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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

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


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


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


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:


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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.