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Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law: Op-eds and Articles

January 7, 2011 | Brookings Institution

Rationalizing Government Collection Authorities: A Proposal for Radical Simplification

In this paper, we look at one corner of the problem of regulating the mosaic—the problem of access by government investigators to individuals’ personal data stored in the hands of third parties...
December 8, 2010 | Brookings Institution

The Cyberthreat, Government Network Operations, and the Fourth Amendment

...[I]magine that sometime in the near future the government mandates the use of a government-coordinated intrusion-prevention system throughout the domestic network to monitor all communications, including private ones...
December 8, 2010 | Brookings Institution

Innovation’s Darker Future: Biosecurity, Technologies of Mass Empowerment, and the Constitution

The future of innovation has a dark and dangerous side, one we dislike talking about and often prefer to pretend does not, in fact, loom before us. Yet it is a side that the Constitution seems preponderantly likely to have to confront...
November 19, 2010 | Washington Post

Ghailani verdict makes stronger case for military detentions

The Obama administration's critics are missing the point on Ahmed Ghailani...
October 28, 2010 | Washington Post

The right way to try KSM

Here's a simple proposal to break the impasse over how to proceed against Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his colleagues: Press charges in both military commissions and in federal court. Call it the John Allen Muhammad model...
October 22, 2010 | Washington Post

Our nation's secrets, stuck in a broken system

Woodward calls into question the legitimacy of the U.S. secrecy system...
October 14, 2010 | New York Times

Global Warning

Improving our muddled system of terrorism alerts will reduce confusion and costs...
October 8, 2010 | New York Times

Don’t Try Terrorists, Lock Them Up

The Obama administration wants to show that federal courts can handle trials of Guantánamo Bay detainees, and had therefore placed high hopes in the prosecution of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, accused in the 1998 bombings of American embassies in East Africa...
October 1, 2010

An Orienting Principle for Foreign Policy

The deficiencies of “Grand Strategy”

September 10, 2010 | Washington Post

A way past the terrorist detention gridlock

Nine years after Sept. 11 and 20 months into the Obama presidency, our nation is still flummoxed about what to do with captured terrorists...