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Rational Security, The "What Happens In Aspen" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, July 30, 2015

In my humble opinion, this is the best episode yet of Rational Security. If you've never listened to it before, check this one out.

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Civil Liability For End-To-End Encryption: Threat Or Fantasy? Part II

by Benjamin Wittes, Zoe Bedellvia Lawfare
Thursday, July 30, 2015

In the first part of this series, we looked at the question of whether Apple could be held liable in a negligence tort for refusing to retain the ability to provide law enforcement with decrypted communications in response to legal process.

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Who Will Provide The Muscle For A Syrian 'Islamic State-Free Zone'?

quoting Kori Schakevia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

As the U.S. and Turkey begin clearing Islamic State fighters from Syria’s northwestern border, their ambitious mission raises a new set of troubling questions, chief among them: Who will provide the military muscle to oust the extremists and protect civilians sheltering in the new buffer zone?

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Beware China’s ‘Basing’ Strategy: Former US Navy Chief

featuring Admiral Gary Rougheadvia The Diplomat
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Admiral Gary Roughead issues a warning about Beijing’s growing network of ‘places.

Charles Hill and General James Mattis on the Iran Deal, Democracy, and Freedom
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Charles Hill And General James Mattis On The Iran Deal, Democracy, And Freedom

interview with Charles Hill, General Jim Mattisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Recorded on  July 16, 2015 - Hoover fellows Charles Hill and James Mattis discuss the Iran deal and the state of the world on Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. In their view the United States has handed over its leading role to Iran and provided a dowry along with it. 

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Five Lessons On The 'Security Of Things' From The Jeep Cherokee Hack

by John Villasenorvia Forbes
Monday, July 27, 2015

Last week, Wired published an account describing how two security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, were able to wirelessly hack into a Jeep Cherokee, first taking control of the entertainment system and windshield wipers, and then disabling the accelerator.

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The Best US Database To Hack? A Lawfare Contest

by Benjamin Wittes, Paul Rosenzweigvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yesterday, each of us considered the question of which unclassified databases in the US would be worth it for the Chinese to hack next.

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More Weak Arguments For The Illegality Of The Iran Deal

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, July 27, 2015

David Rivkin and Lee Casey maintain in the WSJ that the Iranian Nuclear Deal “is unconstitutional, violates international law and features commitments that President Obama could not lawfully make,” and that “state and local Iran-related sanctions” might “set off a legal clash over American domestic law and the country’s international obligations” that could “prompt the deal to unravel.”

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Other Unclassified Databases The Chinese Are Probably Stealing

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, July 27, 2015

Let's play a game called, "If I were the PLA, I'd Spy With My Little Eye." Ever since the OPM hack, I've been thinking about other unclassified government databases a foreign intelligence service that wants OPM data, trade secrets, and Anthem health records would likely find attractive.

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Quote of the Week: Niall Ferguson

quoting Niall Fergusonvia World Bank Publications
Monday, July 27, 2015

Niall Ferguson, a British historian from Scotland, who specializes in international history; economic history, particularly hyperinflation and the bond markets; and British and American imperialism.

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