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GTMO In The SOTU

by Jack Goldsmith
Thursday, January 14, 2016

“I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo: it’s expensive, it’s unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies,” said President Obama in his final State of the Union address. A few days earlier, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough seemed put down a marker about Guantanamo. 

Analysis and Commentary

Feckless OPM

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I expected to hear from OPM after the data breach because it directed at least two of my background checks for security clearances while I was in government. Many acquaintances received notices.

Analysis and Commentary

Estonian Digital Residency Update II

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

In reference to my application for digital residency in Estonia, I received the following email last week.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "We're Golden" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, January 8, 2016

The Rational Security gang starts the year with our 50th episode. Kim Jong-un says North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb. The Russians may have caused a blackout in Ukraine with a cyber attack.

Analysis and Commentary

Be Careful What You Wish For: Device Hacking And The Law

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I’ve been thinking about lawful device hacking of late—that is, government hacking of devices as a way around the “going dark” problem. 

Analysis and Commentary

And Yet I Remain Unashamed

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, January 4, 2016

Rolling Stone has a very long and very uninteresting article about Guantanamo. Don't bother to read it. In case you have any doubt what the message is, the piece is usefully entitled, "Inside Gitmo: America's Shame."

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Goodbye To All That" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, December 31, 2015

This week on the podcast, we wrap up the year that was 2015. What were the most important stories of the year? And what’s the big story we’ll all be talking about in 2016?

Analysis and Commentary

Why Do Conservatives Suddenly Sound Like The Intercept Over NSA?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The first amusing thing about the Wall Street Journal’s new NSA story is that it has conservatives and pro-Israel types sounding suspiciously like Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

Analysis and Commentary

The Scope Of The Prepublication Review Problem, And What To Do About It

by Jack Goldsmith, Oona A. Hathawayvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The problems in the pre-publication review process that we identified in our WP op-ed and in a subsequent post are very hard to document precisely. There are a handful of high-profile public cases involving challenges to the government’s classification decisions, most of which the government wins.

Analysis and Commentary

The Broken Prepublication Review Process

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Oona Hathaway and I have an op-ed in the Washington Post today about the USG pre-publication review process’s “pervasive and unjustifiable harms to freedom of speech.”

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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.