//  4/23/17  //  Topic Update


The White House lied about data regarding individuals convicted of terrorism, according to Benjamin Wittes for Lawfare.

  • A Senate Judiciary Subcommittee convened a hearing on the use of the term “radical Islam” in government documents (Brennan Center).

President Trump’s approach to national security is described as “security theater” by Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune.

Rachel Kleinfeld at Just Security describes a speech by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly at George Washington University as “stunning for its indifference to facts, accountability, and democratic oversight.”

Despite promising a plan within 90 days, President Trump’s cybersecurity plan is nowhere in sight (Politico).

The Department of Justice has prepared criminal charges to seek the arrest of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange (CNN).


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.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

In a series of tweets, President Trump wavers between opposition and support of FISA reauthorization. On the 16th anniversary of the prison’s founding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners file mass habeas petition.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration unveiled its new National Security Strategy. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly voted to rebuke America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy.