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Morosov on the Significance of Snowden

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, December 27, 2013

Evgeny Morosov has an interesting piece in the FT that asks about the broader and mostly ignored implications of Snowden’s revelations about the scope of NSA surveillance.  He argues that controlling the NSA and raising government privacy protections does

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40,000 Foot Reactions to President’s Review Group Report and Recommendations

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, December 20, 2013

Pre-Snowden, the USG faced few constraints in its collection and analysis other than what the law imposed and what its large budget permitted.  Within these constraints, the USG could focus almost solely on the national security benefit side of communicati

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Lawfare Podcast Episode #56: Inside NSA, Part V–An Interview with Fran Fleisch, the Agency’s Acting Deputy Director

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, December 20, 2013

It’s the final episode of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—our special series of podcast interviews we've been running this week with senior NSA officials. In the fifth and last installment, I speak with Fran Fleisch,

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Lawfare Podcast Episode #55: Inside NSA, Part IV–We Speak with Anne Neuberger, the Woman on Front Lines of NSA’s Relations with Industry

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, December 19, 2013

It’s Day 4 of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—the special series of podcast interviews we've been running this week with senior NSA officials. In our penultimate episode, we speak with Anne Neuberger, who has the unen

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Peter Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show (19:22)

with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, December 19, 2013

co-host Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Peter Berkowitz, Hoover; Tamar Lewin, NYT.

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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

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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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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.