Jeffrey Stein  //  12/4/17  //  Topic Update

A bill under consideration in Congress could significantly expand the NSA’s surveillance powerwrites Neema Singh Guliana at the ACLU.

  • The discussion around the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s “backdoor search loophole,” which allows the government to access communications by U.S. citizens gathered on foreign intelligence grounds without a warrant, misses the risk posed by information shared between the U.S. government and foreign powers (Just Security).

After North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile, President Trump criticized the regime and vowed to impose greater sanctions on the country (WaPo).

  • Hawaii is testing an attack warning signal in response to the launch.
  • The WSJ Editorial Board writes that the U.S. and China still haven’t imposed the toughest sanctions.

Despite President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments to the contrary, Iran’s actions are not a serious threat to U.S. security or interests and do not warrant ending the Iran nuclear agreement, writes John Glaser at WaPo.


Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump's Guantánamo "policy" is best understood as an extension of his anti-Muslim bigotry, wrote Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya at Take Care. The terrorist watchlist statistics from last week's DOJ and DHS exaggerate the threat of terrorism, argued Harsha Panduranga at Just Security. The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy contains notable omissions related to climate change and the use of special operations forces.