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About That Explosive Trump Story: Take A Deep Breath

by Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecicvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This afternoon, CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of a cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highly compromising material against Trump.

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Another Day, Another Material Support Suit Against A Social Media Company

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another group of terrorism victims has filed suit against a social media company for allegedly giving material support to a terrorist group, in this case ISIS. These cases have been proliferating of late.

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The Privacy Paradox II: An Event At Brookings On Friday

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On Friday morning, I will be releasing a new Brookings paper that readers may find interesting. Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson and Amie Stepanovich of Access Now will be discussants on the paper, which I wrote with Emma Kohse.

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What Yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Committee Portends

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, January 6, 2017

There actually wasn’t that much new information conveyed at yesterday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian election hacking and other foreign cybersecurity threats. 

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Air Force To DC Employees: No Drinks Around Inauguration

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, January 6, 2017

Hold off on that toast to the Commander in Chief.

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Rational Security: The "New Year/New Tweets" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Obama administration sanctions the Russians it says were involved in election hacking, while President-Elect Trump continues to insist the Russians aren’t to blame. North Korea says it’s close to developing a nuclear missile that could strike U.S. targets. 

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Follow Buddies And Block Buddies: A Simple Proposal To Improve Civility, Control, And Privacy On Twitter

by Danielle Citron, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The 2016 election has put squarely on the public agenda a series of questions related to the norms of social media, everything from the proliferation of fake news on Facebook to the trolling culture of Twitter. These questions are not new. The culture of abuse online towards women, for example, is a matter about which one of us wrote a book.

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Judge Lamberth Orders SSCI Report Turned Over To The Court

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, December 29, 2016

The other day, Quinta and I noted that counsel for Abd al Rahim Al-Nashiri had asked the court in his habeas case to have a copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee's interrogation report filed under seal with the court.

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Al-Nashiri Moves To Preserve SSCI Report In Habeas Case

by Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecicvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Speaking of Guantanamo habeas litigation, which one of us was yesterday, there's been an interesting development in the Al-Nashiri habeas case. This particular habeas case out of Guantanamo has been a sleepy one, since all the action in the Abd al Rahim Al-Nashiri matter has been in his military commission trial and related federal court litigation.

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A View From Jerusalem Of A Trump Ambassadorial Appointment

by Benjamin Wittes, Paul Rosenzweigvia Lawfare
Monday, December 19, 2016

The news that President-elect Donald Trump has named as his ambassador to Israel a far-right bankrupcy lawyer named named David Friedman came to us while we were in—of all places—Jerusalem, while we were attending a weeklong set of briefings by Israelis and Palestinians put on by Academic Exchange.

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