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Thoughts on USG Candor to China on Cyber

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Al-Aulaqi ‘Bivens’ Damages Suit in Drone Strikes Dismissed

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Monday, April 7, 2014
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Mining Big Data for Public Opinion on NSA

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, April 3, 2014

I'm sitting here at Bobby's NSA conference at the University of Texas. I just listened to former OLC head Steve Bradbury discuss metadata with Jennifer Daskal, and now I'm listening to Tim Edgar and Jennifer Grannick debate content collection. So I have Bi

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Geoffrey Stone on How Review Group Service Changed His View of NSA

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Very interesting post over at Huffington Post from Geoffrey Stone about his Review Group service, his changed view of NSA, and trust of the spy agency. Quite moving, actually. Writes Stone: From the outset, I approached my responsibilities as a member of

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More Convergence on Metadata

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, March 31, 2014

On Thursday, I posted this item noting a possible convergence of civil liberties interests and NSA's operational needs in the President's metadata proposal. The basic idea was that the president's proposed system to end bulk metadata collection actually ha

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Snowden v. Ledgett at TED

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, March 21, 2014

Edward Snowden gave a TED talk at TED2014: After it, TED folks offered NSA a chance to respond---and Rick Ledgett, deputy director of the agency, showed up by video conference to answer questions:

Philip Bobbitt: The West needs a new strategy to save Ukraine

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Friday, March 21, 2014

After Russia’s land grab in Crimea, we must use economic and democratic means to curb Vladimir Putin’s aims.

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Snowden Disclosures and Norms of Cyber-Attacks

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Secrecy---of the sort that typically shrouds cyber-defense and cyber-attack capabilities and doctrine---complicates the development of international norms.  Secrecy makes it difficult to engage in sustained diplomacy about rules.  Officials can talk about

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A Modest Proposal for NSA

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I had an idea the other day---a way for NSA to serve the national interest, do good for humanity, and improve its public image all at once. Drum roll, please! NSA should get into the business of publishing trade secrets stolen from companies in countries t

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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.