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Analysis and Commentary

Obama Should Commute Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

This morning, NBC News reported that Chelsea Manning is on the short list for a possible commutation from President Obama. Back in September—with much attention focused on a Pardon Snowden campaign—we advocated he consider commuting Manning’s sentence.

Analysis and Commentary

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.


Contrarian Thoughts On Russia And The Presidential Election

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its campaign aimed at the U.S. presidential election to future influence efforts in the United States,” says the U.S. intelligence community in the most important sentence in its dismayingly evidence-free report on Russian activities in the presidential election. But how is the United States going to check these future influence efforts?

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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. 

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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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Analysis and Commentary

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.


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 is the chair of the National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group.