Take Care  //  5/7/17  //  Topic Update

The NSA has announced that it will "no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. … Instead, NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent directly to or from a foreign target" (WaPo).

Danial Byman believes that If President Trump responds with strong, off-the-cuff rhetoric in response to a terrorist attack, it could bolster terrorist operations (Lawfare).

Congress should not add “successor organizations” to an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS because such a provision may give the Trump Administration and future administrations an open-ended license, argues Ryan Goodman (Just Security).

  • Just Security likewise highlights comments by Charlie Savage about the surveillance implications of a broad AUMF against ISIS.

The United States risks complicity in war crimes in Yemen by continuing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, argues Kristine Beckerle (Just Security).

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the statistical transparency report on the use of national security authorities in 2016, summarized at Lawfare.

  • The report’s statistics on FISA business records authority may not be all that shocking when you examine the numbers more closely, argues Bobby Chesney (Lawfare).

The prevalence of leaks has led to new thinking around government secrecy, writes Jack Detsch (CS Monitor).

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.