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My Electoral Forecast Model

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Okay, this has nothing to do with national security law or policy. What's more, this is way, way outside my area of expertise. But I have this feeling that this may be of interest to some Lawfare readers, so I'm going to post it to this site once and then never mention it here again: I've developed a super-crude electoral forecast model.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Hackers, Heart Patients, And Hellfire" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, September 1, 2016

New details emerge about Americans held hostage by Islamic militants and behavior of Doctors Without Borders in the Kayla Mueller case. Security researchers use an unorthodox approach to protect medical devices. And the U.S. kills ISIS’s number two. Does it matter?

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Thoughts On Al Nashiri II

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Steve Vladeck this morning beat me to the punch on a key takeaway about the Al Nashiri II decision yesterday. But his attitude toward the subject is a bit different from mine. So while I agree with him on a crucial bottom-line point, I would formulate the matter a bit differently.

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Rational Security: The "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Hacks You" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The New York Times and maybe the NSA get hacked; you're just not cool anymore unless you're being hacked by Fancy Bear. Is the U.S. turning the tide of the war on ISIS? 

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Danish Cops And A Different Approach To Youth Radicalization

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I got behind on my podcast listening and managed not to listen to this month-old episode of Invisibilia until this morning. It's worth Lawfare reader attention—or, at least, the first half of it is. (The second half deals with online dating.)

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A Big Guantanamo Transfer: Progress Towards The Site's Obsolescence

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Pentagon announced yesterday the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates.

What Trump's National Security Speech Was Really About

by Benjamin Wittes
Monday, August 15, 2016

Donald Trump is a very strange man. And he gave today a very strange speech on national security.

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Twitter Wins A Round On ISIS Immunity

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Twitter won a first round yesterday on the question of whether CDA § 230 immunizes the company against civil lawsuits over its provision of service to terrorist groups.

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Analysis and Commentary

Presidential Accountability For Capture And Kill Operations Under The PPG

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, August 8, 2016

I have now read through the newly-declassified PPG on direct actions, the so-called "Playbook" for drone strikes from May 2013. I won't bother to summarize it, as Marty Lederman has already done so over at Just Security and Charlie Savage has done so at the New York Times.

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Declassified "Procedures For Approving Direct Action" Against Terrorists

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, August 6, 2016

This document was released yesterday. I haven't read it yet, but it is entitled "Procedures for Approving Direct Action Against Terrorist Targets Located Outside the United States and Areas of Active Hostilities" and appears to be a redacted version of the internal policy document that President Obama issued in connection with his May 23, 2013 speech on drone strikes.

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