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Analysis and Commentary

Another Material Support Suit Against Social Media Companies

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last week saw another lawsuit filed against social media companies for alleged materially supporting terrorists by providing service to ISIS.

Analysis and Commentary

The Lawfare Podcast: Fred Kaplan On "Dark Territory: The Secret History Of Cyber War"

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fred Kaplan joined me this week at the Hoover Book Soiree for a terrific discussion of his new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.

Analysis and Commentary

Orlando Thoughts Towards A Better Taxonomy Of Mass Violence

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, June 17, 2016

I have intentionally refrained from commenting on the Orlando shootings to date, because the situation seemed so fluid—save for the magnitude of the violence and horror that one man apparently committed—and I have been able to understand so little about it.

Analysis and Commentary

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #174: "Suzanne Spaulding On Cyber"

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, June 11, 2016

This week, Suzanne Spaulding—Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at the Department of Homeland Security—joined me on the podcast in an interview in front of a live audience at a DHS cybersecurity conference.

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Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Hillary And Hellfire" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump can’t be trusted to protect U.S. national security. In Israel there’s talk of another war in Gaza.

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Reflections on Secrecy and the Press from a Life in Journalism

by Walter Pincusvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Looking back over 60 years of experience with classified information as a journalist who also briefly served in Army counterintelligence in the 1950s and ran two investigations for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 1960s, the author reviews the longstanding conflict between the media and government.

Analysis and Commentary

More On Donald Trump And The Justice Department

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I received an email yesterday from a career Justice Department lawyer—whom I had not previously met—in connection with my recent rumination on the consequences for the Justice Department of a Donald Trump presidency.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The Powers Of The American Presidency (Part II)

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It was a few years ago, on a panel at American University’s Washington College of Law, that I heard Brad Berenson—who served in the White House Counsel’s office under President Bush—make an arresting statement about the American Presidency.

Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump And The Justice Department: An Update

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Recently, I wrote this piece warning of what Donald Trump might do to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Invitation To The Hoover Book Soiree: Fred Kaplan On "Dark Territory: The Secret History Of Cyber War"

by Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittes
Monday, June 6, 2016

The next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution's Washington Office will take place on June 15, when Ben interviews Fred Kaplan about his new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.


Aegis on Lawfare

Aegis explores legal and policy issues at the intersection of technology and national security.  Published in partnership with Lawfare, it features long-form essays of the working group, examines major new books in the field, and carries podcasts and videos or the working group’s events in Washington and Stanford.

Security by the Book Podcasts

The Security by the Book podcast series features monthly interviews with authors of important, new national security-oriented books and publications.

The Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law brings together national and international specialists with broad interdisciplinary expertise to analyze how technology affects national security and national security law and how governments can use that technology to defend themselves, consistent with constitutional values and the rule of law.

The group will focus on a broad range of interests, from surveillance to counterterrorism to the dramatic impact that rapid technological change—digitalization, computerization, miniaturization, and automaticity—are having on national security and national security law. Topics include cybersecurity, the rise of drones and autonomous weapons systems, and the need for and dangers of state surveillance. The group’s output will also be published on the Lawfare blog, which covers the merits of the underlying legal and policy debates of actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation and the nation’s laws and legal institutions.

Jack Goldsmith and Benjamin Wittes are the cochairs of the National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group.