24. In fact, this support has increased under the Obama presidency. What are the reasons and how do we close the gap in spy-themed entertainment and spy-themed education? Watch the video to find out.

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Iran Expert: Talks Should Challenge Revolutionary Guard

with Abraham D. Sofaervia Jewish Week (NY)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Reflections on U.S. Economic Espionage, Post-Snowden

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cheng Li’s and Ryan McElveen’s good post over the weekend (via Daniel Byman) sparked the following reflections on U.S. economic espionage, post-Snowden.  Li and McElveen nicely summarize U.S.-Chinese relations concerning cybersecurity in the run-up to and

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This Year’s NDAA: A Big Win for the Administration on Guantanamo

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I have only had a chance to look briefly at the Guantanamo-related provisions of the House-Senate compromise NDAA, but the text looks to me like a big win for the Obama administration---and for common sense. The administration will cast this as a step f

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

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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.