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Philip Bobbitt: This crisis is the crucial test of the new world order

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Monday, July 21, 2014

Only by sticking to an international framework of agreed rules can we ensure peace among today’s great powers. The terrible events in Ukraine, electrified by the interception and destruction of a Malaysian passenger plane, should be a thunderclap, shaking us from our torpor and confusion.

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Edward Snowden: Civil Liberties Violator

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A government contractor steals tens of thousands of highly-sensitive communications intercepts. The communications have national security implications, yes, but put that aside for now. They also involve the most intimate details of the lives of thousands of people: their love letters, their pictures of their kids, their pictures of themselves in lingerie, records reflecting their domestic and professional struggles.

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

Thoughts on Edward Snowden’s Interview

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let’s give Edward Snowden his due: He did himself a lot of good in his interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, which aired last night. He presents well, coming across as earnest, thoughtful and intelligent.

The White House

More on the Administration’s AUMF Strategy

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 22, 2014

A friend who is familiar with Obama administration thinking responds to my post on yesterday’s AUMF hearing:

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

The U.S. Corporate Theft Principle

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

David Sanger’s piece in this morning’s NYT explores the USG’s attempts to justify cracking down on cyber-theft of intellectual property of U.S. firms while at the same time continuing to spy on non-U.S. firms for different purposes. 


The Intelligence Legitimacy Paradox

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 15, 2014
CIA Headquarters

Questions About CIA v. DOD Drone Strikes

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The New York Times on David Barron

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 8, 2014


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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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.