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Will the NSA Be Reformed?

with Amy Zegartvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Remember Edward Snowden ? For a while, the National Security Agency 's renegade contractor seemed like the most influential man in American intelligence, even though he's been hiding out in Moscow. Snowden's disclosures touched off a wave of enthusiasm in Congress for reforming the NSA's surveillance practices — and anger overseas when he revealed that American spies were listening to foreign leaders' cellphone calls.


Whose Fault is it if China and Iran Restrict Free Speech? NSA’s—Of Course

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

That, at least, seems to be what Ken Roth---executive director of Human Rights Watch---is arguing in this essay on the New York Review of Books web site. Entitled "The NSA's Global Threat to Free Speech," the piece is devoted to decrying not merely the imp

Philip Bobbitt: A lasting nuclear deal with Iran is in everyone’s interests

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Monday, November 18, 2013

The long-term goal of resumed talks with Iran this week must be denuclearisation of the entire region.

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Jack Goldsmith: Journalists Are Too Thin-Skinned

by Benjamin Witteswith Kenneth Anderson, Jack Goldsmith, Matthew Waxman, Hoover Institutionvia New Republic
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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David Cole on My “Failure of Imagination”

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Over at Just Security, David Cole tweaks me for a "failure of imagination" for my piece yesterday wondering what he and Kenneth Roth mean by a worldwide right of privacy: Cole writes that "[Wittes] argues that since he can’t conceive of a warrant being req


Lawfare Podcast Episode #48: Jack Speaks at Hoover to and On the National Security Press

by Benjamin Witteswith Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, November 11, 2013

On October 25, the Hoover Institution held a day-long media colloquium out at Stanford University for a group of journalists. The sessions were focused on national security legal issues and the work of Hoover’s Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security

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Poll’s Lesson for NSA: Show That Surveillance Programs Actually Combat Terrorism

with Amy Zegartvia Washington Post
Sunday, November 10, 2013

A poll finds that “Americans will give their government more leeway” if they think anti-terror tools actually work.

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NSA Must Resolve Image Problem

by Amy Zegart, Marshall Erwinvia Omaha World-Herald
Friday, November 8, 2013

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s ongoing revelations about U.S. surveillance programs, the National Security Agency is facing the worst crisis in its 60-year history.


Amy Zegart on All Things Considered (:28)

with Amy Zegartvia All Things Considered (NPR)
Thursday, November 7, 2013

New public opinion polls show distaste for National Security Agency surveillance does not break cleanly across party lines. Despite the administration's attempts otherwise, one new study finds that the more people know about the NSA, the more they dislike it.


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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.