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On The President’s Request For A Vote On An AUMF For ISIL

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, December 7, 2015

There were at least two points of note in President Obama’s call last night for Congress to “vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists.” First, the President did not mention his draft AUMF for ISIL, much less ask Congress to approve that draft.

Analysis and Commentary

E-Residency In Estonia, Part I: Wherein I Apply To Digitally Betray My Country

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, December 4, 2015

This week, I had the pleasure of hosting the third Hoover Book Soiree, which featured Edward Lucas of the Economist talking about his new book, Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security, and the Internet.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Slippery Slope" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, December 3, 2015

It's a fun week on Rational Security. Shane and I both try our hands at singing. Tamara wisely refrains. Meanwhile, President Obama is sending 200 more special operations forces to Iraq to combat ISIS.

Analysis and Commentary

Maybe Those Chinese Cyber Espionage Indictments Weren't So Dumb

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A few weeks ago, I took note of the comments of China-cybersecurity expert James Lewis to the effect that those much-derided US indictments of PLA hackers had actually had a big impact of Chinese cyber-spying.

Analysis and Commentary

Is Israel Going Dark?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, November 30, 2015

Today's fascinating piece by Matthew Waxman and Doron Hindin, "How Does Israel Regulate Encryption?," raises a number of questions in my mind, two of which I put out to readers by way of soliciting informed opinion on the subject.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Gobble, Gobble, Toil And Trouble" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our guest this week is Lawfare's new managing editor, Susan Hennessey, in her first podcast appearance after leaving a spooky federal agency. We discuss Turkey's shoot-down of a Russian jet that allegedly violated Turkish airspace.

Analysis and Commentary

The Trump-Carson Blood Libel

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, November 23, 2015

What are we to make of the fact that the two leading Republican presidential candidates, frontrunner Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, are both peddling what can only be described as a blood libel against Muslim Americans?

Analysis and Commentary

We Know What One DC Circuit Judge Thinks Of The Metadata Program

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, November 23, 2015

Well, we can count one vote on the DC Circuit for upholding the Section 215 program against Larry Klayman's Fourth Amendment challenge.

Analysis and Commentary

The First Hoover Book Soiree: Joby Warrick And William McCants On "Understanding ISIS And Its Dark Future"

by Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, October 19, 2015

We are delighted to announce a new series of book events we'll be running with the Hoover Institution at its beautiful Washington offices. The Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group is putting together a monthly series of conversations between one of us and...


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 Jean Perkins Foundation 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 is the chair of the Jean Perkins Foundation Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law.