Derek Reinbold  //  3/26/17  //  Topic Update


NATIONAL SECURITY

America and Britain banned airplane passengers traveling from several Muslim-majority countries from bringing electronic devices larger than a cellphone on their flights (NYT) (WSJ) (WaPo).

  •        The U.S. ban applies to airports in eight Muslim-majority countries: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
  •        U.S. officials began explaining the new rules to carriers Sunday (WaPo).
  •        A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fact sheet can be found here.
  •        Sean Spicer briefly addressed questions about the ban at a press conference.
  •        Familiar roll-out and credibility problems plague the Administration’s electronics ban on flights from certain Middle East airports, notes J. Dana Stuster (Lawfare).
  •        Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman suggest the electronics ban may aim to create an advantage for U.S. carriers rather than to increase traveler security (WaPo).  Zaid Jilani of The Intercept agrees.
  •        Scholars and technologists have identified flaws in TSA's new policy (The Guardian).
  •        The Telegraph reports on the UK's adoption of a similar policy.
  •        Ryan Goodman discusses the new policy with former Obama Advisor Lisa Monaco (Just Security).

Ivanka Trump’s proposed White House role not only flouts ethical norms, but also poses a national security threat, argue Helen Klein Murillo and Susan Hennessey (WaPo).


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.